Prep has changed behaviours

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Two-thirds of gay and bisexual men said they didn’t use a condom the last time they had anal sex, and more than a quarter considered themselves to have a “risky sex life,” including sex with partners who are HIV-positive, reports Newsweek.

Gay Men Fight Aids surveyed 500 gay and bisexual men, asking them about the risk involved in their sex lives. Twenty-seven percent consider themselves to throw caution to the wind in their sex lives.

The use of PrEP has changed all the rules for gay and bisexual men. HIV-negative men on PrEP, and HIV-positive men who have an undetectable viral load, meaning they cannot pass on the infection due to their HIV treatment, can now have sex without a condom without risk.

http://www.newsweek.com/gay-sex-65-percent-men-didnt-wear-condom-last-time-they-did-it-652063

How much progress has there been, then?

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Pink News reports the result of a You Gov poll checking the attitudes towards homosexuality and gay relationships.

The poll of 1,609 adults found that 42 per cent believe that gay sex is not natural, 48 per cent believe that primary school children should not be taught about gay relationships in school, and 36 per cent disapprove of gay men becoming parents.

78 per cent of people aged 18-24 believe that gay sex is natural while 69 per cent of people aged 65 and above believe that gay sex is unnatural.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/07/26/exclusive-50-years-after-decriminalisation-over-40-of-brits-believe-gay-sex-is-unnatural/

US Gays feel less safe since President Trump was elected

Nearly two-thirds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people say they feel less safe since President Donald Trump took office, according to Time.

34% said society would be “a lot” more accepting in the next 10 years, a drop from 54%.

37% said they have faced different treatment since President Trump took office.

Gay and Lesbian Americans say 12% of them voted for Trump, and 67% voted for Hillary Clinton. 7% identified as Republicans, 57% identified as Democrats and 35% as Independents.

http://time.com/4842910/donald-trump-lesbian-gay-bisexual-lgbt-poll-safe/

We quite like Spain, too!

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People in African countries overwhelming think homosexuality is ‘unacceptable’ compared to those living in Europe according to research by the Pew Centre. People in Spain are the most morally accepting, with only six per cent saying it’s unacceptable; Germany comes a close second with only 8 per cent saying it’s unacceptable.

The research shows that 98 per cent of those in Ghana, 95 per cent of those in Egypt and Jordan say ‘unacceptable’ when asked “Do you personally believe that homosexuality is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or is it not a moral issue?”

Canada and France are joint top for not thinking sexuality is a moral issue, with exactly half of the participants in each country asked saying it’s ‘not a moral issue’.

In the UK, 17 per cent of people (or one in six), people think homosexuality is ‘morally unacceptable’, 36 per cent say it’s morally acceptable, and the majority (43 per cent) say ‘it’s not a moral issue’. The Czech Republic have the highest proportion of those saying homosexuality is morally acceptable – with 56 per cent of those questioned saying it is.

Pew sampled a whopping 40,117 respondents in 40 countries worldwide.

https://www.indy100.com/article/homosexuality-acceptable-unacceptable-mapped-homophobia-lgbt-gay-rights-7758101

Where we are on gay rights

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Sweden has failed to make any progress in the newest edition of a review of European LGBTI human rights, continuing in 12th place as the worst performer in Scandinavia as other countries introduce more comprehensive policies, reports The Local.

Sweden was once considered to be the top country in Scandinavia and the fourth best in Europe for gay rights, but it fell to 12th position in 2016 and has failed to improve this year according to ILGA-Europe.

“Sweden has remained in the upper ‘green’ section of our Rainbow Europe Map for several years. Of course that’s a positive thing, but other countries have bypassed them on the ranking by introducing more comprehensive, inclusive laws and policies,” said ILGA’s Emma Cassidy.

The ILGA Rainbow Index gives a % for each country to indicate how equal gay citizens are with other citizens in those countries. Malta is ahead at 88% while the UK has reached 76%. For Russia, the figure is merely 6% and Turkey is little better at 9%.

https://www.thelocal.se/20170517/sweden-stagnates-in-european-gay-rights-rankings

America wants gay marriage. So there

Sixty-four percent of U.S. adults say same-sex marriages should be recognized by the law as valid. Although not meaningfully different from the 61% last year, this is the highest percentage to date and continues the generally steady rise since Gallup’s trend began in 1996, says Gallup Polls.

The new poll findings come nearly two years after the Supreme Court ruled that states could not prohibit same-sex marriage.

Americans’ support for same-sex marriage has more than doubled since Gallup first polled on the issue in 1996, when 27% said it should be recognized as valid by the law. In 2004 — weeks before gay weddings took place in Massachusetts after it became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage — less than half of Americans (42%) felt such unions should be legally valid. Majority support for gay marriage would not come until May 2011, about a month before New York became the sixth state to legalize it. Since then, support for legal same-sex marriage has steadily climbed, with consistent majorities in favor of it since late 2012.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/210566/support-gay-marriage-edges-new-high.aspx?

