Two men in Scotland have been convicted of raping two men they met through dating app Grindr .
Mohammed Khan and a 17-year-old, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, have been charged with raping and attacking two men they found on the dating app.
The men, who described themselves as ‘discreet’ on the dating app, raped two men in two separate incidents.
After Khan performed a consensual sex act on one man, the teenager then pulled the man’s trousers down and raped him.
In another event, a 20-year-old university student was threatened with force if he did not perform a sex act on Khan. “This is not a case that anyone would have volunteered to be involved in because of the sordid and distasteful evidence which we all had to listen to,” said Lord Uist in Livingston High Court.
“You have been convicted by the jury of serious offences. You may take it that those convictions will result in significant custodial sentences.”Khan and the 17-year-old, who cannot be named due to the fact he is not a legal adult, will be added to the sex offenders’ register.Another two men were also tried in the court for robbing and attacking men alongside Khan […]
(Stock image and Unicode) A viral tweet has revealed to many that an emoji comes from a mask which was historically used during lesbian sex .
The Japanese Goblin emoji, which was added to the emoji library in 2015, comes from the tengu mask.
That’s right, the same mask used as a sex toy in this 17th-century portrayal of sapphic lovemaking. (Twitter/whoresofyore) As the wonderful Twitter account Whores of Yore explains, the picture is “a 17th-century shunga woodblock printing from Japan depicting two women having sex.
“One has tied a tengu mask around her waist, and penetrates her partner using its long nose.”
But it was another Twitter user who recognised the significance for 21st-century readers.
They wrote: “So it turns out this emoji is actually a Japanese strap-on. (Twitter/nefertizzy) “Won’t be long before it’s turned into a water gun, so use it while it lasts,” they added, referring to the move to change the gun emoji into a water-based weapon.Both posts have attracted more than 20,000 retweets and likes.A study in March showed that women who have sex with women are more likely to orgasm. (Pexels) Researchers at the University of Arkansas discovered that though straight partners have sex more often, bisexual and […]
Robbie Turner (Getty) Questions are being asked about RuPaul’s Drag Race queen Robbie Turner after she claimed to have been involved in a serious traffic incident.
The season eight queen wrote on Twitter that she was involved in a drink driving crash that killed an Uber driver.
However Uber and local police have said they do not have records of the incident.
Seattle Gay Scene reports it has not been able to find any corroborating evidence. Robbie Turner performs onstage during Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 8 Premiere (Getty) Now the drag star has agreed to take personal leave from her role as Queer/Bar’s Entertainment Director and as its weekly drag show host.
Queer/Bar in Seattle has raised concerns over the authenticity of the story posted online.
Joey Burgess, Queer/Bar’s owner and operator, told Seattle based news site The Stranger that “Robbie will be taking some time away to try to figure out what’s best for him.”In a statement, Queer/Bar confirmed that “the company learned of this supposed incident last weekend from Robbie’s social media post.”They added: “In full support of our friend and manager, we reached out to evaluate Robbie’s condition and offer any help with his physical and mental recovery. “We […]
The President of Kenya has stated in an interview that LGBT+ rights will not be discussed under his rule.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has been President of the African country for five years, said that being gay is “not acceptable” and “not agreeable” in Kenyan culture, and that LGBT+ rights are “of no importance” in his country.
Sharing his views with CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour, the leader said that he wanted to be “very clear” regarding his stance on LGBT+ rights.
“I want to be very clear. I will not engage in a subject that is not of any major importance to the people and the republic of Kenya. This is not an issue as you would want to put it, of human rights – this is an issue of society. It is an issue of our own base, our own culture as a people,” he said in the interview.
“Irregardless of which community you come from, this is not acceptable, this is not agreeable,” he continued.
“This is not about the world looking at us and saying “yes” or “no”, this is upon the people of Kenya themselves, who have bestowed a constitution. After several years, they have stated that this […]
Britain has led the way in championing LGBT+ rights, and while we should be proud of how far we have come, we still have more to do.
Five years ago, David Cameron was pivotal in ensuring that we secured equal marriage, ensuring that same-sex couples enjoy the same right as everyone else to legally wed. I am very proud that we saw that through.
It was a huge step forward.
Although civil partnerships did exist as an alternative to marriage, by offering only a ‘separate but equal’ option society was still sending a signal to gay men and women everywhere that their relationships were somehow ‘less than.’
This step has made British society stronger. The redefinition of marriage to include same-sex relationship is very much in keeping with Britain’s proud traditions of equal worth and inclusivity.
It will make a huge difference for people’s lives and will continue to do so for future generations.For the millions not yet born, they will no longer meet with closed doors, excluding them from experiencing one of the most significant moments of anyone’s life. (Photo by GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images) The importance of this should never be downplayed. This was a historical moment for Britain, and a historical moment […]
(Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) Television presenter Andrew Marr has been criticised after saying that many gay people were happy and “dignified” before the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.
