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Windsor vote push could open can of worms

Windsor vote push could open can of worms | Gay News | Scoop.it

A national vote on gay marriage holds the alluring prospect of providing an immediate way to achieve this important social change. It could be the circuit breaker that allows the will of the people to overcome the intransigence of their representatives. Despite this, supporters of marriage equality would do well to reject the idea.

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Editorial from The Age: Why a Prime Minister of honour should dump same-sex marriage plebiscite

Editorial from The Age: Why a Prime Minister of honour should dump same-sex marriage plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

Polls continue to show majority community support for same-sex marriage in Australia, the only developed English-speaking nation yet to remove this injustice from its statute books. Same-sex marriage will come here, and all that will happen is people in love will get married. All that is needed is for our federal politicians to be given a free vote on it. It can and should be done within weeks. 

The logistics and technicalities of the plebiscite were never properly explained. As recently as last week, a poll showed that once people are told a plebiscite will cost $160 million, perhaps a lot more, and is not binding on politicians, only one in four people think it's a good idea.

It is a terrible idea. It will waste a fortune of taxpayers' dollars. People who have long been discriminated against will be vilified. It will hurt not only same-sex couples, but their families, friends and loved ones. It is needlessly and unconscionably divisive in a nation that prides itself on fairness.

Mr Turnbull has the option to honourably lead his colleagues and our nation in a change that is compelled by evolving circumstances and by fundamental justice. We urge him to take it.

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Cost of Turnbull government's same-sex marriage plebiscite could rise

Cost of Turnbull government's same-sex marriage plebiscite could rise | Gay News | Scoop.it

The cost of the same-sex marriage plebiscite could be $15 million higher than the estimated $160 million if the Turnbull government decides to spend taxpayers' money on the "yes" and "no" campaigns.

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Long walk to the altar for same-sex marriage plebiscite

Long walk to the altar for same-sex marriage plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

The re-elected Turnbull government is determined to get moving on a same-sex marriage plebiscite. The greatest challenge is to gain Parliament's support to hold the vote. The plebiscite should be backed by a new law setting down matters such as the question on the ballot paper and who can vote.

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Yes, you can unlock your iPhone with other body parts

Yes, you can unlock your iPhone with other body parts | Gay News | Scoop.it

The iPhone’s TouchID sensor will work with a lot more body parts than just your fingers, according to Reddit user A_Gigantic_Potato, who painstakingly tested an iPhone 6s+ iOS 9.3.2. with just about every body part he could think of.

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Let's skip plebiscite, free vote can quickly resolve marriage equality debate

Let's skip plebiscite, free vote can quickly resolve marriage equality debate | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Government's ultimatum – "a plebiscite or nothing" – poses significant challenges to the marriage equality movement. Should it focus on winning a plebiscite, or blocking it and then securing a free vote? Can it do both?

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A Gay RNC Delegate in a Cowboy Hat Explains Why the GOP Is Better for Gays

A Gay RNC Delegate in a Cowboy Hat Explains Why the GOP Is Better for Gays | Gay News | Scoop.it

As Slate met delegates in and around the Republican National Convention, one of the less expected was Colton Buckley, a young Republican from Texas who came out as gay shortly after the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Fresh faced and cheerfully strident, he told us more gay Republicans need to come out, why LGBT people should never support Hillary Clinton, and how he reconciles the GOP’s anti-gay platform with his support for the party.

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PFLAG survey calls for LGBTI Australians to have their say on marriage equality

PFLAG survey calls for LGBTI Australians to have their say on marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and new LGBTIQ advocacy group, just.equal are calling for LGBTI Australians to take part in a survey canvassing their opinions on marriage equality and the way forward , including whether they support a plebiscite or free vote in parliament.

The survey has been put together by marriage equality researcher Dr Sharon Dane who says it will provide the most comprehensive picture of how the LGBTI community wants to progress the issue.

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Brisbane City Council to hold LGBT forum at the Powerhouse

Brisbane City Council to hold LGBT forum at the Powerhouse | Gay News | Scoop.it

Brisbane City Council will hold a community forum so LGBT residents can give feedback on where they think the city should be heading. 

BCC’s Inclusive Brisbane Board (IBB), which includes a gay representative, is holding the open forum at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Thursday, July 28.

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Toye de Wilde - Activist & Showgirl - remembers the early days of QuAC

Toye de Wilde - Activist & Showgirl - remembers the early days of QuAC | Gay News | Scoop.it

Toye de Wilde is an important figure in the early days of the AIDS epidemic and the formation of the Queensland AIDS Committee and is Patron of QuAC. As a showgirl and activist, she spread the safe sex message and told Brisbane’s gay men the facts about the epidemic. At 71, she tells Andrew Shaw it’s a message that needs reviving.

