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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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Tony Abbott not happy about gay marriage bill, says senator

Tony Abbott not happy about gay marriage bill, says senator | Gay News | Scoop.it

Same-sex marriage advocates are rejoicing that Senator David Leyonhjelm introduced his same-sex marriage bill to Parliament on Wednesday. 

But there is one person who is most definitely not, according to the Liberal Democrat. 

Senator Leyonhjelm told reporters in Canberra that Prime Minister Tony Abbott was "not enthusiastic" about the same-sex marriage bill. 

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Is “queer” still derogatory?

Is “queer” still derogatory? | Gay News | Scoop.it

IT wasn’t until recently that I discovered how completely provoked and offended some people feel by the word “queer”.

I’d wager that depending on your age and experiences, your reaction to the term will differ.

We’re reclaiming the word, but it’s still yet to become something that everyone uses comfortably. Unlike many other words in the LGBTI dictionary, queer has the ability to divide by just its mention alone — provoking an instant response.

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In Same-Sex Marriage Calculation, Justices May See Golden Ratio

In Same-Sex Marriage Calculation, Justices May See Golden Ratio | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Constitution is not a math problem, but numbers can play a role in the Supreme Court’s calculations.

When the court struck down bans on interracial marriage in 1967, such unions were still illegal in 16 states.

When the court struck down laws making gay sex a crime in 2003, 13 states still had antisodomy measures.

Should the court take up the question of same-sex marriage this term or next, as it seems likely to, the unions will be against the law in no more than 15 states.

“The coincidence is hard to miss,” said Susan Sommer, a lawyer with Lambda Legal who has been litigating same-sex marriage cases for more than a decade.

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Nintendo Reveals Surprising Secret About This Classic Character

Nintendo Reveals Surprising Secret About This Classic Character | Gay News | Scoop.it

Gaming giant Nintendo made a shocking announcement last week that one of its most beloved characters doesn't identify along the gender binary.

Toad, Mario's buddy in classic games like "Super Mario Bros. 2," has long been assumed to be male but was in fact intended to be genderless. During an interview discussing "Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker," a new game from Nintendo, producer Koichi Hayashida revealed some surprising new info about Toad, Toadette and the gender binary.

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Victoria to recognise foreign same-sex marriages

Victoria to recognise foreign same-sex marriages | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Victorian Labor Party has committed to amending the state’s Relationship Act to recognise overseas same-sex marriages.

The ALP says it will amend the state Relationships Act to recognise overseas legal relationships as Victorian registered relationships, joining Tasmania, NSW and Queensland, which already recognise foreign civil unions and same-sex marriages.

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What Doctors Don't Know About LGBT Health

What Doctors Don't Know About LGBT Health | Gay News | Scoop.it

Medicine has not traditionally been very kind to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. While homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973, and was no longer considered a disorder, attempts by doctors to “treat” it persist even today. Though research and understanding of LGBT healthcare has improved in recent years, the social stigma and discrimination faced by LGBT people leads to health disparities that put them at higher risk for certain conditions. This is also the case with those who are gender non-conforming, or who are born with atypical sex anatomy (sometimes called “intersex,” though the medical term for the condition is “disorders of sex development,” or DSD).

With all that in mind, the American Association of Medical Colleges released new guidelines earlier this week on how to improve med school curricula to better prepare young doctors to treat their LGBT, gender non-conforming, and DSD patients.

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Liberal Party faces dilemma as same-sex marriage bill arrives in Senate

Liberal Party faces dilemma as same-sex marriage bill arrives in Senate | Gay News | Scoop.it

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm is poised to introduce his long-awaited same-sex marriage bill to the Senate, in a move that will increase the pressure on the Liberal Party to allow its MPs a conscience vote on the issue.

Senator Leyonhjelm is due to introduce his Freedom to Marry Bill to the upper house on Wednesday afternoon, which would allow gay, transgender and intersex people to marry.

He will flag his plans in a speech to the Senate on Tuesday evening.

The bill proposes to change the wording of the Marriage Act to define marriage as "the union of two people" rather than a "man and a woman". But it will not make it compulsory for celebrants to marry same-sex couples, except in the case of government employed celebrants. 

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Qld Attorney-General consults community on expunging historical gay sex convictions

Qld Attorney-General consults community on expunging historical gay sex convictions | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Queensland Government is continuing steps towards expunging historical convictions for sexual activity between males. 

