Manchester’s safe haven set up

After a series of hate crimes around Canal Street, Manchester, volunteers at the Village Haven are on hand to deal with anyone in need. A quiet, safe space to sober up, get home safely, and get help if they’ve fallen victim to crime called the Village Haven is based at the The Beacon, the Bloom Street premises of Christian homeless charity Barnabus.

The haven will be open from 11pm to 5am every Friday and Saturday night.

The project is being run by Manchester’s LGBT Foundation.

Make a note of the address in your diary or phone.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/safe-haven-been-set-up-13791952

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This is Tajikistan. Bend over

Authorities in Tajikistan have drawn up a list of 367 allegedly gay citizens, saying they would be required to undergo testing to avoid “the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases”.

A police source told Agence France Press that “strict medical records” were needed for members of the gay community because “such people have a high risk of contracting sexually-transmitted infections through infectious diseases.”

Homosexuality is not banned in Tajikistan but is frowned upon.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/tajikistan-gay-lesbian-register-medical-checks

Discrimination against gays in housing researched

Peter Matthews and Chris Poyner have been researching discrimination against gay and lesbian people in housing.

They found that some service providers were indirectly discriminating against members of the gay community.

…We can say that service providers were indirectly discriminating against LGBT+ people. They did not know about the experiences of LGBT+ people as they did not routinely ask people their sexual or gender identity. In such circumstances, it is very likely people are going to feel uncomfortable volunteering such information if it is relevant. Thus, it is good news that the NHS in England is to start asking for such data routinely.

That this was occurring in housing services should be surprising.

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/housing-services-and-lgbt-users/

We don’t know who you are…yet

NHS patients in England will be asked about their sexuality under new guidelines designed to ensure gay people aren’t discriminated against, from 2019. The new guidelines recommend that doctors, nurses, and other health professionals ask about sexual orientation during “every face to face contact with the patient, where no record of this data already exists.”

No patient will be obliged to disclose their sexuality, and the new guidelines will not be mandatory on individual NHS trusts.

An NHS spokesperson commented:

“All health bodies and local authorities with responsibility for adult social care are required under the Equality Act to ensure that no patient is discriminated against.

“This information standard is designed to help NHS bodies be compliant with the law by collecting, only where relevant, personal details of patients such as race, sex and sexual orientation. They do not have to do it in every area, people do not have to answer the questions and it will have no impact on the care they receive.”

http://www.refinery29.uk/2017/10/176644/nhs-england-sexuality-guidelines

Keep drinking and keep us in business, please

A hearing is currently taking place regarding the late-night licence of G-A-Y, the Soho night club, which wants to stay open until 4am.

G-A-Y is arguing that the revenue taken from a late licence would offset the “ridiculous” rent hike of £400,000.

More than half of London’s gay venues have closed in the last ten years according to UCL’s LGBTQ+ Cultural Infrastructure in London report. More gay venues have closed than any other category of venue.

While not wanting to see another venue close, we have to face the facts: alcohol is a major cause of poverty, poor health and negative life outcomes in the gay community.

http://www.cityam.com/273762/sohos-g-y-nightclub-awaits-crucial-late-night-licence

What’s hot in Jakarta

Indonesian police detained 58 men including several foreigners in a raid on a gay sauna, the latest sign of a backlash against homosexuals in the Muslim-majority country.

They raided a sauna and gym in the capital Jakarta after they received information from the public that it was being used for prostitution.

“We secured 51 and seven employees for allegedly providing pornographic services,” Jakarta Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said in a statement.
Six foreigners were among those detained, including four men from China, one from Thailand and one from Holland.

Yuwono said six of those detained would be charged under Indonesia’s anti-pornography law, and could face up to six years in prison. It is not clear what – if anything – the remaining 52 would be charged with.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesian-police-arrest-58-men-in-raid-on-gay-sauna-9289614

HIV in UK down again

There has been an 18 per cent drop in the number of people newly diagnosed with HIV, 5,164 last year, the biggest fall on record, according to Public Health England.

New cases of HIV are falling among gay and bisexual men for the first time, thanks partly to use of Prep.

In London new cases among gay and bisexual men fell by 29 per cent.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/03/hiv-cases-among-gay-bisexual-men-drop-first-time-experts-hail/

FA 0, Gay footballers 0

The Football Association’s attempts to make contact with gay professional footballers have drawn a blank, with “not one” willing to meet the organisation’s chairman, Greg Clarke, even in secret or anonymously, reports the Telegraph. Mr Clarke commented:

“I’ve met a lot of gay activists, gay publishers. I went down to Stonewall, watched a game, had a beer in the bar afterwards – and talked about the issues. At the semi-pro level and below, nobody’s worried. I haven’t met one player at professional level who would even agree to meet me in the middle of nowhere for a conversation over a cup of coffee. Not one.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/10/03/fa-draws-total-blank-bid-make-contact-gay-professional-footballers/

Pressure on Egypt to respect human rights

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Associated Press reports that Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have called on Egyptian authorities to halt their crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality following the waving of the LGBT rainbow flag at a recent concert in Cairo, and to end anal examinations of people detained on suspicion of homosexuality to determine whether they were engaged in same-sex sexual relations. The practice is torture and is “abhorrent” and scientifically unsound.

Egypt is known to have arrested at least seven people last week after footage of the rainbow flag during a September 22 concert by Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila (whose lead singer is openly gay) was posted on social media.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-to-conduct-anal-exams-on-men-suspected-of-gay-sex-report/