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Love on the March: Reflections on the gay community’s political progress—and its future

Love on the March: Reflections on the gay community’s political progress—and its future | Gay News | Scoop.it
I am forty-four years old, and I have lived through a startling transformation in the status of gay men and women in the United States.
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Brisbane Pride Festival won't be labelled

Brisbane Pride Festival won't be labelled | Gay News | Scoop.it

With a deafening roar of engines, and a blinding kaleidoscope of colour, they were off.


The Dykes on Bikes led Brisbane's biggest LGBTI pride parade up Brunswick Street on Saturday morning, leading hundreds on their 1.7-kilometre march from Fortitude Valley to the Brisbane Pride Festival at New Farm Park.


But before the march – which attracted up to 700 people at its starting point – there were the rallying cries from the balcony of the Valley's Empire Hotel.

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The new gay sex

The new gay sex | Gay News | Scoop.it

WITH half an hour still to go before the forum would officially begin, out in the audience the conversation about Pre Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV — PrEP — was already in full swing.


Although only a handful of gay men in Australia had begun taking PrEP in the very early stages of clinical studies, at this public forum on the topic held during the recent International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, or AIDS 2014, the implications were keenly felt.

One guy was concerned he’d seen other guys “advertising” being on PrEP while looking for bareback sex on Grindr. A few people discussed rumours of awful side-effects experienced by the studies’ participants.


Despite these omens the forum proved remarkably measured, more academic than community. Whichever audience members had worried PrEP was a sign of the end times stayed silent, ceding the floor to public health experts calling for a rational, measured conversation.


For a community that for over 30 years has learned to conflate sex and death, for whom a thin sheet of latex has become a potent symbol for that divide, many believe PrEP has the capacity to change everything.


The concept is simple: a person takes a daily dose of the same antiretroviral medication used by many people living with HIV to drastically reduce their risk of contracting the virus.


In the most recent large clinical study, even participants only taking the medication two to three times a week were at 84 per cent reduced risk of contracting HIV, while there were no infections in participants taking four or more doses per week.


Even as the evidence continues to mount that PrEP can be a highly effective tool for preventing HIV transmission, many have reservations.


The drug Truvada has been approved and available for use as PrEP in the US for two years now, and its impact on the gay community has been profound.

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Brisbane’s first permanent LGBTI artwork revealed

Brisbane’s first permanent LGBTI artwork revealed | Gay News | Scoop.it

BRISBANE’S first permanent LGBTI artwork was unveiled last weekend in New Farm to a crowd of about 120 people that included community leaders, local politicians and advocates.


Kept under the wraps of a giant rainbow pride flag, the new work from Lismore artist Karl de Waal — who worked in conjunction with the community to create the new piece — was revealed to the assembled crowd at its home outside the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre (NFNC).

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Supreme Court To Consider Sept. 29 Whether To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Supreme Court To Consider Sept. 29 Whether To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases | Gay News | Scoop.it

On September 29, the justices of the Supreme Court will be considering whether to hear a case about same-sex couples’ marriage rights and, if so, which one to take.


The justices will be meeting on that date to consider the mountain of case requests — called petitions for a writ of certiorari — that came in over the summer. They will be considering seven different petitions at that conference from various state and county officials asking the justices to hear their case, according to updated docket information from the court on Wednesday.

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Finland: Tom of Finland stamps are best selling ever

Finland: Tom of Finland stamps are best selling ever | Gay News | Scoop.it

A range of Tom of Finland stamps is set to launch in Finland to commemorate the “proud homoeroticism” of the influential gay artist.


Itella, the Finnish postal service has announced that it is to launch the line of stamps featuring the art of Tom of Finland, who inspired the look of Freddie Mercury and the Village People.


The artist, whose real name is Touko Laaksonen, remains an influential figure in the gay art scene.

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Wis. Judges Grant Adoptions by Same-Sex Married Couples

Wis. Judges Grant Adoptions by Same-Sex Married Couples | Gay News | Scoop.it

At least two Dane County judges have granted adoptions by same-sex couples, thereby recognizing their marriages.

In the latest case Wednesday, Kat Riley adopted the 2-year-old biological daughter of her partner, Teresa Riley. And, Teresa Riley adopted her spouse's 4-year-old biological son. The Rileys were married in Iowa last year.

