How a Gay Dad Comes out Today – and Every Day

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“Titanium metal!” my son exclaimed. “Like a fast robot police sports car!”

“Pink!” my daughter excitedly squealed.

“And what do you think?” I asked my husband, as we were shopping for our new car. “You need to like the color, too.”

A salesperson in the showroom, overhearing our conversation, inquired, “Why does your brother need to like the color of the car you’re buying?”

Since coming out over 20 years ago, I’ve realized that coming out is not a one and done thing.

But now, as a gay dad, with a husband and two kids, coming out happens pretty much on a weekly, if not, daily, basis.

This September, my son started playing hockey, and I’m the assistant coach.

During our coaches meeting, many of the coaches in the room mentioned that we hadn’t received an email, inviting use to fill out one of the forms we were reviewing.

The reply?

“Your wives probably filled it out, without you knowing!”

I don’t intentionally come out every day. Or even purposely call myself a gay dad. No big announcements, no celebratory parties, no viral YouTube videos… well, okay…maybe oneor two

Yet, the reality is, I am a proud gay dad, whose family looks a bit different than the majority of families where we live.

Earlier this year, my husband I and were out walking with our kids, and new neighbors came up to introduce themselves.

After a bit of small talk, they then asked, “So… what’s going on here… Full House? — guys raising kids together?”

“Well, kind of, but in this case, we’re husbands,” we replied.

Them: “Husbands?”

Me: “Husbands.”

Them: “Husbands?”

Me: “Yes… husbands.”

Them: “Oh… you’re a same-sex couple! Honey — we have a same-sex couple on our new street!”

I know not every coming out moment is funny and not every coming out moment garners a positive reaction.

I also know that barriers still exist for so many LGBTQ individuals, and that some people still feel that they have to hide this part of their identity.

Personally, I’m inspired by those who have “come out” before me — who were visible on the first National Coming Out Day, 27 years ago, when it wasn’t easy to be heard.

Twenty years ago, the hardest words to ever come out of my mouth were, “I’m gay” — and unfortunately, the reactions weren’t as positive or as humorous as the reactions I get now.

For so many youth the reactions still aren’t favorable.

In fact, it’s estimated that 25-40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ.

It’s one of the reasons why I want to live my life so transparent and so visible.

I know that I don’t have to come out in those every day moments but I do feel a responsibility to be visible and to be out.

I want to be a role model for those who aspire to be out, but don’t think they can.

I want to change perception of what families look like, and inspire those who think that by coming out, they have to give up their dream of being a parent.

I want to help LGBTQ youth so that they feel they can live their authentic lives.

One of the best notes I have ever received about one of my blog posts, was from a mother, whose son was having a hard time coming out. He was afraid of being rejected and he thought that by coming out, he would have to give up his dream of being a dad. After reading my post, her son had the courage to come out and to live his authentic life. This woman’s letter was so heartfelt, and showed me how important it is to be visible — because you never know who is going to be helped by your story.

I recognize how fortunate I am. I can be a dad to two incredible kids, a husband, a professional in business world, an assistant hockey coach, a blogger — and an out, gay man.

No one bats an eye or treats me differently when they find out that, no, I actually don’t have a wife. That tall, handsome, man I live with, he’s my husband and papa to our kids — and I love him dearly.

Oh… and the choice of color we selected for the car?

While there was a part of me who really wanted to choose pink… driving a fast robot police sports car is cool, too. Plus, it looks pretty awesome parked in our driveway beside the even cooler mini-van.

This Disturbing Video Exposes China's 'Electroshock' Gay 'Conversion' Methods

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Beijing activist John Shen went undercover in an effort to expose the use of controversial “conversion” methods that promise to “cure” gay and lesbian people in China.

U.K. television network Channel 4 has produced a new documentary titled, “Unreported World,” which follows John, 22, and other members of China’s largest LGBT rights group, theBeijing LGBT Center, as they take viewers behind the scenes for a close-up look at a few of the outlandish, horrifying techniques — including electroshock therapy — used in clinics across the country. These “cures,” of course, have absolutely no basis in science.

