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Posted:  10/20 9:00pm
The gay divide  »  Things I can't tell boyfriend number 1
Last week, the US supreme court declined to hear a few cases relating to gay marriage. That was amazingly good news for American gay rights activists, because at a stroke, the existing law that gay marriage is allowed in the corresponding states was upheld. One of the leader articles in The Economist magazine this week picks up on this, but the title of the article is "The gay divide". The article points out that, perhaps as a result of all the victories for gay rights in the Western world in recent years, ...
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Posted:  10/20 3:15am
Small Spaces Media Room  »  Just Don't Tell Mum
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Posted:  10/19 11:30pm
'The language of shirkers and scroungers?' Talking about illness, disability and coalition welfare reform - Disability & Society  »  Through Myself and Back Again
Picture: protesters at today's 'Hardest Hit' march, carrying a sign which is partly written in Braille. It reads "We're being ---- by the government." Someone has written a translation of the Braille word below it: "shafted". Photo copyright Lisa Egan.Yesterday's discussion on the BBC's You and Yours was about disability, cuts and welfare reform, and featured Where's the Benefit's own Bendy Girl. Some contributors' comments offered a clear example of how attitudes to disability haven't really changed much since Victorian times - if not before. Some academic research recently published has been talking about how these ...
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Posted:  10/19 6:45am
Why I'll Still Vote Liberal Democrat at #GE2015  »  Walk This World With Me
For idealists like me the last 4 and half years have been deeply unpleasant. Compromise at every turn. Disappointment on so many fronts. Proportional representation deep in the long grass, House of Lords reform stalled, removal of tuition fees scrapped. The list of things I thought (and still think!) are important which failed to come to be is long (and covered in unhappy smileys).Of course very well-meaning (and mostly correct) Lib Dem loyalists with tell you how the Lib Dems didn't win the 2010 election, had to compromise in Government, made tuition fees less onerous and did lots of amazing ...
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Posted:  10/18 5:33pm
The Great Barrier Reef is Sick and Now Faces a Possibly Fatal Blow  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
The Great Barrier reef is in the worst state since records began and it’s only going to get worse say researchers, but instead of taking action to help the reef, the Australian government has just paved the way to deal this natural wonder a possibly fatal blow. The report on the state of the reef [...] ...
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Posted:  10/17 4:45pm
Why Are So Many People Being Diagnosed with Dementia?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
New figures say that dementia diagnoses have increased 60 percent in England in just the past 7 years, but what is the reason behind this increase? The figures come courtesy of  the Health and Social Care Information Centre, which collates and monitors health information data from across England. The latest release dated July 30 tells [...] ...
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Posted:  10/17 4:45pm
The Breast Cancer and Contraceptive Pill Link: Let’s Have Some Context  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
New research suggests what at first glance is a startling increase in the chances of developing breast cancer if a woman uses the particularly high-estrogen versions of the contraceptive pill, but it’s important to put these findings in context. Researchers from the American Association for Cancer Research, publishing in the journal Cancer Research, looked at the [...] ...
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Posted:  10/17 4:45pm
What Does the Research Really Say About Older Mothers?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
We often hear that the older a woman gets, the more risk there is if she decides to have a child. While that might be partially true, it leaves a lot of what we know unsaid. We’ve all heard the media stories about studies that show a link between older mothers and an increased risk [...] ...
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Posted:  10/17 4:45pm
Now Gluten-Free Food Has to Actually Be Gluten-Free  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
The FDA’s new regulations on how gluten-free food should be labelled comes into force this month, and as a result gluten-free products will actually have to be gluten-free. But wait, I hear you say, wasn’t that the case already? Unfortunately not. Until now, the United States hasn’t had a legal definition of gluten-free for these [...] ...
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Posted:  10/17 4:45pm
Do You Really Know How and When to Brush Your Teeth?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
One of my earliest memories is my mom showing me how to brush my teeth and impressing on me how important it was to keep my teeth clean — but do we really know the best way to keep our mouths healthy? A new study published in the British Dental Journal says probably not, but it’s not our [...] ...
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Posted:  10/17 4:45pm
Celebrity Charity Advocacy: Does it Really Help?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
It makes sense that charities should ask celebrities to support their causes and appear in their ad campaigns, but does it actually do any good? This was the question three researchers from the UK asked as they embarked on two public surveys of more than 3,000 people each, as well as focus group sessions to [...] ...
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Posted:  10/17 4:45pm
Remember When Iran Said it Had No Gay People?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Despite claims by previous state leaders that Iran has no gay people, a new government report suggests that 17 percent of surveyed young people identify as homosexual. Is this recognition a change for the better? The 82 page document, which was reportedly issued by Iran’s parliamentary research department, didn’t focus solely on homosexuality but asked [...] ...
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Posted:  10/17 4:45pm
Thou Shalt Not Bury Gays: When Funerals Get Political  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A Florida church cancelled a gay man’s funeral last week, saying that because the man was in a same-sex marriage, it would be against the church’s biblical ethos to carry out the burial. In July, Julion Evans of Tampa lost his four year battle with Amyloidosis, a disease that attacks a sufferer’s organs and nervous [...] ...
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Posted:  10/17 4:45pm
Let’s Talk About the Times I Have ‘Selfishly’ Thought About Killing Myself  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Trigger warning: This post contains details about suicidal thoughts, self-harm, depression and anxiety. In September of last year my dad and I were out walking when a car went past, and a sly version of my own inner voice crackled in my ear: Just step out. It could be over in a second. Just do [...] ...
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Posted:  10/17 4:45pm
How Hemp Could Lead Us to a Greener Energy Future  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Hemp is used in many countries as a cost-effective and greener building material, but it does produce some waste. Now, though, researchers believe that they could repurpose those waste fibers into next-generation energy storage devices. The research, presented by Dr. David Mitlin at the 248th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and [...] ...
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Posted:  10/17 4:45pm
Salt as the Next Big Cancer Treatment? Not So Fast  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
We’re all aware of the health dangers of having too much salt in our diets, but reports out over the past week suggest that scientists have come up with a way to inject a salt solution into our bodies to kill cancer cells. The only problem is, this grossly exaggerates where this research is at [...] ...
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Posted:  10/17 4:45pm
Climate Change Anxiety and How We Can Become Climate Resilient  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
While there is every logical reason to be concerned about the impact of climate change, for some people so-called “climate change anxiety” can be a real mental health issue. But how do we deal with it? What is Climate Change Anxiety? Detractors might scoff at the notion of anxiety over climate change, but it isn’t [...] ...
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Posted:  10/17 4:45pm
The BMI and Cancer Link: What Does It Mean for Your Health?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A new study finds that the higher your BMI, the more likely you are to develop the 10 most common cancers. What does this link mean for our health and does it change how we should approach fighting cancer? The study, published this month in the Lancet, is the largest of its kind and involved [...] ...
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Posted:  10/17 4:45pm