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Kicked out, spat on and abused, new UK shelter helps LGBT+ homeless
LONDON, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Apart from being spat on and urinated on when he slept rough in London for over a year, 52-year-old Chabahn had to contend with another daily threat: being abused and attacked for his sexuality.
Chabahn, who is gay but kept it hidden on the streets, said living with HIV was an additional burden that some mainstream shelters did not have the capacity to support him with.
"When it comes to being LGBT, the amount of discrimination on the street is rather high. There is no safety, you have to fend for yourself," said Chabahn, who declined to give his full name.
"You have to become a very good actor and you have to be someone that you are not."
YouTube star Riyadh Khalaf calls out LGBT bullying
The stunning toll of Boy Scout sex abuse: More than 12,200 reported victims
Sexual abuse survivors sue the Vatican over predatory U.S. priests
Catholic school music director sought sex with undercover cop posing as teen: affidavit
The Latest: Bishop says church was not trying to hide files
Sexual health campaign that’s ‘unapologetic, black and gay’ hits London
Phil Samba is ‘unapologetic and black and gay’ and he has inspired other gay, black men to take better care of their sexual health.
For the past two years Samba has co-developed and starred in a unique campaign to make sure London’s gay, black men are not only more educated about sexual health, but also more comfortable in getting tested.
‘Some black communities consider being gay a white thing so black men are erased,’ Samba tells Gay Star News.
‘Seeing themselves (in campaigns) will make them more comfortable and see that they need to take care of themselves.’
Gay Star News
Black patients, black physicians and the need to improve health outcomes for African Americans
Older LGBTI people fear having to return to the closet
A new documentary premieres this evening at the Luminate Festival in Glasgow.
Return To The Closet was commissioned especially by Luminate and LGBT Health & Wellbeing. Filmmaker Glenda Rome helmed the production.
The documentary talks to several LGBTI people in Scotland aged 50+ about their fears as they age. Many of these revolve around losing independence and having to rely on support from carers or enter residential care.
‘I fear, if I go into care, I don’t want to return to the closet. I’ve been out of the closet since my early 20s, so it’s something that bothers me,’ says one participant.
Gay Star News
United Methodist Church Affirms Anti-LGBTQ Policies
The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council has upheld the anti-LGBTQ policies adopted by delegates to the denomination’s General Conference in February.
The so-called Traditional Plan maintains the church’s ban on the ordination of what it calls “self-avowed homosexuals,” even though there are many gay United Methodist clergy members, largely closeted. It also retains the denomination’s opposition to same-sex marriage. Clergy members who perform same-sex weddings can be suspended without pay the first time they do so and can be expelled the second; this is the first time penalties have been spelled out.
The plan adds an exit mechanism for congregations disagreeing with these positions. They can leave the denomination if two-thirds of members vote to take such action and if the congregation meets certain financial obligations.
Church membership is dropping fast. That may be good news for LGBTQ rights.
Entire Methodist confirmation class declines to become members over anti-LGBTQ policies
‘Christian’ donor yanks pledge to fund sick baby’s medical expenses because she has two moms
What I Learned About Loving My Body as a Gay Man
Everyone has a story about their body. Some of us want to look great for the beach, to feel powerful and sexy when we’re in bed with someone, or to move easily without pain or discomfort.
My body’s story has everything to do with being gay.
As a kid, I was always sick and had more allergies than you could count. I had allergies to foods, dust, pollens, and fragrances. I reacted in many ways, from a skin rash to hives, earaches that were beyond painful, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, and days spent sick in bed. To make matters worse, I was diagnosed as ADHD. Imagine pairing an allergic reaction and ADHD together! Suffice to say I never felt like I had much control over my body as a child.
Being sick a lot made me aware of how my body responded to food and foods that did not agree with me. Perhaps because of my mother’s intervention and being so reactive to food as a child, I never got fat. I was always skinny. When you’re sick all the time it’s difficult to gain weight.
The Good Men Project
'What happens when I'm no longer desirable?' How fear of ageing took over my 20s
Have you ever felt lonely whilst being in a romantic relationship?
More than 80 women sue San Diego hospital alleging secret camera recordings
More than 80 women have filed a lawsuit against Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa alleging they were secretly recorded while undergoing medical procedures in labor and delivery operating rooms.
Patients were filmed without their consent in three private rooms from July 2012 to June 2013, according to the lawsuit filed last week in San Diego County Superior Court. The women allege hidden cameras filmed approximately 1,800 patients undergoing medical procedures — including births, dilatation and curettage to resolve miscarriages, and hysterectomies.
Engineer, David Xu, accused of poisoning colleague's food and water
A California engineer accused of trying to poison his co-worker by spiking her food and water for more than a year was arrested and charged with attempted murder last week.
David Xu, an engineer at Berkeley Engineering and Research Inc., a consulting firm, is accused of adding the poisonous metal cadmium to co-worker Rong Yuan's food and water starting in October 2017, according to court documents filed in Alameda County last week. He kept trying to poison her through March of this year, the documents said.
For months, Yuan noticed that food and water she left unattended in her office had a strange taste and smell, the documents filed Thursday said.
