A Wickham spokesperson said: “We just didn’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable if approached with the survey questions.”
Why would a hotel that formed the nexus of Brisbane’s famous ‘Gay Days’ suddenly dump the survey after years of support? Its desire to attract a ‘mixed’ crowd has been well publicised, but it also claims to be retaining its LGBT identity. Such controversy so early on begs the question: Does the ‘new’ Wickham have any idea what that means?
What makes this PR blunder so interesting is the questions it raises about the changing nature and relevance of gay venues in Australia. With most of our bars and clubs facing tough times, what changes might it take to save them? Do they deserve to be saved at all?
HIV organisations in Queensland and sexual health experts have expressed disappointment and concern about the Wickham Hotel not allowing the COUNT study and Gay Community Periodic Survey (GCPS) from being conducted at the venue.
Queensland Positive People (QPP) and Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) were reportedly informed by management last week that “[the surveys] doesn’t fit with the new Wickham” and volunteers were denied access to the hotel.
One of Brisbane’s most iconic LGBTI-friendly venues, the Wickham only recently reopened following extensive renovations and its owner Coles expressed a desire to attract a mixed clientele.
What’s under the rainbow flag? All was revealed in Brisbane on Saturday.
Approximately 120 people attended the official launch and unveiling of Brisbane’s first ever permanent LGBTIQ artwork in the front grounds of the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre.
We were there to witness the excitement and anticipation as attendees waited for Brisbane Pride’s gigantic rainbow flag to be jointly removed by those who had involvement in the project to reveal the new artwork.
When natural disasters strike, the impact varies significantly across different social groups, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities are poorly accounted for in disaster management policy and practice.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Scott McKinnon on the different needs of the LGBTI community during a natural disaster event, and how emergency services, policy-makers and aid agencies can better respond to LGBTI populations.
A survey of 5,700 SAG-AFTRA members has found that more than half of lesbian, gay and bisexual performers “have heard directors and producers make anti-gay comments about actors” and that “53% of LGBT respondents believed that directors and producers are biased against LGBT performers.” The study (read it here), conducted by UCLA’s LGBT think tank Williams Institute and funded by the SAG-Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund, will be presented formally tonight during simultaneous guild town hall meetings in L.A. and NYC.
Last month, the National Museum of American History significantly expanded its collection of LGBT items. This week, MSNBC went behind the scenes at the nation's history museum and gave viewers a sneak peek.
The QPR midfielder Joey Barton, Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, and the newly capped England midfielder Fabian Delph will join other Premier League players in wearing laces in the rainbow colours of the gay pride flag this weekend in a bid to stamp out homophobia in football.
Celebrities and former professionals, including former England striker Michael Owen, and the ex-Germany and Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger – who announced he was gay after retiring from playing last year – will also wear rainbow laces for the anti-discrimination campaign by the pressure group Stonewall.
Players across all divisions in the English Football League are expected to join the campaign, with more than 100,000 pairs of rainbow laces distributed across the country. Arsenal underground station will also feature a rainbow-coloured crossing.
Some of the top appellate lawyers and leading LGBT legal groups in the nation are squaring off in unusual filings at the Supreme Court this week asking the justices to hear their respective case about marriage equality.
Technically, the lawyers were responding to Supreme Court filings by state or county officials in Oklahoma, Virginia, and Utah that ask the justices to hear their case in order to uphold bans on same-sex couples’ marriages.
In reality, however, the lawyers are pointing out to the justices why their case — and not a case in another state — should be the case heard by the justices in the coming term that will begin in October.
Although the justices won’t consider whether to take any of the cases until, at the earliest, the end of September, the four filings this week showed how focused lawyers across the country supporting marriage equality are on getting a case — and, they hope, their case — before the justices in the next year.