In a recent piece for the Evening Standard , Marr argued that while many gay people in Britain did suffer prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967, it wasn’t entirely negative.
According to the piece, Marr is currently working on a social history of the 20th century and was surprised to discover multiple stories of happy gay people.
“I have been much struck by other ways in which gay men and women were able to live tolerable, even happy lives, long before gay liberation,” he wrote.
Marr is best known for his role as the host of BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, where many prominent political figures have been interviewed on a range of LGBT issues.
Recently, Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn appeared on the show and expressed his support for trans women who self-identify amid a wider debate about the role of trans women in the party. Andrew Marr interviewing Jeremy Corbyn (BBC) In the piece, Marr praised the “rich, lively gay Britain” that existed prior to decriminalisation, though he did note that […]
(Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images) A Pride House will be held during the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia, defying the country’s harsh stance on open LGBT support.
Pride Houses are venues at major sporting events for LGBT athletes, coaches and prominent visitors, similar to the venues held by individual countries for their athletes.
After the first Pride House was set up at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, they have been a staple of many international sporting events.
Russian authorities banned one from taking place at the Sochi Winter Olympics, prompting groups around the world to host their own in solidarity with the LGBT athletes and visitors in Russia.
It was expected that there would not be a Pride House at this year’s World Cup due to Russia’s harsh anti-LGBT stance. Gay rights protesters face off in St Petersburg (Photo: OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images) However, according to Pride House International, the group responsible for the oversight of Pride Houses at major sporting events, plans to hold a house during this year’s World Cup are underway.
The house will reportedly be held at a yet undisclosed location in St Petersburg and will be held without government support.Governments will often contribute to the running […]
(Photo: Michael Hill / Facebook) A Kansas teacher has resigned and moved states after a series of threating letters that began after he came out last year.
Michael Hill, a high school visual arts teacher in Seneca Kansas came out as gay to his pupils and on social media during last year’s Coming Out Day .
Shortly after this, Hill began to receive a series of intimidating letters that referred to gay people as “perverts and predators.”
“Things got ugly and I started to fear for my own well-being,” Hill told the Topeka Capital-Journal .
Hill shared some of the letters he had recieved on social media, saying: “people need to know this kind of ugly hatred still exists in the world, only by confronting it can we end it.” (Photo: Michael Hill / Facebook) It is unclear whether the letters came from a parent of one of Hill’s pupils or another member of the community.
“Homosexuals should not be teaching our kids,” one letter said.“In fact, I don’t believe they should be teachers at all. They are perverts and predators. They are not acceptable role models for our kids.” One of the letters Hill received (Photo: Michael Hill / Facebook) The first letter, […]
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The highest ranking enlisted soldier in the US Army has contradicted an attempted ban on trans soldiers by saying that he has no concerns or issues about serving with trans people.
Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey is the highest ranking non-officer in the US army and is a highly decorated war veteran.
President Donald Trump announced on Twitter last year that all transgender servicepeople would be banned from the US armed forces , claiming they were a burden and would affect cohesion within the military.
Since this announcement, there have been several legal battles to determine exactly what a ban on transgender soldiers would realistically involve and whether it is legal to do so.
This policy has also been widely condemned both inside and outside of the military.
According to CNN , Dailey added his voice to the dissent and told reporters in the Pentagon earlier this week that he did not have any issues with serving alongside transgender soldiers. Dailey (R) being sworn in as sergeant major in 2015 (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Dailey also stated that he had not personally heard any concerns from within the army.“We haven’t heard any issues or concerns, and I personally have […]
(Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images) A study has warned about the link between suicide in LGB youth and religious teaching that does not support their identity.
The research published last month in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Preventative Medicine highlighted a significant link between anti-LGBT religious teaching and suicide in LGB youth whose religion is important to them.
One of the study’s co-authors John R. Blosnich told HuffPost that anti-LGBT religious groups could be highly damaging.
He said: “Religious groups who stigmatize LGBT people should be aware of the potential damage they can do to an individual and families, and honestly the damage they do to themselves as an organization.” (Photo: Creative Commons) The study used data compiled by the University of Texas and surveyed over 21,000 university students.
Traditionally, a strong attachment to a religion is seen to decrease the risk of suicide in the general population, however this study finds that the opposite is true for LGB youth.
2.3 percent of the students surveyed identified as gay or lesbian, 3.3 percent identified as bisexual and 1.1 percent reported that they were questioning their sexuality.Students were then asked how important their religion or spirituality was to their sense of self. (zoeravenwood/Instagram) The study found […]