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Delaware, Continuing a Trend, Becomes the 11th State to Allow Same-Sex Unions

Delaware, Continuing a Trend, Becomes the 11th State to Allow Same-Sex Unions | Gay News | Scoop.it
The bill passed the State Senate by a 12-to-9 vote and the governor quickly signed it, making Delaware the 11th state to permit same-sex marriages.
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Queensland Premier joins Victoria and NSW Labor leaders in supporting Gayby Baby

Queensland Premier joins Victoria and NSW Labor leaders in supporting Gayby Baby | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE Queensland Premier has joined her Labor counterparts in Victoria and NSW in declaring her support for the upcoming documentary about the lives of children with same-sex parents, Gayby Baby.

Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk has told the Star Observer that such a film is representative of what an “inclusive society” needs in 2015.

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NSW Education Minister bans school from screening gay film

NSW Education Minister bans school from screening gay film | Gay News | Scoop.it

The NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, has banned a Sydney school from screening a film about children with gay parents during school hours. 

Burwood Girls High in Sydney's inner-west planned on screening the film Gayby Baby to 1200 students on Friday morning as part of a statewide "Wear it Purple" day campaign of sexual inclusion in schools. 

On Wednesday Mr Piccoli said he directed the Department of Education to ensure the film was not shown during school hours. 

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Celebrating 10 years of Drama DownUnder - Gay News Network

Celebrating 10 years of Drama DownUnder - Gay News Network | Gay News | Scoop.it

It’s been 10 years since the Drama DownUnder Campaign launched. We chat to Colin Batrouney from the Victorian AIDS Council (who also happened to art direct the campaign about the longest continuously running sexual health campaign in the country.

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Can “All-Gender” Underwear Really Be Comfortable for All Genders?

Can “All-Gender” Underwear Really Be Comfortable for All Genders? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Are you ever frustrated that the underwear that actually fits your body's shape isn’t gendered the way you would want it to be? Panties too feminine for your taste? Boxers or briefs too masculine? If you're not into society's stereotypes for how you should dress your body, the limited underwear market is enough to make some of us want to go naked in protest. But since going commando isn't sustainable over the long term, which to compromise: style or fit?

Forget about that. Play Out underwear operates on the principle that you deserve a choice of stylish non-gendered print to stretch across your buns, in a cut that fits your body, whatever its parts may be. The first run of undies are being sold in small, medium, and large, but Play Out says larger sizes are high on its to-do list.

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Conservative marriage equality supporters should be welcomed, not “ridiculed”: Frmr Qld Coalition MP

Conservative marriage equality supporters should be welcomed, not “ridiculed”: Frmr Qld Coalition MP | Gay News | Scoop.it

AS the debate and seemingly delayed march towards marriage equality in Australia continues, voices of support – in particularly from conservative supporters – are more vital than ever in making it a reality.

During his time as the Liberal-National Party’s state MP for Brisbane Central, an LGBTI-centric electorate, Robert Cavallucci was a vocal supporter of marriage equality within a government — the former Campbell Newman government — that was sometimes criticised for its lack of progressive work for the community.

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Trans* community mourns the passing of “pioneer” Kathy Anne Noble

Trans* community mourns the passing of “pioneer” Kathy Anne Noble | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE Australian trans* community is mourning the loss of Kathy Anne Noble, described as a passionate and courageous “icon” who worked intensely behind the scenes advocating for trans* rights, following her death last week in Brisbane.

Noble — who also founded the trans* resource Changeling Aspects, and authored the book Two Lives: A Transsexual’s Story and the Fight for Recognition — was seen as a leading figure in the national trans* community, committed to ensuring it had a voice in the broader LGBTI and Australian community.

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United Nations to hold first security meeting on LGBT rights

United Nations to hold first security meeting on LGBT rights | Gay News | Scoop.it

The United Nations Security Council will hold its first ever meeting on gay rights to discuss the terrorist group Islamic State’s persecution of sexual minorities.


The meeting, hailed by human rights groups as a significant step forward, will take place later today.


US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, said that the meeting will focus on “ISIL and its systematic targeting of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) persons who find themselves in ISIL-controlled territory.”

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PM may nix referendum on marriage equality

PM may nix referendum on marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Seven's national political editor, Mark Riley has suggested sources have informed him the Prime Minister Tony Abbott has conceded the best option for a people’s vote on marriage equality will be a plebiscite and is said to have pushed aside the notion of a referendum on the issue.

Riley broke the news in an exclusive on Seven on the weekend.

Marriage equality advocates have welcomed the news, saying same-sex marriage was never a constitutional issue.

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'Gay death': They say 30 is the new 25

'Gay death': They say 30 is the new 25 | Gay News | Scoop.it
This weekend I turn 25 and, as a paid-up member of the homosexual community, that means I am perilously close to witnessing my own funeral.
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Sorry Michael, I couldn't disagree more.  This is a common trope/joke amongst (young) gay men but it's rubbish.  Life as a gay man gets better and better with every passing year: you care less about what others think; your relationships become richer and more meaningful; and your life, work and relationship options only increase. 