Now both children have two parents, instead of one parent and one legal guardian, and have rights including inheritance and death benefits. The State Journal (http://bit.ly/1rXX8o6 ) reports Dane County Circuit Judge Shelley Gaylord says she was bound to recognize the Rileys' marriage as valid because of the Constitution's equal protection clause, which requires states to honor each other's laws.

The adoptions were granted a day after Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that Wisconsin's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

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What’s happened when the UN launched a campaign for LGBT equality?

What’s happened when the UN launched a campaign for LGBT equality? | Gay News | Scoop.it

A year ago, the United Nations Human Rights Office launched an unprecedented global public education campaign for lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender rights: Free & Equal. This inspiring video tells the story of what happened next.

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Could using gay dating app Grindr get you arrested in Egypt?

Dating apps with location technology add a certain excitement to nightlife in many of the world's thrumming metropolises. But in some places, they could get you arrested.


The developers of gay dating app Grindr are facing criticism from users and an American security company, as fears mount that the smartphone app might have put thousands at risk worldwide in societies where homosexuality is frowned upon or a crime by law. Germany's largest daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Thursday that Grindr had apparently been used by Egyptian authorities to track down homosexuals -- an allegation which could not be independently verified by The Washington Post. The German newspaper points to an article published on the Web siteCairoScene as well as an interview conducted with an activist who operates a Twitter profile under the name 'GrindrMap' and has created a related Web site. Speaking to The Post, the user confirmed the authenticity of the interview and said: "It's a huge problem if Grindr runs such an infrastructure and doesn't act responsibly."

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The Ups & Downs of Being a Promiscuous Gay Man

The Ups & Downs of Being a Promiscuous Gay Man | Gay News | Scoop.it

Sex is a double-edged sword in the gay community, but it never used to be. I remember a time when my friends and I rarely thought twice when one of us left the bar with a man. Now, I sense the slightest bit of hesitation. Gay men today are scared to express their love for sex out of fear of being judged, even though we all know it’s a pile of sh*t. We love sex. It’s what we prided ourselves in during the sexual revolution but since we’ve become more accepted into society, we started shaping our community by their rules. We talk of sex, we dream of sex, we know everyone around us is having sex, yet, we hide our Grindr or Tinder whenever someone sneaks up behind us, we underexpose our sexual fantasies to our friends, and we’ve become much more prudish than ever before.


Being promiscuous used to be something abhorrently clear in the gay community. Now, it’s a stereotype many of us fear. I can only imagine what the hell these kinds of guys are thinking: “If the straight world finds out that gay men have tons of free sex, they might take away our right to vote” or “I can’t let anyone know that I have sex, otherwise I won’t be able to find a serious boyfriend” or “If I hide that I like to have sex, perhaps God won’t find out.”


There are plenty of ups and downs when it comes to being too promiscuous – I’m well aware. A lot of guys desensitize themselves from it, making it harder to find an emotional connection during sex. But there are just as many guys who find casual sex a helpful tool, a means to get the tension out of their system so they can save their emotional juices for someone they care about. Either way, the effects of promiscuity are in the eyes of the cruiser.

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The Trans-Everything CEO

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Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that is far from the thing that defines her. Just ask her wife. Then ask the robot version of her wife.
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QuAC receive free rapid tests in “breakthrough” moment

QuAC receive free rapid tests in “breakthrough” moment | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) have received their first delivery of free rapid HIV kits from Queensland Health since February, in what is being called a “breakthrough” arrangement.


After a month of campaigning QuAC executive director Michael Scott has welcomed the deal that will see the organisation receive 100 free testing kits.


“We are pleased that after many years of operation, our testing services at 30 Helen St are now being supported by Queensland Health through the provision of free rapid tests,” he said.

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Seventh Circuit unanimously strikes down same-sex marriage bans

Seventh Circuit unanimously strikes down same-sex marriage bans | Gay News | Scoop.it

It seems just yesterday that Judge Richard Posner was excoriating the attorneys for Indiana and Wisconsin for arguing that their states prohibited gay marriages because irresponsible heterosexuals need marriage to make them more responsible for their unplanned children. Actually, it was nine days ago.  Today, Posner issued a remarkable 40-page opinion for a unanimous panel (the other two judges were Ann Claire Williams and David Hamilton) striking down the states’ marriage limitations as irrational and animus-driven. 

