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Gay Life Is So Pedestrian Now That You Can't Even Film A Porn At A Sex Party

Gay Life Is So Pedestrian Now That You Can't Even Film A Porn At A Sex Party | Gay News | Scoop.it

Rawhide, a leather bar on Eighth Avenue that's as old as I am, closed this weekend. It's been open since 1979, and its exit seemed like the latest in a parade of gay ghosts. They're building condos at St. Vincent's hospital these days. Gay newspapers and magazines have withered and folded until almost all that's left is a party picture of Michael Musto and a flyer about go-go boys. There aren't any gay bookstores in Manhattan anymore (for now?). Now that it's all gone, the city is primed for a nostalgic luxuriation in old-school Castro District gayness, which is why a plan recently proposed to me seemed so appealing. It was basically gay turducken: going to the largest gay dance party of the year, in the company of two porn actors—and their director, whose intention was to film a porn on-site with both the actors and strangers.

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'We need to have a multi-partisan approach that doesn't use marriage equality as a political football': Alex Greenwich

'We need to have a multi-partisan approach that doesn't use marriage equality as a political football': Alex Greenwich | Gay News | Scoop.it

Marriage equality advocates have not given up hope that progress can still be made on the issue in this term of Parliament.

A change to the law seems increasingly unlikely after the Nick Xenophon Team joined the Greens in announcing it will vote against a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

The controversial public vote will now only go ahead if Labor has a change of heart.

Alex Greenwich, co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality and independent member for Sydney, joins Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast.

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George Brandis to Labor: 'Get out of the way' on same-sex marriage plebiscite

George Brandis to Labor: 'Get out of the way' on same-sex marriage plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

Attorney-General George Brandis, charged with designing the plebiscite on same-sex marriage, has demanded Labor "get out of the way" and support a public vote on marriage equality.

Senator Brandis also said the majority of the LGBTI people with whom he had spoken to recognised the "surest" and "most direct" course to marriage equality was a plebiscite, given the government's election commitment.

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Kristina Keneally: Malcolm Turnbull, please don't break the nation's heart over marriage equality

Kristina Keneally: Malcolm Turnbull, please don't break the nation's heart over marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

He divided a movement. Majority support, once strong, is no longer assured. He is the prime minister who broke this nation’s heart.

 

John Howard and the republican referendum?

 

No, Malcolm Turnbull and marriage equality.

 

Oh, the irony. The depressing, excruciating irony.

Consider the similarities.

 

Polls told us back in the late 1990s that the republican movement enjoyed majority support. Polls tell us today that marriage equality enjoys majority support.

 

History tells us that using tactics and process to divide a movement is effective at defeating it. Howard divided the republicans over questions of model – direct election vs. parliamentary selection of the president. Turnbull is dividing supporters of marriage equality over the process – plebiscite vs. parliamentary vote.

 

Here’s the difference: Howard was not a republican. It’s hard to judge him too harshly. A scorpion does what a scorpion does. A politician using political tactics to defeat his political opponents is not new.

 

But Turnbull tells us he is in favour of marriage equality. Yet now that he is the prime minister he’s using Howard’s tactics with little thought for the consequences. No one – including Turnbull – should be surprised when marriage equality ends up in the same place as a republic: defeated at the ballot box in a plebiscite and off the agenda for years.

 

This is most likely exactly what certain Coalition MPs had in mind when proposing a plebiscite on same sex marriage.

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Gay marriage doomed: Now for the recriminations

Gay marriage doomed: Now for the recriminations | Gay News | Scoop.it

The push for gay marriage appears doomed after the Nick Xenophon Team and Derryn Hinch confirmed they would block legislation to establish a plebiscite, while a senior government minister said without a national ballot there will be no vote put to Parliament.

As a result of Monday's decision by the NXT and Senator Hinch to join Labor and the Greens, there are now 39 Senate votes ranged against the plebiscite, which is one more than enough to block it.

The demise of the plebiscite means the issue will not be revisited for at least three years, and only if Labor wins the next election.

