Almost half of LGBTI Asian-American youth are critical of their identitiy

Almost half of LGBTI Asian-American youth are critical of their identitiy

API youth face specific hardships in the US | Photo: Yang Deng/Unsplash A new report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the University of Connecticut (UCONN) reveals the experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) LGBTI youth in the United States .

Their experiences consist of high rates of mental health struggles, discrimination, and harassment, stemming from homophobia, transphobia, and racism.

The data in the report was taken from HRC’s 2018 LGBTI Youth Survey. There are 1,243 respondents included in the report, with a majority identifying as cisgender, as well as bisexual and gay/lesbian. A total of 369 of the respondents identify as not cisgender (either transgender, non-binary, or genderqueer).

Respondents range from the ages of 13 to 17.

HRC and UCONN have previously released reports specifically on California , transgender and gender-expansive , and black youth . Feeling worthless

Feelings of worthlessness, struggle sleeping, and self-criticism appeared frequently in the report.

Most of the respondents stated they had trouble getting to sleep (93%), rated their average stress a 5 or higher on a 10-point scale (84%), and usually felt depressed (77%) or worthless (71%).

These feelings and experience can come from an unsupportive home life.

30% said they’ve heard their family say negative things about LGBTI people and only 19% feel they can ‘definitely’ be themselves at home.

‘I’m already out, but my mother hates that I’m a lesbian and doesn’t want me telling anyone about my “flaw,”‘ one respondent said in the survey.

A total of 43% of respondents said their family makes them feel bad about their LGBTI identity, including 57% of non-cisgender youth and 35% of cisgender LGBTI API youth.

A lack of counseling services makes these experiences worse. Only 31% of API LGBTI youth said they’ve received counseling in the past year and, consequently, 46% said they’re critical of their own LGBTI identity. Feeling uncomfortable at school

One respondent said in the survey they attend a Catholic school.

‘Even though my counselor says we can talk to them about anything,’ they said. ‘I can’t be sure how they would respond to discussing my identity. It simply feels taboo.’

Most API LGBTI youth don’t feel comfortable at school, with only 29% saying they can ‘definitely’ be themselves there.

A third said they’ve been been bullied on school property within the last year, 65% said they’ve been verbally insulted, and a quarter said they’ve been physically threatened.

These feelings are consistent with larger reports about LGBTI youth in schools across the country. Racism compounds the issues

85% of the youth have experienced racial discrimination, with more than 1 in 5 thinking about racism on a daily basis. Only 17% believe API people have a positive reputation in the US.

These feelings compound the discrimination and harassment API youth also face for their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

‘My counselor is a straight, cis, white woman,’ one respondent said. ‘And while I wholeheartedly believe she has no issue with me, it is just hard to relate to her enough to talk at length about these topics with her.’ See also

Gay men reveal the fetishes they don’t want others to know about

Gay men reveal the fetishes they don't want others to know about

Photo: torbakhopper / Flickr Gay men have revealed the fetishes they don’t want others to know about.

XTube surveyed their users to determine and rank which fetishes they get turned most on by.

The winner was ‘partialism’, also known as a fetish for a particular part of the body. This could be anything from feet to a hairy chest.

Role play was second on the list, while narratophilia (or dirty talk) was third on the list.

The answers was collected from over 3,000 gay or bisexual men over the age of 18. Fetishes

Clothes often play a key part in people’s fetishes | Photo: Differio

The full list:

1. Partialism (9.54%)

2. Role play (8.24%)

3. Narratophilia [or dirty talk] (7.55%)

4. Uniforms [firefighters, soldiers etc] (7.41%)

5. Bondage (7.31%)

6. Submission (7. 3%)

7. Exhibitionism [sex in a place you can get caught] (6.28%)

8. Voyeurism [watching others have sex] (4.7%)

9. Maschalagnia [armpits] (3.4%)

10. Macrophilia [someone being bigger than you] (2.79%)

11. Olfactophilia [smells and odors] (2.52%)

12. Clothing fetishism [leather, rubber] (2.14%)

13. Underwear fetishism [jockstraps, etc] (2.01%)

14. Ablutophilia [baths, showers] (1.78%)

15. Technosexuality [robots, toys etc] (1.4%)

16. Medical fetishism [doctors etc] (1.36%)

17. Podophilia [feet] (1.24%)

18. Coulrophilia [clowns] (1.11%)

19. Sitophilia [food] (1%)

20. Pygophilia [bums] (0.79%)

21. Transvestophilia [wearing clothing typically worn by the opposite gender] (0.65%)

22. Toonophilia [clowns] (0.3%) Kink and mental health

If you are kinky, psychotherapists advise to share it with your partners if you already have good communication.

