Chemsex in painful health scare

A 40-year-old English gay man has developed arthritis after catching a sexually-transmitted infection through anal sex.

The patient was diagnosed with reactive arthritis – which caused severe pain in his joints after he caught shigella flexineri, which causes diarrhoea and is found in infected faeces and which can be passed through food or sex, according to those experts on such matters at the Daily Mail.

Doctors at Leeds said the patient frequently took part in in chemsex.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5171365/Gay-man-40-develops-arthritis-catching-STI.html

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Gay film wins awards

The new film “God’s own country” won best film, best actor and best debut screenplay at the British indie film awards for Francis Lee who directed the film.

“I am so incredibly proud of those two boys,” said Lee speaking about the film’s principal actors Alec Secareanu and Josh O’Connor. “Not only are they phenomenal actors, they are also now incredibly close friends and I think they just turned in the most incredible transformative performances and I think that’s really rare and beautiful to see.”

The film has come out all over the world and has reached audiences all over the world and the reaction has been phenomenal. In the U.K. alone it is incredible to see people seeing the film 5,6,7 times. It is very overwhelming,” said Lee.

http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/11/gay-love-film-wins-big-at-british-indie-film-awards

Call to ban anti-gay preacher

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Opposition is growing to a visit to the UK by Franklin Graham, the son of famous preacher Billy Graham. Franklin Graham is accused of hate speech for his past remarks about gay people.

Several MPs and a government minister have urged the home secretary to consider refusing UK entry to Mr Graham. Some suggest his comments contravene British laws on hate speech. A petition against his visit has more than 4,600 signatures.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/07/us-evangelical-preacher-franklin-graham-uk-critics

Not many assylum seekers are let in

After a very long wait the Home Office have released some provisional figures revealing the fate of gay assylum seekers. The HO describe the figures as “experimental” whatever that means.

In the last two years a total of 3,535 asylum applications were made by people fleeing persecution at least partly based on their sexual orientation. That is around 6 percent of all asylum claims. More than two-thirds of these were rejected.

Of cases with a clear resolution, 2,379 claims were rejected, and just 838 approved.

The Home Office accepted just 63 gay asylum seekers from Nigeria, where gay people can face extreme violence or decades in jail. 268 gay Nigerians were turned away.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/11/30/the-uk-has-rejected-thousands-of-gay-asylum-seekers/

UK: HIV numbers down again

The incidence of HIV among gay men is falling, according to Public health England.

PHE uses the CD4 counts of men diagnosed with HIV to estimate the incidence of HIV in the community. A man diagnosed with HIV at a CD4 count of 400 is likely to have acquired HIV about four years ago. So each year’s data is used to refine previous year’s estimates.

PHE now say infections in gay and bisexual men have been steadily falling for five years. There were 2,800 infections in 2012, 2,100 infections in 2014 and 1,700 infections in 2016.

The estimated figures for people with undiagnosed HIV have been falling, bringing England close to meeting the United Nations 90-90-90 targets. Estimates are now that 88 percent of people living with HIV have been diagnosed, 96 percent of those diagnosed are taking treatment, and 97 percent of those treated have an undetectable viral load.

An estimated 10,400 people living with HIV have still not been diagnosed.

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2017/11/24/hiv-diagnoses-dropping-uk/

Aren’t gay families wonderful!

More same-sex couples are adopting children in the UK.

Family court figures from the Department of Justice reveal that more gay couples are applying for adoption orders while fewer heterosexual couples are doing so.

Applications from heterosexual couples dropped by 12 per cent to 3561, while applications from gay couples rose by seven per cent to 587.

In 2002 the Adoption and Children Act allowed gay people to adopt for the first time. Since then the number of same-sex couples seeking to adopt has risen.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/boost-in-gay-couples-adopting-children-is-relieving-strain-on-uk-care-system-a3698291.html

Gay couple win custody of surrogate baby

The rights of gay couples using surrogacy to create their families appear to have been strengthened this past week by a new ruling of the UK High Court.

A surrogate mother who decided not to hand over the baby lost custody of her child. The court ruled the child would be better placed with the gay couple who arranged for her to have the baby. The child’s “identity needs as a child of gay intended parents” would be better fulfilled if he lived with the couple.

The woman and her husband changed their minds about giving the child up, and did not tell the men about the birth for more than a week after it took place last April. The male same-sex partners began legal proceedings. Last year a High Court judge ruled that the child, now 18 months old, should live with them. The surrogate mother and father appealed.

The Court of Appeal ruled that the original decision to give custody to the gay couple with limited contact six times a year with the surrogate mother and father was correct. While surrogacy arrangements had no legal standing, the child’s genetic relationships and welfare were the most important factors for deciding where he or she should live.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/17/surrogate-mother-changed-mind-giving-baby-must-hand-child-gay/