Still, the resulting footage is quite unsettling.

“Your current conditioned reflex is when you see the same sex, you feel love,” one medical professional at a clinic in Tianjin told Shen in the report. She went on to suggest drugs and electric shocks as methods for ridding one’s self of same-sex attraction. “Now what I want to make you feel is scared,” she said.

Another clinician is shown physically administering an electric shock treatment at a hospital outside of Beijing.

The report is particularly disconcerting given that it comes less than a year after a Chinese psychological clinic was ordered to pay 3,500 yuan ($560) to a gay man for administrating such treatments. The 30-year-old patient, Yang Teng, had taken the clinic to court for administering electric shocks and hypnosis with the aim of making him heterosexual. He’d voluntarily visited the clinic in 2014 after pressure from family members to marry and have a child, according to the Associated Press.

The court ruled that such “conversion” treatments were illegal.

China dropped homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in 2001. Still, the nation has no anti-discrimination legislation acknowledging the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in place, and same-sex marriage remains illegal.

You can check out the full “Unreported World” documentary here.

 

Unicorn Tracks

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by Julia Ember (Goodreads Author)

 

After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Surrounding herself with nature and the mystical animals inhabiting the savannah not only allows Mnemba’s tracking skills to shine, it helps her to hide from the terrible memories that haunt her.

Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study Unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.

 

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Trans Man Walks Naked Through A Town In Powerful And Heartbreaking Music Video

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Published on 19 Oct 2015

Music video by Will Young performing Brave Man. (C) 2015 Will Young, under exclusive license to XIX Management UK Limited and Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

A compelling new music video from artist Will Young follows a transgender man as he strips down in a British pub and walks naked through a seaside town.

The video for “Brave Man” follows the young man as he experiences adversity and ridicule while through the town naked. At the end of the video, the viewer discovers that he has, at some point in his life, transitioned.

“Through tough times embracing myself as someone ‘different’ allowed me to embrace all differences in others, to embrace their vulnerability and their struggles as well as their inner strength and determination to be their true authentic selves,” Young reportedly stated. “When I wrote the song, this is what I was referring to  — the determination in modern life to be my authentic self. In this video we see a man determined to be himself in the face of all adversity from inside and outside.”

Check out the “Brave Man” video for yourself above.

Disney Star Cast As Brent Corrigan In Retelling Of Gay Adult Film Industry’s Most Notorious Murder

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Update: “Pretty Little Liars” Star Joins Gay Porn Murder Flick, Strips Down To Nasty Pigs With James Franco

It’s becoming more and more mainstream for LGBTQ stories to find their way onto the big screen — Milk, critical kocissuspectsflub StonewallThe Imitation Game and the upcoming The Danish Girl just to name a few. These films aim to uplift and inspire, shining a light on the great contributions our community has offered the world

 The recently announced Christian Slater/Molly Ringwald film King Cobra, though it also plans to dramatize a piece of gay history, will likely offer no such inspiration.

That’s because it will tell the story of gay porn studio Cobra Video owner Bryan Kocis’ murder by two of his stars, Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes (pictured above right), in 2007. Naturally, James Franco is involved, taking a producing and acting credit.

Both killers were sentenced to life in prison, and the gruesome details of the story inspired the bookCobra Killer: Gay Porn Murder. 

According to the investigating coroner, Kocis was stabbed 28 times and his throat was cut, nearly decapitating him. His body was left in his house before it was set on fire. Officials had to use dental records to identify Kocis because his body was burned beyond recognition.

Kocis’ involvement and subsequent legal battle with a then-underage Brent Corrigan, aka Sean Lockhart, added an unhealthy dose of scandal to the already-insane story.

