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Jodie Foster Kicks Open the Closet Door - What It Means for Gays in Hollywood

Jodie Foster Kicks Open the Closet Door - What It Means for Gays in Hollywood | Gay News | Scoop.it
Jodie Foster chose a very public setting to talk about being a lesbian, and her comments and the reaction to them say a lot about the politics of coming out
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Visibility Is at the Heart of LGBTQ Politics. But Is It Always the Best Strategy?

Visibility Is at the Heart of LGBTQ Politics. But Is It Always the Best Strategy? | Gay News | Scoop.it

As we mark Pride month with celebrations of the Stonewall uprising—the event that launched the modern LGBTQ movement with newly emboldened assertions of queer visibility—we’d do well to reconsider the role and value of visibility politics in the 21st century. How critical is visibility to the strategic advances of vulnerable minorities? How critical is being seen to our sense of emotional well-being, and can the strategic and emotional imperatives of movement politics conflict with one another?

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This Twitter Thread Perfectly Illustrates Why LGBTQ Support Is No Longer Risky for Brands

This Twitter Thread Perfectly Illustrates Why LGBTQ Support Is No Longer Risky for Brands | Gay News | Scoop.it

Few would argue that American society has changed dramatically since the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village marked the beginning of the modern gay rights movement.

At the time of the event itself, which happened 48 years ago this week, homophobia was rampant, even in famously metropolitan Manhattan. After the riots, the New York Daily News, which is now seen as the left-leaning counter to Ruper Murdoch’s New York Post, ran with the inflammatory headline “Homo Nest Raided—Queen Bees Are Stinging Mad.”

Back then, no “mainstream” brand was brave enough to openly support the LGBTQ community. And there’s no question that some consumers still take exception to gay rights today.

But the following Twitter thread by PR veteran Jarrett Way, which came in response to just such a consumer, and went viral over the weekend, illustrates why it’s no longer risky for any big brand to stand in solidarity with LGBTQ Americans—exactly two years after the Supreme Court officially made same-sex marriage the law of the land.

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Back then, no “mainstream” brand was brave enough to openly support the LGBTQ community. And there’s no question that some consumers still take exception to gay rights today.

But the following Twitter thread by PR veteran Jarrett Way, which came in response to just such a consumer, and went viral over the weekend, illustrates why it’s no longer risky for any big brand to stand in solidarity with LGBTQ Americans—exactly two years after the Supreme Court officially made same-sex marriage the law of the land.

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To March Alongside Homeless Youth Is to Feel the True Power of Pride

To March Alongside Homeless Youth Is to Feel the True Power of Pride | Gay News | Scoop.it

A huge number of homeless youth in America identify as LGBTQ. At this weekend's New York City Pride, they had the opportunity to feel seen.

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Angela Merkel signals change in stance on gay marriage in Germany

Angela Merkel signals change in stance on gay marriage in Germany | Gay News | Scoop.it

Chancellor’s party has resisted calls for same-sex marriage to be legalised but she says MPs should have free vote on matter

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Someone, somehow must end policy sore over same-sex marriage

Someone, somehow must end policy sore over same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Marriage equality by Christmas. That is the dream of Liberal MPs who believe the time has come to bring this policy nightmare to an end.

The Coalition’s endless infighting over same-sex marriage will keep damaging the government until somebody makes a move to end the impasse.

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Liberal MPs' secret bid to legalise same-sex marriage

Liberal MPs' secret bid to legalise same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Two Liberal MPs have been secretly working on a plan to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia as soon as August, with a draft copy of the laws well advanced and consultation with advocates under way.

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Gay Pride Marchers Carrying Star of David Flags Kicked Out of Chicago Parade

Gay Pride Marchers Carrying Star of David Flags Kicked Out of Chicago Parade | Gay News | Scoop.it

Three people carrying Jewish Pride flags were asked to leave the Chicago Dyke March on Saturday in part because they “repeatedly expressed support for Zionism,” according to the organizers. One member of the Dyke March collective said those carrying the rainbow flag with a Star of David in the middle were told to leave because the flags “made people feel unsafe,” adding that the march was “anti-Zionist” an “pro-Palestinian,” according to the Windy City Times. American flags also were reportedly not welcome at the event, although it isn’t clear whether anyone was kicked out for having one. Flags from other nations appears to have been allowed.

