A PROMINENT community rights and health advocate has been appointed to a Queensland Government committee on tackling domestic violence in an effort to promote LGBTI inclusion on the issue.
HIV specialist and founder of the Men Affected by Rape and Sexual abuse (MARS) support group, Dr Wendell Rosevear, has been appointed to the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council to help better understand and recognise domestic violence issues specific to the LGBTI community.
Without fail, every January, gyms across the world see huge spikes in attendance and new membership signups. People looking to stick to their New Year’s resolutions pile into gyms looking to commit to fitness, break a sweat, and, according to a new study conducted by the Ann Summers sex shop, maybe get a little action in the locker rooms.
In an online poll of about 2,000 people, Ann Summers found that about 25% of participants admitted to having had sex at their gyms at some point during their membership.
Even the people who weren’t actually getting down in the steam room were at the very least thinking about it and/or hoping that something might happen.
Cities around the country, and globe, have seen many of their most beloved gay and lesbian watering holes close down — often after the area's queer population diffuses or the owner simply gets priced out. While many of these bars and clubs were a bit rough around the edges, they nonetheless served as de facto community centers, offering a kind of glue that kept our disparate minority together. In this first entry of an occasional series, we'll pay honor to dearly-departed LGBT establishments that recently shut their doors in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Stay tuned for more "in memoriums" in other cities.
Most people recognise what our marriage laws don’t: gay and lesbian Australians are just like everybody else. The challenges of parenting we experience – the sleepless nights, the struggle to find child care, the angst over schooling – are the same. Our relationships are like other relationships. Our desire to make a public and lasting commitment to the woman or man we love is the same, too.
Most people also understand that there is nothing to fear from equality. Marriage does not need to be quarantined to have value. In 2012, John Key, New Zealand’s conservative prime minister, spoke for many when he said, “if two gay people want to get married, then I can’t see why it would undermine my marriage to Bronagh”. Likewise, I have never understood how my commitment to Sophie could threaten anyone else’s marriage.
Australia once embraced the White Australia policy, authorised the deprivation of the first Australians’ kinship and culture, set women’s wages lower than men’s for the same work, and barred married women from many occupations. Times change: our statute books are no longer vehicles for discrimination on the basis of gender or race.
Gay and lesbian Australians can vote, serve in the military, represent our country on the sporting field, teach in our universities, preside as judges, staff our hospitals, and be a member of the federal cabinet. Yet we cannot marry the person we love.
Big Gay Day, an event that heavily promotes itself as being a charity fundraiser, has been accused of misleading patrons about the amount of money it gives to LGBT charities after only offering a small fraction of the money that it would normally donate.
Despite Big Gay Day boasting on social media that their 2015 event was the “most popular BGD to date”, only $4000 was given to its nominated LGBT community groups, well below the $25,000 – $35,000 that it normally donates.
KNOWING that team sports could often be sites for homophobia both on and off the field, Ash McMaster decided that LGBTI water polo team Melbourne Surge was the perfect fit when he joined three years ago.
Queensland needs to join trials to help stop new HIV transmissions in the next four years, the state's AIDS Council has urged, with New South Wales and Victoria both embarking on PrEP trials.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, involves the use of antiretroviral drugs by HIV-negative people to help prevent infection. Studies have found it works.
NSW committed to a trial of 3700 people late last year, while Victoria announced a similar trial last week.
Queensland AIDS Council executive director Michael Scott said he believed Queensland needed a trial with at least 3000 people to avoid the risk of "falling behind" the other eastern states in addressing HIV prevention.
WITH an election for Australia’s largest local council due in March, parties have begun to make their pitch to its LGBTI community, making wide ranging commitments from increased funding to better visibility and inclusion measures.
During current Lord Mayor Graham Quirk’s time in office, LGBTI issues have garnered more attention than previous Brisbane City Council administrations, as the community pushed to include their issues into council discussion and decision making.
Despite recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and studies that indicate that PrEP can reduce HIV transmission by 96 and up to 99 percent, there are still relatively few gay and bisexual men on the drug.
It can be hard to find anyone among your friends to ask about it. And what makes a person decide they want to go on the once-daily pill varies a lot. The Advocate reached out to gay and bi men, as well as serodiscordant couples, who use the drug to hear their reasons. They offered advice for those on the fence about it. Read their stories in their own words.
