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From Haight Street to Sesame Street: The Evolution of AIDS in Pop Culture

From Haight Street to Sesame Street: The Evolution of AIDS in Pop Culture | Gay News | Scoop.it
As the face of the disease has changed, so has art that portrays it.
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“I’d go out in public wearing tight pants to shock people”: Life as the man with the world’s largest penis

“I’d go out in public wearing tight pants to shock people”: Life as the man with the world’s largest penis | Gay News | Scoop.it
Jonah Falcon boasts 13.5 inches, but otherwise he’s just an average overworked American who dreams of so much more
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Gay man to have sex with someone new everyday for a year…for art

Gay man to have sex with someone new everyday for a year…for art | Gay News | Scoop.it

A gay man is to have sex with someone new everyday for a year as part of an art piece.


Mischa Badasyan, a 26-year-old performance artist born in Russia but based in Berlin, hopes the ‘performance’ will challenge ideas of sexuality and homosexuality in the age of dating apps.


But while you may think his project, entitled ‘Save The Date’, is just an extreme way of getting some action, it was apparently inspired by the ‘gay condition’, Taiwanese artists and French philosophy.

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Gay Marriage – When Legal – Will Bring Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars To States, Study Shows

Gay Marriage – When Legal – Will Bring Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars To States, Study Shows | Gay News | Scoop.it

Same-sex marriage, when legal, will bring an estimated $783.6 million to the economies of just thirteen states in the first three years, a new study finds. The huge economic impact cannot be ignored. The study, by UCLA's Williams Institute, used census and other data to make its projections.


Texas alone would see a three-year economic benefit of $181,600,000. 


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Equalising the right to donate blood is the next frontier for UK gay rights

Equalising the right to donate blood is the next frontier for UK gay rights | Gay News | Scoop.it

The equal marriage legislation passed in this parliament will bring happiness to many couples who, for the first time, regardless of sexual orientation, can marry the one they love. For LGBT people across the UK, a social revolution has taken place. Bullying and stigma about homosexuality has been reduced and equality has become more of a reality. But the cause of equality still has barriers to break.


If you are a gay man and have not been celibate for 12 months or more, you are banned from donating blood, even if you have been practising safe sex. By contrast, if you are straight but promiscuous with multiple partners and practising unsafe sex, you can. This is wrong.

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Is Tennessee's Ruling Against Gay Marriage a Setback for the Cause?

Is Tennessee's Ruling Against Gay Marriage a Setback for the Cause? | Gay News | Scoop.it

The great streak of court victories for gay marriage was broken on Tuesday: A state court in Kingston, Tennessee, became the first to uphold a state ban on gay marriage since the Supreme Court’s decision last year in United States v. Windsor

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Trans, transgender, cisgender: we are what we name ourselves

Trans, transgender, cisgender: we are what we name ourselves | Gay News | Scoop.it

Transgender and gender non-conforming lives are becoming increasingly visible. Debate about the lives and legitimacy of trans people is being conducted in the most mainstream of media outlets: Time magazine magazine is discussing Laverne Cox, People is featuring model Andrej Pejic’s sex reassignment surgery, and the New Yorker is taking on the fraught relationship between trans activists and radical feminists.


Trans people may be in the news – but the terms we use to discuss gender aren’t always well understood. To better understand the debate about gender diversity, we need to look more closely at the language we use, especially terms such as trans and cisgender.

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Brisbane G20 summit: Vladimir Putin to be confronted with gay pride statement

Brisbane G20 summit: Vladimir Putin to be confronted with gay pride statement | Gay News | Scoop.it

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin would be greeted with a giant letter “B” adorned with bright pink sequins if he comes to Brisbane for the G20 world leaders’ summit.


Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says a 3m-high sign spelling “Brisbane”, with input from a gay pride group, will reflect the state’s diversity.


“We’ve got to make a statement about who we are, what we stand for, what we believe,” he said today.


“We’re a tolerant, culturally diverse community.


“We’re all very proud of that and that’s important.”


Brisbane Pride Festival president Peter Black hopes the bright pink, sequined first “B” in “Brisbane” makes Mr Putin reflect on Russia’s anti-gay laws, and the welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

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Gay Singer Ryan Dolan, Releases Powerful Music Video About Two Gay Teens Hiding Their Love

Gay Singer Ryan Dolan, Releases Powerful Music Video About Two Gay Teens Hiding Their Love | Gay News | Scoop.it

Ryan Dolan, who came out as gay after appearing on Ireland’s Eurovision Song Contest last year, has released a powerful music video for his new single “Start Again.”


