Friday, November 27, 2015

HIV: It’s safer to shoot heroin than have gay sex…

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control recommended the use of Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) commonly known by its brand name Truvada, for those at “high risk” of HIV infection; the drug which contains two antivirals, is currently approved and widely used in combination with other drugs to treat HIV in those already infected. According to the CDC, people at high risk who should be offered PrEP include about 1 in 4 sexually active gay and bisexual men, 1 in 5 people who inject drugs, and 1 in 200 sexually active heterosexual adults. Some scientists have warned that if an HIV-positive patient were to take Truvada alone, or if a user were to become infected while taking it, the HIV strains they carry could become drug-resistant. The infection would be hard to treat, and it could spread to other people.

From the CDC:
In 2010, the estimated number of new HIV infections among MSM was 29,800, a significant 12% increase from the 26,700 new infections among MSM in 2008.
Although MSM represent about 4% of the male population in the United States, in 2010, MSM accounted for 63% of all new infections. MSM accounted for 54% of all people living with HIV infection in 2011.
Since the epidemic began, an estimated 311,087 MSM with an AIDS diagnosis have died, including an estimated 5,380 in 2012.

By comparison:
Injection drug users represented 8% of new HIV infections in 2010 and 15% of those living with HIV in 2011. In 2012, there were 3,514 AIDS deaths among injection drug users.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gay Porn Star Dead at 20

Dimitri Kane

The Tragic and Twisted Characters Who Made “Gay” Normal…and one was a Catholic priest!

Fathers Dan McCarthy, BernĂ¡rd Lynch, John McNeill, and Robert Carter marching 
with Dignity/ New York in an early 1980s “Gay” Pride Parade. 

In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association made the decision to delete homosexuality as a diagnostic category from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). This decision was not based on new scientific evidence, but the result of political pressure from activists, in particular from the newly formed National Gay Task Force, in and out of the Association; in 1973, the four founding leaders of the Task Force included Dr. Howard Brown, Dr. Bruce Voeller, Father Robert Carter, and Dr. Frank Kameny.

Dr. Howard Brown was chief health officer of New York City during the Lindsay administration. During his tenure, Brown described his horror when he first toured the Tombs, a notorious city prison: “Almost all the men in the crowded cells were demonstrably effeminate. I could not identify with them.” In 1969, after the Stonewall Riots, Brown said of the protesters: “[they] were like the homosexuals I had seen in the Tombs—most of them obviously poor, most of them the sort of limpwristed, shabby or gaudy gays that send a shiver of dread down the spines of homosexuals who hope to pass as straight. I could not have felt more remote from them.” He added that the composition of the crowds brought to mind “every civil rights struggle I had ever witnessed or participated in.” Today, according to the several published studies touted by “gay” rights groups, Brown would certainly qualify as a homophobic, or at the very least as transgender-phobic; perhaps, even a sufferer of a new mental disorder classified as “internalized homophobia.” Brown suffered a heart attack and died in 1975 at age fifty.

Bruce Voeller was a biologist and early AIDS researcher; Voeller pioneered and promoted the use of nonoxynol-9 as a spermicide specifically as a topical virus-transmission preventative method for us in the “gay” male community. In 2001, the World Health Organization (WHO) held a consultation on N-9 with researchers from around the world. These experts came to the following conclusions: “N-9 is not effective at preventing the transmission of HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STD). It shouldn't be used or promoted for disease prevention…Products with N-9 -- including condoms, lubes and birth control products -- should never be used for anal sex. The rectum is more fragile than the vagina. Even the small amount of N-9 in condoms and lubes can damage the rectum, raising HIV risk.” Voeller died of AIDS in 1994.

Robert Carter was an American Roman Catholic priest and LGBT rights activist; in 1972, he helped to found the New York chapter of DignityUSA; an organization that has since been officially condemned by the Vatican; he led blessing ceremonies for gay couples and saw no contradiction between homosexuality and Christianity; in an unpublished memoir, he wrote: “Since Jesus had table fellowship with social outcasts and sinners, those rejected by the religious establishment of his time, I consider myself to have been most fully a Jesuit, a ‘companion of Jesus,’ when I came out publicly as a gay man, one of the social rejects of my time. It was only by our coming out that society’s negative stereotypes would be overcome and we would gain social acceptance.” Although there were calls for his expulsion from the Jesuits, Carter was never disciplined; he died at his residence at Fordham University in 2010.