And now the whole sordid mess is coming to a theater near you! It’s kind of like Brokeback Mountain with few more twists and turns. Except not at all. It’s all fairly horrifying.

Slater has signed on to play Kocis, and Ringwald has been cast as Kocis’ sister.

She recently Tweeted this photo of the onscreen siblinghood:

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Playing the part of Corrigan will be Disney Channel star Garrett Clayton, who will bring some twinky fire to the unseemly universe:

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James Franco Strips Down On The Set Of His Gay Porn Biopic

 

The “127 Hours” star can’t seem to stay away from LGBT themes — and we love him for it.

If his Instagram is to be believed, James Franco will soon be playing gay once again.

The 37-year-old actor, who has explored gay themes onscreen in “Milk,” “I Am Michael” and behind the camera with “Interior. Leather Bar,” shared a snapshot of himself posing shirtless with actor Keegan Allen on his Instagram account. Allen, meanwhile, is wearing only a skimpy pair of briefs.

The photo is evidently from the set of “King Cobra,” which is based on the 2007 murder of gayadult film impresario Bryan Kocis. Franco’s production company, Event Films, is producing the film. No release date has been set.

Although few details of “King Cobra” have been made public, the photo could be the first indication that Franco will appear alongside Allen, Christian Slater and Molly Ringwald in the movie. Earlier this week, Disney Channel veteran Garrett Clayton reportedly signed on to play gay porn star Brent Corrigan, who became involved in a legal battle with Kocis after it was revealed that he’d shot his first adult scenes while he was still underage.

If the steamy snapshot is reflective of the rest of the movie, we won’t be missing this one!

The Remarkable Journey From Identical Twins To Brother And Sister

 

 

A new book chronicles one family’s extraordinary experience raising a transgender child.

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When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin baby boys 18 years ago, they had no idea the trajectory their lives would take. Wayne, an Air Force veteran and rugged outdoorsman, was looking forward to fishing, hunting and playing baseball with his boys. Kelly was just excited to have kids of her own after suffering through years of fertility treatments.

As identical twins, Wyatt and Jonas Maines shared matching DNA. But it was soon clear to their parents that they differed in one monumental way: gender. From a very young age, Wyatt identified as female. When he was two years old, he told his dad he hated his penis. He asked his mom when he would get to be a girl. In fifth grade, Wyatt officially took the name Nicole.

In Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, which came out on Tuesday, Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Ellis Nutt follows the Maineses as they learn to understand their transgender child — and to support each other during the process. In Ellis’ telling, the family’s greatest teacher is Nicole. She knows who she is; it is up to her family to listen.Thenarrative, which takes readers from a rural town in Maine all the way to the White House, includes bullying, family strife and a landmark court case on transgender rights.

It’s a culmination of a story that I’ve personally been following since 2010. I first met Nicole when she was 12 years old and a patient at Children’s Hospital Boston, where I worked as a writer at the time. Her doctor was Norman Spack, a pediatric endocrinologist who co-founded the first clinic in the U.S. dedicated to treating transgender children. At Children’s Hospital Boston, Nicole was given puberty-suppressing drugs — an innovative treatment for transgender kids that essentially pauses their puberty, stopping their bodies from developing unwanted physical changes.

In Nicole’s case, taking puberty-suppressing medication meant she wouldn’t develop an Adam’s apple, facial hair and other male features that could cause extreme anxiety and make it more difficult to transition when she became older.

I was assigned to write a feature on her and on Spack’s work with transgender kids. When I interviewed Nicole and her family, they were going through a rough time. They had recently moved from Orono, Maine, to Portland, uprooting themselves after Nicole was bullied at school for using the girls’ bathroom.

Nicole had been using the girls’ facilities without incident until a male student began following her into the bathroom and claiming that if Nicole could use it, he could too. In response, the school banned Nicole from using the girls’ bathroom, and instead made her use a staff bathroom, isolated from other students.

