Now lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) has been adopted by what was traditionally called the gay media to describe all people who are part of our community. 30 years ago the correct title was the gay. Then it became queer. And now it’s a long acronym. But since when did LGBTI become the new black? The last time I checked, queer was the catch-all. Since the 90s, activists decided that even though gay men make up most of the queer population (if we can believe Kinsey and all the other official statistical studies of the last 100 years), it would be more politically correct to put lesbians first, even though they should be second in percentage value, gays second, and then the other tiny percentages should be added incrementally to form an acronym that even the panel members admitted was a mouthful and that their straight colleagues in the mainstream media struggled with.
Panel members also mentioned that the awkward acronym was not a stable entity but in constant threat of changing. Facebook was mentioned as having introduced a mind boggling 58 genders and one journalist suggested that A for asexual could be added to the mix and that Q was also a possible extra. At this point in the discussion I turned to my friend, Greg, and he gave me the same frustrated and bewildered look of “what the?” Like him, I hadn’t turned up on a weekday evening to listen to experts have an academic discussion about the alphabet.
On HBO’s Looking, Scott Bakula plays Lynn, the older, wiser, super-handsome guy Dom should be with for no other reason than that mustachewould look great on the arm of Mr. Quantum Leap. There’s only one episode left this season, and we really need for Dom to get it together, stop being a selfish jerk, and give us the happy ending we deserve before the year-long hiatus. Fingers crossed. Vulture spoke with Bakula, whom Margaret Lyons early on declared the best part of the budding comedy, about what’s going on in Lynn’s head (nothing says I love you like pot and cartoons!) and why next season, he’s hoping to do some singing and dancing.
As barriers to legal equality seem to be falling like dominoes in the United States, it's easy for LGBT Americans and their allies to feel a sense of giddiness. But even as the momentum in the U.S. seems to be accelerating in the right direction, a disturbing countertrend has emerged in other countries, where justice for LGBT people is being dismissed as a "Western" assault on "traditional values" and alarming new laws are literally threatening the very lives of LGBT people and their allies.
Twitter isn't just a place to share details about our lives and retweet Oscar selfies; research has suggested the social media site could also play a useful role in tracking diseases, such as the flu. And now, a new study shows it could be a tool in HIV prevention and detection.
Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles tracked sex and HIV risk-related tweets and then linked those tweets with geographical data on HIV around the U.S. They found an association between the counties with the most HIV cases and tweets indicating risky behavior.
On Wednesday, the Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf penned a lively response to my recent piece explaining Ross Douthat’s canny and dishonest defense of homophobia. In my original post, I casually noted that when a business owner denies gay people service because they’re gay, he qualifies as a bigot. Friedersdorf takes issue with this claim, which he believes “is itself prejudice rooted in ignorance.” I beg to differ.
Recent judicial decisions have made one thing very clear: Gay and lesbian couples will soon be able to marry in all 50 states. Even Maggie Gallagher, one of the staunchest opponents of marriage equality, has admitted defeat—sort of. As she’s said, the only remaining question is whether the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor will be this generation’s Brown v. Board of Education or its Roe v. Wade. In other words, will the ruling come to be broadly accepted as an affirmation of basic equality and fairness (Brown), or will it become a flashpoint for serious and sustained pushback (Roe)?
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.
Despite the fact that a legitimate "queer games scene" has developed on the outskirts of the game industry, the mainstream has remained hesitant to create even a single gay protagonist. There are many openly gay developers working at large game companies, however, so why the industry is so loath to introduce these voices into their work remains a mystery.
Perhaps no transgender issue brings out more anger than the idea of transgender women competing in athletics. This was evident again when a female transgender CrossFit athlete was told, in writing, by the CrossFit governing body that she cannot compete as a woman. She in turn filed suit. However, the most disturbing part of this incident is the offensive and ignorant language used by CrossFit in their letter of explanation ...
Can you believe that somehow the Queen of England has never said anything publicly about gay and lesbian people? Yes, that’s right. The monarch of a country where just about everyone seems pretty gay anyway has only just now acknowledged that we exist.
And why now? Because it’s the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard, a British nonprofit that offers support to LGBTs by phone. It’s the oldest British LGBT charity still in existence. Queen Elizabeth issued a statement of congratulation to the group, the first time she’s ever had anything to say about a gay charity.
Elizabeth joins the Prime Minister and Mayor of London in marking the occasion.
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.