As you know from my earlier remarks, I think it is vital that the proposal for a plebiscite or referendum is put to one side. I also think it is important that thematter is now resolved through a conscience vote by the parliament aspromptly as possible after the next election so that no more potential twistsand turns can loom up. Of course, like everyone else in this room exceptMichael Danby, I would not have a vote in that debate. But if I did, I wouldvote yes.
If, much against my views about what is best for our nation, a plebiscite orreferendum is held on same sex marriage, then as a voter, I would certainlycast my ballot in favour of same sex marriage.
Federal authorities in New York City have shut down online male escort service Rentboy.com and arrested the chief executive and six current and former employees on prostitution charges.
Prosecutors announced the charges Tuesday against CEO Jeffrey Hurant and the other defendants. Disclaimers on New York-based Rentboy.com had said its listings were for companionship and not for sexual services. But a federal complaint unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn alleges that in reality the site, founded in 1997, was designed to advertise prostitution.
Since stepping down from the High Court in 2009, Australia’s longest serving judge has kept himself busy by, among other things, looking into human rights abuses in North Korea for the UN and working with organisations promoting LGBTI inclusion.
However, despite knowing he was gay from a young age, Kirby didn’t publicly reveal his sexuality until he was 61.
Hot on the heels of a YouGov survey that found nearly one-half of British 18-to-24-year-olds identifying as something other than totally heterosexual, the same organization has polled 1,000 Americans and found that while 78 percent say they are completely straight, only 66 percent of those under the age of 30 see themselves that way.
AT a quarter of a century old, Brisbane Pride Festival celebrates its landmark anniversary alongside one of the Queensland LGBTI community’s greatest milestones: the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Given the state’s conservative history, the law reform was done under a newly-elected Labor government and was only achieved because of the efforts of activists, campaigners and people representing the Queensland’s diverse LGBTI community.
With this in mind, it seems fitting that Brisbane Pride has chosen the theme of “commUNITY” to celebrate its anniversary and pay homage to the LGBTI rights movement.
A few months after legalizing same-sex marriage, Mexico’s Supreme Court legalized gay adoption. Just one day earlier, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had banned members of his party from voting in favor of a new marriage equality bill, effectively killing it.
Like many in Australia and around the world, I was shocked, hurt, and appalled. How could this happen? In one of the world’s most advanced democracies; in the country that hosts Mardi Gras and gave us Kylie Minogue and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; in a country that prides itself on giving everyone a “fair go” and coined the term no worries. How could this happen?
It would be easy to blame the failure of marriage equality on Australia’s conservative government and to further demonize Abbott as head homophobe. But the truth is, marriage equality has been up for debate in Australia for a decade. It’s been there through two terms of a left-wing Labor government, and it still didn't make it through Parliament and into law. And while most Aussies now support gay marriage, we still elected a government that is totally opposed to equal rights.
The question remains: Why have Mexico’s socio-cultural norms helped to advance legal recognition of same-sex relationships there, while Australia’s values have impeded progress on equality?
Not all gay men are alike. It might seem counterintuitive but since we are at the tail end of gay pride season it bears repeating. Being gay is not simply about sex, nor is it about adhering to the kind of hypersexualized, male-centric interpretation of queerness so prevalent at Pride parades.
NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner has said federal approval for new treatments that could prevent HIV needs to happen as soon as possible and access to the drugs should be easy and economical for those at high-risk of contracting the virus.
Skinner spoke to the Star Observer earlier this week at an event at NSW Parliament to mark three decades since LGBTI health body ACON was formed.
The minister praised ACON’s work, noting a reduction in new HIV infections over a three-year period, as well as the bipartisan approach to fighting HIV in NSW.
“Through sheer determination [ACON] has helped shape national policy, influence law reform, fought against stigma and discrimination and supported HIV trials and clinical access,” she said.
“There’s been no politics, no scandalous media outrage and that’s reason why we’ve done so well in this state.”
The fruitless quest for a "perfect" body isn't unique to women, though based on the body image conversations we tend to hear, it's easy to think so.
Rather than obsess over attaining thinness, however, men are more likely than women to consider themselves underweight, and focus on getting more muscle tone, studies suggest. But there is a range of expectations for what a "masculine" body should look like -- and negative associations with the ones that fall short. One study found that men linked being fat with "weakness of will," while being lean and muscular was associated with "feelings of confidence and power in social situations."
