Robert Heath claimed to have cured homosexuality by implanting electrodes into the pleasure centre of the brain. Robert Colvile reports on one of the great forgotten stories of neuroscience. For the first hour, they just talked. Soon, events took their course: they were enjoying themselves so much they could almost forget about the wires leading out of his skull. The year was , and the man was a year-old psychiatric patient. The woman, 21, was a prostitute from the French Quarter of New Orleans, hired by special permission of the attorney general of Louisiana.
Men kissing each other in public will be reported to police at one of Russia's cities that will host the World Cup, an ultra-conservative group has warned. The world's premier international soccer competition kicks off across 11 Russian cities next week, and the Kremlin has dismissed suggestions that the country's r estrictive laws would disrupt the flow of the tournament. But in the city of Rostov, members of the religious and traditionalist Cossack communities enlisted to help authorities secure the stadiums say they will will also be on the lookout for acts of same-sex affection. Related: Russia must defend internet from terrorists, pedophiles and "same-sex values," says Lavrov. Barnnikov did not elaborate on what Cossacks hope police will do upon learning about the kissing men.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday dashed to the Knesset for the express purpose of voting against a measure that would have extended surrogacy rights to same-sex couples — two days after publishing a video explaining why he supports the idea. Netanyahu was acting on the demands of the ultra-Orthodox parties, which oppose giving gay men the right to father children through surrogacy, Channel 10 news reported. In return, the ultra-Orthodox parties reportedly agreed to support the Jewish nation-state bill, another controversial piece of legislation, which is up for its final votes this week. MKs Yoel Hasson and Stav Shaffir of the opposition Zionist Union faction were removed from the plenum hall for raucously booing the prime minister during the vote. Sources close to Netanyahu said that the prime minister will support legislating an extension of surrogacy to gay men in the next parliament session.