Zambian gay rights dispute erupts over football

HIV infections down in US but rising for young gay men

The ‘father’ of ex-gay ministry dies

Zambian gay rights dispute erupts over football


A proposal by Zambian football authorities to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians has kicked off a dispute over homosexuality, which is illegal in the country and widely seen as immoral.


The new draft constitution of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) contains a clause banning discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, in line with regulations from world governing body FIFA.


But Zambian church leaders and senior football figures have attacked the proposal as undermining the country’s devout Christian beliefs, which are protected by the national constitution.


Zambia does not implicitly ban homosexual sex, but it outlaws “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature”.


HIV infections down in US but rising for young gay men


A new report by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention presented on Valentine’s Day reveals an 18% fall in the number of annual HIV infections in the US between 2008 and 2014.

The infections dropped 18% among men who have sex with men (MSM) aged 13-24, and 18% among white MSM.


However, African American MSM saw infection rates remain stable.


The CDC claims that the fall comes after an increased use of PrEP medication which reduces the risk of HIV infection by 90%.


Despite the overall infection rate dropping, gay and bisexual men remain the most at-risk group, particularly those between the ages of 25-34.


According to the results, HIV infections rose 35% between 2008 and 2014 for 25-34 MSM, with other results showed a 20% increase of infections amongst Latino gay and bisexual men while the infection rates among gay and bi men aged 35-44 dropped by 25%.


Sonia Singh, who presented the results at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said that disparities among MSM need to be addressed to reduce incidence.


The ‘father’ of ex-gay ministry dies


Frank Worthen, dubbed the ‘father’ of ex-gay ministry, died Saturday, February 11, 2017.


He was 87.


In 1973, Frank was one of the founders of Love in Action, once the world’s oldest and most renowned ex-gay organization.


Additionally, Frank helped organize what would become Exodus International, the umbrella organization under which conversion therapies would unite in purpose, though never in deed.


The methods used to “change” someone from gay to straight ranged from Bible reading and prayer, to debunked psychological therapy, to abuse.


Frank was a wealthy businessman by the time he became a Christian at age 40, when at the urging of one of his employees, he made an audiotape of his transformation from gay to straight due to his Christian conversion.


The ‘Father’ of Ex-gay Ministry Dies


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