Also, some studies say people who do engage in kink are more likely to have positive mental health.

Deborah Fields, a kink-specialist and psychotherapist, told Gay Star News: ‘[There are studies that say] people who are kinky are more likely to be ok with themselves. People who are kinky tend to have better mental health than people who are not.

‘It’s a hard one to judge. I see a lot of mental health issues. However, do I see any more mental health issues than those outside of the kink community. No.

‘I think what kinky people do is talk more. We have to talk about our shit more than someone that doesn’t. You’re negotiating consent. That community, we, are more likely to discuss things and be open about mental health upfront. The idea of being risk-aware is also including mental health.

‘Research says we’re quite ok. However, there’s no widespread research that has yet to look at the kink community. See also

Who watches the most kink and BDSM porn out of gay, bisexual or straight men?

Queer comedian Joe Lycett slams Birmingham MP

Queer comedian Joe Lycett slams Birmingham MP

Joe Lycett at the opening of his kitchen extension (Photo: Twitter) Queer comedian Joe Lycett has slammed a Labour MP who backed anti-LGBTI protesters in Birmingham.

In an open letter, Lycett invited Roger Godsiff on a night out to see how ‘loving, joyous and normal’ the LGBT community is.

Godsiff on Tuesday said five-year-olds were too young to learn about same-sex parents.

There have been months of protests outside schools with LGBTI-inclusivity programs in Birmingham.

Godsiff appeared to back the protesters.

‘I have seen the cover of some of the books’ Godsiff also said on Tuesday. ‘I understand why parents have concerns’.

But Lycett, who is from Godsiff’s constituency, urged the MP to explain ‘what you are doing to make LGBT people like me in your constituency feel like they aren’t being treated as second class citizens’.

Lycett, a stand-up comedian who regularly appears on BBC one and two, has talked about being bisexual and pansexual in his acts.

He previously said the LGBTI community has a ‘problem’ with the way it communicates issues. What did Lycett write?

‘Me again!’ Lycett wrote. ‘I was the constituent who emailed back in 2013 asking for you to reconsider voting against gay marriage. You dismissed my email and voted against it anyway.’

‘And now here we are, 6 years later, and protests are happening outside a school in your constituency against children being taught about LGBT relationships.’

‘Not sex, just relationships – that relationships aren’t always between a man and a woman. You were seemingly silent on the matter before stating today that you are actually in favour of the protests.’

Lycett continued: ‘Despite you voting against it, gay marriage is now legal. I have since been to some really fun gay weddings and also some incredibly boring ones (no offence to Deb and Claire, but the speeches were unbearable). But they were all loving, joyous and normal.’ Just sent this to my local MP @RogerGodsiff pic.twitter.com/yIu8taBzo7 — Joe Lycett (@joelycett) May 21, 2019 He said the LGBT community in Birmingham was also ‘loving, joyous and normal.’

‘I’d love you to see that’ he wrote, and invited the MP on a night out in Birmingham.

‘We can start at mine for pre-drinks, in my kitchen extension if you like (it was opened last week by The Lord Mayor!)’ He wrote. What an incredible evening. @joelycett ‘s kitchen extension is open and lots has been raised for the Lord Mayor’s Charity.
Thanks again for inviting me, Joe.
Donate at https://t.co/e0Nx1Zb3dQ pic.twitter.com/INXpCYROE0 — Lord Mayor of Bham (@BrumLordMayor) May 14, 2019 ‘Then we’ll go on to The Village, preferably on a night when my mate Ginny Lemon is performing; she does an astonishing tribute to Cilla Black. Then, if you’ve got the stamina we could go to The Nightingale for a dance, or head straight to a late dinner at King Kebab.’

