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Emily Bazelon Assures Stephen Colbert His Marriage Is Safe

Emily Bazelon Assures Stephen Colbert His Marriage Is Safe | Gay News | Scoop.it
Struggling to understand what the Supreme Court’s gay-marriage decisions mean, Stephen Colbert interviewed Emily Bazelon on Wednesday night's show.
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Survey: One in Four People Admit to Hooking Up and Having Sex at the Gym

Survey: One in Four People Admit to Hooking Up and Having Sex at the Gym | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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26 Dead (Or Dying) Gay Bars in NYC, L.A., S.F.

26 Dead (Or Dying) Gay Bars in NYC, L.A., S.F. | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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It’s time: The case for marriage equality

It’s time: The case for marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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Cory Bernardi: recognising overseas same-sex marriages subverts Australian law

Cory Bernardi: recognising overseas same-sex marriages subverts Australian law | Gay News | Scoop.it

Recognising same-sex marriages that took place overseas would challenge Australia’s sovereignty by making the country “beholden” to foreign laws, Liberal backbencher Cory Bernardi said.


Bernardi, a vocal opponent of marriage equality, on Thursday spoke in the Senate to oppose a private member’s bill aimed at recognising overseas marriages.

He criticised the bill, put forward by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, saying it “subverted” Australia’s domestic laws.

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A truly 'liberal' government wouldn't hold a plebiscite on legalising same-sex marriage

A truly 'liberal' government wouldn't hold a plebiscite on legalising same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

A vote on whether same-sex couples can get married is discriminatory because it applies a standard to them that does not apply to heterosexual couples.

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Is Big Gay Day exploiting LGBT charities?

Is Big Gay Day exploiting LGBT charities? | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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National Water Polo League Pride Cup to challenge homophobia in Australian sport

National Water Polo League Pride Cup to challenge homophobia in Australian sport | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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Qld must commit to anti-HIV trials: AIDS Council

Qld must commit to anti-HIV trials: AIDS Council | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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Swearing-in “was like the first day at school” — new gay MP Trent Zimmerman

Swearing-in “was like the first day at school” — new gay MP Trent Zimmerman | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE first openly gay person to have been elected as an MP in the House of Representatives was sworn in today during Federal Parliament’s first sitting of the year.

North Sydney federal Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman won his seat in a by-election in December, replacing outgoing Treasurer Joe Hockey.

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Labor MP Terri Butler to push for same-sex marriage vote

Labor MP Terri Butler to push for same-sex marriage vote | Gay News | Scoop.it

Labor MP Terri Butler has flagged she will make a move on same-sex marriage ahead of the planned plebiscite after the election.

Butler, who now holds Kevin Rudd’s previous seat of Griffith, said Australians do not want a $160 million plebiscite on the issue when it may not help anyway. 

“If the Liberals and the Nationals are saying they are going to vote however they like after a plebiscite - well that sounds like a free vote to me,” she said. 

Butler said she plans to bring the cross-party same-sex marriage bill on for further debate and then a vote “soon”, saying time is getting wasted. 

“If it’s going to be a free vote anyway, then what are we waiting for?” 

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Lord Mayor candidates for Brisbane City Council elections look to woo LGBTI community

Lord Mayor candidates for Brisbane City Council elections look to woo LGBTI community | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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HIV-positive man mistakenly denied tourist visa to Australia

HIV-positive man mistakenly denied tourist visa to Australia | Gay News | Scoop.it

A SCANDINAVIAN man who has been visiting Australia every year for 22 years was denied a tourist visa because he is living with HIV.

Eric* has been living with HIV since the 80s and along with his partner have visited Australia every year since 1994.

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AIDS Council pushes for HIV prevention drug trials

AIDS Council pushes for HIV prevention drug trials | Gay News | Scoop.it

The push for the wider availability of the HIV prevention drug PrEP, to reach a target of zero new HIV transmissions by 2020, is building strength in Queensland.


A trial of 3,700 people in New South Wales was announced on World Aids Day in December, and last week a similar trial of 2,600 people was announced in Victoria.

A smaller trial of 150 men in Queensland began last year, but advocates are pushing for that to be expanded.

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In Their Own Words: Men on PrEP Explain Why They Take It

In Their Own Words: Men on PrEP Explain Why They Take It | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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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.

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The Science Behind Straight Women’s Love for Gay Men

The Science Behind Straight Women’s Love for Gay Men | Gay News | Scoop.it

For years, friendships between straight women and gay men have been a subject of pop culture fascination. Bookstelevision 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.

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New UN stamps promote LGBT rights

New UN stamps promote LGBT rights | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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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.

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Straight couples' lip service will not lead to equal love

Straight couples' lip service will not lead to equal love | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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Labor MP Tim Watts slams Marriage Alliance 'rainbow noose' campaign

Labor MP Tim Watts slams Marriage Alliance 'rainbow noose' campaign | Gay News | Scoop.it

Labor MP Tim Watts has taken aim at the Australian Marriage Alliance after they posted an image to social media showing a distressed women with a rainbow noose around her neck.


Watts’ address to the Australian senate on Thursday said that the poster produced by the group “is crap” and the data they continue to supply about those against same-sex marriage lacks any sources.

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Nearly half of gay men have had an open relationship

Nearly half of gay men have had an open relationship | Gay News | Scoop.it

Nearly half of gay men have had an open or non-monogamous relationship, a survey has found.


The claim comes from a survey carried out by FS Magazine and gay men’s health charity GMFA.


The magazine surveyed 1,006 gay men in the UK – and unsurprisingly found that a lot of them have liberal views about sex.


According to the survey, 41% of men have previously experienced, or are currently in, an open relationship.

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AIDS Quilt Goes Digital: See The Full Quilt Online

AIDS Quilt Goes Digital: See The Full Quilt Online | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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Drag Race Is Back—But Is That Definitely a Good Thing?

Drag Race Is Back—But Is That Definitely a Good Thing? | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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Gay marriage: Government could ditch plebiscite idea, says Warren Entsch

Gay marriage: Government could ditch plebiscite idea, says Warren Entsch | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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What’s this then slut? The ABC’s hit sketch comedy series ‘Black Comedy’ is back!

What’s this then slut? The ABC’s hit sketch comedy series ‘Black Comedy’ is back! | Gay News | Scoop.it

The wait is almost ove! ABC TV’s groundbreaking sketch comedy series Black Comedy is back with another six-part series, starting tonight at 9pm on ABC and ABC iview.

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Dance Revolution ‘72: Four decades ago at the University of Georgia, some brave students wanted to hold a dance to change the world. And they did.

Dance Revolution ‘72: Four decades ago at the University of Georgia, some brave students wanted to hold a dance to change the world. And they did. | Gay News | Scoop.it

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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Brexclusive access to `Gaybies' rehearsals at the Powerhouse

Brexclusive access to `Gaybies' rehearsals at the Powerhouse | Gay News | Scoop.it

The second annual MELT Festival's on at the Powerhouse from today till Sunday-week."

"Laugh, cry, gasp and play", MELT is billed as "Brisbane's chance to embrace hot and sunny February as Queer Month and celebrate Brisbane's vibrant LGBTI community", including (this week) Carlotta (Sunday night), "Dangerous Liaisons" (tonight February 3rd till Friday night), and "Gaybies", real-life stories about growing up with same sex parents.

Kris Stewart, artistic director of the Brisbane Powerhouse, is directing Gaybies and he (and the cast) kindly allowed Spencer Howson to sit in on rehearsals ...

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