Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Poppers Ban: Gobsmacked!

NB After a certain someone (ie me, obvs) pointed out this headline was stupid - I am prepared to wager £1 million and/or my virginity that nobody will be jailed for buying poppers - it was changed as if by magic to read 'selling'. The original title can still be seen in the URL

Surprised GSN and other gay media don't support a ban on this DEADLY CHEMSEX CRAZE!


Selling poppers in the UK could land you in jail for seven years, according to new legislation being enacted by the Government.

Home Office Minister Mike Penning has reportedly said he is insistent that amyl nitrates, widely used in the British LGBTI community, must come under new legislation that bans ‘legal highs’.

Lawmakers are banning the drug under a ‘blanket ban’ on the production, distribution, sale and supply of psychoactive substances. This ban will cover many substances including laughing gas, salvia and vanilla sky, but alcohol, nicotine and caffeine are exempt.

The possession with an intent to supply poppers is seven years in prison.

Gay rights activists, as well as a committee looking over the bill, argued poppers are ‘not seen to be capable of having harmful effects sufficient to constitute a societal problem’.

David Bridle, managing editor at London gay scene magazine Boyz,* said at a meeting held last night (9 November) with the minister, LGBTI activists and the National AIDS Trust that it made sense for poppers to be regulated under current sex shop licensing and therefore continuing to be available to over 18 gay men as the sex tool they have been for over 30 years.

‘The minister was unmoved, even after I explained our Boyz readers and others in the gay community were “gobsmacked” this Conservative government (of equal marriage and other pro-gay policies) was banning poppers,’ he said...

Gay Star News.

Have to say I'm GOBSMACKED that this ridiculous bill hasn't collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions already.

* David Bridle is also an LGBTory.

Update: Let's ask Dr Chris!


  1. This bill won't collapse and I doubt it will be repealed, because the principle of banning things that minorities enjoy and do no harm is well entrenched in this "democracy". No wonder they want to curb the Court of Human Rights.

    Anyone think a ban on straight sex enhancers will follow?

  2. When does this ban come into effect? I've been trying to find out online but all I can find are loads of articles about how stupid a law it is.
    The GSN piece above says "after Christmas", so will they begin enforcing it in the new year? I've been using etizolam for anxiety and I'm worried now that after this year I'm going to be fucked.
    How long have we got, please?

    1. Please!?? Do you have any idea, Fagburn?
      I can't work out if I have to buy as much as I can afford before the end of the year to stock up, or if no one's sure at the moment?

    2. Will look into later PROMISE! Most of the gay media ccoverage was rather ill-informed, surprisingly.

    3. Nothing is certain yet...