• Two Albanian lesbians, one 54 and the other 24, who met while living illegally in the UK, are now applying for asylum as committed partners who want to raise the younger woman’s child. Call us cynical, but this whole situation seems odd and a little too convenient. [365 Gay]

South African student

• Even though it may be the next country to legalize gay marriage, South Africa still has major civil rights work to do. In a new report it’s been revealed that 1 in 5 gay schoolchildren in Pietermaritzburg and Durban are raped or sexually assaulted, either by other students, or by teachers and principals. The statistics are higher among gay black students. [News24]

• HIV can be more virulent depending on the virus subtype. Africa is home to many cases of subtype D, the most virulent, which could be contributing to the pandemic there. [BBC]

• Someone on the island of St. Maarten has finally expressed some sympathy for the homophobic attack on Ryan Smith and Dick Jefferson. An apology is nice, but we are still waiting for the police to do their job. [Pink News]

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