Rainbow Report 20/02/21

Intelligence agency makes intelligent move

"MI6 Building, London" by JohnJobby is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Once upon a time Britain’s gay spies used to defect: now MI6 is saying sorry for past ill-treatment and welcoming us with open arms. Took them long enough!

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/uks-mi6-apologises-past-treatment-lgbt-spies

Biden urges Equality Act

President Joe Biden is wasting no time in erasing the homophobia of the Trump years. He wants protections for LGBTI folk increased ASAP.

"Vice President Joe Biden visit to Israel March 2016" by U.S. Embassy Jerusalem is licensed under CC BY 2.0

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/539578-biden-urges-swift-passage-of-equality-act

Before Playgirl, there was Bachelor

Long before those infamous centrefolds, another women’s magazine worked to objectify the single male just like the men’s mags did women.

in the process the woman who ran it inadvertently created something like a coffee table gay mag.

F Mira: Capulanas, 2009 (CC)

https://www.berfrois.com/2021/02/flipping-the-script-of-gender-politics/

LGBT+ charity helps teens through pandemic

A hardship fund set up in memory of a 15-year-old who took his own life has been helping LGBT+ teenagers through the Covid-19 pandemic, when many of the usual resources have become unavailable.

BBC Yorkshire

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-56127168

Honduras fights block on equal marriage

Honduran LGBT+ advocates on Thursday mounted a legal challenge to changes made to the constitution by lawmakers that make it harder to reverse the existing ban on same-sex marriage.

Last month, members of the Honduran Congress voted to amend the constitution making it much harder to reverse existing hard-line bans on abortion and same-sex marriage, as lawmakers doubled down on socially conservative priorities.

https://news.trust.org/item/20210219040701-jp29p/

Great sex education

Following the broadcast of It’s a Sin in the UK (with Channel 4 directing viewers to its sexual health support webpage during the closing credits), sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust reported a “four-fold” increase in orders of at-home testing kits during National HIV Testing Week in early February, a figure that has been attributed at least partially to the show’s success in raising awareness of the issue.

https://www.menshealth.com/entertainment/a35537384/its-a-sin-lgbtq-sex-education-hiv-aids/

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)