She "reported suffering immediate and significant health problems after consuming this water and food, at times requiring emergency care at a hospital," the court filing said.
Arizona police officers forcibly removed 2-year-old boy with fever from home, video shows
An Arizona lawmaker is questioning a local police department's use of force in removing a feverish child from a home after a doctor reported the parents to the state's Department of Child Safety.
On Feb. 25, the mother of a 2-year-old child, who is not vaccinated, took the child to a naturopathic doctor with a fever of 105 degrees, ABC Phoenix station KNXV reported.
The doctor instructed the mother to take the toddler to the emergency room as soon as possible, but since the child's fever later broke, she took him back to their home in Chandler, about 25 miles southeast of Phoenix, instead, according to a statement from the Chandler Police Department.
When the doctor learned from the Cardon Children's Hospital that they parents never showed up with the child, she called Arizona DCS, who then contacted the Chandler Police Department for assistance, an incident report shows.
Chicago Police with guns drawn raid wrong home, crash 4-year-old's birthday, family claims
Police chief, friend charged with raping child over 7 years
Transgender man claims Catholic hospital refused to perform a hysterectomy on him. Now, he’s suing.
A transgender man has filed a lawsuit against a Catholic hospital for refusing to perform a hysterectomy on him for religious reasons, Newsweek reported.
The lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union claims that St. Joseph Hospital in California discriminated against Oliver Knight because he is transgender.
"The refusal of St. Joseph to allow a doctor to perform a medically necessary procedure because the patient is transgender is discriminatory," Jessica Riggin, a lawyer who is representing Knight, said in a statement. "This is a hospital that is open to the general public so even though it's religiously affiliated, it's illegal for them to turn away someone based on gender identity. Everyone should be able to get the care they need."
Illinois lawmaker introduces bill to punish doctors for providing health care to trans people
An new bill in Illinois bill would punish doctors for providing transgender youth with any transition-related health care.
Rep. Tom Morrison’s (R) bill, the Youth Health Prevention Act, would prevent doctors from giving hormone prescriptions, providing transition-related surgeries, or even referring trans youth to another doctor for transition-related health care. If a doctor does, it’ll be considered “unprofessional conduct” subject to discipline, and they could have their license suspended or revoked.
FLORIDA TEEN LIT CAGED CAT ON FIRE, FED REMAINS TO HIS DOGS, PROSECUTORS SAY
A Florida 19-year-old is accused of setting a caged cat on fire and feeding its remains to his dogs. The alleged act of animal abuse, which was caught on video, occurred in July 2016 but details have only been released now.
In the video, Roberto Hernandez can be seen standing over a cat in a small cage and dousing it with some sort of flammable liquid. Prosecutors said Hernandez then lights some matches and sets the animal ablaze.
Dog Choked, Slammed On Ground By Man Who Was To Train It
Toddler mauled to death by 2 family dogs
The parking lot suicides
Veterans are taking their own lives on VA hospital campuses, a desperate form of protest against a system that they feel hasn’t helped them.
Alissa Harrington took an audible breath as she slid open a closet door deep in her home office. This is where she displays what’s too painful, too raw to keep out in the open.
Framed photos of her younger brother, Justin Miller, a 33-year-old Marine Corps trumpet player and Iraq veteran. Blood-spattered safety glasses recovered from the snow-covered Nissan Frontier truck where his body was found. A phone filled with the last text messages from his father: “We love you. We miss you. Come home.”
Miller was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts when he checked into the Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in February 2018. After spending four days in the mental-health unit, Miller walked to his truck in VA’s parking lot and shot himself in the very place he went to find help.
“The fact that my brother, Justin, never left the VA parking lot — it’s infuriating,” said Harrington, 37. “He did the right thing; he went in for help. I just can’t get my head around it.”
Man heard a loud crack when his penis snapped in half during sex
A randy man has told how he heard a loud crack while he was having sex when his penis snapped in half.
Sean Marsden, 48, was getting frisky with girlfriend Louise Gray, 36, when he “slipped” and he heard his manhood snap.
He writhed around in excruciating pain while his bent penis swelled up with blood until it was the “size of a bottle of wine.”
Two men convicted in teen's deadly allergic reaction to takeout
A former restaurant owner and an employee were found guilty of manslaughter Friday in the death of a British teen who suffered an allergic reaction to takeout from the eatery.
Megan Lee, 15, who was severely allergic to peanuts, died on New Year's Day 2017 — two days after eating a meal of onion bhaji, a seekh kebab and a Peshwari naan from the Royal Spice Indian restaurant in Hyden, Lancashire, England.
None of the items were supposed to contain nuts.
Thousands of people are seeking help after being forced into ‘ex-gay therapy’
In December 2014, a tractor-trailer traveling down Interstate 71 in Ohio struck and killed Leelah Alcorn.
Alcorn, who identified as transgender, had posted a suicide note on her Tumblr in which she described her isolation, desperation, and depression—feelings she blamed, in part, on the “conversion therapy” her conservative Christian parents forced her to undergo. Alcorn’s parents believed their “sick” child could be forcibly turned back into a boy and “cured” of her attraction to males.