US bisexual veterans more likely to be at risk for depression and PTSD

Bisexual veterans have lamented a lack of support that might result in a higher risk of depression. Recent research shed a light on the alarming reality of bisexual service members and veterans .

According to MedicalXPress , US service members and veterans who identify as bisexual may be at higher risk for mental health issues than their gay, lesbian or straight peers.

Bisexual individuals represent the largest segment of the LGBTI community. Interestingly, both bi men and women are overrepresented among those who have served in the military, MedicalXPress further reports. A lack in research on bisexual veterans

The research is led by Katie McNamara, a US Air Force captain and third-year doctoral student at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

McNamara has identified a lack in research covering bisexual vets.

‘There’s quite a bit of research on military and veteran mental health and LGBTI health, but very little that combines the two. And before this project, there was absolutely nothing specifically focusing on the sexual minority subgroup of bisexual military-affiliated individuals,’ she explained.

McNamara teamed up with professors Jeremy Goldbach, Sara Kintzle and Carl Castro of the USC Military and Veterans Programs, as well as Air Force clinical social worker Carrie Lucas, PhD. Bisexuals are less likely to be out than their gay and lesbian peers

In terms of active duty service members, 2% of men identify as gay and 2% identify as bisexual. As for women, 7% identify as lesbian and 9% identify as bisexual.

Research also shows bisexuals (28%) are less likely to be out than gay (71%) and lesbian (77%) soldiers. This means they are less likely to have a community of like-minded individuals and allies to rely upon. Bis are at a higher risk for depression than gay, lesbian and straight people

McNamara believes there’s a connection between this lack of support and the mental health of bi vets.

Bisexual veterans, in fact, are 2.5 times more likely to suffer from severe depression. They are also 2.3 times more likely to suffer from PTSD than their straight peers.

Furthermore, bisexuals are also three times more likely to suffer from depression than their gay and lesbian peers. Research highlighted they’re nearly twice as likely to experience PTSD than gay and lesbian vets.

McNamara set out to conduct a thorough statistical analysis using a multi-city sample.

‘Even when I controlled for a wide range of specific demographic and military-related variables that might put some populations at higher risk for certain mental health issues, the results still indicated that bisexual veterans fare more poorly in terms of mental health outcomes,’ she said. Read also:

Chicago medic claims boss outed him as transgender

Circuit Court in Cook County, Chicago. Medic Logan Grimes works for the Cook County jail. Medic Logan Grimes, who works at Cook County Jail in Chicago, claims his boss outed him as a transgender man.

Grimes began working for Cook County six years ago and made the decision to not disclose his transgender identity. The Outing

The outing allegedly took place in a private meeting with three colleagues back in September 2018. Now, Grimes is afraid to go back to work. Grimes sees this incident as promoting a homophobic and transphobic work environment. This fear is especially exacerbated by the fact part of Grimes’ job is to administer medication to inmates across Cook County Jail.

‘With a job like that,’ Grimes tells Windy City Times, ‘you expect to take a certain amount of risk just by the environment that you work in. What you don’t expect is that risk to be increased by someone disclosing your status.’

Grimes first learned about the outing on 1 October. He called out of work the next day and has not returned since. Windy City Times mentions that Grimes felt something was wrong when he was referred to by one colleague as a ‘girl’ and had another tell him that people get hurt when others ‘lie about who they really are.’

As of right now, the names of the boss and the three colleagues present aren’t known publicly. According to Windy City Times, Grimes’ boss is still employed, as charges have yet to be filed. Letters to the EEOD

In letters submitted to the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) Equal Employment Opportunity Division (EEOD), the three employees admitted their boss outed Grimes.

The reason for the meeting, the letters claim, was to discuss the hiring of a new employee, who may have been gay. That’s when their boss said, ‘kind of like Logan,’ one of the employees claims.

