WHILE the Queensland Labor party last week offered a range of promises aimed at wooing LGBTI voters across the state, the Liberal National Party (LNP) government have offered fewer commitments and no new policies in the lead up to this Saturday’s state election.
On the other end of the political spectrum, the Greens have also announced a list of LGBTI policies in their effort to improve their third-party presence in a state where they have traditionally struggled.
The history of queer representation on television is a complicated one. Prior to the 1960s, queer people typically appeared in non-fiction programming, portrayed either as oddities or spectres drifting through society – menacing and invisible. Since then, scripted or fictional shows have incorporated LGBTI characters more and more, first as either victims or perpetrators of violence on shows like N.Y.P.D. and Marcus Welby, M.D., and eventually as ‘real’ people on shows like Soap, thirtysomething, Ellen, Will & Grace and Queer as Folk.
This tendency towards buffness is a cultural phenomenon defined by author and journalist Mark Simpson as “spornosexuality”. The term, denoting men who strive to look like sportsmen or porn stars, marks the next stage in the evolution of the preening, mediated “metrosexual” (a word Simpson introduced to the public consciousness in a 1994 article in The Independent, then popularised in a 2002 piece for US news site salon.com).
Today, HIV infections are completely treatable thanks to antiretroviral medication. Only problem is these drugs must be taken on a regular basis for them to remain effective, and for many HIV-positive individuals throughout the world, this simply isn’t possible. A new antiretroviral drug called cabotegravir, however, may solve this widespread problem, since it only requires injection once every three months.
Gender can only really be a personal choice—everyone has a gender identity, whether that means you see yourself as a “career woman” or a “man’s man”. How we think of ourselves isn’t usually that relevant when it comes to the state, but for trans people it can mean there is a conflict. So much time is wasted on changing documentation when people transition genders, but why do we even have to have a legal gender? Why even have someone’s gender on their passport? Why can’t we just be people first and foremost. Sometimes it’s hard to see outside the system, but the people who aren’t treated well by that system are often the ones to point out it flaws. Feminists were the first to question: why do we have Mrs and Miss when a man is just plain old Mr? Now trans activists are asking, why do we have to have a gendered title at all? It’s an interesting debate that will only grow as more and more people challenge what it means to be a man or a woman.
So the Republican establishment is breathing easy now that the Supreme Court is on the verge of issuing a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, thus taking the question out of nasty old politics? “I think it’s probably going to be a relief,” a Republican committeeman from California told Jeremy W. Peters and Jonathan Martin of The New York Times, explaining that with such a ruling, “then it’s off the table.” Praise the Lord and thank the court.
You have to admire the chutzpah of party operatives whose national platform calls for limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples, and for whom denouncing “judicial activism” is usually as natural as saluting the flag, lining up right behind the justices who they hope will relieve them of the pesky problem of choosing sides in a fast-fading culture war.
But the Republicans’ sighs of relief are premature: not because the court will let them down by sending the marriage issue back to the states (of course it may, but I doubt it will), but because marriage equality isn’t the end of the story. It is only, to borrow from Winston Churchill, the end of the beginning.
A recently published study connects the dots between the disproportionate rate of mental health problems among gay and bisexual men and their equally disproportionate rate of HIV infection. It suggests that to be effective, HIV prevention efforts must first support our mental health, rather than simply try to discourage risky sexual behavior.
With the Supreme Court seemingly poised to settle the legal question regarding same-sex marriages once and for all, Fox News host Shepherd Smith argued on Friday that the issue parallels that of civil rights for communities of color.
“Not in every case, but in most cases, the same states which were fighting integration are fighting this as well,” Smith told Wall Street Journal associate editor John Bussey. “Those states which always seem to be behind the curve for reasons which are explainable and understandable. Those are the places where this is gonna turn out to be the most difficult, especially if the Supreme Court stays with what has seemed to be a trend toward inclusion and away from discrimination.”
Using anonymized data from U.S. users who say they are in relationships, Facebook found that the average age difference in gay couples tends to get bigger the older people get. Those in their early 20s have an average age difference in their relationships of about two to three years, but once people get into their 40s, that average age gap increases to about seven years. The age difference increases for older male-female couples, too (shown in red below), though not by as much. (Remember, this is self-reported data from people who make their relationship status public on Facebook.)
The practical effect of a Supreme Court decision agreeing with the 6th Circuit would be a seismic disruption and dislocation of the tax system. The justices are smart people; they deal with tax law nearly every year and even mentioned this tax problem in an earlier same-sex marriage case, so they presumably know this. It follows that the Supreme Court may have already decided it will not affirm the 6th Circuit.
The organisers of Midsumma Carnival, along with members of the community, are disappointed and “appalled” after a record attendance at the festival opening event only managed to donate an average of 10 cents per person.