Dr. Frank Kameny was an American astronomer who became a “gay” rights activist after he was dismissed from his position in the U.S. Army’s Army Map Service in Washington, D.C. because of his homosexuality. In 1961, Kameny and Jack Nichols, fellow co-founder of the Washington, D.C., branch of the Mattachine Society, launched some of the earliest public protests by gays and lesbians; Nichols, in an early interview said: “I had a very domineering mother, a tyrant. A very sweet tyrant, but a tyrant nonetheless. It was a love that I had that was kind of killing me.” He continued: “I know that inside now, I’m sick. I’m not sick just sexually, I’m sick in a lot of ways. Immature, childlike. And the sex part of it is a symptom, like a stomach ache is a symptom of who knows what.” Another member of the Mattachine Society was the infamous Harry Hay; Hay was an outspoken supporter of NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association.) When questioned on his support for NAMBLA in a 1983 New York University forum, Hay remarked “If the parents and friends of gays are truly friends of gays, they would know from their gay kids that the relationship with an older man is precisely what thirteen-, fourteen-, and fifteen-year-old kids need more than anything else in the world.” According to the NAMBLA publication “A Way Forward,” Kameny spoke at a NAMBLA membership conference in Baltimore in 1981. In 2010, Kameny was seated at the front row of the gathering where President Barack Obama signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Kameny died the following year at age 86; after his death: Kameny’s house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sound the (Silent) Alarm: CDC continues to warn of “gay” male disease epidemic

“Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are at increased risk for STDs, including emergence of antimicrobial resistance when compared to women and exclusively heterosexual men. Because STDs, and the behaviors associated with acquiring them, increase the likelihood of acquiring and transmitting HIV infection, STD incidence among MSM may also be an indicator of higher risk for subsequent HIV infection.”

Gonorrhea and Chlamydial Infection
“Across the participating STD clinics, 18,568 MSM were tested for gonorrhea and 18,414 MSM were tested for chlamydia. The median site-specific gonorrhea prevalence among those tested was 19.2% (range by site: 14.5%–25.3%). The median site-specific chlamydia prevalence among those tested was 14.9% (range by site: 7.0%–17.9%). For this report, a person who tested positive for gonorrhea or chlamydia more than one time in a year was counted only once for each infection.”

Nationally Notifiable Syphilis Surveillance Data
“The number of reported cases of P&S syphilis among MSM has been increasing since at least 2000. Twenty-seven states reported sex of sex partner data for at least 70% of all cases of P&S syphilis each year during 2007–2014. Among these states, cases among MSM increased 8.8% during 2013–2014, and 47.9% during 2010–2014. In 2014, MSM accounted for 82.9% of all male P&S syphilis cases with known information about sex of sex partners, and MSM accounted for more cases than MSW or women in all racial and ethnic groups.”

Co-infection of Primary and Secondary (P&S) Syphilis and HIV
Among MSM who presented to participating STD clinics with P&S syphilis infection in 2014, the proportion who were also infected with HIV ranged from 9.1% in Los Angeles to 53.2% in Baltimore. The median site-specific proportion of MSM co-infected with HIV (41.9%) was similar to the proportion of co-infection in MSM observed in 2014 case report data (51.6%).

Friday, November 20, 2015

5 “gay” male celebrities – 5 stories of heartache and loss…

The common denominator among all “gay” men is a childhood usually filled with some sort of alienation, inadequacy, pain, neglect, and or abuse. A number of them have experienced all of these emotions, others just one – but many, who are particularly sensitive, take things the hardest and are the most deeply affected. Only, this is where critics and “gay” apologists argue that many men, if not most, had some defective relationship with their father for example, or some other difficulty in childhood, and relatively few of them later became a homosexual. My answer is: the human mind is incredibly complicated – more so than we can ever comprehend; the brain of every person is as unique as that person; therefore, everyone reacts and copes with stress a little differently although certain universalities remain, and, while the vast majority of men who had less than healthy upbringings will not become “gay,” oftentimes they will try to manage the pain of memory by other means: alcohol or drug abuse, inability to maintain relationships with women, porn addiction; a much smaller number of boys will channel their loss into a desire for the same sex; the most salient example comes from what we know about the life of famed author and AIDS chronicler Randy Shilts (he died of AIDS in 1994); while he and his brothers all endured the same abuse, they reacted in different ways:

“Nearly every day his drunken mother forced him [Randy] into the bathroom, made him take down his pants and then whipped him, and if he cried, whipped him again. He taught himself not to cry, so effectively that for many years he forgot how; to go to school and pretend nothing had happened; to sit through suppers where no one ever mentioned the violence.
Each brother, he explained, had absorbed the suffering differently. One decided to have a vasectomy while still a teen-ager. A second was institutionalized and a third ran away.”

