News Brief: Attorney General of Barbados says Gays should be Protected Despite Sodomy Law

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News Brief Barbados Protection of Gay Men

News Brief Barbados Protection of Gay Men

News Brief:  Attorney General of Barbados says Gays should be Protected Despite Sodomy Law

The Attorney General of Barbados has said that the country should protect gay people – even though gay sex is still technically illegal.  Barbados law specifies that the punishment of male “buggery” is life imprisonment, though the law is not regularly enforced.

The ban initially dates back to the British colonial era, though it was codified into the country’s 1992’s Sexual Offences Act.  But despite the law, the country’s Attorney General claims gay people should be protected.

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News Brief: Northern Ireland Lifts Ban on Blood Donations for Gay/Bisexual Men… Kind of

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News Brief Northern Ireland Blood Donation Ban Gay Men

News Brief:  Northern Ireland Lifts Ban on Blood Donations for Gay/Bisexual Men… Kind of

After September 1, gay and bisexual men will finally be allowed to donate blood in Northern Ireland – if they spend a whole year not having sex, that is.

Health Minister Michelle O’Neil made the announcement that the region will be joining the rest of the U.K. in allowing donation by gay men after a one-year period of abstaining from sex.

O’Neil stated, “The safety of donated blood depends on two things:  donor selection and the testing of the blood.  Every blood donation is tested for HIV and a number of other organism.” 

The rest of the U.K. lifted the ban last month.

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News Brief: Two Men Accused of Using Grindr for Crime

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News Brief Grindr Crimes

News Brief:  Two Men Accused of Using Grindr for Crime

Two suspects who allegedly used the gay dating app Grindr to lure men and then violently carjack them were arrested this past month by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department in Southern California.

Two attacks took place over last month.  The most recent attack took place May 23 in Victorville, a city two hours from Los Angles.  Using the app, a suspect identified as Allan Soto, 24, met up with a man and stole his vehicle by force, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.  A helicopter search ensued and Soto was arrested and the man’s vehicle later returned to him, reported the Los Angeles Times.

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News Brief: The 2016 Grabby Award Winners are…

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News Brief 2016 Grabby Winners

News Brief 2016 Grabby Winners

News Brief:  The 2016 Grabby Award Winners are…

The winners of the 2016 Grabbys, presented by Grab Magazine, were announced on Saturday night at the Metro Theater in Chicago.

Considered the Oscars of Gay Porn, the Grabbys have been a Memorial Day weekend tradition for more than 20 years.  This years Honey West and Chi Chi LaRue again hosted festivities.

The Grabbys, sponsored by SuperMen.com amongst others, were followed by an after party at Charlie’s and an early morning “Late Night with the Men of Titan” at Touche.

See the full list of winners after the jump.

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News Brief: Germany to Overturn Convictions for Thousands of Gay Men

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News Brief Germany Overturns Gay Convictions

News Brief Germany Overturns Gay Convictions

News Brief:  Germany to Overturn Convictions for Thousands of Gay Men

Germany will consider vacating the convictions of thousands of gay men who were charged after the fall of the Nazi regime.  German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has pledged to send a bill to parliament voiding the convictions and allowing for compensation to victims.

Paragraph 175 states that “a male who commits lewd and lascivious acts with another male or permits himself to be so abused for lewd and lascivious acts shall be punished by imprisonment.”  The Nazis enforced this law in Germany and conquered territories, including France, to arrest more than 100,000 gay men.  If convicted, the men were sent to work and concentration camps.

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