One in four people say those in same-sex relationships ‘should be charged as criminals’

The Guardian, 1st November 2017

More than one in four people across the world think people engaging in same-sex relationships should be charged as criminals, according to a new survey of 77 countries and territories.

However, there were major divisions in attitudes towards the criminalisation of those engaging in same-sex relationships when broken down across regions, the 2017 Ilga-Riwi global attitudes survey to sexual and gender minorities found.

Supportive social networks can mitigate LGBTI mental health risk, study finds

The Guardian, Thursday 9 February 2017

Sexuality poses no risk to mental health, a new study has found, challenging a common perception that homosexual and bisexual people are at risk of poor mental health and suicide because of their orientation.

The research, carried out over eight years and led by the Australian National University, found that the risk commonly attributed to sexual orientation was driven by other factors, including negative social interactions, the absence of support, adversity in childhood such as sexual trauma, and even smoking.

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  • Access the Personality & Total Health (PATH) Through Life Study website here
  • Access abstract of journal paper The long-term mental health risk associated with non-heterosexual orientation here

Criminalisation of homosexual behaviour in Pacific countries undermining HIV effort, advocates say

The International Aids Conference in Melbourne has heard that laws which criminalise homosexual sex are undermining efforts to prevent and treat HIV.

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Born this way? An evolutionary view of ‘gay genes’

The Conversation, 2 June 2014, 2.17pm AEST

The claim that homosexual men share a “gay gene” created a furore in the 1990s. But new research two decades on supports this claim – and adds another candidate gene.

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