Movement at last on gay “cures”?

The Church of England looks set to condemn controversial “gay cures”, a month after the UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May suggested such “treatments” could be banned.

Last month Mrs May said the Government was “reviewing” “gay cure” therapies to see if they should be banned. She said: “We’re looking carefully at the extent of the problem, and the experience of other countries that have introduced bans, to ensure we get the approach to this right.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/23/church-looks-set-condemn-gay-cures-archbishops-say-sexuality/

Just awful

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The fire in London yesterday is the most horrible thing Your Activist has ever seen.

Gay Activist sends condolences and love to everyone affected by this dreadful tragedy, and commends the actions of neighbours and emergency workers who managed to rescue so many from the dreadful inferno.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/familiesofgrenfelltower?utm_source=jgtwitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=familiesofgrenfelltower

Lib Dems fall apart over homosexuality

Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrats’ home affairs spokesman, has resigned from his post, citing concerns about party leader Tim Farron’s views on various issues that were highlighted during the recent general election campaign.

Throughout the election campaign, Tim Farron, who is deeply religious, was dogged by questions over his attitude to homosexuality, though he has insisted he does not believe gay sex is a sin.

Mr Farron yesterday announced he is stepping down as party leader because of difficulties reconciling his Christianity with the demands of a political life.

Yesterday the party announced they would hold a deputy leadership election amid reports that MPs were mulling a leadership challenge.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/14/lib-dem-peer-brian-paddick-resigns-over-farrons-views-on-gay-sex

Stay, or go? The new Tory split emerges

James Wharton tells the indy why he has torn up his Conservative Party membership card.

Theresa May has manoeuvred to form an alliance with the DUP in order to cling on to power in the wake of the disastrous general election result last week. This has forced me to resign my party membership in protest, and call upon other gay Tories to do the same.

It’s unthinkable to me that the party would, having moved so far forward from the days of section 28 – ugly blots on the pages of its history – now so hastily rush into a marriage with a group whose founding principles are based on faith, a party that denies women the right of choice surrounding pregnancy and that still to this day holds influence that prevents LGBT people in Northern Ireland enjoying the comfort of equality in marriage.

Gay Tories, time to take stock.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/gay-tory-i-leave-party-deal-dup/

Yet another curist surfaces

Metro alleges that a Conservative Party candidate, Kristy Adams, who is hoping to take the parliamentary seat of Hove and Portslade from Labour on June 8, has been accused of being a prominent member of a church linked to so-called ‘gay cures’, the evangelical King’s Arms Church in Bedfordshire for a number of years. The church is alleged to be linked to homophobic exorcisms claimed to ‘heal’ gay people.

A gay former member of the congregation is quoted as saying it was ‘categorically the case that homosexuality in the church was regarded as a sin, the inclination to which could be cured through prayer and counselling’.

Tory candidate linked to notorious ‘gay cures’ church

Port’s victims’ families sue the Metropolitan Police over alleged homophobia

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The families of four men murdered by “Grindr killer” Stephen Port, who met his victims on a gay dating app before spiking them with lethal doses of GHB and dumping their bodies close to his east London flat between June 2014 and September 2015, are suing the Metropolitan Police for more than £200,000 over claims that police failed to link the deaths due to homophobia inside the police force.

The men, Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, Daniel Whitworth, 21, and Jack Taylor, 25, all died of GHB poisoning. Three of them were found in a churchyard next to Mr Port’s home in Barking.

Port left a fake suicide note with Mr Whitworth that read: “Please do not blame the guy I was with last night.” Police initially thought the youngsters had overdosed and dismissed concerns raised by their friends and family members. Officers only realised they had been murdered after a fresh investigation was launched following the death of Mr Taylor, who was Mr Port’s final victim.

Seventeen family members of the victims are suing Scotland Yard in the High Court, claiming that officers discriminated against their relatives because they were gay. They allege there were “breaches of duty and inaction” and accuse the force of breaching the Equality Act 2010, of negligence, and misusing or abusing their power by failing to properly investigate; and are seeking “aggravated and exemplary damages” in excess of £200,000.

