BRISBANE City Council is to be congratulated for improving its relationship with the city’s LGBTI community, but there is more that can be done according to the leader of the city’s LGBTI action group.
Speaking directly to council earlier this week after posing with a number of councillors for a photo in a show of bipartisan support, Brisbane Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer Action Group (BLAG) convenor Phil Browne urged the council to offer more practical and tangible help to the city’s LGBTI community, citing the struggles that many continue to face on a daily basis.
A MOTION to request a restoration of funds to the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) and several other LGBTI-specific motions put forward by the Queensland branch of Rainbow Labor were all successfully — and unanimously — carried during last weekend’s state Labor conference in Brisbane.
In the latest Wonder Woman comic (released in digital format on Aug. 20), the feminist icon becomes the first DC hero to officiate a marriage between characters of the same gender.
After performing the ceremony, Wonder Woman schools Clark Kent on his provincial view of marriage. “I… didn’t know you’re a proponent of gay marriage?” Superman stammers. “Clark, my country is all women,” she retorts. “To us, it’s not ‘gay’ marriage, it’s just marriage.”
A ban on Queensland police marching in gay pride events in uniform has been lifted just weeks prior to the Brisbane Pride Festival.
Police commissioner Ian Stewart said when he was asked whether off-duty officers could attend the Brisbane Pride Festival march on September 19 in their Queensland Police Service uniforms, he had no hesitation in agreeing.
"In other states, police regularly are involved in those marches to show support and to show that we are a diverse community ourselves," he told Fairfax Media.
Comedy upstart Thomas Murphy is boldly going where other comedians dare not tread: death. Come and join him at The Murphy Family Wake. By Cec Busby.
He spent his childhood glued to the radio listening to Rove McManus; he cites The Glasshouse as a guilty pre-pubescent pleasure and lists as his comedy icons Jane Turner, Gina Riley and the crew from Working Dog. To say his taste in comedy is eclectic would be an understatement. Yet from out of this mishmash of influences, comedian Thomas Murphy has developed a biting sense of humour – one he is about to bring to bear on the subject of death.
For his new show, Murphy gently probes the notion of our glorious dead. What is it about death that makes us instantly idealise and glorify the dead? And what would happen if the dead person was actually a mean son of a bitch?
I have recently been confronting my personal issues with Truvada and in the process learning a lot about myself. But it got me wondering, what exactly will sex between men look like after HIV is effectively contained or eradicated? How will it affect gay male culture? And is that the goal of safe sex education and advocating for the use of PrEP?
Men of the world: Ever told a woman you couldn’t use a condom because it would make you lose your erection? Then it’s time to start formulating another excuse, as new research shows rubbers aren’t to blame for wilting wieners.
A study of nearly 500 heterosexual men aged 18-24 found that those who cited condoms as a barrier to an erection were more likely to be suffering from general erectile dysfunction whether they used a condom or not. Of those surveyed, 38 percent said condoms had no effect on their performance, while almost the same number reported problems either during application or sex itself.
“Condom-associated erection problems have been a very under-researched topic,” explained Dr. Cynthia Graham, co-author of the study, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. “Increasing evidence suggests, however, that they may influence whether condoms are used correctly or from start to finish of sex.”
Recently, in teenage internet circles, the phrase “Netflix and chill” has been inescapable.
It’s a phrase that means, roughly, “hooking up.” But it’s a lot more complicated than that. “Netflix and chill” is a classic case of social media-fueled semantic drift. It began as a plain, descriptive phrase (“Can’t wait to leave work so I can watch Netflix and chill!”), and stayed that way for several years before acquiring a loose sexual connotation (“Wanna come over for Netflix and chill? ;)”) and, eventually becoming a known code phrase (“He said he loves me, but I know he just wants to Netflix and chill”).
As with most recent internet slang, “Netflix and chill” seems to have originated on Black Twitter before migrating to Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, and the outer reaches of Memeland. And in a way, it’s the perfect teenage shibboleth. If you were 16, and your parents caught you texting “Netflix and chill?” to your girlfriend, they might think you were proposing an innocent night of watching Chopped on the couch.
Let’s take a look at how “Netflix and chill” became every teen’s favorite euphemism for getting it on.
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.
Monash University has become the first Go8 university to publicly support marriage equality. The Go8 is a collective of universities comprising the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, UNSW, the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, Monash University, the University of Adelaide and the University of Western Australia.
Grammar nerds have long been fighting over whether it is acceptable to use “they” as a gender-netural pronoun to replace he or she, but for the University of Tennessee the debate is settled. Not only it’s okay, it’s recommended—and so is the use of other gender-neutral pronouns, including ze, hir, hirs, and xe, xem, xyr.
These words, according to the university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion’s Pride Center, are only some of the “dozens of gender-neutral pronouns” available to English speakers. The office posted a handy primer on use and pronunciations for its staff to use.
Because I view the legalization of sex work as a vital human rights issue, I was irritated to see on Tuesday that the federal government had raided and shut down RentBoy.com, a male escort service. The Department of Homeland Security and the NYPD justified the bust by alleging that RentBoy was an “Internet brothel” that “made millions of dollars from the promotion of illegal prostitution.” That may be true. But for those of us who hold less than puritanical views on sex work, it’s hardly a principled justification for such a dramatic takedown.
Of all the cultural forms that gay men have created and elaborated since coalescing into a social group around the late 19th century, Polari, a full-fledged gay English dialect with roots among circus folk, sailors, and prostitutes, has to be one of the most fascinating—not least since it has faded along with the need for discretion and secrecy. While some words remain in common use—zhush or zhoosh (to adjust or embellish something to make it more pleasing) and trade (highly masculine or straight-acting sex partners) come to mind—the richness that we know once defined Polari is difficult to capture in 2015.
New York City, which has one of the country’s highest rates of new HIV infections, has been quietly cutting many of the prevention services needed to fight the epidemic, according to many AIDS advocates.
Over the past five years, the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has cut hundreds of thousands of HIV tests, closed several free STD clinics, and witnessed a significant rise in STDs such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, according to a report released to BuzzFeed News by two AIDS activist organizations, ACT UP and the Treatment Action Group. Visits to city-run STD clinics have also dropped by roughly one-third — a loss of 40,000 per year.
Muslim Arabs have some history with people who hold a culturally recognized third gender, including eunuchs who lived in the time of the prophet Muhammad and came into contact with him. But not in the modern period.
In March next year there will be an historic meeting in Brisbane of the LGBT Family Law Institute. The Institute is a group of credentialled family lawyers, based in the US, who have acted in and support LGBT clients and issues. It is ultimately affiliated with the American Bar Association.
It is hoped that family lawyers from across Australia, south-east Asia, New Zealand and the US will be attending. They will be able to discuss current family law issues, including marriage, adoption, surrogacy, who is a parent, and how the Family Law Courts deal with matters where one or both of the parents is LGBT.
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.
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