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Sexual Abuse Against Gay and Bi Men Brings Unique Stigma and Harm
At least 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday. This number rises to 1 in 4 men across their lifespan.
The rates of sexual abuse and assault are even higher in boys and men from sexual minority populations.
Sexual violation in gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals often complicates their sense of self, and how they fit, or don’t fit, into LGBTQ+ culture and communities. Such abuse may even impact their reaching out for help or reporting traumatic events as they fear stigmatization or victim-blaming.
Anti-groping stamp lets victims mark assailants
She Was Ordered To Pay Damages And Apologize To The Man Who Allegedly Assaulted Her — So She Left The Country
Workplace Study Finds Men Have Responded to MeToo by Becoming Even Shittier
The Staggering Number of LGBTQ Homeless Youth Demands Action
As people across the Southland celebrated LGBTQ Pride Month, the results of Los Angeles’s most recent Homeless Count came in, showing a 12 percent increase in the county’s homeless population over the past year and a 16 percent spike in the city of Los Angeles. These are numbers that none of us can feel pride in.
Homelessness is the biggest social crisis in Southern California today. The homeless population spans the spectrum of age, gender, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation and expression. But among nearly 9,000 young people under the age of 24 experiencing homelessness, a staggering 40 percent identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, according to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
The Right-Wing Is Weaponizing Gender Panic
The Trump Administration’s leaked gender memo, the recent transgender military ban, and the expansion of the global gag rule aren’t coincidences. They are part of a well-coordinated, funded global movement designed to control our communities by restricting the rights and bodily autonomy of women, LGBTQI communities, and people of color — eerily reminiscent of Reagan era oppressive tactics.
For LGBTQI communities, this kind of backlash is not new. At the height of the AIDS epidemic, the Reagan administration demonized our communities, as did right-wing forces around the world, spreading the false notion of the "gay plague" and blaming men who have sex with men for the transmission of the HIV virus. LGBT people were denied equal access to healthcare, faced intense violence, were stigmatized, stripped of basic rights, and often forced into the shadows. But we fought back.
Today, we know the far-right are sewing those same seeds of paranoia, creating gender panic with the use of an intentionally ambiguous organizing framework termed "gender ideology"by some and "anti-gender ideology" by others. Originating in the 1990s, gender ideology is a construct that depicts efforts to expand rights for women, LGBTQI people, and people of color, as radical, dangerous, and elitist, arguing that we are a threat to traditional family values.
Ecuador's highest court legalizes same-sex marriage
Ecuador's highest court has ruled to recognize same-sex marriage, marking a watershed moment for LGBTQ rights in the Catholic-majority country.
Judges on Quito's constitutional court ruled five-to-four on Wednesday to overhaul the country's laws, arguing that its current marriage legislation was discriminatory and unconstitutional, and that same-sex couples should be allowed equal rights.
The four dissenting judges said that changes to the Ecuadorean constitution should be decided and approved by the government and not the court.
Ecuador's National Assembly will still be required to officially change the laws that define the institution of marriage. Constitutional lawyer Salim Zaidán told CNN, however, that Wednesday's verdict was binding and that same-sex couples would be able to marry as soon as the constitutional court notifies local government offices of their decision. The court has 10 days to do so.
Abortion rights are LGBTQ rights
‘My Little Pony’ To Introduce A Lesbian Couple This Weekend
Alabama governor signs chemical castration bill into law
Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday signed a bill into law that requires someone convicted of a sex offense against a child under the age of 13 to begin chemical castration a month before being released from custody.
The law requires individuals convicted of such an offense to continue treatments until a court deems the treatment is no longer necessary. It says offenders must pay for the treatment, and they can't be denied parole solely based on an inability to pay.
"This bill is a step toward protecting children in Alabama," Ivey said.
Both houses of the Alabama Legislature approved the legislation late last month, after it was put forward by state GOP Rep. Steve Hurst.
Chemical castration involves administering medication -- via tablets or injection -- to take away sexual interest and make it impossible for a person to perform sexual acts. If the person stops taking the drug the effects can be reversed.
Ariz. Teacher Who Texted 6th-Grade Boy 'I Want You Every Day' Pleads Guilty to Molesting Him
After a night of terror, she was told to keep her rape secret. ‘It was a ’70s thing’
La. Cop Allegedly Forced Woman to Sexually Abuse Her 1-Year-Old Son
Her Evangelical Megachurch Was Her World. Then Her Daughter Said She Was Molested by a Minister.
