The Independent On Sunday: More Drivel About "Gays" (This Time With Added Drugs)
The Independent On Sunday: More Drivel About “Gays” (This Time With Added Drugs) The Independent On Sunday have AN EXPOSE! ‘Drug Use “Seven Times Higher” Amongst Gays’. Unfortunately, like most of the stuff the Independent runs on “Gays” sic, it’s stupid and patronising rubbish. The “seven times” figure is nebulous – here’s the report – but it became a media canard.
And anyway, there is no way anyone can do a reliable survey on gay – or straight – drug use, so nothing can be extrapolated from this by any rational person. If you do a self-selecting online survey, or ask people at Pride events, people who don’t do drugs will probably ignore it, people who take them will happily fill it in. How can you compare its findings to an official crime survey, across all age groups, where people might – just possibly – be tempted to play down their drug use?
Apples/oranges. Gay men certainly take more drugs than their straight peers, but this is rarely “problematic” or “drug abuse”. Though admittedly, some groups looking for more Lottery funding may want to make out it’s a big problem.
It’s usually just fun – like sticking a cock in your gob – and it’s insane and reprehensible to try and stigmatise it. You’re infinitely more likely to die in a car accident going to a gay club, than you are of dying of drugs inside one. Should we start telling gay men not to get in cars?
And the survey was published over a month ago, so why does The Independent think this is news?
As I keep saying, The Independent’s gay news coverage is the most dreadful and erratic drivel.
But this was particularly shameful and stupid, stupid, stupid!