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April 3, 2015

Televangalist tells homophobic Indiana pizzeria to shut up

Pat Robertson has said the backlash to Indiana's 'religious freedom' law signaled a renewed assault on 'deeply held Christian beliefs.' 

On the Thursday (2 April) broadcast of his talk show, The 700 Club, the US televangelist dismissed the concerns of the pizzeria that closed after refusing to cater gay wedding.

'You might as well keep your mouths shut,' he said

'I'm not sure I would serve pizzas at a gay wedding. Most gays if they're having a wedding don't want pizzas, they want cake. It's the cake makers that are having the problem.'

March 3, 2015

CPPCC member says measure would help prevent the spread of HIV

A political advisor will propose a ban on group sex between men at the country's annual legislative sessions which begin tomorrow (4 March).

Professor Sun Jianfang from the Institute of Dermatology at Peking Union Medical College said the measure would help prevent the spread of HIV.

The member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference said current laws on prostitution and group sex were limited to heterosexuals and should be amended to explicitly criminalize gay sex, the state-run Xinhua Daily reported.

February 28, 2015

Vice sends their cameras to Journey Into Manhood, a gay conversion program, where men pay more than US$600 to attend a weekend retreat to be 'cured' of their same-sex attractions

US-based Vice, known for its guerrilla-style and constroversial documentaries, has released a three-part documentary investigating gay conversion therapy – a practice that has been denounced by medical communities and partially banned by several states including California and New Jersey.

For the documentary, Vice sent their cameras to Journey Into Manhood, a gay conversion program, where men pay more than US$600 to attend a weekend retreat where they participate in exercises and activities to 'cure' themselves of their attraction to other men.

February 26, 2015

'I was hungry, I was cold, so I did it'

Homeless LGBTI youth in New York City are engaging in 'survival sex' to their meet basic needs such as food and shelter, a federally funded study has found.

Many of the 283 young people interviewed by the Urban Institute were forced onto the street after being kicked out of their homes or aging out of foster care.

February 13, 2015

First time a US court rules homosexuality is not a disease or disorder

A New Jersey judge has ruled misrepresenting homosexuality as a disorder in marketing conversion therapy services is consumer fraud.

The ruling marks the first time a US court has found that homosexuality is not a disease or a disorder and that it is fraudulent for conversion therapists to make such a claim.

Hudson County superior court judge Peter Bariso Jr said Tuesday (10 February) such claims violated the state's Consumer Fraud Act.

February 5, 2015

The Supreme Court of Florida is hearing a case where it must decide whether sex between men meets the legal definition of intercourse in the state’s law criminalizing people who lie about having HIV to their partners

Florida’s state Supreme Court will have to decide whether sex between people of the same-sex constitutes intercourse after a defense lawyer successfully argued that his client had not violated the state’s law criminalizing people who lie about their HIV status because the sex was gay.

The case came about after a Key West man named Gary Debaun was accused of lying to his partner about whether he had HIV.

According to court records Debaun was asked to take a HIV test by his partner.

January 30, 2015

A 24-year-old male and 23-year-old female could face life imprisonment

A straight couple could be charged with homosexuality in Tanzania.

Maua Sadick, a 24-year-old trans man, and his partner Lucy Fred, 23, were detained for two days after their arrest in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in east Africa. 

The couple's pictures were plastered across the pages of a local tabloid Uwazi with the headline 'Beautiful Girls Arrested For Homosexuality'.

January 23, 2015

Project studies the sexual arousal level of gay men when using the app

The US government has spent nearly half a million dollars on a study of gay hook-up apps such as Grindr.

The National Institutes of Health last year awarded Columbia University $432,000 to interview 60 gay men to determine whether the apps increase risky sexual behavior.

The grant for the project said, 'Given the expediency with which men are able to arrange sexual encounters using these applications, there is cause to question if, when, and how sexual negotiation and serostatus disclosure occurs.

November 7, 2014

Organizer blames conservative backlash on 'latent homophobia'

Harvard University offered a introductory course in anal sex as part of its sex week.

What What in the Butt: Anal Sex 101 covers anal anatomy, basic preparation and hygiene, lubes, anal toys, safer sex and anal penetration for beginners.

The workshop was taught by experts from Good Vibrations sex shop and aims to ‘dispel myths about anal sex and give you insight into why people do it and how to do it well.’

The class was named after an ode to anal sex that went viral.

October 8, 2014

Phil Robertson is at it again, leading a sermon that claims straight, married couples cannot get an STD

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson is at it again, claiming the only way to protect yourself from STDs is to have 'Biblically correct' sex'.

According to Raw Story, Robertson delivered a sermon at White's Ferry Road Church in Louisiana claiming heterosexual sex is the only way to stay 'safe'.

'Biblically correct sex is safe,' Robertson said.

June 22, 2014

'The gay lifestyle is just not an option for us, because of our own faith and our own values'

The ex-gay therapy supporter who worked to include a conversion therapy plank in the platform of the Texas Republican Party is defending himself.

Jeremy Schwab, a Texas GOP delegate, pushed for the party, earlier this month, to approve the ex-gay language.