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Brisbane champions LGBTI advocates at annual awards

Brisbane champions LGBTI advocates at annual awards | Gay News | Scoop.it

BRISBANE’S 56th annual Queen’s Ball Awards were held on Saturday night, drawing together the LGBTI community to celebrate our culture and the people making an impact in Brisbane.

Falling on the anniversary of the first Sydney Mardi Gras is 1978, it was a huge night of music, drag, and burlesque.

 

During the Belle of the Ball pageant, Performer of the Year nominee Renon Schafer stormed the stage to criticise the presenters’ repeated use of a transphobic slur.

 

“Cis people do not get to use the word tranny,” they shouted, to loud applause.

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Gay Aussie describes coming out to his nan in touching video

Gay Aussie describes coming out to his nan in touching video | Gay News | Scoop.it

ADVOCACY group just.equal has launched a new series of videos of LGBTI people telling their stories.

The series, #IfTheyOnlyKnew, aims to inspire change towards equality in Australia.

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LGBTQ Pride Is a Celebration of Visibility. But What Does That Mean in 2017?

LGBTQ Pride Is a Celebration of Visibility. But What Does That Mean in 2017? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Ask a room full of queers what Pride means—what the season is for—and you’re certain to get a few different answers. For some, it’s a time to commemorate the movement-energizing Stonewall rebellion of 1969 and to take stock of how far LGBTQ people have come on our road to legal and social equality in the 48 years since. Others, such as those staging protests at Pride parades around the country this summer, see it as an opportunity to take up the riotous spirit of our queer ancestors and demand better of our own leaders and our government, with a social justice platform that comprises far more than queer issues alone. And still others view it as a kind of carnival, a time to party with their queer siblings and revel in a season when we march down the main avenues of the culture rather than keeping to our typical sidelines.

At the heart of all these approaches to Pride is a single theme: visibility. Pride is our time to be seen. And with good reason: Since the earliest public homophile demonstrations—and growing exponentially with the ever-larger parades and rallies that proliferated following Stonewall—a single, elegant idea came to dominate thinking about queer liberation: LGBTQ people need to be seen to be respected.

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This Transgender Australian Took Her Fight To The United Nations, And Won

This Transgender Australian Took Her Fight To The United Nations, And Won | Gay News | Scoop.it

The woman behind a landmark United Nations committee decision decrying Australia's laws around marriage and gender transition says the current law is "a joke" and the decision should prompt the government to legislate marriage equality.

 

BuzzFeed News revealed this week that the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled that Australian laws requiring married transgender people to divorce before they can change the sex on their birth certificate are in violation of international human rights law.

 

In a decision made on March 17 and published on June 15, the committee found in favour of a married transgender woman from New South Wales, identified only as G, who had tried unsuccessfully on multiple occasions to change the sex on her birth certificate.

 

It is a significant ruling for Australia, where laws with this effect exist in six of the eight states and territories.

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Should Pride Be A Party Or A Protest?

Should Pride Be A Party Or A Protest? | Gay News | Scoop.it

From Los Angeles to Washington, DC, LGBT organizers and activists have been reimagining what Pride events should look like in a new era of political resistance — revealing some long-held divisions in the LGBT movement.

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Sex without fear – ​my experiment with ​the HIV-prevention drug PrEP

Sex without fear – ​my experiment with ​the HIV-prevention drug PrEP | Gay News | Scoop.it

​PrEP is controversial even on the gay scene. Does the drug encourage dangerous ‘barebacking’ or could it be the game-changer that wipes out HIV for good? ​Matt Cain decided to take it for three months and find out

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Supreme Court Orders States to List Same-Sex Parents on Birth Certificates; Gorsuch Dissents

Supreme Court Orders States to List Same-Sex Parents on Birth Certificates; Gorsuch Dissents | Gay News | Scoop.it

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution requires states to list married same-sex couples on their children’s birth certificate. The per curiam decision marks a landmark victory for gay rights, confirming that the court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges protects all rights relating to marriage, not simply the recognition of marriage itself.