The music video focuses on two gay teens who are hiding their love for each other from their friends and family, and the consequences of their actions.

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Waiting On Hollywood's LGBTQ Literacy: An Interview with Amy Sohn

Waiting On Hollywood's LGBTQ Literacy: An Interview with Amy Sohn | Gay News | Scoop.it

In Amy Sohn’s new novel, The Actress, a millennial starlet is explicitly cast as the girlfriend of an older, closeted gay male heartthrob. Maddy Freed, an indie actress whose star is on the rise, is invited to read for an Oscar-worthy movie role opposite Steven Weller, two decades her senior. Maddy is instantly taken with Steven, a celebrated actor with a multi-decade career.


Steven has always been ripe for tabloid fodder given the endurance of his career. But despite cycling through an array of girlfriends (and one wife) over the years, gay rumors tail him constantly. Maddy, aware of the rumors, dismisses them as such and pursues a romantic relationship anyway. But as the two actors pursue different projects and end up shooting in different locations, Steven’s gay rumors resurface again and again in the tabloids, with even Maddy second-guessing the legitimacy of their relationship.


I emailed with Amy about queer representation in the media and celebrity narratives.

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HIV specialist: “Two-faced” treatment of Queensland AIDS Council by health minister

HIV specialist: “Two-faced” treatment of Queensland AIDS Council by health minister | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE Queensland Health Minister has been accused of “two-faced” discriminatory practice involving Queensland AIDS Council and their being made to pay for rapid HIV testing kits while other health service providers access them for free.


The remarks came from leading Brisbane-based HIV and AIDS specialist Dr Wendell Rosevear, who, in a statement to the Star Observer, criticised state health minister Lawrence Springborg of unfair treatment to the organisation he defunded in 2012.

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15 Songs You Never Realized Were About Bottoming

15 Songs You Never Realized Were About Bottoming | Gay News | Scoop.it
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Why We Don't Know the Size of the Transgender Population

Why We Don't Know the Size of the Transgender Population | Gay News | Scoop.it

In 2001, Kerith Conron was working on LGBT issues in Boston’s health department. She discovered that homeless transgender people were sleeping on benches because the shelters, which were segregated by gender, didn’t know what to do with them. As a result, transgender people weren’t included in the city’s assessment of who needed shelter.


Conron, now a research scientist at the Fenway Institute, a research center specializing in LGBT health, says going uncounted means being overlooked, “and if you’re overlooked, you’re at greater risk of being underserved.” But how we count matters, too. She believes that quantifying a community at the city or even the state level isn’t enough — national statistics are necessary to truly understand the number of transgender Americans and their needs.


There are signs that American society is increasingly willing to acknowledge the transgender community. In February, no less a cultural force than Facebook added more than 50 custom gender options — from gender nonconforming to pangender — for its users.


But counting the transgender population nationally remains a steep challenge. The U.S. Census Bureau doesn’t ask who is transgender,1 nor do the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But even if they did, the responses might not be reliable because some people are afraid to answer, while others disagree on what “transgender” even means. If you see someone cite a statistic about transgender people in the United States, you’re seeing a rough estimate at best.

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A Technicality, Not a Change of Heart, Defeated Uganda's Anti-Gay Law

A Technicality, Not a Change of Heart, Defeated Uganda's Anti-Gay Law | Gay News | Scoop.it

Uganda's horrible law punishing "aggravated homosexuality" has been ruled illegal — not because anyone had a change of heart, but thanks to a procedural technicality. 


The Constitutional Court ruled that a law passed earlier this year punishing "aggravated homosexuality" and the "promotion of homosexuality" with life imprisonment is illegal. According to the BBC, the law was annulled because not enough members of parliament were present to vote for the bill. "The speaker was obliged to ensure that there was a quorum," the court ruling reads. "We come to the conclusion that she acted illegally."


The ruling was in response to a case filed by activists who argued the law was passed illegally and violated discrimination protections in the country's constitution, according to ABC News. The court said that since the law was passed illegally in the first place, it wouldn't rule on whether it was discriminatory. 