Each letter describes the brief conversation that followed. According to one employee, their boss said, ‘Well, you all know about Logan.’ At this point, one of the employees said, ‘They don’t know. Leave it alone.’

But the boss didn’t leave it alone. He allegedly then said, ‘’Logan is transgender.’

The EEOD conducted an investigation. On 18 November, they ruled that Grimes wasn’t discriminated against ‘based on his gender-related identity.’ They did, however, find that ‘there was a violation of the CCHHS personnel rules.’ The ruling did not provide any additional information.

In a statement emailed to Windy City Times, a CCHHS spokesperson said, ‘If any employee presents a credible threat to their safety, CCH takes every possible precaution to provide a safe work environment. Like other employers, it is our practice not to discuss the specifics of any case, including discipline.’

‘It just shocks me that outing someone does not constitute harassment at all,’ Grimes’ lawyer, Daniel Hernandez, said. ‘The harassment policy points out that harassing someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity is prohibited. It just shocks me that a regulatory body couldn’t come to a conclusion that some kind of violation had happened.’ Illinois Department of Human Rights

Grimes filed a new complaint with Illinois Department of Human Rights, where he was interviewed on 16 January.

Grimes fears violence should he return to work.

‘The transgender population has always been the brunt of jokes,’ he said. ‘As far as the medical staff goes there, they tend to dismiss [the transgender inmates’] needs or even take them seriously. So I know the environment in which I work.’

‘It’s really unsafe for me to return there because of the culture in the jail and the phobia of the jail,’ he continued. ‘That’s coming not just from the inmates—it’s coming from the staff. I don’t know how many people know, and I can’t trust that.’ See Also:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gives LGBTI-inclusive speech at NYC Women’s March

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gives a powerful speech at the 2019 NYC Women’s March Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman elected to the US Congress (and avid RuPaul’s Drag Race fan ), spoke at NYC’s Women’s March on 19 January.

The Bronx native has received a lot of praise for her Millennial-friendly approach to politics, such as using Instagram Live to make policy accessible. The speech

Wearing a rainbow flag pin and a trans flag pin, she gave a powerful speech at the event. Her speech touched on numerous intersectional issues, including the environment, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, voting rights, and more.

‘Justice is not a concept we read about in a book,’ she said.

‘Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet,’ Ocasio-Cortez stated.

‘Let us remember that a fight means no person left behind. So when people want to stop talking about the issues black women face. When people want to stop talking about the issues that trans women or immigrant women face. We’ve got to ask them, Why does that make you so uncomfortable? This is not just about identity, this is about justice and this is about the America we are going to bring into this world.’

Watch a clip of Ocasio-Cortez’s fiery speech below: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Women’s March in New York: “Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same thing as being quiet. In fact, often times, the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table.” — CNN (@CNN) January 19, 2019
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Med students push for more LGBTI health training

A third-year med student at New York Medical College is vocal about the need to focus more on LGBTI health Sarah Spiegel, a third-year med student at New York Medical College, is pushing for more comprehensive LGBTI health training. Tell me more!

After being disappointed in the brief information about LGBTI health given to her in her first year of med school, Spiegel decided to make a change.

By her second year, she became president of the school’s LGBT Advocacy in Medicine Club. Spiegel and a group of peers approached the administration about the lack of LGBTI content in the curriculum.

According to Spiegel, the administration was ‘amazingly receptive’ to the idea. Thus, the school went from an hour and half of LGBTI-focused content to seven hours. Spiegel does not think this change would have happened had the school’s LGBTI group not pushed for it.

Spiegel went on to join The American Medical Student Association’s Gender and Sexuality Committee as the LGBTQ Advocacy Coordinator. Her job in this role was to bring curricular change to other medical schools in the New York area. Med schools and LGBTI health

Numerous studies have shown that medical schools do a poor job of training future doctors to understand the LGBTI population’s unique health needs. This is especially true when it comes to transgender and intersex people. A 2017 survey of students at Boston University School of Medicine found their knowledge of transgender and intersex health to be less than LGB health.

