Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-01-16
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



World news: HIV study; action against Malawi; Gucci's policy
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

In Scotland, a University of Glasgow study shows that gay men and other men who have sex with men ( MSM ), including those believed to be at "high risk," are not getting HIV tests frequently enough, reported. The study found that while national guidelines suggest all MSM test annually for HIV and those "at higher risk" every three months, neither recommendation is being met. The research is the first to explore the frequency of HIV testing among MSM in the United Kingdom.

Malawi and other developing nations will be sidelined from World Bank funding for actions against gay people, Nyasa Times reported. Malawi recently attracted the wrath of the United Nations regarding the withdrawal of a case against People's Party ( PP ) publicist Ken Msonda, who was charged with inciting people to kill gay people. The UN said the discontinuance of the case sends a bad message to the society that killing gay individuals is legal in Malawi. The World Bank provides loans to developing countries for projects, assists in their development and creates infrastructure to help tackle poverty.

A video series originating in Toronto analyzes LGBT men and body image. It is a six-part series looking at how gay men view their bodies and how that affects hooking up, dating, sex, masculinity, relationships and more issues. See

Italian fashion house Gucci has announced that it will extend its domestic-partnership benefits to same-sex couples in registered partnerships, Gay Star News reported. This includes allowing them 15 days of honeymoon leave if they have married abroad. Italy has been the last country in Western Europe to pass legislation allowing gay couples to enter into civil unions, having faced stiff opposition from the Catholic church and right-wing politicians.

Members of the Scottish Parliament ( MSP ) and human-rights campaigners have called on the Scottish government to confront Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama about his country's abuses of its lesbian and gay citizens, according to a Gay Star News item that cites The Guardian. A meeting with opposition leaders was cancelled. He also reportedly received muted applause as he listened to First Minister's Question Time ( FMQs ) in the Holyrood chamber. Gay sex is illegal in Ghana, punishable by up to three years in jail if it is consensual; it's not clear if female homosexuality is illegal.

Australian Family First Senator and marriage-equality opponent Bob Day hit out at same-sex marriage, saying that most gay men in relationships are unfaithful to their partners, Gay Star News reported. During the second reading of the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill, the senator for South Australia started his speech calling it "shameful that activists for marriage equality assume that opponents must be bigots." He rhetorically asked the chamber why not allow three people to marry if same-sex marriage is to be legalized.

Faroe Islands, a self-governing archipelago part of Denmark, has rejected same-sex marriage, Gay Star News reported. It remains the only Nordic country to not have adopted same-sex unions in any form. Last year, Sonja Jogvansdottir became the first member of the LGBT community elected to the Faroese parliament. Denmark legalized same-sex marriage in 2012.

Female British soldier Lance Corporal Hannah Heslop, 25, was sentenced to seven years in prison and faces a dishonorable discharge from the army for sexually assaulting a female colleague following a night out, Gay Star News reported. In March 2015, Heslop and the victim were part of a course held at Leconfield Barracks in Yorkshire. During a night out with other soldiers, Heslop targeted the victim and openly said that she would make her gay while the group was playing drinking games.

Botswana's appeal court ruled that the government was wrong to refuse to register an organization that represents LGBT people, in a case testing the country's anti-homosexuality laws, Times Live reported. Activists launched the legal battle after the Home Affairs ministry rejected an application to register the Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals of Botswana ( LEGABIBO ) organization. In so ruling, the court dismissed Home Affairs Minister Edwin Batshu's argument that registration might encourage members of LEGABIBO to break the law.

The British military is investigating an incident in which members of the Queen's Guard were made to sexually assault each other as part of an initiation ceremony filmed on cellphones, according to NewNowNext, citing The Sun. Two young soldiers say they were ordered to perform a series of sex acts on each other last September at Pirbright Barracks in Surrey, England. An Army spokesman confirms that the incident did take place, and that the Royal Military Police is investigating, but says there were no allegations of coercion or force.