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A baker refused to make a cake for a gay couple due to religious beliefs. Supreme Court will rule on the case in fall

A baker refused to make a cake for a gay couple due to religious beliefs. Supreme Court will rule on the case in fall | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Supreme Court said Monday that it would hear a major religious liberties case that could grant new freedoms to businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians — and potentially others — based on the faith of the owners.

The case involves the Christian owner of a Colorado bakery who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

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The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge

The Gay Men Who Fled Chechnya’s Purge | Gay News | Scoop.it

L.G.B.T. people have been a prime target of Kremlin propaganda since 2012. That year, Putin returned to the Presidency for a third term, amid mass protests. In response, the Kremlin started queer-baiting the protesters. A succession of cities and, eventually, the federal parliament passed bills banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” Television presenters raged against imaginary homosexual recruiters of Russian children. (At the time, I was living in Russia and was active in protests against the regime and the anti-gay legislation.) Anti-gay violence became so pervasive that a café in central Moscow posted a notice saying that attacks would not be tolerated on the premises.

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Here's What Would Have To Happen Before Parliament Votes On Marriage Equality

Here's What Would Have To Happen Before Parliament Votes On Marriage Equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

The PM says same-sex marriage will stay off the table. Is this a decree, or a hope?

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Turnbull Sinks Marriage Equality Conscience Vote Before It Even Starts

Turnbull Sinks Marriage Equality Conscience Vote Before It Even Starts | Gay News | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dashed any faint hopes of same-sex marriage being legalised in the foreseeable future, firmly shooting down rumoured ideas from inside his own party for a parliamentary conscience vote on the issue.

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The Time Has Come For Dean Smith. Oh, And Marriage Equality

The Time Has Come For Dean Smith. Oh, And Marriage Equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

In an era of distrust with treasured public institutions, here's a pollie who stands up for them.

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Dear Corporate America, leave our LGBTQ Pride celebrations alone

Dear Corporate America, leave our LGBTQ Pride celebrations alone | Gay News | Scoop.it

Listen up, "prideful" corporations. Pack up your branded rainbow swag and leave my community alone. 

The LGBTQ community has put up with your "rainbow-washing" during Pride Month for far too long. And in the Trump era, when LGBTQ rights are under alarming attack, we need you to step off our movement.

We need to reclaim Pride and its resistance roots — for ourselves and for each other. And Corporate America's role in that should be to lift us up, and then move out of the way.

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Christopher Pyne suggests gay marriage could happen 'sooner than everyone thinks'

Christopher Pyne suggests gay marriage could happen 'sooner than everyone thinks' | Gay News | Scoop.it

One of the Turnbull government's most senior ministers has been caught on tape predicting same-sex marriage could be legalised "sooner than everyone thinks".

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Too Many Doctors Are Failing LGBTQ Patients. Medical Schools Want to Change That.

Too Many Doctors Are Failing LGBTQ Patients. Medical Schools Want to Change That. | Gay News | Scoop.it

You can’t deliver proper care to a patient you don’t truly see. Too often, medical providers aren’t even taught how to look at sexual and gender minority patients.

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If We Want to Tell Authentic LGBTQ Stories, We Have to Show the “Bad” With the Good

If We Want to Tell Authentic LGBTQ Stories, We Have to Show the “Bad” With the Good | Gay News | Scoop.it

“When it comes to the visibility of minority groups, depictions must always be positive, even if that leaves out some unsavory truths.”

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This Is What The LGBT Community In San Francisco Looked Like In The '70s

This Is What The LGBT Community In San Francisco Looked Like In The '70s | Gay News | Scoop.it

"People of all ages, but especially young people like me, were having such an exuberant time."

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How ‘Gay’ Should a Gay Bar Be?

How ‘Gay’ Should a Gay Bar Be? | Gay News | Scoop.it

What does the label even mean in a time of sexual fluidity? And what about the ‘bachelorette party’ problem?

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