However, LGBTI people, especially transgender individuals, face a disproportionately high rate of mental illness, HIV, and other intersecting issues. A poll conducted by NPR found that 1 in 5 LGBTI adults have avoided medical care out of fear of discrimination.

‘The health of disparity populations is something that really should be the focus of health profession students,’ Dr. Madeline Deutsch, an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, tells NPR.

‘Sexual and gender minorities have historically been not viewed as a key population. That’s unfortunate because of the size of the population, and because of the extent of the disparities that the population faces.’

While the amount of time medical students spend on LGBTI-related issues varies, a 2011 study found the median amount of time spent on the topic was a mere five hours. Topics most frequently addressed were safe sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. However, topics like gender transitioning weren’t often spoken of.

‘There’s not really a consistent curriculum that exists around this content,’ says Deutsch. Activists doing the work

But with activists like Sarah Spiegel, LGBTI health is being spoken about more and more.

‘We’re getting there, but it’s slow,’ Spiegel tells NPR. See Also:

Feminist punk band Bikini Kill announced a reunion tour — too bad people can’t afford it

Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna performing in 1991 Bikini Kill, the Riot Grrrl-era band, recently announced a small reunion tour with shows in New York and Los Angeles. Bikini Kill & Me

As someone born in 1993, the era where grunge music and Riot Grrrl bands came to be, I obviously couldn’t appreciate it at the time. But when I first learned about Riot Grrrl, particularly Bikini Kill, in college, I was hooked. I sure wished there were cool all-female bands like that in the mid-2000s, when I was a teen.

Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna is a feminist icon (and the girl crush of Keira Knightley). Her lyrics in Bikini Kill’s songs definitely have queer undertones. For instance, these lines from their hit song Rebel Girl:

‘When she talks, I hear the revolution
In her hips, there’s revolutions
When she walks, the revolution’s coming
In her kiss, I taste the revolution!’

When I was just becoming aware of my own bisexuality, it’s songs like these that became my personal soundtrack. So of course I was super excited to get the chance to see Bikini Kill live and in person!

But alas, I won’t be seeing the show after all. Ticketing Fiasco

I was on the designated ticket website at exactly noon, when they went on sale. But to my surprise, there were no tickets left. I wasn’t the only one experiencing this issue, either. Countless of comments on Bikini Kill’s Facebook page showed that very few people actually scored a ticket. In fact, some people were in the process of checking out when the tickets disappeared from their carts.

However, plenty of tickets were already up for resale on StubHub, with a jacked-up price roughly 4x the original price.

Despite the ticket website, AXS, claiming to prevent bots from buying out tickets by using captchas and making a limit of 4 per customer, it seems those efforts have massively failed. This was not my first time facing this issue. Back in early 2016, I attempted to buy tickets for the Jack’s Mannequin 10 year anniversary tour. I had the same exact dilemma — despite being ready to purchase the tickets the minute they went on sale, they were already sold out.

Other people I know have experienced similar things. A friend of mine, Grace Abrahms, wanted to see Elton John’s final tour . ‘Interviews all said tickets would be $45-225 (€39.57-197.85), maxing out there,’ she told me.

‘But folks bought out all of the tickets and are selling them for $500+ (€439.66+). No cheap tickets at all. So like, this big moment that can never be experienced again in history is reserved only for people with tons of expendable income. Sad.’ Disappointment of Fans

What struck me the most about the whole ordeal with the Bikini Kill tickets is how decidedly un-punk and un-feminist the whole thing was. The point of the 90s Riot Grrrl movement was to make punk shows accessible to young women. But now, a new generation of young women won’t be able to have those experiences.

Today, 20 January, Bikini Kill posted a note to their Facebook page addressing the ticketing issues. ‘We wanted to apologize to everyone who had a bad experience trying to get tickets to our upcoming shows,’ the band wrote.