June 8, 2014

'No one can change the color of their skin or change the place they're born, but they can definitely choose their lifestyles'

The Republican Party of Texas advocates ex-gay therapy.

The convention for the southern US state's GOP ended yesterday, 7 June, and the 10,000 attendees gave their approval for the following platform language:

'We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.'

June 6, 2014

'We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle'

The Texas Republican Party is standing up for ex-gay therapy.

The party of the southern US state is holding its convention in Fort Worth. Thirty-one delegates are revising the platform, and the first draft supports the theory sexuality can be changed.

April 3, 2014

Spoiler alert, at the show a 19-year-old student said he would have sex for the first time - he did not have sex

A gay teen who planned to lose his virginity in the ‘name of art’ pulled out, and instead performed something a little different.

Clayton Pettet, a 19-year-old art student, vowed to perform a piece called ‘Art School Stole My Virginity’.

Before the show on 1 April, he claimed he would lose his anal virginity live on stage and then discuss it with the audience afterwards.

March 25, 2014

Author warns of the 'hazards' of homosexual behavior and urges parents to protect their children

A Nigerian columnist has said gay sex leads to adults wearing diapers.

Benedict Hart wrote an article in the Nigerian Vanguard daily newspaper in order to support the new draconian anti-gay law.

February 13, 2014

Clayton Pettet, 19, is being accused of 'cheapening sexual relationships' for his 'once-in-a-lifetime performance'

A gay teen planning to lose his virginity ‘in the name of art’ has chosen a central London venue for his ‘exhibit’.

Art student Clayton Pettet, 19, said he will have sex for the first time at the Orange Dot gallery in Bloomsbury for a project called ‘Art School Stole My Virginity’.

The Central Saint Martins art school student, who has been planning the project for three years, described it as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime performance’.

November 6, 2013

A revolutionary anal condom that simulates condom free sex is being trailed in Boston by the US National Institutes of Health in the hopes of encouraging more people to engage in safer sex

An anal sex specific prototype of a new generation of condoms is being tested by Boston’s Fenway Institute as part of a clinical trial by the US National Institutes of Health.

Origami Condoms have developed a new kind of sexual barriers which simulate condomless sex and their anal condom hopes to be a game changer in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections among gay men.

Insertive condoms for women have been available in the past but the Origami Anal Condom is the first condom designed for use by a passive partner during anal sex.

July 2, 2013

The German Medical Association has recommended that gay men be allowed to donate blood while people who engage in risky practices be excluded regardless of sexuality

Germany’s national Medical Association has recommended that gay men be allowed to donate blood, provided they have not engaged in higher risk behaviors for a period of time.

Currently men who have sex with men are banned for life from donating blood, but the German Medical Association has said it is open to the idea of banning people from donating based on whether they have engaged in risky behavior within a certain period rather than on the basis of the gender of their partners.

April 11, 2013

Anti-sodomy law had not been enforced since 1997 but remained on the books

The Montana House of Representatives on Wednesday (10 April) passed a bill that officially decriminalizes gay sex under state law.

Even though the law had been struck down by the Montana Supreme Court in 1997 and was not being enforced, it remained on the books.

Senate Bill 107 passed the House with a vote of 65-34, according to Rep. Bryce Bennett, the only openly gay member of The House.

April 5, 2013

Lebanese security forces use ‘anal probe’ exams to test for ‘proof’ of men being gay, reported a local legal organization

Anal probes are still being used in Lebanon by security forces in order to ‘determine’ ‘proof’ of men being ‘gay’, revealed Legal Agenda (Al Mufakkira Al Qanuniyya), a local legal organization.

These tests, which Human Rights Watch has previously discredited, saying they amount to torture and humiliation, are still being carried out despite being banned by the Lebanese justice ministry and the country’s medical association.

March 14, 2013

The National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality which claims that homosexuals can turn straight through therapy has lost its tax exempt status after it failed to file the correct paperwork for three years in a row

The leading group representing psychologists and therapists who believe that homosexuality is a treatable condition has lost its tax exempt status after it failed to file the correct paperwork with the US Inland Revenue Service (IRS) for three years running.

November 29, 2012

'Trying to change who you are instead of loving who you are leads to broken spirits and broken hearts'

Under fire from LGBT groups for a show on so-called reparative therapy that attempts to turn gay people straight, Dr. Mehmet Oz has gone on the record saying he does not believe such therapy can work.

November 29, 2012

GLAAD, GLSEN and PFLAG believe program provided a 'lengthy platform for junk science'

A trio of LGBT groups have joined together to condemn an episode of The Dr. Oz Show that aired on Wednesday (28 November) and dealt with ex-gay reparative therapy which that aims and purports to change sexual orientation.

November 10, 2012

GSN reclines on the counselor’s couch to find out how a healthy sex life can help gay men have better relationships

Quiet, considered and thoughtful, Nicholas Rose is not perhaps the first person I would have thought of to talk about sex with.

Rose is a counselor and psychotherapist who specializes in working with gay men and gay couples, and it’s clear that not much surprises him when it comes to talking about the complex and sometimes tricky subject of sex.

Why is sex such a big deal?