Saturday, 29 August 2015

Malta Today: 1980s ban on gay blood next taboo in line of fire

The issue was recently raised by the government’s LBTIQ consultative committee in an action plan that proposes to address the ban, originally introduced because men having sex with men had a higher risk of HIV infection than heterosexuals. 

29 August 2015, 7:30am by Martina Borg

The lifetime ban on sexually active gay men remains a controversial aspect of medical norms in a society that is otherwise now geared towards more equal rights for gay people, and scuttling the prejudice they face in daily life.

The issue was recently raised by the government’s LBTIQ consultative committee in an action plan that proposes to address the ban, originally introduced because men having sex with men had a higher risk of HIV infection than heterosexuals.

Monday, 24 August 2015

MGRM: Celebrating Difference
Monday, August 10, 2015, 00:01 by Gabi Calleja

In his opinion piece of August 4, Ivan Fenech reacted to the donation of a number of educational resources by MGRM to schools. Most of these resources involved storybooks that are aimed at kindergarten and primary school children but they also included library books for adolescents and a teacher training DVD.

Fenech’s claim was that such storybooks were confusing to children and an assault on traditional models of the family. However, in no way did he substantiate his views.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

BBC News: HIV flushed out by cancer drug
31 July 2015, By James GallagherHealth and science reporter, BBC News website

HIV can be flushed out of its hiding places in the body using a cancer drug, researchers show.

The cornerstone of treatment, anti-retroviral therapy, kills the virus in the bloodstream but leaves "HIV reservoirs" untouched.

The study, published in PLoS Pathogens, showed the drug was "highly potent" at reactivating hidden HIV.

Pink News: Comment: Why we shouldn’t judge African countries by their anti-gay laws
12th August 2015, 9:39 AM by Oliver Kasin

Oliver Kasin feared coming out in Malawi - but felt liberated when he did (Oliver Kasin)

Oliver Kasin writes for PinkNews about coming out in Malawi and the reaction he received from its people.

Malawi doesn’t do particularly well in the press in relation to its LGBT rights. In fact, it was only in April 2015 that another law called the “Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Law” came into effect, a law that stigmatises the LGBT community by defining what marriage is and strengthening the notion that cohabiting relationships should be between a man and woman only.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Times: No child’s fairyland
Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 00:01 by Ivan Fenech

Two of the books donated to government schools by the Malta Gay Rights Movement.

When things reach a point where you cannot send your children to school without fear that they may have their minds confused, you know that something has gone terribly wrong with this country’s education system.

Last week, as it has been saying it would do for months, the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) presented books to Education Minister Evarist Bartolo for distribution in government schools, including kindergartens.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Times: Male prostitution seen as a major cause in HIV increase
Sunday, July 26, 2015, 12:01

The number of HIV cases confirmed so far this year has already reached the annual average, with drug abuse, male prostitution and migration highlighted as major causes.

Figures compiled by the Health Ministry show that while an average of 30 HIV cases is diagnosed each year, 31 cases have already been confirmed since January.

BBC News: Why my own father would have let IS kill me
  • 23 July 2015
  • From the sectionMagazine
'Taim' in Lebanon
The group that calls itself Islamic State (IS or Isis) has a special punishment for gay people - it kills them by throwing them off high buildings. Taim, a 24-year-old medical student, tells the story of how he only escaped this fate by fleeing from Iraq to Lebanon.
In our society, being gay means death. When Isis kills gays, most people are happy because they think we're sick.
I first realised I was gay when I was about 13 or 14. I too thought homosexuality was a sickness and I just wanted to feel normal. During my first year of college, I started having therapy for it. My therapist told me to tell friends that I was going through a "difficult phase" and to ask for their support.
I'm of Muslim background but my ex-boyfriend was from a Christian background and I had a bunch of Christian friends, whom I used to hang out with. In 2013 I got into a fight with a fellow student, Omar - who later joined Isis - about hanging out with Christians. A friend of mine told him to go easy on me because I was going through a hard time, having treatment for being gay. That's how people knew. I think my friend's intention was noble but what happened as a result ruined my life.
Still from an IS video
Still from an IS video

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Times: Committee to consider whether gay men should donate blood
Friday, July 24, 2015, 12:12

[Click on the hyperlink above to watch the video.]

A technical committee has been appointed to consider and make recommendations on whether gay men should be allowed to donate blood.

Parliamentary Secretary for Health Chris Fearne said the decision was taken following a request by the LGBTIQ community for the ban on blood donations to be lifted.

He said the technical team will consider what risk existed and how it could be mitigated. A political decision would be taken after the report is concluded.

Same Same AU: WATCH: Gay couple attacked by mob in Ukraine
Fri 24th Jul, 2015 in International News

A magazine in the Ukraine was filming one of those “how will people react” videos with a gay couple in Kiev – and it started well, but things took a dangerous turn when a mob of angry young men descended.

Last week a video showing reactions to a pair of young guys holding hands in Russia went viral – see it here if you missed it – so the Ukraine’s ‘Bird in Flight’ magazine was keen to see how a local couple would fare.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Same Same AU: What happens when two guys hold hands in Russia
Tue 14th Jul, 2015 in International News

An experiment by a Russian TV channel looking at Moscow citizens’ reactions to a pair of guys holding hands on the street has had some disturbing results.

We sometimes hear about Russian leaders making anti-gay statements, and in Saint Petersburg there’s a ‘promoting homosexuality’ law against mentioning same-sex couples around children.

But does a regular citizen of Moscow also detest gay people? It appears too many do.