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St Kilda V Sydney pride match creates AFL sporting history

St Kilda V Sydney pride match creates AFL sporting history | Gay News | Scoop.it

St Kilda officially launched the inaugural AFL Pride Game against Sydney Swans today.

The launch took place at the Prince of Wales Hotel in St Kilda today and heralds a significant day in football history.

The Round 21 clash, which will take place August 13 at Etihad Stadium in Mebourne, is believed to be the first Pride Game for a professional sporting competition in the world.

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Dan Savage Slams Log Cabin Republicans as an 'Utter Failure'

Dan Savage Slams Log Cabin Republicans as an 'Utter Failure' | Gay News | Scoop.it

Dan Savage, renowned author, LGBT activist and media pundit, had a few harsh words for the Log Cabin Republicans, a pro-LGBT Republican lobbying group. In an editorial this week Savage was highly critical of the group, calling their efforts to promote acceptance of the LGBT community from within the Republican Party an "Utter Failure," and "most ineffectual political advocacy org this side of NAMBLA."

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Poll questions level of community support for same-sex marriage plebiscite

Poll questions level of community support for same-sex marriage plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

Less than half of Australians want a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, a poll has found, with support for a national vote plummeting once voters are aware that the Turnbull Government's proposal will cost $160 million but not compel members of Parliament to respect the result.

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Turnbull suggests marriage equality plebiscite may be delayed until 2017

Turnbull suggests marriage equality plebiscite may be delayed until 2017 | Gay News | Scoop.it

“We would like the plebiscite to be held as soon as practicable, but again, that will depend on when the legislation is passed,” he said.

 

“If it is not held, you know, in the latter half of this year, and recognising that parliament will be sitting for the first time on 30 August, then it would be held early next year.

 

“My commitment to have it dealt with as soon as practicable is there, but we ... have to obtain the support of the Senate. We don’t even know who the senators will be at this stage.

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‘Parliament should decide marriage equality, people should decide Indigenous constitutional recognition’: Chris Bowen

‘Parliament should decide marriage equality, people should decide Indigenous constitutional recognition’: Chris Bowen | Gay News | Scoop.it

INDIGENOUS recognition in the constitution should be prioritised over a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, according to shadow treasurer Chris Bowen in an interview with Sky News Australia’s Sunday Agenda.

Bowen argued that the plebiscite was unnecessary and advocated a parliamentary vote.

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Same-sex marriage plebiscite: Premier Daniel Andrews attacks Malcolm Turnbull

Same-sex marriage plebiscite: Premier Daniel Andrews attacks Malcolm Turnbull | Gay News | Scoop.it

Victorians do not want "a harmful public vote" on gay marriage, Premier Daniel Andrews has claimed in a strongly worded letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling for a free vote on equality. 

Premier Andrews has written to Mr Turnbull "on behalf of" Victorians calling on him to stand up to those in the Coalition who do not represent a "fair and modern country".

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Will You Like HBO’s Looking: The Movie? Depends What You’re Into.

Will You Like HBO’s Looking: The Movie? Depends What You’re Into. | Gay News | Scoop.it

When Looking premiered back in 2014, you could say I found it politically troubling. Those issues faded somewhat in season two; but by then, I had decided that politics aside, the earnest tone and gauzy approach of director Andrew Haigh and writer Michael Lannan just weren’t for me. If you like misty shots of the San Francisco skyline and close-ups of Jonathan Groff’s variations on a pained smile, you may enjoy Looking: The Movie, the show’s feature-length finale airing Saturday on HBO.

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Another man accused of being gay has been brutally executed by ISIS

Another man accused of being gay has been brutally executed by ISIS | Gay News | Scoop.it

ISIS has publicly executed yet another man accused of being gay by throwing him from a rooftop.

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Inside One Man's Obsessive Quest to Create a Million-Dollar Vibrator

Inside One Man's Obsessive Quest to Create a Million-Dollar Vibrator | Gay News | Scoop.it

All visionaries have their obsessions. For Thomas Edison, it was electricity. For Elon Musk, space travel. And for Colin Burn, it's a vibrator that costs a million dollars.

 

Burn, a 53-year-old jeweler in Perth, Australia, who first made a name for himself by devising a process for gilding leaves and flowers in gold and silver, has spent the last dozen years creating wildly extravagant sex toys for the global 1%. These come encrusted with jewels, monogrammed, and custom detailed, made from the world's most precious woods and metals and even human hair. They range from silver nipple clamps for $299, to the "Pearl Mini Vibe" in silver with an actual pearl on top for $3,000, to the Pearl Vibrator in platinum, which includes a necklace made with pearls and diamonds and matching earrings, and costs $36,000. Priciest of all is Burn's Diletto. Made out of 18-karat white gold and festooned with 400 diamonds. Yours for $38,000.