This is just a small step for human rights in Uganda. The February anti-homosexuality law only increased punishment on existing laws — being gay is still illegal. The annulled law was just more detailed: "aggravated homosexuality" included having sex while HIV-positive and was punishable with life imprisonment, and promoting homosexuality could get 5-7 years in prison. 


The ruling also doesn't reflect a change in the way Ugandans view homosexuality. Supporters of the law argued that this was the West pushing its ideas on the country — several western countries withdrew aid after the ruling. That argument is ironic,considering it was American evangelicals who helped craft the law in the first place. 

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Is Kink a Sexual Orientation?

Is Kink a Sexual Orientation? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Is kink a sexual orientation? I think it is—and if I’m right, the pearl-clutching mobs’ concern that fictional depictions of BDSM will lure sexually normative people into our lifestyle are as absurd as the fear that Brokeback Mountain would tempt straight people into the subversive fringe lifestyle it portrays. (Shepherding, of course. What did you think I meant?)


Many people, including Dan Savage—who, to be clear, is a vocal and consistent source of advice, support, and advocacy for kinky people—have questioned whether kink qualifies as an orientation. As Savage argued, “While some kinksters identify strongly with their kinks and are open about their sexual interests, being into baby bonnets or bondage isn't about who you love, it's about how you love.”

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Gay Men and the Curse of the Peter Pan Syndrome

Gay Men and the Curse of the Peter Pan Syndrome | Gay News | Scoop.it

The gay community is great at a lot of things. We are experts at fashion, we are brilliant at design, we are flawless in social networking, and we are professionals when it comes to throwing a party. As a community we thrive under pressure. As a whole we have beaten the odds with almost everything thrown our way. But one thing I have realized in my social note taking is that we are absolutely horrible when it comes to growing up.

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Why Conservatives Should Launch a Campaign to Ban Divorce

Why Conservatives Should Launch a Campaign to Ban Divorce | Gay News | Scoop.it

If you spend a lot of time reading conservative polemics against gay marriage, you’ll notice a certain pattern. In an effort to distance themselves from accusations of homophobia, anti-gay activists frame their quest as a broad one—not an attack on gay people’s rights, but a defense of “traditional” marriage. If this claim is really true, there’s a simple way to prove it: Don’t just fight to ban gay marriage; ban divorce, too.

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Gay Palestinians In Israel: The ‘Invisible Men’

Gay Palestinians In Israel: The ‘Invisible Men’ | Gay News | Scoop.it
On the run from their Palestinian families, living illegally in Israel—treated by both sides as the enemy—gays from the Palestinian territories can’t go home again.
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Growing old with HIV: 'I'm in my 30th year of sickness. For the last 23, I've thought about death almost every day'

Growing old with HIV: 'I'm in my 30th year of sickness. For the last 23, I've thought about death almost every day' | Gay News | Scoop.it

Scott Jordan was diagnosed with HIV in 1984 – the same year the virus was identified as the cause of Aids. Like other long-term survivors, he saw many of his HIV-positive friends die before effective treatment became available in the mid-1990s. 

Jordan now faces health complications from his medication's side effects and aging. He also worries that young people, who account for approximately 1 in every 4 new HIV infections in the United States, are less aware of the problems the illness can cause. 

'I'm trying not to make HIV my whole life, and it's very challenging. But I'm making some headway,' Jordan told the Guardian's Ana Terra Athayde and Dominic Rushe.

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The 50 Most LGBT-Friendly Universities in the United States

The 50 Most LGBT-Friendly Universities in the United States | Gay News | Scoop.it

hese 50 universities are making strides in providing a safe environment, especially for LGBTstudents.


Non-profit organization Campus Pride released a list of the most LGBT-friendly colleges and universities in the United States based on each school's ratings in LGBT student academic, housing and various other campus life factors.

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Coffee king seeks to make amends through LGBTI festival sponsorship

Coffee king seeks to make amends through LGBTI festival sponsorship | Gay News | Scoop.it

BRISBANE “coffee king” Phillip Di Bella, who made news in June over a series of homophobic slurs on social media, has entered into a sponsorship deal with the upcoming Brisbane Pride Festival in an effort to illustrate his support for the LGBTI community.


Di Bella made headlines following the second State of Origin match with expletive-laden posts to his Facebook and Twitter accounts that featured anti-gay language.