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My favourite part of the opinion is this paragraph:

"Indiana’s government thinks that straight couples tend to be sexually irresponsible, producing unwanted children by the carload, and so must be pressured (in the form of governmental encouragement of marriage through a combination of sticks and carrots) to marry, but that gay couples, unable as they are to produce children wanted or unwanted, are model parents—model citizens really—so have no need for marriage. Heterosexuals get drunk and pregnant, producing unwanted children; their reward is to be allowed to marry. Homosexual couples do not produce unwanted children; their reward is to be denied the right to marry. Go figure. "

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Can Jill Soloway Do Justice to the Trans Movement?

Can Jill Soloway Do Justice to the Trans Movement? | Gay News | Scoop.it

In April, Jill Soloway sat on a cushion on the floor of her home office in Silver Lake as she waited for the glue on her fake eyelashes to dry. She was reading through a list of talking points that Glaad, the L.G.B.T. media advocacy organization, had distributed to those walking the red carpet at its annual Media Awards show. Soloway was invited as a special guest. The list was mostly made up of words and phrases to avoid, some that were obviously offensive but others that seemed innocuous: “gay marriage” (which suggests it’s a different thing from the nongay variety); “gay lifestyle” (which suggests it’s a choice); “homosexual” (which has been hijacked by anti-gay activists).


Such precision about language, politics and etiquette is ever-present in the cultural milieu that Soloway entered when she sat down to create “Transparent,” a dramatic comedy from Amazon Studios about a family whose father (Jeffrey Tambor) comes out as transgender. In an already pivotal moment for transgender people, who are emerging from culture’s margins, Soloway’s show tries to fast-forward past the incremental water-testing that network TV has historically applied to shifts like this, to skip the eggshell-walking and the audience-coddling. She wants to give her viewers a fully realized trans character.

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What makes a gay-friendly bar, and how do 'mixed' bars get it wrong?

What makes a gay-friendly bar, and how do 'mixed' bars get it wrong? | Gay News | Scoop.it

This week, following the unveiling of its much touted revamp, Brisbane’s Wickham Hotel managed to offend a good chunk the nation’s LGBT citizens by refusing to allow the COUNT study and Gay Community Periodic Survey to be taken on the premises.


A Wickham spokesperson said: “We just didn’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable if approached with the survey questions.”


Why would a hotel that formed the nexus of Brisbane’s famous ‘Gay Days’ suddenly dump the survey after years of support? Its desire to attract a ‘mixed’ crowd has been well publicised, but it also claims to be retaining its LGBT identity. Such controversy so early on begs the question: Does the ‘new’ Wickham have any idea what that means?


What makes this PR blunder so interesting is the questions it raises about the changing nature and relevance of gay venues in Australia. With most of our bars and clubs facing tough times, what changes might it take to save them? Do they deserve to be saved at all?

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The Wickham Hotel refuses to host gay health surveys

The Wickham Hotel refuses to host gay health surveys | Gay News | Scoop.it

HIV organisations in Queensland and sexual health experts have expressed disappointment and concern about the Wickham Hotel not allowing the COUNT study and Gay Community Periodic Survey (GCPS) from being conducted at the venue.


Queensland Positive People (QPP) and Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) were reportedly informed by management last week that “[the surveys] doesn’t fit with the new Wickham” and volunteers were denied access to the hotel.


One of Brisbane’s most iconic LGBTI-friendly venues, the Wickham only recently reopened following extensive renovations and its owner Coles expressed a desire to attract a mixed clientele.
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Brisbane unveils its first ever permanent LGBTI artwork

Brisbane unveils its first ever permanent LGBTI artwork | Gay News | Scoop.it

What’s under the rainbow flag? All was revealed in Brisbane on Saturday.


Approximately 120 people attended the official launch and unveiling of Brisbane’s first ever permanent LGBTIQ artwork in the front grounds of the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre.


We were there to witness the excitement and anticipation as attendees waited for Brisbane Pride’s gigantic rainbow flag to be jointly removed by those who had involvement in the project to reveal the new artwork.

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Speaking with Scott McKinnon on LGBTI issues during natural disasters

Speaking with Scott McKinnon on LGBTI issues during natural disasters | Gay News | Scoop.it

When natural disasters strike, the impact varies significantly across different social groups, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities are poorly accounted for in disaster management policy and practice.


Dallas Rogers speaks with Scott McKinnon on the different needs of the LGBTI community during a natural disaster event, and how emergency services, policy-makers and aid agencies can better respond to LGBTI populations.

