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Thursday, January 19, 2017

FINDING A BOYFRIEND/PARTNER IN THE DATING SCENE

Struggling to find a boyfriend and have a serious relationship? Finding the right man can be hard. Are you not into the bar/club scene? It is common for people to believe that a bar or a club are not good places to meet a serious gay partner. Is that the foregone conclusion?


I get that there's little time to find common interests (not to mention the environment isn't conducive to holding a conversation). That's not to say you can't meet a good man in a bar. Clubs and bars can be good spots to meet other gay men, but meeting a serious partner there might be more of the exception than the norm. Why? 

WATCH: THE AUSTRALIAN SHOE ADVERT THAT HAS UPSETS CHRISTIAN OPPONENTS OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Fashion label Volley has prompted outrage among Christian organizations in Australia who are opposed to any change in the country’s marriage laws.

Australia does not yet allow same-sex couples to marry. A growing number of organizations have made their support for marriage equality clear, including the likes of Lush and Qantas.

Last fall, tennis shoe brand Volley produced a series of images and a video of couples cavorting semi-naked.

The message accompanying the video stated: ‘We’re sick of being socially engineered and we shun political correctness. We’re young and we’re rooting for change. We are children of the sun and are comfortable in our own skin, so don’t tell us who to love or how to be.’

Complaints were made about the adverts to the Australian Advertising Standards Board – not only because of the nudity and same-sex intimacy, but as the word ‘rooting’ has a double meaning as Australian slang.

It ruled that the adverts did breach their code of ethics, so cannot be shown on TV. However, the video is still on the company’s website – outraging the Australian Christian Lobby. They say it is highly inappropriate for a company that sells tennis shoes to kids.

Yesterday, its head, Wendt Francis, took to Twitter to complain again about the adverts.

Today, the ACL posted a further message to its blog.

‘Parents need to be aware that Volley still sells shoes for school kids, but their website has adult only images and deliberate sexual innuendo,’ Ms Francis warned.

‘The Advertising Standards Board has already determined the advertising campaign breached the advertising code, yet the same campaign remains on the advertiser’s website.

‘Parents considering what shoes to buy their children for going back to school now have a new consideration apart from fit and durability; it’s about highly inappropriate sex education from a shoe supplier.’

‘It would be irresponsible for any company to ignore the wellbeing of children or the community. If the material is inappropriate to distribute via email, as the Advertising Standards Board has determined, it should not be online either,’ she said.

‘It is disturbing if Volley Australia is delighted that concerns raised by parents would drive publicity, as has been suggested in Fairfax media and by a tweet from Volley Australia.


Volley, which has also teamed up with Ansell condoms to promote ‘safe rooting’ as part of its campaign, is still carrying the #grassroots campaign on its website. GSN has approached the company for comment.

SOURCE: GAY STAR NEWS

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

¿HOW MUCH OF A RISK TAKER ARE YOU WHEN IT COMES TO SEX?

We all take risks in life. While you may never choose to jump out of an airplane, chances are, you’ve driven over the speed limit once or twice. 

We make choices every day about the amount of risk we’re willing to take. 

I wants to know what kind of risks you take and your thoughts about risk when it comes to HIV transmission.

MOTHER 'STABBER HER SON TO DEATH' BECAUSE HE WAS GAY

A mother has been arrested for allegedly stabbing her gay son to death after a Christmas family row.
32-year-old Tatiana Lozano Pereira was arrested last month over the killing of her 17-year-old son Itaberli Lozano in their house in Cravinhos, Brazil.

According to reports in local Portuguese-language media outlets, Lozano Pereira has long rejected his son because he is gay.
However a row between the pair worsened over Christmas, and escalated when Lozano Pereira hired two thugs to “teach a lesson” to her son.

The killing took place on December 29.  According to authorities, after watching the thugs beat her son, Lozano Pereira took a kitchen knife and stabbed him to death.

His charred remains were eventually found on January 7, in a nearby field where his mother is believed to have attempted to dispose of his body.


Authorities say the mother confessed to the killing during a police interrogation.

The boy’s uncle Dario Rosa told authorities that the teen had faced issues with his mother because of his sexuality.

She remains in custody, and three men have also been arrested in connection with the attack.

SOURCE: PINK NEWS

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

GAY MEN, WE ARE ALL CONNECTED, RIGHT?

It was a small gay world to start with but in the age of social media every gay man seems to know, or at least be one Facebook friend away from, every other gay man. Facebook, Instagram and even Linkedin suggest you know a person because, well, he’s also gay. This can mean that we think we know each other, when, in fact, we do not. 

But nonetheless...

Do you think every gay man is connected?

GAY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STUDY SHOWS BLACK COUPLES CONTINUE TO BE MOST ABUSIVE

It’s time to get serious guys! We make up 77% of homicides?

The annual ‘Report on Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the U.S.’ examines the experiences of 1,976 survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) who reported to 17 National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs member organizations from 14 states across the country.

Victims under age 24 are most likely to be experience sexual violence and 64% of all incidents reported were between the ages of 19 and 39 years old.

Other key Findings include:

– People of color made up 77% of the reports of LGBTQ and HIV-affected IPV homicides, and 54% of the total number of survivors who reported to NCAVP members in 2015.

– People of color made up 10 (77%) of the 13 reports of LGBTQ and HIV-affected IPV homicides.

– Nearly one in three LGBTQ IPV survivors who interacted w/ police were arrested. Police accountability is an LGBTQ & IPV issue.

– This year, 44% of LGBTQ survivors seeking shelter were denied it. 71% said it was for reasons related to gender identity.

– Transgender women were 3x’s more likely to report experiencing sexual violence & financial abuse w/in intimate partner violence.

-Sometimes IPV isn’t physical. LGBTQ survivors reported financial control, verbal harassment & isolation as tactics of abuse.

– LGBTQ survivors with disabilities were two times more likely to be isolated by their abusive partner and four
times more likely to experience financial violence.


SOURCE: RONALD MATTERS

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