The Maineses pulled their kids from the school and filed a discrimination lawsuit. In 2014, seven years after the first bathroom incident, the family was finally handed a huge victory: Maine’s Supreme Court ruled that the school violated state anti-discrimination law by not allowing Nicole to use the girls’ bathroom. The decision made history, as it was the first time a state court ruled that transgender students must be allowed access to the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

Nicole underwent gender confirmation surgery this summer. She and her brother are now attending the University of Maine.

I spoke to Nutt about the process of writing Becoming Nicole. An edited, condensed version of our conversation follows.

Why were you drawn to Nicole Maines’ story?

Meeting the Maineses, it’s impossible not to like them. What impressed me is they seemed, on the one hand, like a very ordinary family. And yet their story is quite extraordinary. I think a lot of people can identify with them.

The other part that attracted me is the fact that Jonas and Nicole are identical twins. It presented an opening, as someone who writes about science, to discuss the science of gender.

These are identical twins, they have the exact same DNA, but they are obviously deeply different. What happened to turn some genetic switches on or off in one and not the other one really goes back to what happened in utero.

If we can look at gender identity as something that has to do with the brain, and not with the genitals we were born with, or how we were raised, or how many dolls we were given, I think that is important.

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What was the most surprising thing you learned while writing this story?

The most surprising thing, from the science perspective, is that from what we know, gender identity is a completely separate brain process in prenatal development. By six weeks, our genitals and our reproductive organs have been determined as male or female, but not until six months are our brains either masculinized or feminized by hormones. That was really eye-opening.

From the perspective of the family, the degree to which this was who Nicole was from birth was in some ways surprising. I watched hours of videos [of the twins as children]. It’s impossible to watch all these videos, some of which are very ordinary moments, and not be impressed that this was a child who absolutely, 100 percent knew she was a girl.

At age 2, you barely have a vocabulary to communicate, much less tell someone that the body you are in doesn’t agree with your brain. It’s something so integral to who the child is that it’s impossible to think that this is something that could be influenced by the number of dolls they are given or someone dressing them differently.

What do you want people to take away from this book?

I think that just about anyone who reads this book will find something in it that they can relate to. Even though it’s a book about a transgender child, it speaks to families and how we come to understand each other. It’s a story about four lives, not just one. It’s not a biography of a transgender child — it’s a biography of a family.

I hope that people will read it and get to know this family, and by understanding who they are, they will realize that it is not a terrible fate to have a transgender child.

Nicole isn’t any different from any other young women. She just knew who she was. And she knew her body didn’t agree with that, and her family helped her find an answer

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Puerto Rico adopts LGBT-friendly uniform policy

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The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is taking a small and simple step towards LGBT-rights and gender-equity.

On Monday, Education Secretary Rafael Roman loosened rules regarding public school uniforms, making them more LGBTQ-friendly, according to ABC News.

For the first time, students can wear pants or skirts regardless of their birth-assigned gender. Rules before mandated skirts for girls and pants for boys.

“No student can be sanctioned for not opting to wear a particular piece of clothing … that he or she does not feel comfortable with,” Roman told ABC.

The conservative group Alerta Puerto Rico accused the Department of Education of taking away parents power and working against children, according to the report.

This past year alone, Puerto Rico has made great strides in LGBTQ policies, including refusing to defend a ban on same-sex marriage, prohibiting hospitals from discriminating against transgender individuals, and making it easier for trans citizens to change their gender on driver’s licenses.

In August, Secretary of Housing Alberto Lastra Power came out, becoming the first openly gay cabinet member.

Such advances challenge the notion that Puerto Rico is as socially conservative, or opposed to LGBT-causes, ascommentators and polling suggests.

Tom Bosworth: British Olympics hopeful comes out as gay

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Race walker Tom Bosworth competed for Great Britain at the World Athletics Championships, is set to feature at the Rio Olympics and is the first athlete on the team to come out as gay.

Here the 25-year-old talks about how his head was smashed through a window because of his sexuality and why he revealed the news, on the Victoria Derbyshire show.