‘We weren’t aware of the pre-sale for people with a certain credit card in NY until it was too late and that will not happen in the future,’ they continue, referencing AXS’ pre-sale for those with American Express cards.

‘Also as soon as we realized there were problems, we tried to put as many obstacles in front of scalpers as we could and are trying to figure out a better solution going forward.’ The Banned Bots

These virtual ticket scalping bots are a huge issue, and continue to harm fans despite bans on them .

‘Sophisticated internet software known as bots race through ticket sellers’ online ordering forms and buy hundreds of tickets well before human eyes even reach a captcha. Those tickets then get resold with a serious markup,’ Pew reports.

‘One broker used bots to buy 30,000 “Hamilton” tickets over 20 months — vacuuming up as much as 40 percent of available seats for some performances — according to a lawsuit by Ticketmaster. During Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway run, tickets with a $75 face value were selling for $1,400 on StubHub.’ Moving Forward

As a fan of concerts and shows, I really hope bands like Bikini Kill will figure out other ways of selling tickets in the future. Ideally, it would be great to be able to buy them from the artist’s website directly and avoid big companies like Ticketmaster altogether. See Also:

California’s Thriving LGBT Caucus: Because Sometimes, Lawmaking Is Personal

Robbie Short / CALmatters State Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco and Assemblyman Evan Low of Campbell argue for a bill banning the advertising or sale of "gay conversion therapy" in 2018. By Elizabeth Castillo, CALmatters

When Sheila Kuehl of Santa Monica became California’s first openly gay or lesbian legislator in 1994, a cartoonist depicted the occasion.

The drawing’s first panel was “The gay and lesbian caucus goes to lunch.”

The second was “Kuehl, party of one.”

Two years later Carole Migden of San Francisco became the state’s second lesbian legislator, followed by Christine Kehoe of San Diego and Jackie Goldberg of Los Angeles. The four had dinner at least once a month at Goldberg’s house. And after the 2002 addition of legislators Mark Leno of San Francisco and John Laird of Santa Cruz, the group formed an official LGBT caucus .

A quarter-century after Kuehl’s election made history, the caucus numbers seven and has chalked up hard-fought legislative victories—and a to-do list for the future. All its members are Democrats; no openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans Republican has ever won a seat in the Legislature.

“You don’t get any respect unless you’re in the room where it happens,” Kuehl said. “And that is symbolic sometimes but it is noticed by society—because you’re making policy for your community as well as for everybody else.”

California’s Legislature has become more diverse over the years, although as CALmatters’ Legislators: Just Like You? interactive demonstrates, it still falls well short of being an accurate demographic reflection of California. Latinos, Asian-Americans and particularly women are under-represented compared to their share of the state adult population.

But the LGBT caucus closely mirrors the state: Nearly 5 percent of Californians are LGBT, according to UCLA Law’s Williams Institute, while just under 6 percent of California legislators are openly lesbian, gay or bisexual. The Senate president pro tem, Democrat Toni Atkins of San Diego, is the first lesbian to lead the chamber. And although the caucus dropped by one this year, it’s because former state Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from Bell Gardens, became the first gay statewide office-holder when he was elected insurance commissioner.

Critics of a deliberate emphasis on diversity often contend that lawmakers’ personal traits don’t, or shouldn’t, affect what issues they carry or how they vote—in short, that legislating shouldn’t be personal.

“How can they say it’s not personal?”

It’s an argument that LGBT legislators have confronted repeatedly. Case in point: the bitter fight in 2001 over passage of a bill creating domestic partners status for the state’s same-sex couples. Majority Floor Leader Kevin Shelley addressed the Assembly about Migden, its sponsor and his San Francisco colleague.

“We all know how tough she is. She’s real tough. You don’t wanna mess with her,” he began. “I went outside with Ms. Migden and she was doubled over in pain—emotional pain—and in tears, and said to me and to others nearby ‘How can they say it’s not about me? How can they say it’s not personal?’

