Without the star power, location, and timing of the trial against California’s Proposition 8, the trial against Michigan’s marriage amendment has taken place under the radar. A decision in coming weeks could change all that.
We don’t always think about men when we think about eating disorders. But in the queer male community, these disorders are quietly at epidemic levels — gay men are up to three times more likely than heterosexuals to have a clinical or subclinical eating disorder. Statistics from the International Journal of Eating Disorders suggests that 15% of gay or bisexual men have struggled with disordered eating habits throughout their lives, including binge eating, anorexia and bulimia. Of men who struggle with eating disorders, around 42% identify as gay or bisexual. And research shows that eating disorders are the most lethal of all psychiatric illnesses.
A two-year study gives scientific credence to what many have long suspected: HIV positive guys who are on treatment and have an undetectable viral load are not giving HIV to their partners, not matter how hard they try. The study strengthens the belief that “treatment as prevention” is one of the most effective ways to stop new infections.
Nostalgic for a world where your consumption of porn didn't come solely from the internet? Adam Baran's 1994-set short film "Jackpot" -- which has been making the LGBT film festival rounds for the past year (winning best short in Miami) -- is available to watch for free online, and it makes for a stroll down that particular memory lane (and is a fun watch either way). Following a teenage boy who hears about a stack of gay porn hidden across down and then goes on a mission to find it (dealing with some bullies along the way). With a lovely little message of self-empowerment to boot, "Jackpot" is definitely worth your next 8 minutes ...
This has been an historic week for same-sex rights in America. Judges in both Texas andKentucky — two states generally thought to be very conservative — ruled on cases and passed decisions striking down discriminatory laws against same-sex couples and breaking down a number of barriers faced by the LGBT communities in these states. Texas' ruling on Wednesday is the sixth in a row to rule marriage discrimination unconstitutional in America since the Supreme Court said the federal government must recognize same-sex marriage last June in United States v. Windsor
With this latest ruling, the majority of the American population (roughly 51.33%) live in states that either allow same-sex marriage or have stayed rulings to allow same-sex marriage.
Here's what the judges in the six most recent rulings said in their decisions.
A gay boy chasing love in West Africa—considering my reputation as a foul-mouthed drag queen, my friends didn’t think it was a good idea. But in early February, I did it anyway. I took time off from my nightmare job, packed lash curlers and a Summer’s Eve douche, and went to see a boy in Dakar. I wanted to forget what I’d heard about the recent anti-gay violence in Senegal, Cameroon, and Nigeria; I wanted to start living my damn life. But even as I boarded my plane, I still wondered: Would a homo like me—one who wears a hint of makeup even when she’s out of drag—be safe on “the most homophobic continent” on earth?
A new survey examining America's shifting attitudes on LGBT rights pinpoints two major factors that seem to be influencing a dramatic move towards support for same-sex marriage. One of those, perhaps the most important, is a pretty huge leap in the number of Americans who say they personally have a gay or lesbian friend or family member.
On Wednesday, the Public Religion Research Institute released a sweeping survey about American attitudes toward LGBT issues. Using 2003, the year Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage, as a point of comparison, the editors show how opinions about gay marriage and other related topics have changed in recent years. They also analyze where major religious groups, from Catholics to Jews, stand on the issue right now. Here are 10 takeaways from their report ...
BRISBANE’S Big Gay Day will take over the streets for the 14th time tomorrow.
The event will see Fortitude Valley’s Alden St transform into a big and gay party on Sunday — and all for a great cause. It has raised around $250,000 for grassroots LGBTI community groups, and its success rests with hundreds of volunteers and three talented operators that built it from nothing.
Following months of hype and nearly unprecedented anticipation from the LGBT community, it’s perhaps inevitable that some gay viewers were disappointed by Looking when it premiered in January. It seems they weren’t prepared for the deliberately-paced naturalism of the first few episodes. Many, however, continued watching through the next few episodes hoping in the back of their minds that it would get better. Then…it did!
The past two episodes have been lively enough to restore faith in those who doubted the show and to make all of us look forward to the recently announced season two. If you were one of the viewers who looked elsewhere after the first few episodes, here are five reasons you should reconsider
Another baby born with H.I.V. and treated with drugs shortly after birth is now 9 months old and apparently H.I.V.-negative. The success of the treatment raises hopes for a path to rid babies of the virus that causes AIDS.
An open letter from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations
Dear Ambassador Ayo Olukanni,
Nigerian anti-gay legislation threatens to violate fundamental human rights and devastate the HIV response.
The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) is the national federation for communities affected by HIV in Australia. We work closely to support community-led responses in Asia and the Pacific to fight HIV, through prevention, testing and treatment.
On March 7, gay, lesbian and transgender activists from Nigeria have called for global support against the laws the criminalise individual gay, lesbian and transgender Nigerians and the support organisations that provide support to them. We and many Australians are deeply alarmed at the passing of this legislation. Gay, lesbian transgender Nigerians and organisations that support them need compassion and support from their government, not hatred and violence, which is being fuelled by the law and media-reporting.
The fight against HIV is critical for men who have sex with men, and it will not succeed for these men in Nigeria without laws that enable them to come forward, work together for support, and access health services that meet their needs.
AFAO believes the Nigerian government must repeal these laws, and support the rights of all its citizens, and the civil society that supports them. I ask you to pass our views to the Nigerian government on our behalf.
THE past 12 months has been a period of change for the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre, with a changing of the guard in the months preceding the world’s biggest ever HIV and AIDS conference to take place in Melbourne in July.
When I first saw Dallas Buyers Club back in October, my screening companion and I (both of us queer) went in with a fair amount of trepidation: On paper, the movie seemed like the kind of thing you might call “problematic.” For starters, DBC, which tells the true story of Ron Woodroof’s founding of an buyers club from which AIDS sufferers could purchase unapproved drugs, approaches the crisis from a homophobic straight man’s point-of-view—a risky, though not categorically bad, choice.* And then there’s Rayon, a composite transgender character who acts as Woodroof’s unlikely business partner. Obviously, trans representation remains a fraught exercise given the group’s history of being played for disgust or laughs, and casting a cisgender actor—especially a rather inarticulate one like Jared Leto—in the role didn’t bode well.
However, as the film went on, we were won over; so much so that by the end I was convinced that DBC was one of the best queer films I had ever seen.