…Randy, became a homosexual. This happened, and still does, because, from my experience, in some boys there occurs what I refer to as a “perfect storm:” the combination of a father wound, alienation, gender dysphoria, exposure to pornography, a considerable sensitivity – all these things, or just one or two, combining with a single thought about the same sex, to create a homosexual. Again, owing to the complexity of the human psyche, not all boys who survive neglect, trauma, and abuse will react in the same way. Yet, today this dynamic is changing rapidly, wherein boys, from less dysfunctional homes, will oftentimes turn to homosexuality after an early exposure to pornography. Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, though trying to play for laughs, recently recalled a rather sad and pathetic story about how he was caught stealing gay porn at age 14. Speaking about his life and rather strained relationship with his father, he said: “I was actually very shy and quiet. I didn’t have -- cue the violins -- a lot of friends…” In this case, as in mine, and many others, gay porn becomes a substitute for real healthy masculine relationships, and, as a result, the desire for male affection becomes eroticized.

From an interview with “Star Trek” actor Zachary Quinto:
Zachary Quinto’s father died of cancer when he was seven years old. About his father’s death he said: “I think any child is irrevocably altered by such a signature death at a young age. There are going to be lifelong implications.” According to the same interview: “For a long time Quinto connected intimacy with abandonment. ‘My early stabs at relationships felt like I was drawing myself to people, or drawing them to me, who in some way were unavailable. I could protect myself from the impact of abandonment by channeling my energies somewhere they were not going to be fully received. My parents were very much in love, but I wasn’t able to witness that love beyond my seventh year.’”

American actor, film producer, and director Lee Daniels on his father:
“When I came out it was because I loathed my dad so much — I couldn’t understand how you could, with an extension cord, beat a 45-pound kid just because he’s aware of his femininity,
My dad wasn’t there. They didn’t have a father figure in the house. There was no rule. They had no discipline. My brothers had great potential, but they thought it was cool to do what they were doing and be what they were, and they turned out the way they did because of who they associated with.
Most of the time, that was scary. That was a small house, in more ways than one. I couldn’t be around. I tried to stay away as much as possible. I still got beat up a lot. We called the cops on my brothers so many times I can’t even count. Not only for hurting me. They’d abuse my sisters. Verbally abuse my mom. Call me that word [fa–ot].”

From an interview with Australian Olympic gold medal diver Matthew Mitcham (pictured above):
“Never knowing his father, Matthew was raised by his mother, in Brisbane, Australia, His desire to please her, coupled with a deep fear of her, led to a solitary childhood. At nine, Mitcham suspected he was gay. When he was six, he’d had a sexual encounter with a 12-year-old boy in a shed and remembered feeling jealous when he later saw the same boy in the shed with another kid. For a few years, he tried to condition himself out of being gay by snapping his wrist with a rubber band whenever he thought of boys. It didn’t work. At 15, he came out to his mother when she discovered gay porn on his computer.
Interviewer: At first glance, the Matthew Mitcham story is a golden fairytale. But he’s just written a book which also reveals a life that’s been both tough and tragic. These were very, very dark days? Battles with depression, self-harm, suicide, and drugs. Are you an addict?
Matthew: Um, I certainly was addicted to crystal meth.
Interviewer: How long did it go on for?
Matthew: Start to finish, about a year and a half. Yeah, a year and a half.
Interviewer: I mean, I’m struggling with how you survived?
Matthew: I tried to be professional at all times. But it was the shame I felt of being a sham, you know, having this big dirty secret.
Interviewer: Matthew was raised by his single mum in Brisbane. Theirs was an often volatile relationship. Alcoholism, and her own mental health issues, left him feeling isolated and frightened.
Matthew: She used to smack me a lot, and even just her screaming at me was - instilled a lot of fear in me, and I think that was a way of maybe controlling me, to keep me from being too naughty, was the fear of her wrath.

From an interview with famed American novelist and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis:
“Mostly, in my case, writing comes from pain, confusion, stress…I have father issues. Somebody didn’t love me…I hated my father…If you’re a dude and you’re super-successful, the chances are you have something to prove to Daddy...”