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Privacy, Security And GPS-Based Apps: An Inside Look From SCRUFF

Privacy, Security And GPS-Based Apps: An Inside Look From SCRUFF | Gay News | Scoop.it

The privacy and security of location-based apps has become a major concern for smartphone users around the globe. Recent headlines say it all: "Tinder flaw left users vulnerable." "Grindr security glitch exposes gay users in Uganda, Russian Kremlin." As the CEO of SCRUFF, one of the largest gay dating apps in the world, I take these reports seriously. While there are measures we have taken to protect our community, it's critical that all users understand the benefits and limitations intrinsic to location-based apps.


The most important thing you should know about location-based apps is this: Any app that shows relative distance between members can be used to pinpoint your location.

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Study Suggests Hollywood Is Not So Gay-Friendly

Study Suggests Hollywood Is Not So Gay-Friendly | Gay News | Scoop.it

A survey of 5,700 SAG-AFTRA members has found that more than half of lesbian, gay and bisexual performers “have heard directors and producers make anti-gay comments about actors” and that “53% of LGBT respondents believed that directors and producers are biased against LGBT performers.” The study (read it here), conducted by UCLA’s LGBT think tank Williams Institute and funded by the SAG-Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund, will be  presented formally tonight during simultaneous guild town hall meetings in L.A. and NYC.

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MSNBC Gives Sneak Peek at Smithsonian's LGBT Collection

MSNBC Gives Sneak Peek at Smithsonian's LGBT Collection | Gay News | Scoop.it

Last month, the National Museum of American History significantly expanded its collection of LGBT items. This week, MSNBC went behind the scenes at the nation's history museum and gave viewers a sneak peek.

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Premier League stars to wear rainbow laces in anti-homophobia campaign

Premier League stars to wear rainbow laces in anti-homophobia campaign | Gay News | Scoop.it

The QPR midfielder Joey Barton, Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, and the newly capped England midfielder Fabian Delph will join other Premier League players in wearing laces in the rainbow colours of the gay pride flag this weekend in a bid to stamp out homophobia in football.


Celebrities and former professionals, including former England striker Michael Owen, and the ex-Germany and Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger – who announced he was gay after retiring from playing last year – will also wear rainbow laces for the anti-discrimination campaign by the pressure group Stonewall.


Players across all divisions in the English Football League are expected to join the campaign, with more than 100,000 pairs of rainbow laces distributed across the country. Arsenal underground station will also feature a rainbow-coloured crossing.

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Drag queens in Facebook name row

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A group of drag queens and transgender performers have called on Facebook to allow stage names rather than real names on the social network.


A petition supporting the change has attracted more than 2,000 signatures.


Facebook told the BBC that its real-name policy was designed to protect the community and increase accountability.


But the group argued that performers should be allowed to use stage names for reasons of "privacy, safety, or preference".

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Big Brother silences family response to Jason’s coming out story

Big Brother silences family response to Jason’s coming out story | Gay News | Scoop.it

Jason’s family say they love and support him, but Channel Nine’s social media army have been deleting the family’s responses after Jason’s coming out story was aired on TV.

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A Ruling Worth Reading

A Ruling Worth Reading | Gay News | Scoop.it

Yesterday, Judge Richard Posner stuck down the marriage equality bans in Wisconsin and Indiana. His ruling is getting rave reviews from the pro-equality crowd.

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It's On: Lawyers Fight For Supreme Court To Take Their Marriage Equality Case

It's On: Lawyers Fight For Supreme Court To Take Their Marriage Equality Case | Gay News | Scoop.it

Some of the top appellate lawyers and leading LGBT legal groups in the nation are squaring off in unusual filings at the Supreme Court this week asking the justices to hear their respective case about marriage equality.


Technically, the lawyers were responding to Supreme Court filings by state or county officials in Oklahoma, Virginia, and Utah that ask the justices to hear their case in order to uphold bans on same-sex couples’ marriages.


In reality, however, the lawyers are pointing out to the justices why their case — and not a case in another state — should be the case heard by the justices in the coming term that will begin in October.


Although the justices won’t consider whether to take any of the cases until, at the earliest, the end of September, the four filings this week showed how focused lawyers across the country supporting marriage equality are on getting a case — and, they hope, their case — before the justices in the next year.

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Benkirane Nabil's comment, September 5, 5:11 PM
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