U.S./World: Ashley Madison leak puts gay lives at risk

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Ashley Madison leak puts gay lives at risk

The Independent reports that some gay users of the Ashley Madison website are now fearing for their lives, since the hack exposes the names and locations of users living in countries where homosexuality is illegal and, in some cases, punishable by death.

Ashley Madison owns gay domains like ManCrunch and We Know Down Low, and members of both clubs are among the 37 million account holders whose sexual preferences have now been made public by the Aug. 18 hack.

Homosexuality is still illegal in roughly 75 countries, including several states in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and most of the Caribbean. Revealing sensitive information about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people living in these regions therefore puts their lives at risk.

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Over 50 accounts have been found from Qatar, where homosexual relations can land you five years in prison, and 1,500 accounts are from Turkey — where homosexuality can ban you from military service.

Read more via The Independent at ind.pn/1fvN5RZ.

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LGBT groups disinvited during pope’s world meeting

The New Civil Rights Movement reports that LGBT groups who thought they’d be invited to the World Meeting on Families with Pope Francis in Philadelphia have subsequently been turned away.

St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Philadelphia had initially been receptive to the idea of letting two advocacy groups for LGBT Catholics — New Ways Ministry and Equally Blessed — use the facilities to hold events, but both groups have suddenly been disinvited.

The pastor of St. John’s, Father John Daya, cancelled the events after receiving a phone call from the archdiocese — right on the heels of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput announcing gay equality advocates couldn’t be a part of the World Meeting.

Speaking to The Washington Post, Ken Gavin, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese, said: “It’s not about the individuals. It’s about the content of the programming and a consistent ethic regarding the meaning and purpose of human sexuality in the Catholic tradition.”

Read more via The New Civil Rights Movement at bit.ly/1E8w0sS and The Washington Post at wapo.st/1Eah6Tq.

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British men increasingly open to bisexuality

The Independent reports that over 49 percent of British men between the ages of 18-24 identity as something other than “100 percent heterosexual” when asked to place themselves on Alfred Kinsey’s sexuality scale.

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A recent survey by YouGov interviewed 1,632 people ranging from 18 years to 60+ years in age. Of that number, younger people reported being the most sexually fluid. Less than half of 18-to-24-year-olds said they consider themselves completely straight, compared to 43 percent who said they are bisexual. Meanwhile, 89 percent of respondents over 60 said they are either completely straight or completely gay.

Researchers also found that almost a quarter of respondents between 18 and 39 years of age reported having had at least one homosexual experience, compared to just nine percent of those over the age of 60.

Interestingly, more men reported having had a gay experience than women. One fifth of males, compared to 14 percent of females, said they had partaken in a sexual experience with someone of their same sex.

“More than anything,” said Will Dahlgreen, a data journalist at YouGov, “it indicates an increasingly open minded approach to sexuality.”

Read more at The Independent at ind.pn/1NqU3GE.

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