Gay men right wing shock

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The BBC have discovered that 20% of their sample of French gay men,many of whom are in same sex relationships, will be voting for the Front National in the French Presidential election this weekend.

They are more concerned about immigration and other cultural issues than any threat to end gay marriage in France.

“There are priorities in France other than homosexuality. I myself am in a same-sex couple and there have been many advances in this area,” Cedric explains. “But for me there are more pressing issues like the economy, the national debt and unemployment.” He thinks the anti-gay marriage policy of the FN is a ploy to win conservative voters over to their cause.

Polls suggest the party is now more popular in the LGBT community than perhaps many would want to admit. Of the 3,200 gay French men the dating app Hornet spoke to, one in five said they would be giving Marine Le Pen their vote.

Why does Marine Le Pen appeal directly to some LGBT voters? For many, it’s her tough stance on immigration.

“Where are the gays most in danger? In Islamic countries,” says Pascale, who doesn’t want to be photographed. “Gay people are being crucified – it’s a danger and I don’t want it coming to France, definitely not.” But further north, in the poorer and more multicultural suburb of Pont-de-Flandre, it’s a different picture. “The FN supporters you spoke to, were they white?” house DJ Kiddy Smiles asks us, “Yes? I’m not surprised.”

The first round of voting in the French Presidential election takes place this Sunday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39641822/why-gay-french-men-are-voting-far-right

Is Gay TV turning people off?

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The recent ratings flop of an American TV miniseries about gay rights confirms that Americans are not tuning in to pro-LGBTQ programming, reports Lifesite News.

ABC’s miniseries “When We Rise” was about the “gay rights” revolution. As Heatstreet reported, “When We Rise received saturation ad coverage during the Oscars ahead of its premiere this week. But the hype didn’t work and the show tanked from the first episode.”

When We Rise was the lowest-rated program on the Big 4 US Networks [CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX] and second lowest-rated overall last night, matching the CW’s Supergirl (0.7, even with last week). The CW’s Jane The Virgin (0.3) was off by a tenth.

The Advocate described When We Rise as “a sprawling tale of queer liberation that covers the Stonewall riots to marriage equality to the transgender rights battle.” The ABC series was directed by “out” homosexual Dustin Lance Black, whose previous work includes the acclaimed film “Milk” about Harvey Milk.

In recent years, gay themed television shows have not been successful on American TV. My friends on Facebook who have seen the series were very disappointed and upset by it. Could it be that gay themed TV shows are no longer relevant in some western countries, because we have moved on, and integrated?

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/lgbtq-ratings-flop-americans-keep-rejecting-gay-programming

We’re lousy at sport but we’re good at getting jobs!

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University researchers have been busy lately.

A University of British Columbia study found that in the last 15 years, lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are half as likely to play sports compared to straight teens. In 1998, five out of 10 gay students played formal or coach sports. By 2013, that proportion had dropped to three in 10.

The level of participation dropped from 62 per cent to 52 per cent for lesbian girls; bisexual girls it dropped from 48 per cent to 38 per cent, and bisexual boys, the participation dropped from 59 per cent to 42 per cent. The study involved 99,373 adolescent students across British Columbia.

Meanwhile, female bosses are more likely to hire gay and lesbian job candidates over heterosexuals, according to a new study of 400 managers by The University of Sussex. This comes as a surprise because past research showed gay and lesbian jobseekers were usually at a disadvantage.

Women favoured homosexual candidates, while males were more likely to choose a straight applicant. “These results show that bias against gay men and lesbians is much more nuanced than previous work suggests. Hiring decisions made by teams of both men and women could lead to less biased decisions,” commented Dr Benjamin Everly of the business, management and economics department at Sussex University.

Gay, lesbian and bisexual teens half as likely to play sports: UBC study

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/female-bosses-more-likely-to-hire-gay-and-lesbian-candidates-study-finds-a3474011.html

Gay marriage is good for our lives

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Research in America has revealed a decline in suicide attempts by GLBTQI students since gay marriage was introduced in their states.

Over 16 years, states that adopted laws allowing same-sex marriage saw an immediate decline in suicide attempts by gay, lesbian and bisexual high school students, a group in which attempted suicide is two to seven times more common than among their heterosexual peers.

In the year following any state’s adoption of marriage equality, rates of attempted suicide among such high schoolers in that state fell 14% below that group’s rate of suicide attempts in states that had not changed their policies on gay marriage.

From 1999 to 2015, same-sex marriage being legalised meant 134,000 fewer adolescents attempted suicide.

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-gay-marriage-suicide-20170221-story.html