Thursday, December 11, 2008

Apology for gay community

The Lord Mayor of Hobart (Australia) has made a formal apology to the city's gay community for a crackdown 20 years ago.

Hobart's Lord Mayor Rob Valentine has told a reception at the Town Hall, that the council in 1988 was discriminatory, and helped foster prejudice against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. 130 gay activists and their supporters were arrested in late 1988 for “distributing safe sex information” and campaigning for gay law reform.

The trouble flared at the popular Salamanca Market, where a group of gay activists had set up a stall. At that time, sex between men in Tasmania was illegal, with a penalty of up to 21 years jail. When the council tried to close the stall, scores of activists and their supporters were arrested.

The Lord Mayor either believes that homosexual acts are ok or else he fears for his job. He probably doesn't want to get sacked like poor Warwick Marsh did when he advised that homosexual acts are disordered.

Distributing safe sex information? How safe is it?

In 2000 the National Institutes for Health (NIH) published the first thorough review of the scientific research on condom effectiveness. The study examined eight STDs and demonstrated that condoms reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting two of them: HIV and gonorrhea (in men). The studies revealed that, when consistently and correctly used, condoms provide an 85 percent risk reduction for the transmission of HIV in males and females and a 45 to 75 percent risk reduction for the transmission of gonorrhea in males.

While the NIH study does not prove that the condom is useless in protecting against STDs, it does mean that twenty-eight expert panel members scouring through 138 peer-reviewed studies on condom effectiveness were unable to determine its effectiveness.

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1 comment:

ruby said...

thanks for posting this. there is this myth that condoms rarely fail. but 15% failure rate? that's not something i want to mess with.