Coming out is no surprise to my friends, family and even team-mates, even Mo Farah who didn’t bat an eyelid when I told him I was gay.

I got to know him and others on the Great Britain endurance team prior to the World Athletics Championships in August after we spent a few weeks on a pre-training camp in Japan.

It was a great chance to talk about it in a relaxed environment and everyone was very supportive of me being the first openly gay athlete on the GB team.

But there were some interesting questions when I told them about my circumstances.

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My team-mates asked whether I had a partner and how old I was when I came out. They were intrigued by my sexuality and asked me whether I got any stick for being openly homosexual.

The truth is that I used to. When I was competing in local athletics a number of years ago, some other athletes called me ‘fag’ or ‘queer’.

And when I was at school, when those feelings were still developing, I had my head smashed through a window by a group of boys. Thankfully, that’s all in the past now.

Whilst my current team-mates were interested to talk about my sexuality, they soon realised there was nothing to be concerned about and all was perfectly normal. It was great that everyone could be themselves as the pressure built in camp before a major championships.

It shows you that if someone of Mo’s stature can be supportive then there should be no issues from others.

Who is Tom Bosworth?

Born: Sevenoaks, Kent, 1990
Trains at the National Race Walking Centre in Leeds
Britain’s number one race walker over 20km, and third-fastest in history
Was 12th at 2014 European Championships; 24th at 2015 World Championships
Has a degree in sports performance and is a qualified trampoline coach and sports masseur
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Tom Bosworth has been in a gay relationship for four and a half years

‘My head was smashed through a window at school’

I wish that all athletes from my past had been as positive as Mo.

About four or five years ago, some former athletes in local athletics would verbally abuse me. It was pretty nasty, and made worse by the fact they found it funny. Thankfully, they were in the minority.

In the end, I just ignored them. I realised they had no positive part to play in my life and fortunately I had enough people around me who I could rely on for support.

Sometimes, you have to be a bit thick-skinned about it all and I learned that lesson, sometimes literally, in school.

When I was 15 or 16, I thought I was gay and somehow word got around in school, leading to a really difficult period in my life. Teenagers can be really nasty and half the time they don’t even realise what they’re saying. It’s just ignorance, I guess.

A group of lads used to gang up on me and the worst episode came when they smashed my head through a window after a run-in. I decided not to tell anyone about it, so my parents or teachers didn’t know. I guess I was more worried about people blaming me than the students but I had the support of my friends to get me through that tough time.

It was a decade ago, so I’d like to think that things have moved on a lot since then, even in schools, and that kids are more tolerant these days.

That experience taught me to ignore lone voices. I know there will always be people who have a problem with my sexuality, but one person’s opinion doesn’t affect me now, as I have support from my parents and partner.

I’m not even sure I can change the opinions of those boys. All I want to do is give a positive message that you can succeed in sport whatever your background. Be it gay, straight, black, white, religious or non-religious – there are no barriers.

High-profile gay sports men and women

Former Aston Villa footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger
British Commonwealth champion diver Tom Daley
England women’s footballer Casey Stoney
Former Wales rugby union player Gareth Thomas
Former Olympic champion swimmer Ian Thorpe

‘Some might see being gay as a weakness’

Coming out is not going to change my life on a personal level.

I’ve been comfortable with my sexuality and in a really happy relationship for the past four and a half years but in the build-up to the Rio Olympics next year, I don’t want this news to become a distraction or affect those closest to me.

That’s why I want to speak publicly about being gay now.

It’s a big decision for me and a little scary what the reaction might be, but I do think that attitudes are changing. Tom Daley’s decision to come out in December 2013 was a huge step in the right direction, paving the way for others to follow suit.

Unfortunately, speaking out about this as a sportsperson is still news.

In any line of work, whether you are a teacher or working in an office, it’s normal to have a gay colleague but in sport, we are lagging behind.