By then, its members will be bound to vote for same-sex marriage under a rule change, which will make it harder to convince the Coalition to have a conscience vote.

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Nick Xenophon decision leaves Malcolm Turnbull's plebiscite plan in peril

Nick Xenophon decision leaves Malcolm Turnbull's plebiscite plan in peril | Gay News | Scoop.it

Senate powerbroker Nick Xenophon has delivered a potentially fatal blow to the Turnbull government's plan to hold a public vote on same-sex marriage.

The South Australian independent and his newly elected team announced on Monday the party would not support a plebiscite, days after the Greens said they would vote to block enabling legislation in the Senate.

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Explainer: what is parliament's role in the marriage equality debate?

Explainer: what is parliament's role in the marriage equality debate? | Gay News | Scoop.it

As the government hints the marriage equality plebiscite may be delayed until 2017, calls intensify for the parliament to legislate on the issue instead. So what is parliament's role here?

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Producing same-sex marriage plebiscite guide 'complex and expensive'

Producing same-sex marriage plebiscite guide 'complex and expensive' | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Turnbull government won't say if taxpayers will fund an official guide to the arguments for and against same-sex marriage as part of plans for a national plebiscite on the issue in February.

Australian Electoral Commission advice to a parliamentary inquiry on the plebiscite in 2015 said that section 11 of the Referendum Act requires a government pamphlet outlining arguments for and against the proposal to be sent to more than 10 million households around Australia, warning it would be a "complex and expensive product".

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Transgender, intersex people call for birth certificate reforms

Transgender, intersex people call for birth certificate reforms | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queensland transgender and intersex people are pushing for the right to have their gender recognised on their birth certificate.

Currently only people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery are eligible to apply to have their birth certificates changed.

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You Can't Appropriate Daddy

You Can't Appropriate Daddy | Gay News | Scoop.it

On Saturday, controversial Silicon Valley personality Shanley Kane went on a (now partially-deleted) tweet rant about the word daddy. “Don’t have deep psychosexual Freudian and Oedipal trauma/dysfunction?” she wrote in a now deleted tweet. “Good for you. Stop appropriating ‘Daddy’

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What gay Republicans think of Australia's plebiscite idea

What gay Republicans think of Australia's plebiscite idea | Gay News | Scoop.it

Gregory T Angelo, President of gay conservative group the Log Cabin Republicans, says he would not have been a supporter of a national vote as a way of achieving same-sex marriage reform.

“In terms of moving the needle on marriage equality in Australia, it comes down to a grassroots advocacy strategy that involves coalitions,” he told SBS at last month’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Pursuing a referendum on civil rights is never something that Log Cabin Republicans had advocated for, so that’s not a strategy that I would pursue – putting civil rights, any civil rights, to an up or down vote,” he said.

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‘Get on with the job and make a decision’

‘Get on with the job and make a decision’ | Gay News | Scoop.it

BOTH sides of WA politics are calling for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to abandon the 160 million plebiscite for same-sex marriage saying it will be a distraction before the state election.

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Blocking marriage equality plebiscite could delay it for years, Liberals warn Labor

Blocking marriage equality plebiscite could delay it for years, Liberals warn Labor | Gay News | Scoop.it

Liberal MPs have warned that Labor’s likely decision to block the marriage equality plebiscite could spell the end of the issue for the next three years.

 

A strong signal from Bill Shorten on Wednesday at the National Press Club that Labor is positioning to kill the plebiscite has galvanised Liberal MPs to warn the opposition that with this it is all or nothing.

 

The Liberal MP Trevor Evans said on Thursday there was a “very real prospect” marriage equality would not be delivered for three years or more if the plebiscite was blocked.

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Bill Shorten signals Labor likely to block marriage equality plebiscite

Bill Shorten signals Labor likely to block marriage equality plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

Bill Shorten has prepared the ground for Labor to block the government’s proposed marriage equality plebiscite after he launched a stinging attack on the plan.

 

Speaking to the National Press Club on Wednesday, the opposition leader said he and many of his colleagues were “on the record as opposing” the plebiscite.

