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Who are asexuals? (submitted annonymously)

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This was sent in by a collaboration of asexual individuals who do not wish to be named, it is posted here to protect their identity the name of the account posted under is of no relevance

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Asexual, agender, a-romantic, demi-romantic, lith-romantic, skolio-romantic, homo-sensual, pan-sensual, fray sexual, gray-sexual, sex-averse, sex repulsed... Welcome to the confusing world of asexuality.

 

Pirates condemn "Concentration Camps" in Chechnya

Wednesday, 12 April, 2017 - 17:30

Amongst the many political issues that survive today, the rights of minorities are still, sadly, a contentious issue around the world. It has been reported by several news organisations, that gay men are being forced into and tortured in what some have termed 'concentration camps'.

Inside Default Web Blocking - Part 2

Pro-Ana Content

Last year one of the many nasties due to be blocked was websites which encourage people to develop eating disorders, aka 'Pro-Anorexic' content. The content doesn't appear to be blocked under any of the various filters, suggesting that the ISPs may have realised the problems in this area - namely that an unrealistically proportioned, air-brushed model on a mainstream fashion publication can unfortunately be as self-image damaging as any 'legitimate' weight loss tips.

With the situation as it stands today, in this issue, at least, ISPs seem to have decided that mental health in the UK is an issue more complex than one which can be addressed by attempting to block websites.

Sex Education

BT's (fully optional in this case) filter has already come under heavy criticism for blocking 'gay and lesbian lifestyle' content, before back-peddling to sex education only.

BT's filter whilst claiming 'not [to] discriminate between heterosexual and LGBT content' clearly blocks sites such as gaytimes.co.uk (but not pinknews.co.uk) and does in fact effectively block a range of sex education sites such as the sexual health charity http://www.fpa.org.uk and http://www.contraceptioneducation.co.uk

As this is (for now, at least) a fully opt-in category, the potential for wider damage is fortunately limited.

Address LGBT health challenges

LGBT people face multiple serious health challenges. The Pirate Party aims to follow the lead of countries like Norway that have comprehensive LGBT public health plans with clear goals. We also need to end the stigma around HIV/AIDS and initiate a national campaign to normalise HIV testing as a routine part of caring for our health.   

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