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Grindr Warns Egyptian Users That Police May Be Using App For Entrapment - VIDEO

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Grindr has sent a message to all Egyptian users this week warning that police officers may be “posing as LGBT on social media to entrap you,” reports Buzzfeed.

GrindrAccording to state-owned Egyptian news site Ahram Online, six men were sentenced on Tuesday to two years in prison with labor for allegedly advertising their apartment on Facebook for men to have sex with each other for a fee of $200 per night.

The warning comes after Egyptian authorities arrested nine men for "debauchery" but later concluded that "the men tested negative for homosexuality."

It was also reported earlier this month that authorities in Egypt intend to use new online monitoring software See Egypt to hunt down LGBT people.

As Egypt has stepped up arrests of gay people - around 80 since October last year - human rights activists had speculated that authorities were targeting people through social media. Officials have already confirmed that Facebook groups for gay Egyptians are being closely monitored.

Although Egyptian Human Rights groups filed a lawsuit on June 17 alleging that monitoring software “threatens private life and public freedom,” the lawsuit could take years to work its way through the courts. In the meantime See Egypt will continue to be used.

Watch a report on Egypt's online surveillance system, AFTER THE JUMP...

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John Travolta On Alleged Former Gay Lover: 'It's Just About People Wanting Money' - VIDEO

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In an interview with The Daily Beast, John Travolta has addressed allegations by a male former employee that they had a six year affair.

In July, a California appeals court judge ruled Travolta can no longer stop Douglas Gotterba from telling his side of the story. Gotterba claims that his working relationship with the actor became more personal when he was employed by Travolta’s aircraft company Alto in the 1980s.

While discussing Travolta’s latest movie The Forger, interviewer Marlo Stern asks the actor about the allegations.  Travolta replies:

“This is every celebrity’s Achilles heel. It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all. It happens on many levels.

Also, I don’t care that much about it. Other people may attack it back more than I do, but I let all the media stuff go a long time ago because I can’t control it. I think that’s why it persists, to some degree.

I found [the allegations] most offensive with the loss of my son. I felt like that was the lowest I’d ever felt. Sex stuff is always going to be interesting to somebody, but you stay away from family. You really should. With that, I always felt like the media—not all of the media, but parts of it—went too low there.”

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New Condom's HIV-Killing Gel Could Cause Irritation In Some Users, Warns Researcher

CondomLast week the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration approved the use of the VivaGel condom — a condom that (according to its manufacturer) “[inactivates] up to 99.9% of viruses, including HIV, the herpes virus (HSV), and the human papillomavirus (HPV), which are common viruses that cause sexually transmitted infections” — making it potentially available to consumers in the near future.

The condoms use VivaGel, a non-antibiotic and anti-microbial gel made of astrodrimer sodium that reportedly gives the condom its trademark protective coating.

However, according to University of California pediatrics professor Dr. Anna-Barbara Moscicki, women in a study who used high concentrations of VivaGel twice a week to protect themselves against STIs experienced “mild irritation and low-grade inflammation,” conditions which could actually aid HIV transmission instead of preventing it.

However, “Moscicki's trials involved 3 percent VivaGel, Starpharma used 1 percent” and “Moscicki wasn't privy to any of Starpharma's research… and concedes that perhaps the amount of VivaGel on the condom is so small that it might not have the same harmful side effects as using VivaGel alone as a vaginal cream.”


Singapore Court Of Appeals Reconsiders Ban On Gay Sex - VIDEO

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The Singapore Court of Appeals yesterday heard arguments challenging the country’s 76-year-old ban on gay sex, reports Bloomberg.

In June, police asked attendees at Singapore's Pride rally Pink Dot to avoid comments on race and religion after Muslim and Christian groups called on followers to oppose the event.

In 2007, although provisions that made heterosexual oral and anal sex a crime were repealed, lawmakers agreed to uphold the ban on gay sex.  While the government says that the law has not been enforced since the 1990s, figures from the Home Affairs Ministry show that there were a total of 185 people convicted under section 377A from 1997 to 2006.

Lawyer Deborah Barker said that the 1938 law should either be declared void or modified to exclude sex between consenting adults in private.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Law Minister K. Shanmugam said that the majority of people support the legal framework as it stands. A survey commissioned by the government showed that about 47% of those polled rejected “gay lifestyles,” 26% percent were receptive and 27 percent neutral.

Last month, Proposition 8 spokespeople Jennifer Roback Mors and Pastor Jim Garlow spoke at a Singapore conference whose head is fighting to retain anti-gay laws. 

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New Book Says 45 Percent Of Men Quit Having Sex After Just Two Minutes

Sex_clock In Harry Fisch’s new book The New Naked: The Ultimate Sex Education for Grown-Ups, he reports that 45 percent of all men finish having sex within two minutes of engaging intercourse. This is a 30 percent decrease from what sex researcher Alfred Kinsey found in his sex studies of the 1940s and 1950s, so that’s good.

But The New Republic additionally reports that a 2004 paper in the Journal of Sex Research suggests that heterosexual men may mind their short endurance time more than their female counterparts, as men tend to idealize themselves lasting a longer amount of time than women do.

Sadly, a 2009 paper in The Journal of Sexual Medicine has correlated a longer duration of sex with more women achieving orgasm.

No word yet on how much this applies to gay men and women. Although a 2011 study on gay and bi men's sex lives over an entire lifespan did yield plenty of interesting finds.

(via jmg)


HIV-Negative Men Scared, Curious, Slutty When It Comes To HIV: VIDEO

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HIV-positive blogger Mark S. King of My Fabulous Disease recently interviewed four HIV-negative men and encouraged them to speak freely about their feelings on HIV.

One man wonders whether alcohol, drugs or careless fun are always involved when gay men contract HIV. Another says that HIV-positive guys don’t remember the fear of catching the virus. And another wonders if poz guys are having more sex than non-poz guys, and if they always tell their sexual partners about their status.

But despite their curiosity, these young men also discuss strategies they've made to keep themselves HIV-negative while sexually active: things like sero-sorting, condom use and staying far away from semen. It's a refreshingly candid take on an issue that doesn't get much air time these days.

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