For years, friendships between straight women and gay men have been a subject of pop culture fascination. Books, television shows, and feature length films have all highlighted this unique relationship, noted for its closeness and depth.
But with society’s attitudes toward gays and lesbians changing, it’s become all the more important to build a holistic understanding of the relationships between gay and straight people.
As a researcher in social psychology, I’ve often wondered:
Why do straight female-gay male relationships work so well? Why are straight women so drawn to having gay men as friends? And when do these relationships typically form?
During the course of my research, I’ve discovered that the most interesting, compelling—and, arguably, most theoretically coherent—explanation is through the lens of evolution.
Specifically, I believe evolutionary psychology and human mating can help explain why relationships between straight women and gay men tend to flourish.
The United Nations Postal Administration has released six new postage stamps promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The colourful stamps by artist and UNPA art director Sergio Baradat are also meant to celebrate the diversity of the gay community and marks the first time the global body’s post office has issued stamps with an LGBT theme.
Until we achieve this equality, weddings will continue to be places where conflicted feelings can easily slip into discomfort. At no point is this truer than during the part of the ceremony, kindly added by former Prime Minister John Howard, where the celebrant is required to say the following words:
“Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.”
This is upsetting for obvious reasons, as it is explicitly and pointedly included to ensure that same-sex couples are excluded. And the effect it has, unsurprisingly, is to make us feel that way. For queer people, there is nothing quite like sitting at a wedding and hearing that line, knowing that your relationships simply aren’t valued in the same way as the one you are seeing in front of you.
With more than 48,000 panels and 94,000 names, the AIDS quilt is a constantly growing testament to the deadly toll the disease has taken on the world. At roughly 1.3 million square feet, it is so large that it can't be displayed in its entirety in one place. Parts of it are currently on display at the National Mall, with volunteers constantly switching sections in and out.
However, there is one place with enough room to hold the entire quilt: the Internet. Microsoft Research, working with the University of Southern California and the NAMES Project Foundation, which uses the quilt as a tool to raise AIDS awareness, have created a map of the entire quilt using Bing mapping technology.
While responsible adults were waiting for the results of Monday’s Iowa presidential caucuses, some of us were distracted by late-breaking news of another race—RuPaul’s Drag Race. The eighth season of the wildly popular drag reality competition show isn’t set to begin on Logo until March 7, but as in years past, Ru deigned to reveal her cast of queens a few weeks before the premiere. It was an important debut: Many fans (including this one) were largely disappointed by last season, which seemed to trade the delightfully rough edges of typical bar drag for a kind of overly polished, stylized simulacrum that ultimately left viewers feeling cold. (That I had to look up the winner, Violet Chachki, shows how little of an impression the season left.) After viewing the season trailer and individual queen introduction videos, I’m cautiously optimistic—while casting is only part of the equation of a successful season, it’s a big part, and this cohort has promise.
The Turnbull government could still walk away from its plan to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, opening up the prospect of Parliament voting on same-sex marriage before the federal election, Liberal MP Warren Entsch says.
Mr Entsch, who is working with Attorney-General George Brandis to develop the plebiscite, said when details came before the party room, it would give the Coalition the chance to discuss the issue again.
In the early evening of March 10, 1972, while excited undergraduates prepared for a dance in the student union ballroom of the University of Georgia, a longhaired sophomore in tight pants was standing against the building’s massive front columns, reviewing his band’s set list, when a seedy looking older man laboriously made his way up the steps and startled him. The stranger—with a red face and a comb-over—came bearing a message: The Ku Klux Klan did not approve of the night’s scheduled event.
Not even its organizers had completely believed this particular dance would take place, and disaster was still quite possible. Forbidding American college students to dance rarely seems like a tenable position, but up to the very day it was scheduled, administrators at the university felt they had not only public opinion but also the law on their side in blocking it. These students didn’t merely want to dance. They wanted to dance with classmates of the same sex, in Memorial Ballroom no less. They wanted to raise awareness of the fledgling Committee on Gay Education, a group that had raised far more awareness already than the university was comfortable with in its three and a half months of existence.
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