By Vanessa Brown,

DAVE’S battle with a sex addiction started when he was just a 15-year-old teenage boy. This year, the “shame” of being a predator became all too much.

DAVE’S* addiction to sex has plagued his life for more than 20 years.

As a teenager, and into his early twenties, his obsession with crawling the streets to find a man to have sex with made him feel like a “predator”. But he couldn’t stop.

This article originally appeared on Pink News

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A bisexual man from America has opened up about his inspirational coming out story.

40-year-old Greg Ward was well aware of his sexuality from the young age of five, and it is a factor that has never changed throughout his life.

Despite being sure of himself, Ward faced stigmatism from family and friends when he decided to come out in 2000 at the age of 25.

Friends began mocking him over his sexual partners and eventually forced Ward to go back into the closet despite finally finding comfort in being able to have male and female partners.

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“Zara, I hate you. You’re, like, so lucky to be a lesbian,” Lola said, gazing at me with her icy blue eyes.

Are you kidding me? I thought. My people are harassed, repressed, kicked out of their homes and are having to fight the government for their basic human rights, constantly. Remind me again how that’s lucky?

“Your sex life must be totally amazing,” Suzie said, dreamily. “Women just know what they’re doing. You’re all oral sex experts.”

And suddenly, I realized, Holy shit, people have weird ideas about lesbian sex. Like really, really, REALLY weird ideas about lesbian sex.

This article originally appeared on LGTBQ Nation

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Marriage equality is more than just the right to wed whoever you love — it can also be good for your health.

Research shows that same-sex couples — like straight couples — benefit from marriage. One study in Massachusetts, conducted after the commonwealth recognized same-sex weddings in 2004, revealed that health care visits by gay men dropped 13 percent, compared to prior to marriage equality. Mental health visits dropped 3 percent. Of course, there is a caveat: This is in happy marriages. Unhappy marriage, same or opposite sex, come with their own health risks.

By BREITBART JERUSALEM,

Two international rights groups called on Egyptian authorities on Saturday to halt their crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality following the waving of the LGBT rainbow flag at a recent concert in Cairo.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International also urged Egypt, a majority Muslim country of some 95 million people, to call off the anal examination of people detained on suspicion of homosexuality to determine whether they were engaged in same-sex sexual relations.

By Lewis Corner,

LGBTQ groups have condemned as “dangerous” an algorithm developed by Stanford University to predict whether you are gay or straight based on your face.

Stanford claims the tech, which uses facial recognition, can distinguish between gay and straight men 81 percent of the time, and 74 percent of the time for women. Several prominent LGBTQ groups have issued a joint statement calling the research “dangerous and flawed” as well as “junk science”.

This article originally appeared on Gay Star News

Kristian Nairn is not going to be holding the door for any homophobes.

Game of Thrones star Kristian Nairn is planning to enter politics to fight for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

While the 6ft 10in actor may be used to holding the door in a fantasy land, he plans to bust it wide open on issues of equality.

The Hodor star has branded Northern Ireland’s failure to pass marriage equality a ‘disgrace’.

By Erik Kirschbaum,

Chancellor Angela Merkel surprised Germans and her own conservative party just three months before the Sept. 24 election by abruptly signaling her support for same-sex marriage — a major shift for the normally cautious leader.

Even though Germany, generally considered progressive on social issues, was one of the first European countries to legalize same-sex partnerships, in 2001, Merkel’s conservative-led government since 2005 repeatedly refused to consider granting full legal rights for same-sex unions because of staunch opposition from her party’s right wing.

BY ARIEL SCOTTI,

It’s a love story that can make us all proud.

Nick Cardello and Kurt English have set the internet ablaze by posting matching pictures — 24 years apart — of an iconic kiss that has generated over 600,000 likes and 152,000 retweets in just two days.

And almost no hate. Finally.

English, 52, is the man on the right, being kissed by Cardello, 54. The couple started dating in 1992 — and remain together.

This article originally appeared on Pink News

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The Spanish city of Madrid is set to install its first “gender-equal” and “inclusive” traffic signals.

The lights will feature women or girls with skirts or ponytails to identify them as female ahead of an international Pride celebration.

The lights will also feature same-sex couples holding hands, as well as straight couples.

After the 2017 World Pride celebrations on 23 June-2 July, the Madrid City Hall says the lights will remain.

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‘Same-sex marriage is an affirmation LGBTI people are supported and integrated into Maltese society’.

Malta has elected a new prime minister, and he is determined to pass same-sex marriage by the end of July.

The small southern European island has civil unions, envious trans and intersex laws, and is the only European country to ban dangerous ‘gay cure’ therapy.

By Michael Hobbes,

“I used to get so excited when the meth was all gone.”

This is my friend Jeremy (not a real name).

“When you have it,” he says, “you have to keep using it. When it’s gone, it’s like, ‘Oh good, I can go back to my life now.’ I would stay up all weekend and go to these sex parties and then feel like shit until Wednesday. About two years ago I switched to cocaine because I could work the next day.”