News Brief: Chechen Gay Men Recall Horrific Abuse in Detention Centers

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News Brief Chechen Gay Men Recall Horrific Abuse in Detention Centers

News Brief Chechen Gay Men Recall Horrific Abuse in Detention Centers

News Brief:  Chechen Gay Men Recall Horrific Abuse in Detention Centers

In the past few months, “over a hundred and possibly several hundred men” have been arrested, detained, and tortured by government security personnel in the Russian republic, The Guardian reports.  It is believed that at least three have, in fact, been killed.

One man, who will be identified by the pseudonym Adam, endured electric shocks by his captors at least once a day, he told the newspaper.  If this was not enough to make him scream, he was then beaten with sticks or rods.  While this was going on, his tormentors lobbed insults at him and demanded names of other gay men.

“Sometimes they were trying to get information from me; other times they were just amusing themselves,” Adam told the paper of the ordeal he went through a month ago.  After several days in a makeshift detention facility, where he and other captives had to sleep on concrete floors, he was released to his family.

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News Brief: Hungarian Town’s Gay and Muslim Ban Deemed Unconstitutional

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News Brief Hungarian Town’s Gay and Muslim Ban Deemed Unconstitutional

News Brief Hungarian Town’s Gay and Muslim Ban Deemed Unconstitutional

News Brief:  Hungarian Town’s Gay and Muslim Ban Deemed Unconstitutional

A Hungarian village, which had banned supporting same-sex marriage, as well as building mosques and wearing headscarves, has been told that it cannot do so. 

Laszlo Toroczkai, the mayor of southern Hungarian border village Asotthalom, posted on Facebook last year about the proposals which were adopted by his council.  He wrote: “Instead of looking for a scapegoat, I offer an immediate solution, a defense against the forced mass resettlement [of migrants] by Brussels.”

Other than two abstentions, all of the board voted in favor of the proposed new rules. 

The Constitutional Court in Budapest has, however, since ruled that the policy violates human rights.  The court ruled that the policy planned to “limit directly the freedom of conscience and religion, as well as freedom of speech.”

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News Brief: Scientists “One Step Closer” to HIV Vaccine

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News Brief Scientists One Step Closer to HIV Vaccine

News Brief Scientists One Step Closer to HIV Vaccine

News Brief:  Scientists “One Step Closer” to HIV Vaccine

Researchers have said humanity is “one step closer” to a vaccine for HIV after the latest breakthrough.  Scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have engineered an on/off switch on to a weakened strain of HIV.  This would in turn allow them to spread the virus throughout someone’s body, before deactivating the strain after it has immunized the host.

Around 35 million people have died of AIDS worldwide since the epidemic began, while 36.7 million are still living with HIV, according to the World Health Organisation.

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News Brief: 2017 Grabby Nominees Announced!

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News Brief 2017 Grabby Nominations

News Brief 2017 Grabby Nominations

News Brief:  2017 Grabby Nominees Announced!

Nominees for the 2017 Grabby Erotic Video Awards were announced!

The Grabbys, whose organizers operate Grab Magazine, has been honoring the best in gay porn for more than 20 years.

As in previous years, the awards will be presented in a live ceremony during Memorial Day weekend in conjunction with the International Mister Leather (IML) Contest.  The awards show will take place on Saturday, May 27th.

 

This year, the host hotel will be the Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park.  A group rate, starting at $100, is available for stays between May 26ththrough May 31st.  To book a room visit AwardShowHotel.com.

See all of the nominees after the jump!

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News Brief: A Bare Bush May Increase Your Risk for STIs

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News Brief A Bare Bush May Increase Your Risk for STIs

News Brief A Bare Bush May Increase Your Risk for STIs

News Brief:  A Bare Bush May Increase Your Risk for STIs

A recent study from Dell Medical School at the University of Texas has found a link between extreme pubic hair grooming and increased rates of sexually transmitted infections.  The results indicate that high-frequency shavers have a quadrupled risk of contracting an STI.

One reason, researchers speculate, might be that infections can spread more easily due to tiny cuts or tears in the skin that occur as a result of grooming.  Another theory is that people who groom more often engage in more sex and are thus already at a higher risk for contracting STIs.

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