While NSW and Victoria have moved forward on the issue, both passing expungement laws this year, Queensland has been slow to progress – last month, a spokesperson for Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told the Brisbane Times that amending the legislation was not a priority for the state.

However, this week Queensland MP Robert Cavallucci and Peter Black, president of Brisbane Pride Festival and senior lecturer at QUT Law School, met with Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie to discuss expunging (erasing) criminal convictions for sexual activity between males that occurred before homosexuality was decriminalised.

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India bans video game over gay character

India bans video game over gay character | Gay News | Scoop.it

Computer game Dragon Age: Inquisition will not be released in India in order 'to avoid a breach of local content laws.'

Electronic Arts confirmed Saturday (15 November) in a statement that the game would be withdrawn from sale in the conservative country and pre-orders would be refunded.

EA did not specify the nature of the content that was in breach of the law but fans speculate the game was banned due to its inclusion of a gay character.

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Americans Warming Up To Marriage Equality, Still Grossed Out By Same-Sex Public Displays Of Affection

Americans Warming Up To Marriage Equality, Still Grossed Out By Same-Sex Public Displays Of Affection | Gay News | Scoop.it

Though support for LGBT legal equality continues to climb, that doesn’t mean that Americans are comfortable with LGBT people in their everyday lives. A new study from Indiana University finds that people who identify as heterosexual are significantly less comfortable seeing same-sex couples’ displays of affection than they are supporting those couples’ legal rights.

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What Does Intersex Mean?

What Does Intersex Mean? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, Taylor Lianne Chandler—a woman who claims to be Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps’ girlfriend—made headlines for coming out as intersex. This prompted hundreds of obnoxious headlines and social media posts ridiculing not only Chandler but intersex individuals generally. There is obviously a lot of confusion about what makes a person intersex. Let’s clear things up.

An intersex individual is simply someone born with sex characteristics that do not allow them to be defined as distinctly male or female. It is a totally natural, not infrequently encountered medical condition. Studies have estimated that as many as 1 in 100 children will be born with bodies that “differ from standard male or female.” It is estimated that 1 or 2 in every 1,000 intersex individuals will undergo surgery to modify genital appearance.

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Male Sex Workers Reveal The Truth About Their Lives And Clients

Male Sex Workers Reveal The Truth About Their Lives And Clients | Gay News | Scoop.it

The male body has become an object of consumption, and as a result the idea of men selling their bodies for sex is becoming increasingly acceptable,” co-editor John Scott says of the new book Male Sex Work and Society.


The book, edited by Australian academics Victor Minichiello and John Scott, takes an in-depth peek at the lives of male sex workers from all around the world, offering a fascinating and complex portrait of the men’s daily experiences, the criticisms they face from both mainstream society and the gay community, and the way they’ve utilized the internet to build their businesses.

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Sydney Town Hall wrapped in red ribbon for World AIDS Day

Sydney Town Hall wrapped in red ribbon for World AIDS Day | Gay News | Scoop.it

Sydney Town Hall will have a large red ribbon projected onto its facade to help raise awareness of HIV AIDS. The red ribbon will also serve to  provide a show of support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who died from the disease.

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Going viral: naked shower selfies to tackle HIV stigma

Going viral: naked shower selfies to tackle HIV stigma | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE viral #weareALLclean social media campaign has reached Australian shores, and it didn’t take long to get here either.


The campaign was first launched on Monday in the US, which saw people post semi-naked, lathered-up shower selfies all over social media with the hashtag #weareALLclean.


It’s main purpose is to tackle HIV stigma, and each person who posts a photo is expected to make a donation to a HIV and AIDS charity.


Like the recent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, those who post a shower selfie also pay it forward by nominating friends to do the same.

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Gay Soccer Player Robbie Rogers on Coming Out and Handling Homophobia in the Locker Room

Gay Soccer Player Robbie Rogers on Coming Out and Handling Homophobia in the Locker Room | Gay News | Scoop.it

By February 2013, Robbie Rogers’ career as a professional soccer player had reached its low point. His stints at Leeds United and lower-league Stevenage in England had been blighted by injury, and because he played so infrequently, he was failing to make an impression on the game. At the age of 25, Rogers had also reached a point in his life where he finally felt comfortable coming out to his parents, siblings, and close friends—if not to his teammates.

His professional and personal lives were like two horses pulling in opposite directions. Something had to give.