That’s a real shame and I’m not sure why that is because this summer has opened my eyes as to how supportive everyone in athletics really is.

A lot of sport is about giving the appearance that you are strong, that you have no weaknesses that rivals can prey on.

So perhaps there are people who feel that homosexuality is seen as a weakness, maybe even by those who are gay, as it may give others a chance to attack them. By hiding it, they might feel like they are protecting themselves.

But I guess it could also hinder their sporting performance. By keeping your true self a secret, it could play on your mind and for any athlete that could turn into a distraction.

I can only speak from my experience but I found it a relief to be open with my friends, family and team-mates. It made me feel comfortable not having that cloud over me, the feeling that you are covering things up.

I just hope that the more sportsmen and sportswomen who come out, the more sport will catch up with the real world.

Hopefully in two or three years’ time, coming out won’t be a news story.

NI minister ‘had right’ to keep ban on gay men giving blood

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A High Court previously ruled that it was “irrational” for former Nothern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots to maintain the ban on blood donations from gay men. Photograph: The Irish Times

 

Former Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots was entitled to go against the rest of the UK in maintaining the ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland, the Court of Appeal heard today.

Challenging a ruling that the prohibition was irrational, counsel for Mr Poots and his ministerial successors argued that devolved powers gave them the right to take a different position on the prohibition.

Attempts are being made to overturn a finding that the Democratic Unionist MLA did not have power to keep the lifetime ban on donations from gay men.

A High Court judge held that his decision was irrational and “infected” with apparent bias.

Mr Poots was also held to have breached the ministerial code by failing to take the issue before the Stormont Executive, and seemingly been influenced by his Christian beliefs in maintaining the lifetime ban.

The ban on gay men giving blood, put in place during the 1980s AIDS threat, was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in November 2011.

It was replaced by new rules which allow blood from men whose last sexual contact with another man was more than a year ago.

But Mr Poots maintained the ban in Northern Ireland on the basis of ensuring public safety.

The findings against him were made in a legal action taken by a gay man granted anonymity in the case and referred to as JR65.

Challenges to the verdict have been continued by Mr Poots’ DUP ministerial successors and the British health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan, sitting with Lord Justices Gillen and Weir, are examining issues about whether authority for blood policy is a devolved matter.

The hearing at the Court of Appeal in Belfast had been put on hold pending the outcome of a European Court of Justice case.

In April it ruled that a lifetime ban may be justified in member states, but only if there are no effective detection techniques.

The court heard that following the judgment from Europe an assessment on whether the ban is proportionate will now have to be carried out.

Mr Poots was held to have acted irrationally by maintaining the ban on gay donations while importing blood from other countries who do accept MSM (males who have sex with other males) donors.

But barrister Margaret Gray, representing the Stormont department of health, argued that Northern Ireland is largely self sufficient in its own blood supplies.

There is little need to widen the pool of donations from outside, she contended.

“On the basis of that evidence it was reasonable for the minister to make the decision,” she said.

Ms Gray also emphasised one of the consequences of powers being devolved within theUnited Kingdom.

“There’s no requirement that all parts of the UK decide a particular issue in the same way – that’s the essence of devolved decision making.

“It’s apparent in this context of blood donations that (EU) member states enjoy a discretion; that discretion is also felt between parts of a member state.”

During the hearing it was stressed that any increased risk of infected blood, no matter how small, was an issue of public safety.

JR65’s legal team claimed it was illogical to maintain the permanent ban on gay men while deferral criteria for promiscuous heterosexuals is lax.

But Ms Gray said: “If there’s sufficient basis to determine there’s a high risk attaching to MSM, the fact that other categories who are also deemed to be high risk but not treated in the same way should not render the rest of the decision irrational.”

Meanwhile, Tony McGleenan QC, for Mr Hunt, argued that it was for locally elected representatives to deal with the issue of gay blood donations in Northern Ireland.

The appeal continues.