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Qld govt considers lowering age of anal sex consent to 16

Qld govt considers lowering age of anal sex consent to 16 | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Queensland Government is investigating lowering the age of consent for anal sex to 16, in line with laws covering most other consensual sexual activity.

Queensland remains the only state in Australia to legislate differences between vaginal and anal sex, with the age of consent for "carnal knowledge" set at 16, while anal sex, referred to as sodomy in the legislation, remains at 18.

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Turnbull and Pyne only government frontbenchers to turn up for same-sex marriage bill

Turnbull and Pyne only government frontbenchers to turn up for same-sex marriage bill | Gay News | Scoop.it

Christopher Pyne and Malcolm Turnbull have taken a public stand on same-sex marriage, as the only two ministers to come in to Parliament and sit on the frontbench as Warren Entsch introduced his cross-party bill on the reform.

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Sex in the Sunshine State: Queensland escorts share their stories

Sex in the Sunshine State: Queensland escorts share their stories | Gay News | Scoop.it

Andrew Shaw talks to three Queensland escorts about their lives, their work, and why sex work is about more than just the sex.

There are two forms of legal sex work in Queensland: you can work solo or you can work in a licensed brothel. Unlicensed brothels, street workers, two sex workers sharing one premises and out-calls from a brothel are all illegal.

You can operate a private business as a sex worker, but, as we shall see, the regulations around what you can and can’t do are tight. When advertising you cannot describe the services you offer, nor can you suggest a service connected with massage. You can use a photo in your ad, but only head and shoulders. By law, you must use a condom when working.

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Here's the speech MP Warren Entsch gave parliament when he introduced Australia's marriage equality bill

Here's the speech MP Warren Entsch gave parliament when he introduced Australia's marriage equality bill | Gay News | Scoop.it

MP Warren Entsch today introduced a cross-party bill to legalise same-sex marriage.

He did so knowing the motion would likely be dismissed without being taken to a vote.

In his address Entsch said Australia would be a “divided nation” unless marriage equality was achieved.

He was supported by several MPs from across the political spectrum, including Brisbane MP Teresa Gambaro whose office helped to draft the motion.

If passed, the bill would abolish the definition of marriage as between “a man and a woman” in favour of “two people, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”.

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Julia Gillard says she would vote yes on same sex marriage

As you know from my earlier remarks, I think it is vital that the proposal for a plebiscite or referendum is put to one side. I also think it is important that thematter is now resolved through a conscience vote by the parliament aspromptly as possible after the next election so that no more potential twistsand turns can loom up. Of course, like everyone else in this room exceptMichael Danby, I would not have a vote in that debate. But if I did, I wouldvote yes.


If, much against my views about what is best for our nation, a plebiscite orreferendum is held on same sex marriage, then as a voter, I would certainlycast my ballot in favour of same sex marriage.

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Feds Shut Down Rentboy.com, Arrest CEO and 6 Others

Feds Shut Down Rentboy.com, Arrest CEO and 6 Others | Gay News | Scoop.it

Federal authorities in New York City have shut down online male escort service Rentboy.com and arrested the chief executive and six current and former employees on prostitution charges.

Prosecutors announced the charges Tuesday against CEO Jeffrey Hurant and the other defendants. Disclaimers on New York-based Rentboy.com had said its listings were for companionship and not for sexual services. But a federal complaint unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn alleges that in reality the site, founded in 1997, was designed to advertise prostitution.

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Prosecutors announced the charges Tuesday against CEO Jeffrey Hurant and the other defendants. Disclaimers on New York-based Rentboy.com had said its listings were for companionship and not for sexual services. But a federal complaint unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn alleges that in reality the site, founded in 1997, was designed to advertise prostitution.

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Beating the odds

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HE may be one of Australia’s most prominent chief executives today, but Michael Ebeid still remembers a time when the odds seemed to be against him.

“When I was in my early 20s, I don’t recall ever knowing or hearing about an openly-gay CEO,” he said.

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Closet Case: Michael Kirby

Closet Case: Michael Kirby | Gay News | Scoop.it

Since stepping down from the High Court in 2009, Australia’s longest serving judge has kept himself busy by, among other things, looking into human rights abuses in North Korea for the UN and working with organisations promoting LGBTI inclusion.


However, despite knowing he was gay from a young age, Kirby didn’t publicly reveal his sexuality until he was 61.

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One-Third of Americans Under 30 Say They’re Not Totally Heterosexual

One-Third of Americans Under 30 Say They’re Not Totally Heterosexual | Gay News | Scoop.it

Hot on the heels of a YouGov survey that found nearly one-half of British 18-to-24-year-olds identifying as something other than totally heterosexual, the same organization has polled 1,000 Americans and found that while 78 percent say they are completely straight, only 66 percent of those under the age of 30 see themselves that way.