 

“I am gravely concerned about the merits of the plebiscite,” he said.

 

With senators Nick Xenophon and Derryn Hinch indicating this week that they would vote against legislation to enable the plebiscite, a parliamentary bloc is emerging consisting of Labor, the Greens, Xenophon and Hinch that would be sufficient to block it.

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Marriage 'inequality' is a threat to religious freedom – and it is probably unconstitutional

Marriage 'inequality' is a threat to religious freedom – and it is probably unconstitutional | Gay News | Scoop.it

Despite the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team promising to vote against it, a bill authorising a plebiscite on marriage equality will soon come before federal parliament. Whether a plebiscite happens or a parliamentary free vote takes place instead, the marriage equality debate is ramping up.

 

A core issue of that debate is the idea, propounded by those who support existing marriage laws, that amendments to the Marriage Act will presage an attack on religious freedom and people of faith in the Australian community. This could not be further from the truth. It is actually marriage inequality that threatens religious freedom.

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Malcolm Turnbull's moment - and duty - to lead on marriage equality

Malcolm Turnbull's moment - and duty - to lead on marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Our lawmakers have a duty to get on with what we elect and pay them to do – legislate in the national interest. It is clear there should and will be marriage equality. It could actually be done this very week, without causing harm or waste.

The only thing that will happen when we end the denial of the right of people in love to get married is that people in love will get married.

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Tim Wilson: Blocking the plebiscite on same-sex marriage would be no victory

Tim Wilson: Blocking the plebiscite on same-sex marriage would be no victory | Gay News | Scoop.it

Many people who support a change in the law seem to think blocking a plebiscite is a victory. It isn't.

It might be the first time in human history when people who have an opportunity to fight for their rights decide they'd rather sit back and wait until someone else permits them.

Labor keeps government guessing on plebiscite
Same-sex marriage lobby looks to Lib MPs to help stalled reform
Not only is it a terrible message to send to the community that we can sit and wait; it also says that the outcome isn't worth fighting for.

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Don't be fooled: the brutal reality is there will be no free vote on marriage equality

Don't be fooled: the brutal reality is there will be no free vote on marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Here's how the story goes.

 

Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team join forces to block the same-sex marriage plebiscite in the Senate.

 

Swayed by passionate lobbying from advocates, Malcolm Turnbull ditches the idea and opts for a free vote in Parliament. The Prime Minister is, after-all, a longstanding supporter of marriage equality. And he's on the record opposing the plebiscite. Rather than defeated, he is unshackled. Deep down he's happy it's gone this way.

Allowed to vote according to their consciences, a same-sex marriage bill passes both houses of Parliament. There are tears of joy on the Senate floor; gay and lesbian couples around the country hit the streets to celebrate. Within days newspapers are filled with touching photos of the first gay and lesbian Australians to legally marry.

The only problem: it won't happen this way. Almost certainly not. And anyone telling supporters of same-sex marriage otherwise is promoting a dangerous fantasy. A dream as empty as it is alluring.

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Bill Shorten all but confirms Labor will oppose Malcolm Turnbull's same-sex marriage plebiscite

Bill Shorten all but confirms Labor will oppose Malcolm Turnbull's same-sex marriage plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's same-sex marriage plebiscite plan appears to be in tatters after Opposition Leader Bill Shorten sent his strongest signal yet that Labor will block it amid growing fears a popular vote will fail and set back the cause.

In exclusive comments to Fairfax Media, Mr Shorten has hardened his criticism of the plebiscite plan in a clear indication Labor is preparing to announce it will not support the Coalition's enabling legislation.

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'No Rice, No Curry And No Blacks' - The sexual racism running rampant within the LGBT community

'No Rice, No Curry And No Blacks' - The sexual racism running rampant within the LGBT community | Gay News | Scoop.it

The issue of sexual racism is a debate that keeps on raging on amongst members of the LGBT community. Apps like Grindr and Tinder have given many of its users a platform to express their like or dislike for a certain race of people and while some may argue it’s all just a preference, most would say it is blatant prejudice.

