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Just added a coming out story, I think a happy one.
No surprise there, Ruth, about Jeff Sessions. Such a deplorable man.
A few weeks ago, something prompted me to watch a "coming out" video on YouTube (of which there are many.) That led me to spending the past few weeks perusing the coming out stories of many others. Some are sad, many have happy endings, some are funny, and some will make your heart ache with pain and bring you to tears.
It's that last category which is riddled of stories involving hate speech, bullying, disownment, suicide attempts, being told you are less than human, and that your existence doesn't matter.
To have someone like Jeff Sessions as head of the bully pulpit of justice and equality is such an anathema to the concept humanity itself. His presence does real and true damage to individuals who are now facing the same horrid situations as those in so many coming out videos.
Sorry, here's the article
Jeff Sessions' DOJ drops protections for transgender students imple...
Thanks for the news about Gambia, Daniel. On the home front things reversed fast.
A few weeks ago: “President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community.”
Now under Jeff Sessions,
The DOJ announced last week they will no longer challenge the infamous “bathroom bills” blocking transgender students from using the facilities that align with their gender identity.
Slap upside the head for the LGBT community!
In England, new HIV infection rates have dripped by about 1/3 since 2015. Was it a new government health initiative? No. It's not certain, but according to NewScientist "One explanation is that the drop is down to people taking medicines that slash their chances of catching HIV, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP.
But these drugs aren’t available on the NHS and generally cost around £400 a month if prescribed privately. So growing numbers of gay men are buying generic versions from online pharmacies in India and elsewhere." Or it could be other factors, such as better treatment of existing cases and new infections, reducing infectiousness.
Doctors don't like it when patients take matters into their own hands and self prescribe / import their meds, but they don't leave a lot of choices. Overbearing heath departments don't seem that successful with contact tracing among the stigmatized community (done here, I don't know about UK), and the cost is too high when bought legally. It's really unfortunate that the government and pharmaceutical companies place a proven preventive medication out of reach, but really great that those who need the medication defy the system and get them anyway.
An antigay icon in Africa has been defeated. Gambia's president President Yahya Jammeh was defeated in the recent election. Most of Africa is a hell hole for LGBT people, who demonize, ostracize, and murder us on a regular basis. This is mostly a Christian issue except in North Africa where the Muslims manage murderous bigotry. Gambia is Christian.
"On a continent where politicians regularly mine anti-gay sentiment for votes and support, Jammeh had long been in a class by himself, gay rights activists said. Over 22 years in power, he turned the tiny West African country into one of the region's most hostile environments for sexual minorities."
"No African leader deployed anti-gay rhetoric with as much relish as Jammeh, who has denounced homosexuality as "anti-god, anti-human and anti-civilization" as well as "an evil and strange social cancer." In 2008, he said gay people had 24 hours to leave the country, vowing to "cut off the head" of any who remained, and in 2015 he warned gay men he would slit their throats."
Who knows what change will come to Gambia, with Jammeh out of the picture now. It doesn't look all that hopeful. I hope it gets at least a little better.
Great UK news, Daniel!
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I'm also glad the Denier-in-Chief isn't going to persecute us as much as his ChristoFascist buddies want.
Holy moly! This takes me back to a seedy, smoke-filled gay dive on by the railroad tracks in Lafayette, Indiana about 1985. It was not a good time or place, but this video makes it seem somehow nostalgic.
Reminds me a little of Hank Williams - style country, which I used to love.
UK pardons tens of thousands of persecuted gay men. Posthumously.
I think I just got whiplash.
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