He concluded by saying: ‘So perhaps you could just take a little time to explain, as my MP, what you are doing to make LGBT people like me in your constituency feel like they aren’t being treated as second class citizens.’

What might a Narendra Modi re-election mean for LGBTI Indians?

What might a Narendra Modi re-election mean for LGBTI Indians?

These are the powerful pictures that made Pride history Chowkidar Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, seems poised to retain power | Picture: Wikimedia Commons Over nine million Indians from far-flung villages and dense megacities came out to vote in the behemoth of the Indian parliamentary elections in the past month.

But Prime Minister Narendra Modi , of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) , seems to have emerged from the largest democratic vote in human history unscathed by growing criticisms.

But the voting season – cacophonous and vast – was one that, for the first time, saw LGBTI Indians in the burning spotlight.

With the PM’s brand of brawny Hindu nationalist politics perhaps playing well among the 900 million voters in the nation, just what will his re-election mean for the country’s kaleidoscopic queer community? Who is Narendra Modi?

Firstly, Modi is one of the most powerful and divisive leaders India’s heaving electorate has produced. And he’s one that seems to be on track for re-election, according to exit polls released Sunday.

With his frosty white beard and spindly glasses, Modi ended his campaign by praying at a Hindu shrine and meditating in a remote Himalayan cave. Majestic and magnificent. Serene and spiritual. There is something very special about the Himalayas. It is always a humbling experience to return to the mountains. pic.twitter.com/o01iPJ5dl3 — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2019 No wonder he searched for solitude. In seven phases over 39 days and 12 million polling officials managing over a million voting booths, India’s election season for their lower house – the Lok Sabha – is one unmatched by size and scope. A campaign born from tragedy

Modi’s BJP bid took place in the wake of 14 February’s suicide attack in the Pulwana district of Indian-administrated Kashmir. Over 40 Indian parliamentary soldiers died.

The attack became the heated nexus of a campaign that has largely linked terrorism to an alleged Pakistani Muslim threat.

His party’s pledges are , overall, a five year block of extreme security measures, the uniforming of India’s national identity (primarily aligned with Hinduism), and tax cuts for the middle class.

Indian National Congress, the main opposition party, seemed destined for defeat, if exit polls are to be believed. A party campaign haunted by its stunning defeat in 2014.

The 2014 (left) and 2019 Indian elections according to the TimesNow exit poll | Sources: Election Commission of India and TimesNow | Infographic: Reporter’s own.

Rahul Gandhi, Congress’s leader, had tried to pick up votes by appealing to communal harmony and minority rights. And, to a large extent, highlighting the growing emphasis of LGBTI rights.

But that seemed no match for Modi’s well-financed campaign machine, which enjoys the vigorous support of many grass-roots groups within India’s Hindu majority.

Gandhi has made no official reaction to the apparent win. Whereas the BJP posted a cartoon on Twitter of Modi crunching a scattered opposiotion with a gian lawn mower.

‘With this,” the illustration read, ‘the opportunistic hodgepodge is over.’ ‘Exit polls are a guesstimate’

Moreover, Modi’s style of stirring oration and savvy tact has apparently proved victorious.

At least seven exit polls released by Indian media organizations predicted Modi and his allies would win at least 280 of the 545 seats in the lower house. Enabling them to choose the next prime minister.

If the actual results – due on Thursday (23 May) – back the polls up, it will be a much more dominating performance than many analysts could have seen coming.,

‘Exit polls are a guesstimate,’ Harish Iyer, a high-profile LGBTI activist in India, told Gay Star News. ‘I don’t take them very seriously.’ Are exit polls to be believed?

Like any exit polls, those in India are imperfect. But accuracy has improved in recent years.

The major exit polls in 2014 correctly predicted a win for the BJP-led coalition.

Furthermore, the current exit polls were conducted by Indian research and survey organizations. While many partnered with news media outlets, combining decades of experience together.

According to the polling organizations, the sample size for each exit poll varied from 40,000 voters to two million. Nevertheless, political pundits express caution. ‘Not as bad as others’

As officials begin to count and verify votes conducted on hundreds of electronic voting machines, the public will wait with bated breath.