“And so I say to all of you on behalf of my friend Carole, who I know will not say it for herself because she doesn’t want it to be personal in how she articulates the debate. It is personal….And the vote today should be personal for all of us.”

Arguing in favor of the same bill, Goldberg spoke through tears about her partner and their son: “We are a family. There is nothing any of you can say or do that makes us any less a family. But what you can do is make it harder for my family to survive.”

Since passage of that bill, the California LGBT caucus has successfully sponsored: A 2003 act expanding to same-sex couples most of the rights and responsibilities that heterosexual spouses already had, such as parental status for a child born during a relationship and access to divorce courts.

Leno’s 2003 act protecting transgender people and those perceived as transgender against discrimination when renting an apartment or looking for a job.

Assemblyman Todd Gloria’s 2018 law giving foster children access to health care that affirms their gender with medical interventions such as hormone treatment. The healthcare must be available by 2020.

A new law co-sponsored by Atkins that allows non-binary people applying for a driver’s license or ID card to mark “X” in addition to “M” for male or “F” for female. (One Californian has already shared the experience of changing their driver’s license.)

So what’s still on the caucus wish list?

Members and advocacy groups plan to advance bills that would provide “cultural competency” training to help teachers build safer and more inclusive learning environments for LGBT students in public schools. Former Gov. Jerry Brown previously vetoed a version of that bill , although a similar one to train law enforcement officers was signed into law .

The caucus also wants another crack at limiting the practice of conversion therapy , the practice of attempting to alter an individual’s sexual orientation through methods such as counseling and prayer.

And it’s still personal. Arguing for his bill to regard conversion therapy as consumer fraud in last year’s session, former Campbell mayor-turned-Assemblyman Evan Low said “You’ve heard testimony about suicidal thoughts, I have also had that. As mayor (in 2010) I could officiate a wedding but couldn’t get married myself.”

But questions were raised about whether the bill would violate the First Amendment rights of therapists. Although proponents insisted it was neutral on religion because it impacted all consumer transactions, Low pulled the bill in what he described as a gesture of good faith to seek common ground.

“The evangelical community is not monolithic, they’re not one in the same,” he said. “So are there certain people who you could change their hearts and mind? Yeah, absolutely. And that’s where I’m working, that’s where I’m spending my energy.”

His approach won Low points with some opponents.

“To his credit, he actually went around and listened to a lot of various pastors who told him ‘why are you attacking us?’” said Greg Burt of the California Family Council. “So I think he realized it would be better to try and persuade a chunk of them to come his way than to simply outlaw what they were doing.”

Opponents of the caucus’ agenda insist there should be room in California politics for people or religious organizations that take a different view—and that the LGBT caucus too often advocates ideas that impede on religious freedom.

They cite a bill that would have allowed transgender and gay students to more easily sue private religious universities who violated the school’s sexual conduct rules and faced reprisals up to and including expulsion. The bill was enacted only after that specific provision was removed following tremendous pushback from religious universities. Another law barred employees at long-term healthcare facilities from purposefully not calling patients by their preferred gender pronouns.

“They are seeking to go after organizations that disagree,” Burt said. “That’s what tolerance is all about. We tolerate those who disagree.” The missing voices: Trans and bisexual Californians—and Republicans

Unlike Virginia and Colorado , California has never had an openly bisexual or trans legislator.

“Until there are at least a couple of transgender folks in the Legislature, I don’t know that we’re going to understand the experience well enough to know what’s missing in the law,” Kuehl said. “I do know that there’s a lot of violence against transgender women, and I don’t know if there’s enough protection.”

As for the absence of an openly gay Republican in the Legislature, former GOP Sen. Roy Ashburn said he’s not surprised, but he expects that will change. “There’s still a lot of people in hiding,” he said, “and I’m hopeful that people will be more accepting and loving and it won’t be necessary for people to do what I did in the future.”

