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Email from a guy who's in love with an attached man  »  Things I can't tell boyfriend number 1
At the start of June, a reader sent me the following email:Dear GB,Recently discovered your blog and I'm addicted! You give great advice and I love reading about your relationships. I am in a situation that I hope you can give me some advice on. I'm in my mid-twenties, and am newly out to some family members and close friends. I met a guy six months ago via a hook-up site. We had fun and established a "friends with benefits" type situation. He has a boyfriend for many years, and they are in an open relationship. I knew this going ...
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Posted:  7/30 10:30pm
Post-holiday blues  »  Cornish Dreamer
I've been on holiday. Not a long holiday, just a week. It doesn't explain my absence, I know. My first thoughts this morning as I stepped into my cold, dark office, was that I didn't know what I was doing here. The feeling weighed down in my stomach like I'd swallowed some rocks. This isn't me right now. 'Me' is someone else - somewhere else - tasting life and doing things that are fascinating and, quite frankly, cool. Work does not make me feel alive and buzzing like my holiday in Sicily made me feel. Instead, I feel like I've hugged ...
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Posted:  7/30 9:15am
Tylenol for Lower Back Pain? You Might Not Want to Bother  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Lower back pain is a common problem for many adults, but new research says that the acetaminophen (found in Tylenol and other brands) we might all rely on to try to manage that pain isn’t actually doing much of anything, really. The research, conducted by Australian scientists and published this month in The Lancet, is [...] ...
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Posted:  7/28 12:00am
5 Things You Need to Know About Pure Caffeine Powder  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Pure caffeine powder has become a go-to stimulant for many young people interested in getting the best out of their sports performance or general workouts, but an FDA warning issued this month tells how dangerous the legal stimulant can be. Here are five things you need to know about caffeine powder, including why it poses [...] ...
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Posted:  7/27 6:00pm
Want to Feel 10 Years Younger? Walk a Dog  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Staying active as we age is important to all of us because it can mean the difference between living our lives independently and needing outside help. Now, scientists have discovered one way to help you feel as spry as you were 10 years ago: care for a dog. The research, which was conducted by scientists [...] ...
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Posted:  7/27 6:00pm
5 Things Obama’s LGBT Employment Rights Orders Won’t Do  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
This week President Obama signed a number of changes to federal contracting law that, come 2015, will protect LGBTs from employment discrimination. Obama actually amended two executive orders this week. One was originally by President Lyndon Johnson and authored in 1965. The new language added to that places “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” into the [...] ...
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Posted:  7/27 6:00pm
Would You Have an HIV Test at the Dentist?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
People can be put off from getting an HIV test for a variety of reasons, but new research says that if we were given the option of an HIV test while at the dentist, a majority of people would take it. A first of its kind study surveyed whether 521 dental patients from Sydney, Australia [...] ...
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Posted:  7/27 6:00pm
Why LGBT Asylum Seekers Must Have the Right to Self-Identify  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A top EU official issued an opinion this week emphasizing that asylum claimants should be allowed to identify as LGBT without facing antagonistic tests that risk contravening their human rights, an important statement that should have broad implications for several nations including the UK. The Advocate General Sharpston of the Court of Justice of the [...] ...
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Posted:  7/27 6:00pm
Why Seals Might Love Having More Wind Farms  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
New research reveals that off-shore wind farms are particularly useful for seals as they appear to act like artificial reefs, drawing in large groups of fish. The study, carried out by researchers at St Andrews University in Scotland and published this month in the journal Current Biology, saw scientists track a group of seals in the [...] ...
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Posted:  7/27 6:00pm
Why is it Important to Know Which Genes Might Cause Schizophrenia?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Scientists have found a set of 83 genes that have never been identified before that appear to link with developing the psychological condition schizophrenia. Why is this important, and what can researchers do with this information? The study, which involved an international group of researchers led by a team at Cardiff University in the UK [...] ...
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Posted:  7/27 6:00pm
Anti-#EqualMarriage Minister Gets Stonewall Staffer As Special Advisor  »  Walk This World With Me
Imagine... A Stonewall head of education working for an anti-marriage equality Tory Minister.Who'd of thought it? Everyone? Oh.But Jae, I hear you say. The debate is over. We've got equal marriage. Let's move on and work together. It is about helping end bullying (well if its homophobic anyway, otherwise the kids are on their own). Blah blah blah. Won't somebody think of the children? Etc.Well it isn't over. And it isn't right. We still have plenty of work to go before we achieve actual marriage equality. And the idea that Luke Tryl, who probably had a fair ...
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Posted:  7/26 10:05pm
Flying of St Andrew Saltire at Nairn cricket pitch  »  Bill's Comment Page
I have earlier this evening written a message to the Highland Council (whose website is here) on the above-mentioned subject. I repeat the text below:QUOTEI have noticed for the past few years that a St Andrew Saltire flag has been flown permanently from a flagpole at the southern side of Nairn cricket pitch. By my recollection this practice started [only] a few years ago, during the period an SNP councillor was briefly Provost of Nairn, until “ousted” from this role by "Independent" colleagues; my home overlooks this venue, so I have been observing it closely for many years. ...
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Posted:  7/26 10:56pm
"Them: Adventures with Extremists" by Jon Ronson  »  Walk This World With Me
A bit of an oldie now but, given the increasing rise in profiles of extremists of all ilks, "Them" provides a really interesting insight into the odd mentality of holders of some of the weirder political outlooks in the Western world.From Omar Bakri to Alex Jones we see the odd dissonance (something I see in most "believers") between living ordinary lives with ordinary problems whilst holding onto beliefs that seem to oppose the very concept of living ordinary lives. If I truly believed in the New World Order I'd either try and keep my head down or ...
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Posted:  7/26 1:47pm
GB featured in Evening Standard Magazine :-)  »  Things I can't tell boyfriend number 1
A few years ago, I did a phone interview for a journalist who worked for London's Time Out Magazine. The result was that I was one of the bloggers who was featured in an article called "The Sex Diaries".History has now repeated itself, but this time it's the turn of London's Evening Standard Magazine! Today's issue contains an article called "Sex on file" and one of the bloggers who gets a mention is me :-). They've taken an extract from quite an old article (Black tie), and although ...
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Posted:  7/24 10:30pm