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The Way He Looks — Best Gay Teen Romance Movie Ever?

The Way He Looks — Best Gay Teen Romance Movie Ever? | Gay News | Scoop.it

It’s been winning awards and acclaim everywhere — and it’s now playing in theaters across the country. Is Daniel Ribeiro’s new Brazilian gay teen drama The Way He Looks the best gay teen romance ever? Here’s a select A-Z list of top contenders — running the gamut from this year’s other hot new gay teen release, the Dutch track team romance Boys to the 1978 Danish classic, You Are Not Alone.

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Apple and App Developers to Raise Funds for Global Fund to Fight AIDS

Apple and App Developers to Raise Funds for Global Fund to Fight AIDS | Gay News | Scoop.it

Apple and the makers of 25 apps including Angry Birds and Clash of Clans will commemorate the start of the holiday gift-giving season with a campaign to benefit the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

For the next two weeks, a section of the App Store called Apps for (RED) will offer apps with exclusive new content where all proceeds benefit the organization.

Apple also said it would donate a portion of sales at its retail and online stores around the world on two of the biggest shopping days of the year: Friday, Nov. 28 and Monday, Dec. 1.

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Study finds HIV drugs could help stop vision loss

Study finds HIV drugs could help stop vision loss | Gay News | Scoop.it

Drugs used to treat the HIV virus and AIDS could be used to fight against vision loss, a U.S. university study says.

Research conducted on mice shows that a widely-used class of antiretroviral drugs (NRTI) used against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, are also effective against macular degeneration, an age-related eye disease.

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The long march to equality

The long march to equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Gay rights have come a long since Australia's colonialists fashioned laws based on British legislation dealing with the act of "buggery". From an original sentence of execution for convicted "sodomites to progressively-weakening laws that saw sentences reduced to at least three years, it has been a long journey to the complete decriminalisation of homosexuality across the country.

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Expungement of historical Queensland gay sex convictions one step closer

Expungement of historical Queensland gay sex convictions one step closer | Gay News | Scoop.it

QUEENSLAND is on track to follow the lead set by Victoria and NSW in expunging historical gay consensual sex criminal convictions, following a meeting between LGBTI community representatives and the state government.

However, men convicted of homosexual conduct prior to its decriminalisation in Queensland in 1990 will most likely have to wait until after next year’s state election.

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What Happened When a Father Asked the Internet to Help Him Talk to His Gay Son?

What Happened When a Father Asked the Internet to Help Him Talk to His Gay Son? | Gay News | Scoop.it

An anonymous father warmed the hearts of many Reddit readers when he reached out to the site’s community for advice on how to talk to his son after he inadvertently discovered the 13-year-old might be gay, reports Gay Star News.

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Michael the Brave

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The first openly gay player in the NFL? When you take a good long look at the path Michael Sam took to get here—the sleepless nights in the backseat of his mother's car, the routine beat-downs from his outlaw brothers, the fact that his own father barely accepts who he is—coming out seems like the easy part.

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Jason Collins announces his retirement from the NBA

Jason Collins announces his retirement from the NBA | Gay News | Scoop.it

It has been 18 exhilarating months since I came out in Sports Illustrated as the first openly gay man in one of the four major professional team sports. And it has been nine months since I signed with the Nets and became the first openly gay male athlete to appear in a game in one of those leagues. It feels wonderful to have been part of these milestones for sports and for gay rights, and to have been embraced by the public, the coaches, the players, the league and history.

On Wednesday at the Barclays Center, I plan to announce my retirement as an NBA player.

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The International Olympic Committee Comes Out Against Anti-Gay Discrimination

The International Olympic Committee Comes Out Against Anti-Gay Discrimination | Gay News | Scoop.it

At long last the International Olympic Committee will change the wording of the Olympic Charter to include protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

This development was part of 40 recommendations published today ahead of next month’s IOC meeting in Monaco, where IOC President Thomas Bach’s “Agenda 2020” process will conclude with significant changes to the bidding process for and organization of the Olympic Games.

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Positive outlooks for Qld's HIV/AIDS organisations

Positive outlooks for Qld's HIV/AIDS organisations | Gay News | Scoop.it

The two heads of Queensland’s HIV/AIDS organisations – the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) and Queensland Positive People (QPP) – share their thoughts with Andrew Shaw ahead of World AIDS Day 2014. 

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