Saanvi Laghari, known as Sa to her close friends, lives downtown in New Dehli, the bustling capital of India. She discovered, defined, and claimed her sexuality when studying abroad in the London, England as a young adult.

Now back at home at 23, she struggles. Closeted in her bisexuality in some ways, yearning for freedom in others.

To Laghari, the BJP are a threat, but not as bad as others.

‘Modi is way less shit than the other shittier options,’ she bluntly wrote to me. Highlighting that while Congress feature a few LGBTI-focused policies , the BJP’s is barren. So, what could this mean for LGBTI Indians?

Iyer told me that this year’s parliamentarians have been a ‘disappointment’ for queer Indians. ‘They have either been homophobic or inefficient and inadequate in driving our voices for decriminalisation.

‘Today, if we are free, the credit goes to the judiciary.

‘Our courts have done things our parliament has not – giving us dignity and respected our identity.’ ‘Chock-a-block with homophobic voices’

Gaysi, a grassroots LGBTI group, pummelled the pavements and plastered voters’ Instagram feeds with simple voting materials. Working to keep voters aware of party stances on LGBTI issues.

Of the BJP, they described them as ‘chock-a-block with homophobic voices who provoke communal and regional tensions on the daily.’

They based this on vast amounts of the ruling party members denouncing the repeal of Section 377. A section of the Indian Penal Code that banned queer sex.

It passed. Just.

LGBTI campaigners celebrate in Kolkata, India, September 2018, on hearing that gay sex is no longer a crime (Photo: Piyal Adhikary/EPE-EFE/Rex/Shutterstock)

Iyer, from Barrackpore, West Bengal, said: ‘Though the senior leadership in BJP has oft taken a homophobic stance, I don’t believe that the entire right-wing brigade is homophobic.’

‘It is important to note that there are supporters of LGBTI rights across partylines.’

The activist remained hopeful about the win. The 40-year-old columnist asked that queer Indians and allies collaborate with those who oppose them.

‘Because when they do not know us as their brothers, sisters, friends, and mates they will not realize that we are people just like them.

‘They have nothing to be scared of in us.’ ‘We are a young, open-minded nation.’

The BJP only mentioned their ‘commitment’ to India’s trans community in their pledges. They committed self-employment and skill development courses for young trans people. The rest of the LGBI+ community we left in the margins. The silence.

Also, according to Iyer, the home, external affairs, and the state chief minister of India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh, have all made homophobic comments in the past.

Considering it all. Considering the accusations of homophobia, manifesto silence, and Himalayan meditation, what would the win mean?

‘Politically, it will be difficult,’ Iyer said. ‘But socially, we are a New India where the average age of the largest demographic is under 3o.

‘We are a young, open-minded nation.’ See also While the trans community has far to go, this is a huge step in representationWith over 8,000 candidates, the first vote after homosexuality was decriminalized will be a major one

Transgender woman opens up about being misgendered at drag show

Transgender woman opens up about being misgendered at drag show

Transgender woman who was misgendered at a drag show (L) and stock image of a bar (Pexels) A transgender woman has opened up about her experience of being misgendered by a drag queen at a show in a San Francisco gay bar.

Sarah—whose name has been changed to protect her safety and identity—opened up about the experience on Twitter after being misgendered in Aunt Charlie’s Lounge in San Francisco on April 27.

Sarah said she asked where the restroom was in the venue, but was left disappointed and upset when she was directed to the men’s room , which was “filled only with urinals.”

She said that a man walked in after her and said: “Oh, this is the girl’s,” to which the drag queen responded: “Oh no, she’s not a girl.” Transgender woman Sarah was ‘humiliated’ by the incident

Sarah told PinkNews that the incident made her feel “absolutely awful.” She left the gay bar feeling “humiliated” and “all alone in the world.”

“If experiencing transphobia without apology or acknowledgement or anyone’s support in that space is what I’m expected to just tolerate, then I can’t bear to be in that space,” Sarah said.

“But without those queer spaces, where am I supposed to go? I just felt awful.

“I was only in town for a facial feminization consultation , so I just went home in a cab and cried until I fell asleep on the host’s couch.”

Before going home, Sarah tried to go to another gay bar—but discovered a sign upon arrival that said customers needed to be aware that it is a “gay men’s bar.” “I just went home in a cab and cried until I fell asleep on the host’s couch.”