“My heart was beating loudly as I watched the video,” said a YouTube commenter. “It wasn’t too long ago that Americans would’ve acted the same way. Keep spreading the word and people will change.”

Watch what happens when two guys walk around holding hands in Putin’s Russia.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Pink News: Here is what Martin Luther King told a teen struggling with his sexuality
13th July 2015, 3:58 PM by Nick Duffy

Martin Luther King addressed homosexuality in an advice column

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. once answered a question from a boy who was struggling to cope with his sexuality.

The rights hero openly discussed homosexuality while writing an advice column for Ebony Magazine in 1958 – while the government was still openly discriminating against LGBT people.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

YouTube: I'm HIV positive, do you dare to touch me?

Published on 22 Jun 2015

Finnish guy Janne Antin wanted to show what it is like to live with HIV-related stigma and at the same time raise awareness of HIV. Would you have touched?

Janne halusi tempauksella hälventää HIV:hen liittyviä ennakkoluuloja ja samalla lisätä tietoisuutta siitä, millaista HIV:n kanssa on elää. Olisitko sinä koskettanut?

Lue lisää/read more:

UOM ICT: HIV Disease Progression Modelling using Phase Tye Survival Trees

Final Year ICT Student Projects Exhibition
Faculty of ICT, University of Malta
July 2015

by Marija Gafà, Supervisor: Dr Lalit Garg

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Saturday, 4 July 2015

MGRM Seminar: Life Experiences of LGBTIQ Senior Citizens

30.6.2015 by MGRM

Seminar: Life Experiences of LGBTIQ Senior Citizens
16 July 2015 – Le Meridien Hotel – 9am to 12pm

As part of an EEA/Norway NGO Grant project ‘Enhancing capacity to advocate for LGBT rights’ MGRM sought to meet with senior members of the LGBTI population in Malta to better understand their life stories.

The project aimed to help inform the movement, policy makers and service providers (both public and private) and the wider population about what it is like to be a part of Malta’s elderly LGBTI population which is often invisible.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Malta Today: Conservative silence on LGBTIQ issues?

The landmark civil union and gender identity bills have been hailed as revolutionary, and welcome, human rights breakthroughs for Malta by many. But how curious is it that there hasn’t been a concerted backlash to these key developments from conservative quarters, TEODOR RELJIC asks?

26 June 2015, 8:00am by Teodor Reljic

It seems as though Malta has become a progressive gender-equality mecca over the last couple of years. At least that’s what recent key LGBTIQ developments would have you believe. The passing of the civil unions bill, celebrated to colourful fanfare at St George’s Square in the spring of 2014, was seen by its supporters as a step towards ensuring Malta is in line with the ‘rest of the modern world’ – overly flexible as that term may be – and it had something of an edge to it since it also included adoption within its remit.

BBC News: Turkey Pride march hit with police water cannon

[Click here to watch the video]

Turkish police have fired water cannon, rubber pellets and tear gas at a gay pride event in Istanbul.

Earlier, organisers had posted a warning on Facebook that the local authority had banned the march because it coincided with the holy month of Ramadan.

Ben Bland reports.

Euro News: Istanbul Gay pride quashed by riot police, rubber bullets and water cannon

Pink News: Congratulations! Supreme Court brings marriage equality across the US
26th June 2015, 3:05 PM by Nick Duffy [69 reader comments]

The US Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right – paving the way for weddings in all 50 states.

The highest court in the US made a surprise early decision today on same-sex marriage, after hearing ‘mega-case’ Obergefell v. Hodges.

A ruling had not been expected until Monday from the nine Supreme Court justices, who are attempting to resolve a ‘split’ in lower courts on the issue – and as such could decide on the issue once and for all for the entire country.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Times: Pastor’s wife tried to ‘cure disgusting’ homosexual
Sunday, June 21, 2015, 12:45 by Ivan Martin

A 2011 protest outside the River of Love premises. On the left is River of Love evangelist Gordon Manché.

A gay man is claiming he was told his sexual orientation was “disgusting” and could be cured by a psychologist with ties to the Christian fellowship River of Love.

The 28-year-old, who asked to remain anonymous, said he had attended two counselling sessions with warranted psychologist Mariella Blackman when he came out to his friends and family seven years ago.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

YouTube: Transmission and Prevention of HIV

The modes of transmission of HIV are numerous. This animation describes the common and less common ways in which HIV can be transmitted from one person to another. While HIV is most commonly spread from an infected person through vaginal or anal intercourse, as well as intravenous blood exposure through the sharing of needles, there are practices and measures that you can take to help minimize the risk of becoming infected.

Friday, 19 June 2015

iNews Malta: Tibgħat lill-Ministru taqra l-Bibbja minħabba l-gays
Victor Vella | 20:49 | 16.06.2015

Waqt il-laqgħa ta' konsultazzjoni mas-soċjetà ċivili li saret illejla f'Kastilja fis-sensiela 'Gvern li Jisma'', u li fiha ħadet sehem il-Ministru Helena Dalli, spikka intervent ta' mara anzjana f'battibekk mal-Ministru dwar il-liġi tal-unjoni ċivili u d-drittijiet tal-persuni gay u lesbjani.

Il-mara, b'pitazz f'idejha, bagħtet lill-Ministru taqra l-Bibbja, waqt li ddikjarat li hi kienet taf persuna li kien kunjomu 'Gay' u lil dan tgħidx x'kienu jagħmlulu. Il-Ministru wieġbet għal dan billi qalet li meta kienet żgħira 'gay' kienet tfisser xi ħadd ferħan.