|Subject:||Gender and sex equality|
|Topic:||Gay and lesbian issues|
The Northern Ireland Executive began consultation on proposals to publish a Sexual Orientation Strategy and Action Plan with the aim of promoting: an environment free from harassment and bullying; action against homophobia in all forms; and equality of opportunity for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. The consultation would close on 6 June 2014.
Source: Development of a Sexual Orientation Strategy and Action Plan: Consultation document, Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister
An article examined the findings of a systematic review of evidence on the association between intimate partner violence (IPV) among men who had sex with men (MSM), and various health conditions and sexual risk behaviours. It said that MSM who were victims of IPV were more likely to engage in substance use, experience depression, be HIV positive, and not use protection during penetrative sex. Those who perpetrated IPV were found to be more likely to engage in substance use. The article said that the work highlighted the need for research into effective interventions and for training for health professionals.
Source: Ana Maria Buller, Karen Devries, Louise Howard, and Loraine Bacchus, 'Associations between intimate partner violence and health among men who have sex with men: a systematic review and meta-analysis', PLoS Med, Volume 11 Number 3
A new book examined the European Court of Human Rights' jurisprudence in respect of sexual orientation. Analyzing the complaints brought under the European Convention on Human Rights, it considered how the court's interpretations had shaped lesbian and gay rights in Europe.
Source: Paul Johnson, Homosexuality and the European Court of Human Rights, Routledge