She briefly considered looking for a lesbian bar, but decided against it as she was afraid of encountering trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs). Sarah avoids such bars as she doesn’t want to encounter women who think trans women are “just secretly men” who are trying to get into women’s spaces for “nefarious reasons.” The transgender woman felt “humiliated” by the experience (Pexels) “I’ve had a lot of women like that harass me and say really awful things online calling me a man because I dress too feminine, or too masculine, or because I make jokes about my experiences, or any excuse really to just say I’m a man,” Sarah said. She would like to see drag queens working to better understand transgender people

Her experience in the San Francisco gay bar was not her first run-in with cisgender drag performers. At her city’s pride festival, Sarah said drag performers asked to hear a shout-out from gay men, then from lesbians, and then from allies.

“The explicit privileging of cis, heterosexual people not only over trans and bisexual people, but to their complete exclusion at an event about all of us hurt every time it happened over the weekend,” she explained.

She also said that she has had cisgender people refer to her as a drag queen, indicating that some are likely to view her gender identity as “a source of amusement based only on my appearance.”

Going forward, Sarah would like to see drag queens read and learn about transgender people to ensure that they adequately understand their identities. She wants them to “understand that they’re not allowed to make fun of people for whom their gender expression is their identity rather than comedic performance.”

“I think performers need to, when relevant, pay respect to the trans women that have helped us all move forward. At the very least, don’t give a shoutout to allies until after you’ve given one to trans people.”

PinkNews has reached out to Aunt Charlie’s Lounge in San Francisco for comment.

Rocketman’s Bryce Dallas Howard names LGBTI star who should get next biopic

Rocketman's Bryce Dallas Howard names LGBTI star who should get next biopic

These are the powerful pictures that made Pride history Bryce Howard Dallas at last night’s Rocketman premier in London | Photo: GSN Bryce Dallas Howard has come out as an Ani DiFranco stan!

The actress, who stars in the new Elton John biopic as the singer’s emotionally abusive mother Sheila, named the Both Hands signer as the next LGBTI star who should get the silver screen treatment.

Jurassic World actress Bryce enthused about Ani to GSN at the Rocketman premier in London’s Leicester Square last night.

‘Which LGBTI icon should next get a biopic? Oh my god, that is a really good question – Ani DiFranco!’ she replied without missing a beat. Ani, known for songs such as 32 Flavors and Untouchable Face, came out as bisexual in her 20s. She released her self-titled debut album in 1990, and won the 2004 Best Recording Package Grammy for her album Evolve.

‘Or George Michael…’ Bryce furthermore added. ‘There are so many people who deserve to have their stories told. ‘Elton’s behind it – it’s not someone else interpreting what he went through’

Bryce – who named I’m Still Standing as ‘for sure’ her favorite Elton song – continued: ‘The thing that’s so remarkable about this, is Elton is behind it. It’s not someone else interpreting what he went through. It’s him sharing his journey with us. More of that please!’ Director Dexter Fletcher of course last year depicted bisexual icon and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, after stepping in to replace Bryan Singer.

Speaking to GSN on Rocketman’s blue carpet, Dexter agreed that Freedom singer George would be a great subject for a film. ‘George! George would be amazing! That’s be great!’ he said. See also

13 fabulous facts about Elton John (including the $400m he’s raised to fight HIV/AIDS)

Santa Clarita Diet actor Liv Hewson: ‘There isn’t one way to be non-binary’

Santa Clarita Diet actor Liv Hewson: 'There isn’t one way to be non-binary'

Non-binary lesbian star makes crucial point about gender identity

Liv Hewson and Drey Barrymore in Santa Clarita Diet. | Photo: Netflix If you love zombie comedies – or rather just comedies about modern times where people incidentally enjoy the taste of human flesh – chances are you’ve watched Santa Clarita Diet.

As the Netflix show starring Drew Barrymore as undead Sheila was canceled last April, we had to say goodbye to those beloved characters, including Sheila’s daughter Abby, played by non-binary actor Liv Hewson .

