The side effect of gay marriage that will improve lives

In 2014, University of Washington researchers surveyed 1800 LGBT people, 50 and older, in US locations where same-sex marriage is legal; roughly a quarter were married, a quarter were in long-term relationships, and the rest were single. The results released this month show that the married LGBT people were in better physical and mental health, had more financial resources and greater levels of social support than both their single counterparts and those couples who hadn’t made it official.

It turns out that – as it is for heterosexuals – marriage is good for the health and wellbeing of lesbians and gay men.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

The Guardian view on generational inequality: a country fit for all agesThe Guardian

Seven years ago, a new set of contour lines emerged in our understanding of inequality in Britain. The publication of The Pinch by David Willetts has shaped the way we map, measure and articulate inequality: not just in terms of the gap between the rich and the poor, but in terms of the divide between the young and the old.

Lord Willetts’ arguments have since become well rehearsed. The baby boomer generation have collectively done much better financially than the generations that came before them. They will have drawn more out of the welfare state than they paid in as a generation; have done exceedingly well out of accelerating house-price growth; and can look forward to a comfortable retirement on generous defined-benefit pensions. But this has come at the expense of the younger generation, which finds itself struggling to even get on the housing ladder, and financially propping up both the welfare state and pensions schemes that the older generation are drawing down on.

If anything, things have got worse since The Pinch was published.

Source: The Guardian

Can a basic income liberate the poor? |


What if public aid could be truly liberating instead of incapacitating?

In a nation so contorted at times by its Calvinistic impulses, public assistance has come to be seen not as a hand-up to struggling families but as a paternalistic mechanism for “takers” and “abusers” that contributes to so-called cycles of poverty. The basic income guarantee (BIG) challenges that impulse by proposing every citizen receives an income to meet their most basic needs.

Increasingly even modest assistance to the poor has been challenged—healthcare, for example, is seen not as a human right but as a market commodity deliverable not on the primacy of need but the ability to pay. What if the problem of how public assistance is offered is not that it promotes dependency but that it is so parsimonious—and provided with so many confusing strings attached—that it merely maintains the misery? What if public aid could be truly liberating instead of incapacitating?


“Does Tim Farron think gay sex is a sin? Who cares?”| The Guardian

“As a liberal, I’m passionate about equality, and equal marriage, about equal rights for LGBT people, for fighting not just for LGBT rights in this country, but overseas.”

That’s Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats. He’s a man who voted for the same-sex marriage bill on its second reading in 2013 (he was absent for its third reading – something he has said he regrets), and voted to make those rights available to members of the armed forces in 2014.

Source: he Guardian

Gay marriage proposal to be debated by Kirk Assembly – BBC News

Gay marriages may soon be able to take place in the Church of Scotland.
A report to be debated at the Kirk’s General Assembly in May said ministers should be permitted to perform same-sex ceremonies.
It also said the Kirk should apologise for failing to recognise the Christian vocation of gay people.
The report has been welcomed by Scott Rennie, the gay minister whose appointment to an Aberdeen parish in 2008 caused controversy.
It will be presented to the General Assembly by the influential Theological Forum of the Church of Scotland, which challenges and expresses the theology of the life and work of the Kirk.
It said in its report: “We recognise that as a Church we have often failed to recognise and protect the identity and Christian vocation of gay people and believe that the Church as a whole should acknowledge its faults, whose identity and Christian vocation it has failed to recognise and protect.”

Gay marriage boosts happiness, health: study – NY Daily News

Marriage is known to come with goodies besides wedding gifts. Tying the knot has been shown to boost physical and mental well-being for spouses. You know — happy wife, happy life.

A new study shows that gay marriage — or, as many in the LGBT community call it, marriage — boasts the same benefits.

The University of Washington research — part of the national longitudinal investigation: “Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, Sexuality/Gender Study” — is among the first look at health and social impacts of gay marriage.

