Quickies: HIV Testing, Hate Crimes Legislation, Domestic Violence
- Doctors Remiss in Suggesting HIV Tests to Queer Men – A new survey of gay and bisexual men conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that “47 percent of the men have never discussed their sexual orientation with their doctors, and 56 percent have never been advised by a doctor to be tested for H.I.V.” In the USA, the prevalence of HIV among gay and bi men is 20 times higher than in the general population.
- Philadelphia Considers Expanding Hate Crimes Legislation – City council members have introduced a bill to extend Philadelphia’s hate crime laws to cover perceived sexual orientation, gender expression, and disability. This comes in the wake of 3 arrests made in the Sept 11 assault on two gay men by a mob of white Catholic school alumni.
- “Gay Panic” Defense Illegal in CA – Yesterday California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the bill that outlawed using a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity as an excuse to ask for more lenient sentencing. CA is the first state to outlaw the gay/trans panic defense.
- Domestic Violence and Victim Blaming in the LGBT Community – “According to the CDC, bisexual women have a 75 percent rate of being with at least one violent partner, 46 percent of lesbian women — almost 1 in 2 have been involved in an abusive relationship, and for gay men, the figure is around 40 percent — double that experienced by straight men.”
- This Week in Marriage Equality – The Supreme Court deciding this week whether to hear same-sex marriage cases, and updates from LA, TX and MO.
- The Advocate Spotlights Artist C. Bedford – Bedford prefers to leave their gender ambiguous, like many of the subjects of their work. “My art is more important to me than my gender, and I think people should try to understand it for what it is, rather than trying to break it down by applying my physical attributes to ‘decode’ whatever it is I’ve made with stereotypes.”
- Ten Famous Women in Suits – These women know how to rock a suite.
Featured image: Evan Rachel Wood via Getty