Abby was set for an interesting character arc, finally being more involved in the bizarre family routine of gruesome yet hilarious murders. But all things come to an end. Santa Clarita Diet was axed in April

Hewson, Barrymore and Timothy Oliphant in season 3 of Santa Clarita Diet. | Photo: Netflix

‘It’s bittersweet, obviously. I’m very grateful for the three years that we’ve spent making the show,’ Liv Hewson told GSN.

‘I’ve loved the experience of making it and I’ve loved playing Abby. It’s hard to say goodbye but that’s okay and that’s what happens sometimes.’

Now that many are campaigning to save shows such as One Day At A Time, it isn’t unlikely to see zomcom fans to create a Santa Clarita Twitterstorm.

‘It’s been really beautiful and nice to see people express how much they’ve loved the show and much it means to them. That’s rewarding for me as a performer and for all of us behind the show and it means a lot to us, but sometimes things end and that’s okay.’ Non-binary representation

Canberra-born Hewson has a few tricks up their sleeve. The 23-year-old has just finished shooting an indie movie where they play a non-binary character, a first in their career.

‘That’s been wonderful. It’s something that I’d definitely like to do more often,’ they said, despite being tightlipped about the project.

‘That’s part of the reason why we tell stories in the first place, to articulate different human experiences and explore how different things feel and look,’ they continued, opening up on the importance of representation.

‘Storytelling is about empathy in a lot of ways, so I think it’s very important to see as many different kinds of people on screen and in fiction as possible and that includes non-binary people.’ Coming out as non-binary

Hewson identifies as gay and came out as a non-binary when they were 16. However, it took them a while to come out in professional milieux.

‘I’ve only started to talk about my gender identity publicly within the last year or so,’ they said.

‘That wasn’t for any specific reason. I wasn’t quite sure how to, I wasn’t quite ready and it’s been very gradual. Me being more expressive with my pronouns, that’s something that happens in very small steps. And that’s okay. You know, I’m figuring it out and I’m happy that it’s something I’m starting to feel more comfortable with now.’

They had advice for whoever is struggling with their gender identity.

‘Everything should be governed by what makes you comfortable and safe. If that means taking your time, experimenting for a while or telling everyone… as long as you’re prioritizing yourself and what makes you feel comfortable and recognized in a way that’s healthy, just trust yourself.’ There isn’t one way to be non-binary

Asked about pressures to conform to what non-binary should look like, Hewson made an interesting point.

‘One thing that I want to make very clear to people is that there’s not just one way non-binary people are supposed to look,’ they said.

‘When we talk about androgyny, I think that people have a very specific idea of what androgyny means and what it looks like.’

They went on to talk about how certain physical features, such as being thin or flatchested, are usually associated with androgyny.

‘People have a sort of preconception as to what being androgynous means and what non-binary people have to look like. There just isn’t one way to be non-binary. There isn’t one way to play around with gender and there’s no wrong way to look and be non-binary.’ A pre-MeToo movie and a queer Christmas romcom, finally

Hewson will star in two big movies, set to premiere later in the year.

Drama film Fair And Balanced has a star-studded cast, including Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Kate McKinnon. The movie will focus on the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who resigned in July 2016.

‘We’re finally at a point culturally where we can talk about things like workplace harassment and workplace power dynamics frankly and without fear and shame. That’s how change happens, talking about those things. That’s why is important,’ said Hewson, who will play a fictional character.

‘Before shooting, Jay [ Roach, director of the movie ] sent us a documentary about the intricacies of what happened. I realized I didn’t know as much as I thought, I didn’t realize the power this man had and it was really interesting and upsetting.’

Hewson will then play gay in an upcoming Christmas queer movie, Let It Snow. The ensemble cast also features Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’s Kiernan Shipka and bisexual YouTuber Anna Akana.

‘There are several different love stories and holiday tales and I get to play a lesbian, which is great. Lesbians have Christmas too!’ See also

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Lesbian, bisexual and queer women suffer lower rates of cancer survival

Lesbian, bisexual and queer women suffer lower rates of cancer survival

Lesbian, bisexual and queer women with previous history of cancer suffer lower rates of survival, according to a new study.

The American Cancer Society published the study yesterday (20 May) in peer-reviewed journal, CANCER .

It found adults with poor access to care have worse quality of life. But sexual minority women are particularly at risk.