So move over, Dick and Jane. It’s time for Janet and Mary. And Andy and Mark — and other same-sexers — to get some study time.

“There were big gaps for health and well-being between married gay couples and gay singles,” lead author Jayn Goldsen, research study supervisor in the UW School of Social Work, told the Daily News.

Source:  – NY Daily News

Five Findings About Masculinity and Anger and Aggression | Psychology Today

The relationship between gender, anger, and violence is more complex than people realize, and common beliefs (e.g., men are angrier than women) often end up being untrue when we look closely at the research. What’s not nearly as complicated, though, is the relationship between masculinity and anger and aggression. (Listen here for more.)

Here are five things we know:

1. Masculinity is associated with anger.

In a 2014 study from the University of South Australia, Michelle Wharton and colleagues looked at the relationship between masculinity and anger arousal. Specifically, they had participants complete a series of questionnaires related to gender roles and anger in which they found that gender role identity, but not biological sex, explains anger differences. In other words, it was masculine participants who reported greater anger than feminine participants did, and not simply that males were angrier than females. In fact, females who had a more masculine gender identity were angrier than females with a more feminine gender identity.

Source: Psychology Today

Education Secretary fails to name any respected educational expert who wants more grammar schools | The Independent

Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, has failed to name any respected educational expert or institution that supports extending grammar schools as she prepared to launch a consultation into the policy.

Ms Greening also refused to rule out introducing quotas for the most disadvantaged children in England to attend to grammar schools, saying the Government would not elaborate on details before publication of a White Paper on the controversial policy.

The Education Secretary’s comments came as she outlined in a speech on Thursday how the Government will introduce a new model for grammar schools – championed by Theresa May – to “work for everyone”, including children from “ordinary working families”

But when asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme whether she could name any respected educational figure or institution that actually wants more grammar schools, she failed to do so.

Source: The Independent

“Brexitland: With pay so low for this long, no wonder there’s anger in Sheffield” | Owen Jones 

Kelham Island Quarter in Sheffield, now partly regenerated. ‘It is naive to dismiss the role of the great wage squeeze in Britain’s biggest political upheaval since the war.’ Photograph: Alamy

Thursday 13 April 2017

Is it any wonder that Britain bubbles away with frustration? Not since Napoleon ruled France has the country suffered such a protracted squeeze in wages. Of the 35 major industrialised OECD countries, only Greece has endured such a steep fall. British workers are still, on average, poorer than they were when the banks plunged the global economy into chaos, and the respite of the last two years is juddering to an end. In February real wages fell once again. And no, this crisis didn’t start under the Tories: in the last half of New Labour’s reign, wages began to stagnate or fall for the bottom half of Britain’s underpaid workforce. Over a decade of decline has left Britain simmering with anger.

The story behind Brexit is a tale of competing and contradictory factors. Many low-paid workers opted for remain; millions of relatively comfortably-off Britons with no economic grievances, like those I met in the well-to-do market town of Fareham, voted to leave. The youngest have been hardest hit by the crash and the cuts, but they voted remain; older Britons have been largely protected, but they opted for leave.

Source: The Guardian

School nutrition programme deserves praise | Education | M&G

We fail to praise South Africa’s national school nutrition Programme’s success in producing graduates for South Africa, because we dwell too much on failures.

Let us stop the culture of seeing the negative in everything and applaud when tasks are executed successfully.

For the past 15 years, the nutrition programme has enhanced the learning capacity of schoolchildren by providing one healthy meal a day at low-income schools.

More than half the learners at public schools in the country are from low-income families. Unable to afford lunch boxes, the majority of them would go to school empty-handed and go hungry during lunch breaks.

Nothing can distract a learner in a classroom as easily as hunger and starvation.

I don’t care how much you enjoy being inside school premises, once you are hungry you are likely to lose concentration and become drowsy, and that’s a barrier between you and your learning process.

This was the story of poverty and hunger in our nation’s schools, as witnessed every day by teachers, principals and staff.

Source: M&G