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Ireland gets award as first nation to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote

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The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) board of directors has announced 2015 Medal of Honour Legacy Award to “The People of the Republic of Ireland” to commemorate the first nation to approve Marriage Equality by National Referendum. The public vote took place 23 May 2015 and over 60 percent voted in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. Legacy Awards honor outstanding individuals and institutions whose work contributes to the mission and values of the FGG. Along with the Medal of Honour Legacy Award, the FGG will announce other esteemed annual Legacy Awards as part of the FGG’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) 16-18 October 2015 in Limerick, Ireland.FGG

The FGG presents Legacy Awards to recognize the extraordinary contributions of those who ensure the success of the Gay Games, who promote shared values, and who contribute to the community. Complete list of Legacy Award winners is available at http://gaygames.org

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Stereotypes Spur the Spread of HIV

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Despite South Africa being a country where one in 10 people are living with HIV*, stereotypes around the disease still exist. As a result, HIV is being spread due to this being a deterrent to testing. According to Glenn de Swardt of the Anova Health Institute, “Most HIV infections occur from someone who doesn’t know that they’re HIV positive. Our irrational stereotypes about people with HIV can prevent us from undergoing an HIV test ourselves.”hero
An online survey has revealed that 30.5% of South African men who have sex with men (MSM) had not been tested for HIV within the past year. Of those 7.3% had never been tested.** With MSM being the country’s most at risk population for HIV acquisition and transmission, these figures are cause for alarm.
To encourage MSM to know their HIV status, the ‘WeTheBrave’ sexual health campaign, spearheaded by the Anova Health Institute and funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, has recently been launched. The campaign calls on MSM to be brave enough to practice safe sex and get tested in order prevent new HIV infections as well as to use antiretroviral treatment when and if they need it.

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When cum gets in your eye

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Many gay guys appreciate a good load of cum. Some of us prefer our partners to ejaculate in our mouth, on our chest or on our face. If you’ve ever had a splash of cum in your eye you’ll know that it burns like hell, akin to getting shampoo in your eye. But is there a risk of getting HIV, or another sexually transmitted infection (STI) through receiving someone else’s cum in your eye? And what are the risks if you get a guy’s urine in your eye, if you’re into water sports?swallow

Information on sexual health, including HIV and other STIs generally focuses on the risks of condomless anal sex. We all know that bareback action is a high-risk activity for HIV transmission, especially for the bottom, and for the transmission of STIs such as syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and warts. We very seldom talk about the risks of HIV or STI transmission through our eyes.

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WETHEBRAVE campaign targets men who have sex with men

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Men who have sex with men (MSM) are South Africa’s most at risk population for HIV acquisition and transmission. For this reason ‘WeTheBrave’, a sexual health campaign, has been launched with MSM in mind. This will be the first large scale campaign ever in this country to specifically address gay men and other men who have sex with men.

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The launch event took place in Newtown, Johannesburg on Thursday 25 June with a who’s who of LGBT and HIV activists in attendance. They were entertained by a performance by Odidi Mfenyana and heard messages from Sir Elton John, Professor James McIntyre, and others.

Spearheaded by the Anova Health Institute, and funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the WeTheBrave.co.za campaign will address both prevention and treatment issues in an affirming, non-judgemental and sex positive way, which will be entertaining and engaging.

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HATE CRIMES THREATEN EVERYONE

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The Hate Crimes Working Group and Peace Action, are concerned about the growing climate of violence in South Africa. The frequent and vicious outbreaks of xenophobic violence, violence against women and violence against the LGBTQI community, to name a few, are threatening the security of all who live in South Africa.HR

The increasing levels of intolerance and anger, expressed violently, have a devastating impact on those who are most vulnerable and marginalised in society - such as women, children, LGBTQI, foreigners and the destitute. The repeated xenophobic attacks during the past decade against refugees and other non-South Africans are adding to a culture of intolerance and resulting in violence, pain and suffering for victims of this violence. The government has failed to adequately respond to these incidents and do the work necessary to prevent continued incidences of xenophobic violence,
and to create a safe environment for non-South Africans living in South Africa.

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