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Decriminalise prostitution, say nurses
The Royal College of Nursing is to start lobbying government to change the law after members voted in favour of the move at their annual conference.
Nurses said the current law put sex workers at risk and deterred them from seeking help from the NHS.
Delegates heard how sex workers are put off reporting attacks because of fears of prosecution.
There are believed to be more than 70,000 sex workers in the UK - nine in 10 of which are women.
Louise Cahill, a clinical nurse specialist in sexual health from south west England, who proposed the motion, said: "Current UK law makes it a criminal offence for sex workers to work together for safety. Brothel keeping is defined as just two or more sex workers working together.
"Therefore, sex workers have to choose between keeping safe and getting arrested. No one should be put in danger by the law.
Antigay former Congressman Aaron Schock busted trying to pick up a guy in West Hollywood
Totally-not-gay-at-all former Republican Congressman Aaron Schock was snapped poolside at the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood by a gay tourist visiting from New York.
The loathed closet case was accompanied by an attractive speedo-clad young gay man who was on Scruff while they lounged by the pool. Later he was spotted chatting up and ogling another young man.
Schock, who made a splash in the nation’s capital with his clothing choices, Instagram photos, and interior decorating choices, resigned after being accused of illegally using campaign funds to finance his over-the-top lifestyle.
Schock was a reliably anti-gay vote for Republicans, despite the parade of young men who visited his DC apartment, and his outing by journalist Itay Hod in 2014. Hod claimed he had walked in on his male roommate and Schock showering together.
Milwaukee County Declares Racism A Public Health Crisis
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele signed a resolution Monday (May 20) stating how racism is a public health crisis and that the county plans to take action.
"Everybody has been reading and hearing about the same set of statistics in Milwaukee for decades," Abele said. "We lead in an unfortunate way the racial disparities in employment, in education, incarceration, income and even things like ... access to capital."
The resolution hopes to take actionable steps to level the playing field in Milwaukee, a playing field that finds minorities disproportionately affected.
Drunk Airline Passenger Yells Racist Abuses, Kicks People On International Flight [Video]
Black Strippers Awarded More than $3 Million In Racial Discrimination Case
Two men arrested after 18 year old falls from condo after alleged three-way
A doctor and his male friend have been arrested after an 18-year-old man fell to his death after an alleged three-way.
Police apprehended the pair after their guest fell from a balcony at the doctor’s 20th floor condo in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday (18 May).
A police source at Thong Lor police station told The Nation that the two suspects appeared to be under the influence of crystal methamphetamine.
Thong Lor precinct officers received the report of the victim’s death at 3.30pm on Saturday.
Police authorities examined the building’s CCTV recordings. They reportedly found the victim entered the condo block with two older men, both in their 30s, and went up to the 20th floor with them.
One of the men alleged the teen became intoxicated and fell from the balcony. Locals found him on the street wearing only a G-string.
Gay Star News
Three men attacked a gay couple in their own store
Possible link between attacks on trans women
A transgender woman was found shot to death in a Dallas neighborhood. Now, police believe her case may be linked to two other attacks on transgender victims.
Michelle Simone is the third trans woman of colour to be killed in the US this week
India: Three men arrested after alleged rape of trans women at knifepoint
Federal prison guard sexually assaulted 4 inmates in New York City, prosecutors say
A federal correctional officer was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly abusing his position to sexually assault female inmates over the course of six years, according to newly filed charges.
Colin Akparanta was charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a ward, four counts of abusive sexual contact and one count of deprivation of civil rights in connection to four women who were housed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City between 2012 and 2018.
"Akparanta was a predator in uniform, exploiting his position to sexually abuse multiple inmates over a several-year period. No inmate in a Bureau of Prisons facility should fear sexual abuse at the hands of a correctional officer," said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman in a statement.
Penn State professor with side job as Uber driver accused of kidnapping multiple women: Court records
Ex-police officer gets prison for paying teen girls for sex
Why Celebrities Are So Susceptible to Grifters
Human history is riddled with people whose limited credentials have not stopped them from successfully hawking miracle cures and religious salvation, but Grigori Rasputin stands out as a talented wellness grifter even now. After arriving in St. Petersburg in the early 1900s, Rasputin ego-massaged his way into the upper echelons of Russian society, charming the rich and influential to access ever-greater levels of power until he reached the ruling Romanovs, the family that had been in control of Russia for more than three centuries.
Most of what historians know about what Rasputin actually did to ingratiate himself—or what skills he actually had—has been passed down through mere rumor and legend. What’s clearer is that the Romanovs apparently considered Rasputin’s abilities so indispensable to the health of their son and the legitimacy of their government that he was allowed to run roughshod over their court and alienate the trust of the public, hastening the Bolshevik Revolution and the Romanovs’ deaths.
Today's youth deserve inclusive masturbation education
For a kid, there are few things more awkward than sitting in a sex ed class and learning about masturbation. For a queer or transgender kid, the experience can be simultaneously uncomfortable and painful.
That's because, as some sex educators argue, sex education often fails to address masturbation in an inclusive way. In fact, it may not even be discussed at all. Less than half of American high schools and only one fifth of middle schools teach all 16 sex ed topics from the Center for Disease Control's recommended list. Masturbation isn't even on that list, much less inclusive masturbation education.