Axe body spray defends LGBTQ pride on Twitter
You may remember the scent of Axe from some middle school dances and awkward teenage dates, but the popular body spray and wash brand made waves online for something entirely different: The brand came out in defense of Pride and LGBTQ rights in a Twitter exchange that went viral Wednesday.
The body spray's endorsement of LGBT rights comes after a Twitter joke that listed out possible candidates for Straight Pride parade floats, which was proposed to take place later this summer. A "giant AXE body spray" was first on the list.
"We’ll be at the parade that matters and this one isn’t it," tweeted Axe in response to that tweet.
Stonewall 50: Police refuse to protect Pride after violence in Georgia
State lawmakers voted to force ‘chemical castration’ on sex offenders. Medical experts urge caution.
A bill in Alabama awaiting the governor’s signature would require people convicted of certain sex offenses to undergo “chemical castration” as a condition of parole — a requirement meant to keep perpetrators from committing similar crimes.
The proposed law, passed by the state legislature, says a judge must order anyone convicted of a sex offense involving a child under the age of 13 to start receiving testosterone-inhibiting medication a month before their release from prison. Most offenders would have to pay for their treatment, which would be administered by the Department of Public Health, until a judge decides the medication is no longer necessary.
Phil Murphy’s office botched staffer’s sex assault claim: panel
A 12-year-old girl who was raped and impregnated in Guam can't have an abortion because there are no providers in the US territory
14-Year-Old Victim Helps Police Bust Human Trafficking Operation
Gay and bisexual Californians are at increased risk of sexual assault
A new report has shed a light on the sexual assault incidents reported by LGBTI Californians.
Particularly, overall Californians who identify as gay or bisexual are at higher risk of sexual harassment and assault than straight people.
Results also showed that reported sexual harassment is 5% higher for women and 10% higher for men than the national average.
Gay Star News
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
San Diego LGBT Center Urged to Hire Armed Guards After Hate Attacks
Following two separate shootings — both seemingly targeting marginalized groups — an influential San Diego City Commissioner is calling for the city's LGBT center to hire armed guards.
Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez grew concerned following this weekend's shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue where one woman was killed, as well as a shooting in February at a San Diego restaurant heavily patronized by LGBTQ customers. The former shooter was an anti-Semite and the latter had written antigay comments on his Facebook page.
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
Sex. Consent. Education.
A British Man Has Been Convicted Of Rape After Removing A Condom During Sex
Watertown man accused of groping 19-year-old woman on international flight
In The Future, Will Your Kids Be Able To Sue You For Oversharing Online?
Last month, Gwyneth Paltrow got herself into a bit of parenting pickle with her daughter Apple on Instagram when she shared a ski selfie of her and the teen with her 5.4 million followers. Apparently, she did not receive permission to post the photo, which irked the 14-year-old.
“Mom we have discussed this,” Apple, whose own profile is private, shared in the comments section of Paltrow’s post. “You may not post anything without my consent.”
The media jumped on the story of the “nonconsensual selfie” ? a tale that dovetailed nicely with another news story centered on a celeb oversharer that developed a few days later, when the singer Pink drew the ire of some on the internet after sharing an image of her 2-year-old son, sans diaper. In a second revised post, a strategic black scribble covered the toddler’s private parts.
Stars Help L.A. LGBT Center Open Campus for Youth and Seniors
The Los Angeles LGBT Center Sunday opened the first phase of its Anita May Rosenstein Campus, a two-acre complex in Hollywood designed to serve LGBTQ youth and seniors, making it the world’s first intergenerational LGBTQ facility.
The opening was celebrated with a six-hour block party featuring celebrities including Lily Tomlin, Kathy Griffin, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with guided tours and musical performances by Betty Who, VINCINT, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, and Alexandra Billings.
The campus includes 100 beds for homeless youth, a new Senior Community Center, a Youth Drop-In Center, and the Ariadne Getty Foundation Youth Academy. It will also house the organization’s headquarters, being relocated from the McDonald/Wright Building, which will be transformed entirely into a health center. The second phase of the campus, scheduled to open in mid-2020, will have 99 units of affordable housing for seniors and 25 supportive housing apartments for youth.
Taylor Swift made a major donation to an LGBTQ group to fight Tennessee’s ‘slate of hate’ laws
Attorney General will investigate hostile work environment & issues LGBTQ nondiscrimination order