 

Burn's accomplishments are many, but one thing continues to elude him: the million-dollar vibrator. It's now designed, prototyped, and ready to go, but it took years of hustle, hard work, and enduring the taunts of friends and colleagues to get there.

 

Here's Burn, in his own words.

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There’s now a formal proposal for a rainbow flag emoji

When the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June 2015, a rallying cry went up for a rainbow flag emoji to celebrate the occasion. Noah Slater, who identifies as a “queer trans feminist nerd,” emailed the Unicode consortium—the organization responsible for approving emoji—to say that “there is a clear need for a rainbow flag that unambiguously symbolizes queer pride.”

 

More than a year later, that argument is gaining some traction. On Tuesday (July 19), Google software engineer Mark Davis—also the co-founder and current president of Unicode—submitted a formal proposal for a rainbow flag emoji. Davis urged the committee to design and release the flag before the Unicode 10.0 update, due to launch in mid-2017. “Because existing Unicode characters are used, vendors can begin design and implementation work now and can deploy before the end of 2016,” he wrote.

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Milo Yiannopoulos and the Gay Fascist Sophisticate

Milo Yiannopoulos and the Gay Fascist Sophisticate | Gay News | Scoop.it

The subject of the gay fascist is, unsurprisingly, a sensitive one. Real-life fascist regimes mercilessly persecuted homosexuals, and any empirical connection between homosexuality and fascism is tenuous, despite what Christian conspiracy theorists and gay contrarians might have you believe. The gay fascist is a real historical figure — for instance, the French critic Robert Brasillach or the SA leader Ernst Röhm — but, more significantly, it’s a cultural trope, familiar from films such as Luchino Visconti’s The Damned and novels such as Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones. In these works of fiction, the gay fascist, who is generally debonair, witty, and well-read, is meant to stand in for the cultural afflictions of the society that produced him: decadence, cynicism, sadism; the narcissism and aestheticism of over-civilization; the worship of death and the loss of hope in the future (associations all courted by Milo with his Twitter name, Nero).

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A Lot of Republican Convention Attendees Are Searching for Gay Sex on Craigslist  

The acronym "RNC" technically refers to the Republican National Convention taking place in Cleveland, Ohio this week. But if the city's current influx of RNC-themed "casual encounters" Craigslist advertisements is any indication, it could just as well stand for, like, Raunchy Nut Cock (or something).

 

The Daily Dot reports that the classifieds site has become a veritable treasure trove of NSFW hookup ads in recent days.

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Marriage equality plebiscite not as popular as Turnbull claims, poll shows

Marriage equality plebiscite not as popular as Turnbull claims, poll shows | Gay News | Scoop.it

A new poll has found that only 48% of Australians back a marriage equality plebiscite, casting doubt over the government’s claim the “overwhelming majority” of Australians back the idea.

 

Galaxy asked 1,000 Australian voters “regardless of your views on same-sex marriage” whether they support or oppose a national plebiscite to decide whether same-sex couples should be able to marry.

 

The poll, commissioned by the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), found 48% of respondents supported the plebiscite, 30% oppose it and 20% are undecided.


When told the result of a plebiscite would not be binding and “politicians will still need to vote on whether to agree or disagree with what the public has decided, potentially overriding the public’s vote”, support fell to 33%.

 

When told the plebiscite is expected to cost $160m, support came in at 25%.

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Only One Person Has Been Cured Of AIDS — Can We Do It Again?

Only One Person Has Been Cured Of AIDS — Can We Do It Again? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Over the past eight years, scientists have tried many ways to replicate what happened in Timothy Brown’s body. On Thursday at the massive International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, a group of European researchers will report that they may have done so in two people with the disease. Since getting bone marrow transplants three years ago, these two patients have cleared HIV from their bodies (though they are also still taking antiretroviral drugs).

 

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There Was a 'Gays for Trump' Party at the RNC and It Was Absolutely Insane

There Was a 'Gays for Trump' Party at the RNC and It Was Absolutely Insane | Gay News | Scoop.it

The second night of the Republican National Convention saw a “Gays for Trump” rally that showcased a series of militant, xenophobic, anti-Islamic speakers who argued that the Republican party is the real friend of the LGBT community.

The event took place in a ballroom lined with images of scantily clad white twinks in “Make America Great Again” hats.

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Plebiscite or bust?

Plebiscite or bust? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Should we reluctantly opt for a plebiscite because it provides a path forward?
 
Should we oppose a plebiscite and wait until after the next election in the hope things improve?
 
For me it is a false choice.
 
We should continue to push for a vote in this parliament with no plebiscite.

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