Among 70,524 cancer survivors, a total of 1,931 self‐identified as sexual minorities (lesbian, gay, bisexual or ‘other’ non-heterosexual orientation).

Of the lesbian, bisexual and queer women, 42.7% said they had difficulty in accessing care. This compares to 28% for heterosexual women.

LBQ women were more likely to report having no health insurance, being without a personal physician, avoiding medical care due to costs, and being without an annual medical visit.

The study found gay, bisexual and queer men also suffer lower rates of survival than their heterosexual counterparts, but the disparity is far greater for women.

‘Our study shows that sexual minority women suffer from poor access to care and that this is linked to worse quality of life,’ said Dr Ulrike Boehmer. ‘This calls for policy changes to improve access to care for sexual minority cancer survivors.’

The study’s findings also point to an opportunity for clinicians to address difficulties in access to care with patients during treatment discussions, or at the completion of cancer therapy and during follow up visits.

‘Clinicians who are aware of these disparities and address them during clinic visits may have an impact on sexual minority women’s survival rates, which are lower than their heterosexual counterparts’ rates,’ Dr Boehmer said. Doctors need to understand LGBTI needs

According to a recent report , half of cancer doctors in the US are unprepared to address and treat the specific needs of their LGBTI patients.

Several authors published the report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology .

As it explains, the purpose of the report is to ‘identify potential gaps in attitudes, knowledge, and institutional practices’.

The authors took a random sample of 450 oncologists from 45 cancer centers from the American Medical Association’s Physician Masterfile.

Regarding identities, more believe it’s important to know a patient’s gender identity (65.8%) rather than sexual orientation (39.6%). A large majority (70.4%) expressed interest in receiving education specifically about LGBTQ patients.

Following the survey, however, confidence dropped among oncologists about their own knowledge.

53.1% said they were confident about LGB health needs and information before taking the survey. That number dropped to 38.9% after the survey.

The numbers were even lower about transgender knowledge (from 36.9% to 19.5%). See also

Kissing and rimming are key factors in spread of gonorrhea in gay men

Kissing and rimming are key factors in spread of gonorrhea in gay men

A new study concludes the throat is a major route of transmission of gonorrhea in gay and bisexual men.

The study looked at 60 male couples in Melbourne, Australia, in which one partner had tested positive for gonorrhea. It found a high incidence of gonorrhea in the throat and anus of partners but not in their urethra.

This suggests gonorrhea transmission takes place through kissing and rimming. Transmission can also occur if saliva is used as a lubricant for anal sex. ‘Throat plays a central role’

‘Our key finding was that in the absence of urethral infection, when one man in a couple had throat gonorrhea, his partner commonly had throat gonorrhea (23%), and when one man in a couple had anal gonorrhea his partner commonly had throat gonorrhea (34%).’

They say this was a much higher incidence than pure chance would suggest. It also contradicts the previously held belief that urethra infection accounts for most incidences of gonorrhea transmission between men.

‘Instead, our data are consistent with a new paradigm of gonorrhea transmission in which the throat plays a central role in transmission to the partner’s throat, anus and urethra, presumably through infected saliva.’

Of the 120 men (60 couples) studied, 85 tested positive for gonorrhea. The most common site of infection was the throat (63), followed by the anus (48) and urethra (25). Some men had the infection in multiple sites. Saliva transmission of gonorrhea

In eleven couples (23%), both partners had gonorrhea in the throat but not elsewhere. This strongly suggests saliva as the route of transmission.

The authors want to see more men warned more about the risk of passing on gonorrhea via saliva. Most safe sex campaigns focuss largely on the use of condoms for anal sex.

Sexually-active gay and bi men should attend STI clinics for regular check-ups. Experts suggest at least once a year, even if men present with no symptoms, and every 3-6 months if they have multiple partners.

Gonorrhea infection in the urethra often prompts a pus-like discharge, but it can sometimes present with no symptoms. A gonorrhea throat infection can cause a sore throat, but again, can often present no symptoms. The same with an anal infection – potential discomfort but often no clear warning signs. Mouthwash

‘Our data support a new paradigm of gonorrhea transmission which suggests that the throat is a major source of gonorrhoea transmission between men,’ say the authors, before highlighting one potential method to reduce risk.