No longer a Republican, Ashburn said he regrets votes he cast against ensuring more rights for LGBT individuals. After his arrest for driving under the influence in 2010, he acknowledged in an interview with a radio station in his Bakersfield district that he was gay—saying he felt compelled to address rumors that he had visited a gay nightclub that evening. “I did not live an authentic life,” he said. “ I hurt people who were adversely affected by the votes that I cast.”

Sometimes differences can be forged. Low and Biola University President Barry H. Corey were at odds over a 2016 bill that sought to prohibit any school participating in the Cal Grant Program from discriminating against a student or employee on the basis of a protected class like sexual orientation.

The bill didn’t pass, but the two foes became friends, so much so that they published what they learned in a joint Washington Post piece .

“It’s amazing how quickly biases can be overcome,” they wrote, “…when you realize the person you once thought an adversary is in many ways like you, with a story and passions and fears, and a hope that we can make the world a better place.”

To Low, that’s also why the LGBT Caucus is still needed. He said after working with the caucus, people can gain a new perspective—recognizing that LGBT individuals are not “mythical creatures on TV” but are just like everyone else.

“So that’s where I think it changes people,” he said. “If we’re not there, then people won’t understand.” is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media venture explaining California policies and politics.

India politician under fire for calling rival ‘worse than a transgender person’

Sadhana Singh was recorded making the comments at a rally (Twitter) A politician in India is getting criticism after referring to her opponent as “worse than a transgender person.”

Sadhana Singh, who represents Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the regional Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, made the comments at a rally on December 19.

The elected politician had taken aim at Kumari Mayawati, the head of the rival Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), for entering an anti-BJP pact in the region with the Samajwadi Party (SP).

According to the Mumbai Mirror , Sadhana said: “Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati sold her dignity for power and joined hands with those who disrespected her… She is a blot on womankind.

“Cannot say if she can be counted among men or women, she is worse than a transgender person.”

The comments alluded to a 1995 violent incident in which BSP chief Mayawati was briefly held hostage by SP supporters. Sadhana Singh criticised by India political leaders

The remarks led to a wave of criticism, with the National Commission for Women demanding an explanation from the politician. BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra said that it shows “the level BJP has sunk to,” adding: “They do not have strength to win even a single seat in Uttar Pradesh.”

SP leader Akhilesh Yadav said: “These kind of derogatory comments are grossly unacceptable.

“It is a sign of BJP’s moral bankruptcy and desperation. This is also an insult to the women of the country.”

Sadhana Singh told News18 that she does not regret the comments, again accusing Mayawati of letting down “all women” by working with the SP.

However, she added in a statement: “My intention was not to insult anyone… I apologise if my words have caused grief to anyone.” Attitudes towards LGBT+ people in India are shifting

Gay sex became legal in India in September 2018, when the country’s Supreme Court struck down British colonial-era law Section 377.

Lawmakers have also put forward a transgender rights bill , aimed to protect trans citizens, though some have warned the legislation could unwittingly have a negative impact. Years of campaigning eventually led to the decriminalisation of gay sex in India in 2018 (DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty) Critics say the bill is problematic because it requires members of the trans community to be assessed by “screening committees” to determine whether a person is trans or not.

Madhumita, a trans woman, told The Times of India that the bill threatens the trans community, adding that provisions in the bill ban trans citizens from begging, which many are forced to rely on for their income.

Gay mayor Pete Buttigieg might be running for US President in 2020

Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg (Official photo) Pete Buttigieg, the out-and-proud Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is reportedly planning a long-shot bid to become President of the United States.

The 37-year-old gay Afghanistan veteran is one of many Democrats planning to throw their hats into the ring for the Democratic primaries, as candidates vie for the right to challenge President Trump in 2020.