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I joined a bunch of LGBT techies at the White House to help tackle some world-threatening problems

I joined a bunch of LGBT techies at the White House to help tackle some world-threatening problems | Gay News | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, I was part of a gathering of LGBT tech leaders brought together by the White House to help address issues ranging from climate change to the lack of women in tech to inequalities in the criminal justice system.

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10 alternative questions Malcolm Turnbull could ask in the plebiscite

10 alternative questions Malcolm Turnbull could ask in the plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

YOU know how there are those questions you should never ask?

Questions like: ‘How do gay people have sex?’ or, ‘are you pregnant?’ or even, ‘should you guys be allowed to get married?’. And yet, after caving from peer pressure, Malcolm Turnbull is still going ahead with the plebiscite, with the possible question being: ‘do you approve of a law to permit people of the same sex to marrying?’ as reported by The Guardian.

Am I not the only one who finds this possible question a rhetorical disaster? Well, thankfully, according to Twitter, I am not the only one.

But I want to find a better way to word this question, one that is simpler, rhetorically sound, and avoids political tone.

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How Universal Public Health Care Shapes Britain’s Debate Over HIV-Prevention Drugs

How Universal Public Health Care Shapes Britain’s Debate Over HIV-Prevention Drugs | Gay News | Scoop.it

As night follows day, a court decision declaring that Britain’s National Health Service should fund the provision of PrEP for at-risk people was met with irresponsible and homophobic media coverage. More commonly known by the brand name Truvada, if taken daily, PrEP can help prevent someone who is HIV-negative from getting the virus.

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Why the reaction to Shannon Power’s opinion piece was problematic

Why the reaction to Shannon Power’s opinion piece was problematic | Gay News | Scoop.it

AS a gay man who facilitates domestic violence and sexual assault education workshops in schools, I was taken aback but hardly surprised by the barrage of defensive and then overtly offensive responses by gay men to the recent Star Observer opinion piece ‘Gay men need to stop sexually assaulting women’ by Shannon Power.

In it, she bravely and honestly spoke about her experience of sexual assault at the hands of a gay man in a gay bar. Instead of critiquing her tone, pointing out the supposed generalisations of Power’s article, attacking her and trying to excuse the event – we should be prepared to hear the vulnerability and authenticity in her words and reflect on our own behaviours to make our spaces safer for as many people as possible.

After the initial attempted derails of “it goes both ways” and “not all gay men” were expressed by gay men, comments to the article predictably turned to horror and disgust at the “gross” suggestion that any gay man would ever want to touch a vagina. This is the epitome of both misogyny and transphobia in our language.
By constantly talking about vaginas as disgusting, with the ability to strike fear and repulsion in us gay men more than the Stranger Things’ demogorgon, we are actually saying that those bodies and identities with vaginas are too vile for any of us self-respecting gay men to look at and touch, let alone ever consider having sex with them.

And shock horror, some gay men actually have vaginas. When we shriek at the vulgarity of a vulva, we are also completely screwing over trans men. It’s been said before by trans men themselves. Can’t we move beyond this tired, stereotypical trope of feeling the need to comment on other people’s genitals?

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Greens to block same-sex marriage plebiscite, saying young lives at stake

Greens to block same-sex marriage plebiscite, saying young lives at stake | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Greens have announced they will block the same-sex marriage plebiscite-enabling legislation, in a move that could spell the end for the popular vote if Labor also decides to block it.

 

The Greens join Nick Xenophon and Derryn Hinch in stating they intend to prevent the plebiscite being held, a bloc which would defeat the policy if Labor also decides to block it.

 

The declaration of the Greens’ position significantly raises the stakes for Labor to decide and declare its position.

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Transgender, intersex people call for birth certificate reforms

Transgender, intersex people call for birth certificate reforms | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queensland transgender and intersex people are pushing for the right to have their gender recognised on their birth certificate.

Currently only people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery are eligible to apply to have their birth certificates changed.

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