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Survey: A third of US teens don't realize HIV is an STD

Survey: A third of US teens don't realize HIV is an STD | Gay News | Scoop.it

Nearly nine in 10 US teens say they're not at risk for HIV, according to a new MAC AIDS Fund survey.


It's true HIV affects a very small portion (less than 1 percent) of the US population, but health experts warn that the lack of awareness about the disease could be one of several factors driving an increase in HIV diagnoses and infections among youth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says young people ages 13 to 24 make up approximately one in four new HIV infections in the US, and about 60 percent of those infected don't know they have the disease.

The MAC AIDS Fund's survey of more than 1,000 US teens ages 12 to 17 found 88 percent of respondents don't think they're at risk of getting HIV in their lifetimes.

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Brisbane Pride Festival and Queensland Pride partner for 2014

Brisbane Pride Festival and Queensland Pride partner for 2014 | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queensland Pride will be joining forces with Brisbane Pride to produce the annual Pride Guide for the 2014 festival.


The new partnership will enable Brisbane Pride Festival to cement its position as the leading LGBTI cultural festival in Queensland, reaching the state’s diverse LGBTI communities with extensive and regular coverage of the 2014 festival in Queensland Pride.

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Nominations open for Brisbane Pride Festival memorial fund grants

Nominations open for Brisbane Pride Festival memorial fund grants | Gay News | Scoop.it

GRANT nominations for one of Brisbane Pride Festival’s most significant community contributions, the Kal Collins Memorial Fund, have officially opened as time draws near for the festival’s premier annual event.


After it was established in 2012 to commemorate the memory of a well-respected community member Kal Collins, who died in 2011, the fund’s sole purpose has been to raise money and support organisations and groups in the Brisbane community that work to improve LGBTI mental health and raise awareness of suicide prevention.


Brisbane Pride president Peter Black said that the memorial fund was an important initiative of the association to tackle a serious issue within the community.

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Gay men draw vaginas, illustrate the mysteries of female sexuality

Gay men draw vaginas, illustrate the mysteries of female sexuality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Three years ago, writer Shannon O’Malley was having dinner at a Thai restaurant with her friend and professional collaborator, Keith Wilson, when their mealtime conversation turned to the topic of vaginas. O’Malley asked Wilson, a gay man, to sketch his own version of a vagina on their paper tablecloth. Wilson obliged, only to be critiqued and ridiculed for his laughable illustration. His boyfriend followed suit and the critiquing continued, turning into a long night of “vag chat” as Wilson recently told BuzzFeed.


It didn’t end there. O’Malley and Wilson joked about the drawings and started to ask other gay men they knew to come up with their own illustrations, which eventually prompted the two to branch out to the larger gay male community in their home of San Francisco. They set up drawing stations in some of the city’s prominent queer neighborhoods and created a Tumblr to post the responses, which they aptly called Gay Men Draw Vaginas. Before long, O’Malley and Wilson had hundreds and hundreds of vagina sketches by gay men from around the world.


Now, the pair is raising money to fund a coffee table book of collected drawings, which they’ve divided into sections based on common themes: there will be a “monsters” section, an “80′s vag section” and a “mystery section,” which could be the largest in the book without surprising anyone. As O’Malley explained to Vocativ, one of the most impressive parts of the project has been these mystery, or simply more abstract, drawings, because they most successfully transform vaginas into art ...

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What’s So Bad About a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress?

What’s So Bad About a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress? | Gay News | Scoop.it

There have always been people who defy gender norms. Late-19th-century medical literature described female “inverts” as appallingly straightforward, with a “dislike and sometimes incapacity for needlework” and “an inclination and taste for the sciences”; male inverts were “entirely averse to outdoor games.” By the mid-20th century, doctors were trying “corrective therapy” to extinguish atypical gender behaviors. The goal was preventing children from becoming gay or transgender, a term for those who feel they were born in the wrong body.

Many parents and clinicians now reject corrective therapy, making this the first generation to allow boys to openly play and dress (to varying degrees) in ways previously restricted to girls — to exist in what one psychologist called “that middle space” between traditional boyhood and traditional girlhood. These parents have drawn courage from a burgeoning Internet community of like-minded folk whose sons identify as boys but wear tiaras and tote unicorn backpacks. Even transgender people preserve the traditional binary gender division: born in one and belonging in the other. But the parents of boys in that middle space argue that gender is a spectrum rather than two opposing categories, neither of which any real man or woman precisely fits.

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