Research done by San Francisco State University's Family Acceptance Project, which studies and works to prevent health and mentalhealth risks facing LGBT youth, empirically confirms what common sense would imply to be true: Highly religious parents are significantly more likely than their less-religious counterparts to reject their children for being gay – a finding that social-service workers believe goes a long way toward explaining why LGBT people make up roughly five percent of the youth population overall, but an estimated 40 percent of the homeless-youth population. The Center for American Progress has reported that there are between 320,000 and 400,000 homeless LGBT youths in the United States. Meanwhile, as societal advancements have made being gay less stigmatized and gay people more visible – and as the Internet now allows kids to reach beyond their circumscribed social groups for acceptance and support – the average coming-out age has dropped from post-college age in the 1990s to around 16 today, which means that more and more kids are coming out while they're still economically reliant on their families. The resulting flood of kids who end up on the street, kicked out by parents whose religious beliefs often make them feel compelled to cast out their own offspring (one study estimates that up to 40 percent of LGBT homeless youth leave home due to family rejection), has been called a "hidden epidemic." Tragically, every step forward for the gay-rights movement creates a false hope of acceptance for certain youth, and therefore a swelling of the homeless-youth population.
WITH half an hour still to go before the forum would officially begin, out in the audience the conversation about Pre Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV — PrEP — was already in full swing.
Although only a handful of gay men in Australia had begun taking PrEP in the very early stages of clinical studies, at this public forum on the topic held during the recent International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, or AIDS 2014, the implications were keenly felt.
One guy was concerned he’d seen other guys “advertising” being on PrEP while looking for bareback sex on Grindr. A few people discussed rumours of awful side-effects experienced by the studies’ participants.
Despite these omens the forum proved remarkably measured, more academic than community. Whichever audience members had worried PrEP was a sign of the end times stayed silent, ceding the floor to public health experts calling for a rational, measured conversation.
For a community that for over 30 years has learned to conflate sex and death, for whom a thin sheet of latex has become a potent symbol for that divide, many believe PrEP has the capacity to change everything.
The concept is simple: a person takes a daily dose of the same antiretroviral medication used by many people living with HIV to drastically reduce their risk of contracting the virus.
In the most recent large clinical study, even participants only taking the medication two to three times a week were at 84 per cent reduced risk of contracting HIV, while there were no infections in participants taking four or more doses per week.
Even as the evidence continues to mount that PrEP can be a highly effective tool for preventing HIV transmission, many have reservations.
The drug Truvada has been approved and available for use as PrEP in the US for two years now, and its impact on the gay community has been profound.
BRISBANE’S first permanent LGBTI artwork was unveiled last weekend in New Farm to a crowd of about 120 people that included community leaders, local politicians and advocates.
Kept under the wraps of a giant rainbow pride flag, the new work from Lismore artist Karl de Waal — who worked in conjunction with the community to create the new piece — was revealed to the assembled crowd at its home outside the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre (NFNC).
On September 29, the justices of the Supreme Court will be considering whether to hear a case about same-sex couples’ marriage rights and, if so, which one to take.
The justices will be meeting on that date to consider the mountain of case requests — called petitions for a writ of certiorari — that came in over the summer. They will be considering seven different petitions at that conference from various state and county officials asking the justices to hear their case, according to updated docket information from the court on Wednesday.
At least two Dane County judges have granted adoptions by same-sex couples, thereby recognizing their marriages.
In the latest case Wednesday, Kat Riley adopted the 2-year-old biological daughter of her partner, Teresa Riley. And, Teresa Riley adopted her spouse's 4-year-old biological son. The Rileys were married in Iowa last year.
Now both children have two parents, instead of one parent and one legal guardian, and have rights including inheritance and death benefits. The State Journal (http://bit.ly/1rXX8o6 ) reports Dane County Circuit Judge Shelley Gaylord says she was bound to recognize the Rileys' marriage as valid because of the Constitution's equal protection clause, which requires states to honor each other's laws.
The adoptions were granted a day after Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that Wisconsin's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.
A year ago, the United Nations Human Rights Office launched an unprecedented global public education campaign for lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender rights: Free & Equal. This inspiring video tells the story of what happened next.
Dating apps with location technology add a certain excitement to nightlife in many of the world's thrumming metropolises. But in some places, they could get you arrested.