According to mental health experts, men may have a harder time accessing communication tools to express their insecurities and work through them. While there's recently been more cultural celebration of a diverse range of body types for men and women, for men to communicate openly about body concerns still carries a stigma.
In an effort to demonstrate that men of all ages and sizes struggle with body image, HuffPost Women photographed 19 men, from those in their 20s to their 60s, without their shirts and spoke candidly with them about their body hang-ups.
The NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, has banned a Sydney school from screening a film about children with gay parents during school hours.
Burwood Girls High in Sydney's inner-west planned on screening the film Gayby Baby to 1200 students on Friday morning as part of a statewide "Wear it Purple" day campaign of sexual inclusion in schools.
On Wednesday Mr Piccoli said he directed the Department of Education to ensure the film was not shown during school hours.
It’s been 10 years since the Drama DownUnder Campaign launched. We chat to Colin Batrouney from the Victorian AIDS Council (who also happened to art direct the campaign about the longest continuously running sexual health campaign in the country.
Are you ever frustrated that the underwear that actually fits your body's shape isn’t gendered the way you would want it to be? Panties too feminine for your taste? Boxers or briefs too masculine? If you're not into society's stereotypes for how you should dress your body, the limited underwear market is enough to make some of us want to go naked in protest. But since going commando isn't sustainable over the long term, which to compromise: style or fit?
Forget about that. Play Out underwear operates on the principle that you deserve a choice of stylish non-gendered print to stretch across your buns, in a cut that fits your body, whatever its parts may be. The first run of undies are being sold in small, medium, and large, but Play Out says larger sizes are high on its to-do list.
AS the debate and seemingly delayed march towards marriage equality in Australia continues, voices of support – in particularly from conservative supporters – are more vital than ever in making it a reality.
During his time as the Liberal-National Party’s state MP for Brisbane Central, an LGBTI-centric electorate, Robert Cavallucci was a vocal supporter of marriage equality within a government — the former Campbell Newman government — that was sometimes criticised for its lack of progressive work for the community.
THE Australian trans* community is mourning the loss of Kathy Anne Noble, described as a passionate and courageous “icon” who worked intensely behind the scenes advocating for trans* rights, following her death last week in Brisbane.
Noble — who also founded the trans* resource Changeling Aspects, and authored the book Two Lives: A Transsexual’s Story and the Fight for Recognition — was seen as a leading figure in the national trans* community, committed to ensuring it had a voice in the broader LGBTI and Australian community.
The United Nations Security Council will hold its first ever meeting on gay rights to discuss the terrorist group Islamic State’s persecution of sexual minorities.
The meeting, hailed by human rights groups as a significant step forward, will take place later today.
US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, said that the meeting will focus on “ISIL and its systematic targeting of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) persons who find themselves in ISIL-controlled territory.”
Seven's national political editor, Mark Riley has suggested sources have informed him the Prime Minister Tony Abbott has conceded the best option for a people’s vote on marriage equality will be a plebiscite and is said to have pushed aside the notion of a referendum on the issue.
Riley broke the news in an exclusive on Seven on the weekend.
Marriage equality advocates have welcomed the news, saying same-sex marriage was never a constitutional issue.
This weekend I turn 25 and, as a paid-up member of the homosexual community, that means I am perilously close to witnessing my own funeral.
Sorry Michael, I couldn't disagree more. This is a common trope/joke amongst (young) gay men but it's rubbish. Life as a gay man gets better and better with every passing year: you care less about what others think; your relationships become richer and more meaningful; and your life, work and relationship options only increase.
The Queensland Government is investigating lowering the age of consent for anal sex to 16, in line with laws covering most other consensual sexual activity.
Queensland remains the only state in Australia to legislate differences between vaginal and anal sex, with the age of consent for "carnal knowledge" set at 16, while anal sex, referred to as sodomy in the legislation, remains at 18.
Christopher Pyne and Malcolm Turnbull have taken a public stand on same-sex marriage, as the only two ministers to come in to Parliament and sit on the frontbench as Warren Entsch introduced his cross-party bill on the reform.
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