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25 years of community spirit

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AT a quarter of a century old, Brisbane Pride Festival celebrates its landmark anniversary alongside one of the Queensland LGBTI community’s greatest milestones: the decriminalisation of homosexuality.


Given the state’s conservative history, the law reform was done under a newly-elected Labor government and was only achieved because of the efforts of activists, campaigners and people representing the Queensland’s diverse LGBTI community.


With this in mind, it seems fitting that Brisbane Pride has chosen the theme of “commUNITY” to celebrate its anniversary and pay homage to the LGBTI rights movement.

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Australia, Home of Mardi Gras, Doesn’t Have Gay Marriage. Catholic Mexico Does. How Come?

Australia, Home of Mardi Gras, Doesn’t Have Gay Marriage. Catholic Mexico Does. How Come? | Gay News | Scoop.it

A few months after legalizing same-sex marriage, Mexico’s Supreme Court legalized gay adoption. Just one day earlier, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had banned members of his party from voting in favor of a new marriage equality bill, effectively killing it.  

Like many in Australia and around the world, I was shocked, hurt, and appalled. How could this happen? In one of the world’s most advanced democracies; in the country that hosts Mardi Gras and gave us Kylie Minogue and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; in a country that prides itself on giving everyone a “fair go” and coined the term no worries. How could this happen?

It would be easy to blame the failure of marriage equality on Australia’s conservative government and to further demonize Abbott as head homophobe. But the truth is, marriage equality has been up for debate in Australia for a decade. It’s been there through two terms of a left-wing Labor government, and it still didn't make it through Parliament and into law. And while most Aussies now support gay marriage, we still elected a government that is totally opposed to equal rights.

The question remains: Why have Mexico’s socio-cultural norms helped to advance legal recognition of same-sex relationships there, while Australia’s values have impeded progress on equality?

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How I learned to have pride in both my Sikh and gay identity

How I learned to have pride in both my Sikh and gay identity | Gay News | Scoop.it

Not all gay men are alike. It might seem counterintuitive but since we are at the tail end of gay pride season it bears repeating. Being gay is not simply about sex, nor is it about adhering to the kind of hypersexualized, male-centric interpretation of queerness so prevalent at Pride parades.


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We need PrEP approved “yesterday”: NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner

We need PrEP approved “yesterday”: NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner | Gay News | Scoop.it

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner has said federal approval for new treatments that could prevent HIV needs to happen as soon as possible and access to the drugs should be easy and economical for those at high-risk of contracting the virus.

Skinner spoke to the Star Observer earlier this week at an event at NSW Parliament to mark three decades since LGBTI health body ACON was formed.


The minister praised ACON’s work, noting a reduction in new HIV infections over a three-year period, as well as the bipartisan approach to fighting HIV in NSW.


“Through sheer determination [ACON] has helped shape national policy, influence law reform, fought against stigma and discrimination and supported HIV trials and clinical access,” she said.

“There’s been no politics, no scandalous media outrage and that’s reason why we’ve done so well in this state.”

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Media Watch: Media equality on marriage equality?

Media Watch: Media equality on marriage equality? | Gay News | Scoop.it

And now to something else that was big last week ... and that’s the debate over same-sex marriage ... where opponents of marriage equality are having difficulty getting their message out to the media:

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19 Men Go Shirtless And Share Their Body Image Struggles

19 Men Go Shirtless And Share Their Body Image Struggles | Gay News | Scoop.it

The fruitless quest for a "perfect" body isn't unique to women,  though based on the body image conversations we tend to hear, it's easy to think so. 

Rather than obsess over attaining thinness, however, men are more likely than women to consider themselves underweight, and focus on getting more muscle tone, studies suggest. But there is a range of expectations for what a "masculine" body should look like -- and negative associations with the ones that fall short. One study found that men linked being fat with "weakness of will," while being lean and muscular was associated with "feelings of confidence and power in social situations." 

According to mental health experts, men may have a harder time accessing communication tools to express their insecurities and work through them. While there's recently been more cultural celebration of a diverse range of body types for men and women, for men to communicate openly about body concerns still carries a stigma. 

In an effort to demonstrate that men of all ages and sizes struggle with body image, HuffPost Women photographed 19 men, from those in their 20s to their 60s, without their shirts and spoke candidly with them about their body hang-ups.   

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The Hon Teresa Gambaro: Marriage should be a choice for all

The Hon Teresa Gambaro: Marriage should be a choice for all | Gay News | Scoop.it

As people we are, all of us, more than our sexuality, in the same way that we are more than our racial origin or any disability we may have. Our worth as people is in no way diminished by any of these characteristics, none of which should be allowed to serve as disqualifying any one of us from one of life’s most fundamental and basic rights – our own choice as to who we love.

Given that for all of us our time on this earth is too short, why would any of us seek to deny another the chance to experience love in their lifetime? Does a gay person need love any less than me? This is not a politician’s response – I’d like to think of it as a human response. As so many people have said before me, if there was just a little more love in the world then it would be a better place for all of us.

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