Northern Ireland's Court of Appeal has ruled that Stormont's health minster, and not UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, should decide on whether to lift the lifetime ban that is currently in place to prevent gay and bisexual men from donating blood, Gay Star News reported. Previous Northern Ireland Health Ministers Edwin Poots and Jim Wells had decreed that the ban should stay in place, but current Health Minister Simon Hamilton has previously indicated that he is prepared to lift the ban if the government advisory body says it is safe to do so. Northern Ireland is a constituent unit of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the northeast of the island of Ireland.

The gay British movie Weekend, directed by Andrew Haigh, was a recent surprise box-office hit in Italy after the Vatican attempted to ban the film, The Washington Blade reported. The movie, which stars Tom Cullen and Chris New, was released in theaters in the United Kingdom in 2011 and is currently available for streaming on Netflix in the United States. The film follows two men who begin a romantic and sexual relationship one week before one of them leaves the country.

Russian authorities says they have received a number of complaints for a new ad for Calvin Klein perfume CK2, PinkNews reported. The advertisement, which features two same-sex couples, has been reported to authorities in the country for allegedly containing "elements of propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia." The ad features a same-sex male couple riding on a motorcycle shirtless, while a lesbian couple bare their breasts on a highway. If found guilty, Calvin Klein could be fined up to 1 million rubles ( $15,000 ).

LGBT advocates in Mexico are protesting a newly released film titled Pink that they say are filled with anti-LGBT stereotypes, anti-gay caricatures and negative messages about same-sex couples adopting children, Gay Star News reported. Directed by Paco del Toro, the Spanish-language film is currently showing in over 200 theaters across Mexico via Cinemex and Henry Cinemas, although Cinepolis has refused to show the film. Pink is said to tell the story of a gay couple who adopt a child; one of the protagonists of the film stopped being gay through the Bible while his partner is diagnosed with AIDS.

The UK government has dropped its plans to ban poppers, Gay Star News reported. British politicians voted to approve a ban on "legal highs" in January, with it set to become the law April 6. However, Home Secretary Theresa May conceded a review of poppers would happen before the law came into effect.

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

National Black Justice Coalition Demands Justice for Victims of Ed Buck 2019-01-09 - WASHINGTON, DC— This week, another young Black man died in the home of Ed Buck, a wealthy Democratic donor who was previously investigated ...

Gay News

AFC holds Getting to Zero draft-plan webinar with stakeholders 2019-01-02 - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) held a Getting to Zero ( GTZ ) Illinois project draft plan webinar Dec. 19 with ...

Gay News

Season of Concern awards $93K 2018-12-26 - Season of Concern—the Chicagoland theater community's fundraising effort that provides compassionate care to those who are experiencing the effects of catastrophic illness, and ...

Gay News

HIV+ Air Force members discharged, OutServe-SLDN Lambda Legals sue 2018-12-19 - ( WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2018 ) — Today, OutServe-SLDN AND Lambda Legal, with partner law firm Winston & Strawn, filed a lawsuit ...

Gay News

WORLD Depression study, HIV conference, Kenya attack 2018-12-18 - In England, research has found that young lesbian, gay and bisexual people start becoming depressed and self-harming from the age of 10 because ...

Gay News

Gerber/Hart unveils AIDS-awareness stamps 2018-12-17 - On Dec. 13, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives unveiled a new exhibit among its collection of LGBTQ historical records: Red Ribbon for AIDS awareness ...

Gay News

Providers launch statewide plan to stop new HIV infections 2018-12-12 - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), Illinois Department of Public Health ( IDPH ) and Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ...

Gay News

Day With(out) Art screening Dec. 15 2018-12-12 - Visual AIDS' Chicago marquee screening of Alternate Endings, Activist Risings on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art, ...

Gay News

Thrift shop exhibits AIDS artwork by homeless youth 2018-12-12 - December usually means holiday cheer, hot cocoa and family gatherings. For Monarch Thrift Shop in Avondale, at 2866 N. Milwaukee Ave., it also ...

Gay News

WORLD Marriage news, HIV prosecution, Cuba travel 2018-12-12 - The president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, on Dec. 5, reiterated her support of marriage rights for same-sex couples, The Washington ...


Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.








About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.