Although the event is free, Carnival attendees are encouraged to donate a gold coin on entry to help cover the costs of the festival, which costs Midsumma between $300,000-400,000, and equates to half the operating cost of the entire festival.
“I went online to look for guys working as escorts and who were willing to work with me on this project,” award-winning photographer Ernst Coppejans tells Queerty in an exclusive interview. “In the Netherlands prostitution is legal. In Amsterdam we have the famous red light district. Only women work there, however.”
Coppejans lives and works in Amsterdam. Before becoming a professional photographer, he studied Art History at the University of Amsterdam and Styling and Design at Artemis Academy. His photo series Gay Escorts features stunning images of male sex workers in Amsterdam.
This statement comes from community consultation I did recently with HIV-positive gay men on how they feel they’re being affected by using crystal meth, otherwise known as ice, or tina in the queer community.
But Crystal’s dull, antique disdain for gay sex actually manages to crystallise a very important, progressive point: not only is there not “too much” gayness in media, gayness doesn’t go anywhere near far enough. Back up the gay truck and just flood the place. It’s about time.
In the 1970s, gay people joyously defined themselves out in the open for the first time in our culture’s history. The gay lib movement, largely sparked by the 1969 Stonewall riots, gave a new opportunity for expression, especially in cities like San Francisco.
Combine that with a pre-AIDS existence, and it made for one hell of a party.
Photographer Hal Fisher was especially interested in these newfound gay signifiers, and as part of his 1977 publication Gay Semiotics, he provided detailed itemized descriptions of the gay experience in San Francisco at the time. Note the very early use of the term “basic gay,” though we’re guessing he didn’t mean it quite the same way.
As part of his closing remarks, Fry insisted that Queen Elizabeth II's pardon of Turing in 2013 — which happened only after a vocal campaign by a new generation of his countrymen — was just the start of what should be done to honor Turing (he called for Turing to appear on the back of the next British 10 Pound bank note, as Imitation Game star Benedict Cumberbatch and others also have), and also an action that should be accorded to the tens of thousands of other Brits who may not have been math geniuses or war heroes but were also prosecuted by their country for being gay.
In retrospect, the entire show’s treatment of LGBTQ issues is awful, a fault pointedly illustrated by the exhaustive clip-compilation “Homophobic Friends.” But Chandler’s treatment of his gay father, a Vegas drag queen played by Kathleen Turner, is especially appalling, and it’s not clear the show knows it. It’s one thing for Chandler to recall being embarrassed as a kid, but he is actively resentful and mocking of his loving, involved father right up until his own wedding (to which his father is initially not invited!). Even a line like “Hi, Dad” is delivered with vicious sarcasm. Monica eventually cajoles him into a grudging reconciliation, which the show treats as an acceptably warm conclusion. But his continuing discomfort now reads as jarringly out-of-place for a supposedly hip New York thirtysomething—let alone a supposedly good person, period.
The gay cake wars are, by a long shot, the stupidest thing I have ever covered. They are so inane that they make me want to quit my job and become a bricklayer in a faraway country with no Internet connection. I, along with the rest of America, would surely be much happier, healthier, and more fulfilled if we never had to contemplate the gay cake wars again. In light of this exhaustion, I am offering a truce.
Rick Owen's AW15 menswear show in Paris focused around a showing of manhood in a literal sense. Namely, the famed designer sent his legion of male models down the runway, sans underwear, with their front junk on display.
While bisexuals are gaining political ground and visibility—Congress has its first openly bisexual member, Representative Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), and in 2013, there was a White House roundtable on bisexuality—not everyone gets it.
Researchers in Brazil have determined that the “Cowgirl Position” a.k.a. woman on top, riding the man, is responsible for more than half of penis fractures. (note: for the sake of accuracy we’re using the researchers’ terms of man and woman despite the fact that there are other possible and common combinations of the sexes.) Maybe a fracture doesn’t sound like the biggest deal in the world (hey! it ain’t broken). But the extra detail that half of the men who experience a penis fracture hear an audible snap adds quite the visceral detail. It’s also extremely painful.
Since the Supreme Court’s order Friday agreeing to hear four same-sex marriage cases, some professors and reporters have raised a troubling possibility: Could the Court have “stacked the deck” against full marriage equality by the way it phrased the “questions presented” by the cases? These are framed in terms of the states’ powers rather than of individual rights. These court watchers have suggested that they may point to a “compromise” that would mean less than full marriage equality—that is, a holding that states must recognize marriages performed by other states but may continue to refuse to marry same-sex coulples themselves.
Others, including Supreme Court go-to guy Michael Dorf of Cornell, suggest that the editing simply aligns the diverse cases and claims around a common set of issues. I incline to the Dorf view. The Court is, after all, combining four different lawsuits, each with its own parties and briefs, into one. But it’s worth thinking about how the change, if somehow deliberate, might play out in an opinion by, say, the Court’s bull elk, Justice Anthony Kennedy.