Buttigieg has given all the signals of a candidate exploring a run for high office—announcing he would not seek a third term as Mayor of South Bend, making visits to key Presidential primary state Iowa, and writing a book that is set to be published in February 2019. First openly gay US President? Pete Buttigieg hints at run

The Democrat all-but-confirmed his plan in recent interviews with the Washington Post and Associated Press , in which he discusses the prospects for 2020. Mayor Pete Buttigieg (right) with husband Chasten at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for GLSEN) On January 18, he told AP: “I think most people are thinking: ‘Why not?’ They think all the rules have been broken, that anybody can run… I think some of the rules have been broken, but there’s only one way to find out which ones.”

The official made the case for a new progressive face in 2020, telling the Post : “I get the urge people will have after Trump. ‘Look at the chaos and the exhaustion: Wouldn’t it be better to go back to something more stable with somebody we know?’ But there’s no going back to a pre-Trump universe.

“We can’t be saying the system will be fine again just like it was. Because that’s not true; it wasn’t fine. Not if we could careen into this kind of politics.”

He added: “The discussion in Washington has gotten so abstracted from reality.

“What makes a country great, really? We like to talk about ‘freedom’ and ‘security’ and ‘family values’ or whatever. But the measure of a country’s greatness is whether it helps people lead better lives, with less worry.” Pete Buttigieg’s bid ‘won’t hinge on’ being first gay President

Although Buttigieg is married to husband Chasten , the Post notes that he “won’t be hinging his long-shot bid on the prospect of being the first openly gay president,” instead attempting to forge a message of unity.

Buttigieg told the newspaper: “Along the way, the party fell into this pattern of thinking we should have a message for each constituency.

“But the reality is that people care about issues that aren’t ‘their’ issues, quote unquote. Elderly residents care about education. Suburban women care about racial justice. Young people care about social programs for the elderly.”

Buttigieg would be an extreme long-shot candidate in the race, with much of the mainstream discussion focused on former Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris
and Elizabeth Warren, and progressive challenger Beto O’Rourke.

The United States has never had an openly gay President, though there have been plenty of rumours about gay affairs over the years.

Cherno Samba: The football prodigy who made it in a video game

Cherno Samba’s career looked bright at 15, but a failed transfer led to depression and an attempt to take his own life.

He started as a schoolboy at Millwall but never played in the Premier League. He did however have a successful career in the lower leagues of English football, as well as representing sides in Spain, Finland and Norway.

In the video game Championship Manager however, he became one of the world’s best virtual footballers. Today, he hopes to one day manage a real team.

Three migrant boats land in Kent after crossing Channel

An abandoned boat was found on Folkestone’s Warren beach Sixteen migrants have been detained after crossing the Channel to Kent in three boats.

An inflatable dinghy with six men landed on a beach at Kingsdown, near Walmer, at about 07:00 GMT.

Just over an hour later, Border Force officers were called to an abandoned boat on Folkestone’s Warren beach, and two men were detained in the town.

At about 09:35, a dinghy containing eight men was intercepted off the coast and escorted into Dover.

The Home Office said most of the migrants presented themselves as Iranian, with others saying they were from Iraq.

They received a medical assessment before being transferred to immigration officials for interview.

Rob Bewick said he saw one of the inflatable boats while walking on the beach between Folkestone and Dover.

"A number of coastguard officials were stood around but there was also someone from UK Border Force," said Mr Bewick, from Folkestone.

""There weren’t any people there – it looked as though the boat had been abandoned." Why are Iranians crossing the Channel in dinghies?

Royal Navy sent to deter Channel migrants

Migrants detained after empty boat found

There has been a spike in the number of people crossing the English Channel from France in small boats since November, with many of those trying to reach Britain coming from Iran.

Home Secretary has Sajid Javid declared the situation a "major incident" .

On New Year’s Eve, he announced two additional Border Force cutters would be brought back to the UK to help deal with the problem.