Officers admitted they “missed opportunities” after failing to spot similarities between the killings.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/grindr-stephen-port-scotland-yard-met-police-homophobia-serial-killer-a7734031.html

Another nail in the blood ban’s coffin

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The Government’s advisory committee is about to make it considerably easier for gay men to donate blood in a dramatic winding down of the ban implemented amid the 1980s Aids epidemic.

The committee is reported to have decided that the current deferral period, in which men cannot give blood within 12 months of having sex with another man, should be reduced to three months.

The change reflects improved testing measures which can establish whether someone has HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C or syphilis inside three months.

The move to reduce the deferral period is supported by a working group of the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs. An official report will be passed to the full committee, which will then give its recommendation to the Department of Health in July.

The ban has been in place since 1983 – 34 years.

The 2015 UK Blood Donor Survey of 65,051 people found one per cent lie about their circumstances on their forms. Seventy-four men who have sex with men, out of 22,065, said they had been dishonest to the blood service.

The NHS Blood and Transplant Service says it needs 200,000 blood donors every year.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/gay-blood-donation-sex-aids-three-months-year-a7721606.html

More anti gay propaganda found

The Head teacher of St Mungo’s High School in Falkirk apologised to his pupils after leaflets describing homosexuality as “intrinsically disordered” and “fundamentally dangerous” were found on campus.

The leaflet, “The Church and same sex attraction”, were found by senior students last week. The Roman Catholic school has now removed all copies of the leaflets produced by the Catholic Truth Society and is investigating where they came from.

Describing some gay people as those with “deep-seated tendencies” and gay sex as “acts of grave depravity”, the pamphlet states: “Sometimes people with troubled spirits are urged to ‘adopt a homosexual lifestyle. This can be very harmful. Talking about it with a priest of friend may help….but adopting a homosexual lifestyle will not increase their happiness in the long run.”

Aidan Callahan, a sixth year pupil at St Mungo’s, found the material in the school’s oratory and after reading it, complained to head teacher Stephen Phee.
“Homophobia isn’t an issue at our school, so I was really surprised to see something like this. Mr Phee apologised straight away and said they shouldn’t have been there, and he would investigate how they got there.”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15255981.RC_school_rocked_by____gay_sex_is_depraved____leaflets/

Out of step, out of election

Andrew Turner, the Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight, is standing down after reportedly telling local college students that homosexuality was “wrong” and “dangerous to society”.

His comments were quickly posted on social media by one of the students, Esther Poucher, 16, who expressed “outrage”. Another student, Toby Sheard, 17, said: “Everyone was shocked, no-one moved, it was complete silence, all of which he was unfazed by and carried on talking.”

Isle of Wight Pride said: “Any person who makes such a statement in a public forum as our MP is dangerous. Suicide rates amongst LGBT young people are still disproportionately high. Mr Turner did not know if anyone in the room was struggling with their sexuality or gender identity.”

Mr Turner said it was time for “a new generation” to take over after his 16 years in Parliament.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-39749203

Anyone for tennis? No

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The Islington Gazette profiles the Gay Gooners, gay supporters of Arsenal football club. They are the biggest LGBT football fans group in the world. There are 500 members, with 40 per cent women. Dave Raval is chairman, and was one of the founding members in 2013.

The Gooners aim to stamp out homophobia in football, provide a safe forum for LGBT people to enjoy Arsenal, and act as a social group.

“The recent question has always been: ‘When is a male player going to come out?’ [Players have come out in women’s football.] But when we started Gay Gooners, our question was: ‘When are the fans going to come out?’

“It’s just as important for LGBT fans to be visible in the game. There are hundreds of us. We don’t accept what some people would call ‘banter.’ We don’t accept a football culture where a male player has yet to come out.”

Gay Gooners was the first LGBT fans group to be recognised by a professional club, as Arsenal did. There are now 30 groups in the UK.

http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/arsenal-gay-gooners-biggest-lgbt-football-supporters-club-in-the-world-1-4985766