‘A novel gonorrhea prevention strategy is currently under investigation is the use of an antiseptic mouthwash to reduce the prevalence of throat gonorrhea.’

A 2016 study suggested gargling for 1-minute daily with a commercial brand of mouthwash could help reduce gonorrhea infection in the throat. However, that study’s authors called for further research. Rise in incidence of gonorrhea

Gonorrhea transmission rates have increased significantly in several countries in recent years, including the US, UK and Australia. Experts are also very concerned about the emergence of so-called ‘super gonorrhea’ : bacteria resistant to antibiotics. So far, there have only been a handful of such cases.

Matthew Hodson of HIV-information service NAM told GSN: ‘Earlier studies found high rates of gonorrhoea in the throat but this is the first study to find strong evidence of gonorrhea transmission via kissing, rimming or using saliva as a lubricant.

‘The study demonstrates once again that when it comes to STIs you can reduce risk but eliminating all risk will be impractical for most people who are sexually active. Gonorrhea in the throat is likely to have no noticeable symptoms so regular testing is recommended.’ See also

A study suggests rectal douching can remove protective mucus that keeps the anal lining in optimum health

Target stores donate $100K to LGBT nonprofit that promotes ‘inclusive’ K-12 schools

Target stores donate $100K to LGBT nonprofit that promotes ‘inclusive’ K-12 schools

NEW YORK, May 20, 2019 ( LifeSiteNews ) — Target department stores are not only offering clothing and accessories celebrating the gay lifestyle to adults and children, but the company has also pledged to donate to a nonprofit that trains students and teachers in LGBT politics and advocacy.

On Target’s official website, it has several pages dedicated to merchandise that features the rainbow gay pride flag as well as messages intended to instill pride in the LGBT lifestyle. In addition, Target proclaims that it is donating $100,000 to GLSEN, an organization founded in 1990 that claims to be “the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.”’

According to GLSEN’s website, “Our mission is to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”

The organization offers lesson plans for elementary school children on “gender-neutral” pronouns and terminology as part of the Common Core curriculum as well as introducing gender ideology to third-graders . GLSEN partners with the United Nations and like-minded groups in Canada, China, Ireland, Israel, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Coincidently, Target chief marketing officer Rick Gomez also serves on GLSEN’s board of directors.

GLSEN provides training and resources to LGBTQ activists on school campuses while also advocating the homosexual cause in the political sphere. According to its website, “We accomplish our goals by working in hallways across the country — from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in your community — to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education”

Target offers children’s clothing , for example, that features the rainbow flag and promotes the LGBT cause. One shirt proclaims, "Love my dads," and another says, "Love my moms." Others shirts are emblazoned with the rainbow flag bearing the word “pride” superimposed.

For adults, there are the "Pride Adult Gender Inclusive Iridescent Five Panel Hat," "Pride Striped Bisexual Flag Bandana," "Pride Striped Transgender Flag Bandana," "Pride Adult Striped Gender Inclusive Jumpsuit," and a number of other accessories and articles of clothing.

Besides Target, major donors to GLSEN include Hollister, Walt Disney, JP Morgan Chase and Co., HBO, Delta Airlines, NBA, McDonald’s, AT&T, Morgan Stanley, Gucci, Bloomberg, and Colgate-Palmolive. Through its board members, GLSEN also maintains a relationship with the largest teachers union in the United States, the National Education Association.

GLSEN was founded by Kevin Jennings, who led the organization for about 17 years. As GLSEN executive director, Jennings wrote the foreword to a book called “Queering Elementary Education.” The book included chapters titled “Locating a Place for Gay and Lesbian Themes in Elementary … ” and “‘It’s Okay to be Gay’: Interrupting Straight Thinking in the English Classroom.”

In Jennings’ book “Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay and Lesbian History for High School Students,” he wrote, “Some historians trace the development of homophobia in the West from the time when Christianity was adopted by the Romans. … Whether homophobia began in the late Roman Empire because of the introduction of Christianity or became widespread in the late Middle Ages for political reasons, one thing remains clear: Biblical scriptures were used to justify persecution of those who loved members of their own sex.”