"Talking about self-pleasure doesn't happen that much in sex ed," says Andrew Townsend, teen program coordinator for Planned Parenthood Toronto.
By ignoring masturbation and not addressing it in a way that speaks to everyone, sex ed fails our youth. Inclusive sex ed should be a critical component of education, and masturbation should be a core topic. Regardless of gender identity or sexuality, the practice is an essential part of an individual's sexual pleasure.
Men and Abortion
Emboldened by the placement of two Conservative justices on the Supreme Court, state legislatures have begun racing to become the test case for overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade case. Alabama has passed perhaps the most extreme of these laws, effectively banning all abortions without exception. Georgia’s law appears to cover miscarriages as well as abortions. Quite a few other states have passed or are working on legislation that appear to be on-their-face violations of the Roe v. Wade decision.
I’ve noticed that, on my social media stream, so many men are as silent as they were during the peak of #MeToo. It’s understandable that men would want to step aside and let women do most of the talking, and we should. However, we shouldn’t be completely silent.
So what should we say?
The Good Men Project
Recent abortion bans will impact poor people and people of color most
Why So Many Women Choose Abortion Over Adoption
Portuguese officers convicted of kidnapping black youths
A Portuguese court has found eight police officers guilty of kidnapping and beating up six youths from a predominantly black neighborhood in the outskirts of Lisbon.
Only one of the eight officers was sentenced to jail, while the others were given suspended sentences for various crimes, including kidnapping, assault and falsification of documents. Nine other police officers were acquitted.
Anthony Joshua on combating racism: 'Our parents' generation has been sleeping'
Racist 'promposal' sign will lead to 'severe consequences' for Southern California students
Majority of LGBTQ people report being sexually harassed in the workplace
A report published yesterday (May 17) on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia revealed that the majority of LGBTQ people in the workplace have been sexually harassed.
The report surveyed 1,000 LGBTQ respondents and 68% said they had faced one type of sexual harassment at work. A lot of these were inappropriate jokes and probing questions about their sex lives.
35% of LGBTQ women reported having experienced unwanted touching, and a further 21% reported some form of sexual assault. A further 12% said they had been either seriously sexually assaulted or raped at work. When compared to men, only 7% reported having been seriously sexually assaulted or raped.
These figures increased significantly when it came to black or minority ethnic women. Out of these, 54% experienced unwanted touching, 45% reported having been sexually assaulted, and a further 27% reported either serious sexual assault or rape.
Survey: One in six women say they were sexually harassed at Coachella and Stagecoach 2019
Ohio State team doctor sexually abused 177 students over decades, report finds
FORMER PRIEST SAYS TO SAVE THE CHURCH IT MUST ‘ABOLISH THE PRIESTHOOD’
James Carroll, a former priest, has written a powerful piece in a well-known magazine where he prescribes solutions to get the Roman Catholic church free of its failings-he to want to do away with church priests. In his article appropriately named Abolish the Priesthood, the American identifies the concentration of power in a celibate and an all-male clergy as one of the significant sources of the problem.
World Religion News
Gay pop star from Singapore, where gay sex is illegal, shares coming out story
How old were you when you realized you were gay?
At 13! I’ve been a singer for seven years being in the closet. When I hit 30, I told myself I can’t live my life being someone else anymore. It was just taking away all the joy from me when I was with my friends because I was just busy thinking about hiding my sexuality. All the time.
I couldn’t write another word for a song. I couldn’t sing without feeling like I was being truthful. It’s just painful that my life was basically a lie. And I didn’t want to be lying all the time. It was tiring and tearing me down.
I love my friends and family a lot. And I knew if I were to live a lie, I’d never be able to share the authentic part of my life to the ones I love. So I decided that this was it, accepted who I was, what I loved and told my old self ‘bye bish!’
Gay Star News
"Not a big deal": Police commander's text after Eric Garner's death draws gasps at trial
A New York Police Department commander texted "Not a big deal" to an officer in 2014 after learning Eric Garner had most likely died during a police encounter, according to testimony Thursday. CBS radio affiliate WCBS reports there were audible gasps as Lt. Christopher Bannon's texts to Sgt. Dhanan Saminath were displayed during the departmental trial for officer Daniel Pantaleo.
Pantaleo is accused of using a banned chokehold on Garner, which a medical examiner testified this week set into motion "a lethal sequence of events." Garner, a father of six, had been arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes numerous times and was suspected of doing the same when officers approached him, police said. Garner, who had asthma, suffered a heart attack in an ambulance and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Lesbian dating apps and sites for queer women and non-binary people
Yeah, yeah, dating apps are veritable cess pits of human garbage, I know - and that's if you can actually get replies from people. But when you're lesbian, bisexual, queer, trans, non-binary, pansexual, any LGBTQIA+ identity, dating apps can connect you to people you might not encounter in your day to day life. And they can be a goddam lifeline.
Of course, most dating apps aren't build with us lot in mind. Nope, they're mainly for the straights. So, shortly after becoming single, I took it upon myself to test a variety of queer-specific and mainstream dating apps to see just how good they are for LGBTQ+ people. For context: I am a cis woman, and was up for dating people of all gender identities.
PS: Eight months later, I have a legend of a girlfriend who I met on one of these apps (but probably not the one you'd think...) during this experiment. Thanks journalism, thanks Cosmo you bloody matchmaker, I owe it all to you.