The developers of gay dating app Grindr are facing criticism from users and an American security company, as fears mount that the smartphone app might have put thousands at risk worldwide in societies where homosexuality is frowned upon or a crime by law. Germany's largest daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Thursday that Grindr had apparently been used by Egyptian authorities to track down homosexuals -- an allegation which could not be independently verified by The Washington Post. The German newspaper points to an article published on the Web siteCairoScene as well as an interview conducted with an activist who operates a Twitter profile under the name 'GrindrMap' and has created a related Web site. Speaking to The Post, the user confirmed the authenticity of the interview and said: "It's a huge problem if Grindr runs such an infrastructure and doesn't act responsibly."
Sex is a double-edged sword in the gay community, but it never used to be. I remember a time when my friends and I rarely thought twice when one of us left the bar with a man. Now, I sense the slightest bit of hesitation. Gay men today are scared to express their love for sex out of fear of being judged, even though we all know it’s a pile of sh*t. We love sex. It’s what we prided ourselves in during the sexual revolution but since we’ve become more accepted into society, we started shaping our community by their rules. We talk of sex, we dream of sex, we know everyone around us is having sex, yet, we hide our Grindr or Tinder whenever someone sneaks up behind us, we underexpose our sexual fantasies to our friends, and we’ve become much more prudish than ever before.
Being promiscuous used to be something abhorrently clear in the gay community. Now, it’s a stereotype many of us fear. I can only imagine what the hell these kinds of guys are thinking: “If the straight world finds out that gay men have tons of free sex, they might take away our right to vote” or “I can’t let anyone know that I have sex, otherwise I won’t be able to find a serious boyfriend” or “If I hide that I like to have sex, perhaps God won’t find out.”
There are plenty of ups and downs when it comes to being too promiscuous – I’m well aware. A lot of guys desensitize themselves from it, making it harder to find an emotional connection during sex. But there are just as many guys who find casual sex a helpful tool, a means to get the tension out of their system so they can save their emotional juices for someone they care about. Either way, the effects of promiscuity are in the eyes of the cruiser.
Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that is far from the thing that defines her. Just ask her wife. Then ask the robot version of her wife.
It seems just yesterday that Judge Richard Posner was excoriating the attorneys for Indiana and Wisconsin for arguing that their states prohibited gay marriages because irresponsible heterosexuals need marriage to make them more responsible for their unplanned children. Actually, it was nine days ago. Today, Posner issued a remarkable 40-page opinion for a unanimous panel (the other two judges were Ann Claire Williams and David Hamilton) striking down the states’ marriage limitations as irrational and animus-driven.
My favourite part of the opinion is this paragraph:
"Indiana’s government thinks that straight couples tend to be sexually irresponsible, producing unwanted children by the carload, and so must be pressured (in the form of governmental encouragement of marriage through a combination of sticks and carrots) to marry, but that gay couples, unable as they are to produce children wanted or unwanted, are model parents—model citizens really—so have no need for marriage. Heterosexuals get drunk and pregnant, producing unwanted children; their reward is to be allowed to marry. Homosexual couples do not produce unwanted children; their reward is to be denied the right to marry. Go figure. "
In April, Jill Soloway sat on a cushion on the floor of her home office in Silver Lake as she waited for the glue on her fake eyelashes to dry. She was reading through a list of talking points that Glaad, the L.G.B.T. media advocacy organization, had distributed to those walking the red carpet at its annual Media Awards show. Soloway was invited as a special guest. The list was mostly made up of words and phrases to avoid, some that were obviously offensive but others that seemed innocuous: “gay marriage” (which suggests it’s a different thing from the nongay variety); “gay lifestyle” (which suggests it’s a choice); “homosexual” (which has been hijacked by anti-gay activists).
Such precision about language, politics and etiquette is ever-present in the cultural milieu that Soloway entered when she sat down to create “Transparent,” a dramatic comedy from Amazon Studios about a family whose father (Jeffrey Tambor) comes out as transgender. In an already pivotal moment for transgender people, who are emerging from culture’s margins, Soloway’s show tries to fast-forward past the incremental water-testing that network TV has historically applied to shifts like this, to skip the eggshell-walking and the audience-coddling. She wants to give her viewers a fully realized trans character.