Brisbane Pride president Peter Black talks us through the 2014 festival line-up, and explains the significance of this year's theme.
“The theme for the 2014 Brisbane Pride Festival is 'Define Me: More Than a Label,' ” explains Pride president Peter Black. “We see this as a term that will empower Queensland’s LGBTIQ community to stand proud and counter the culture of labels that are placed upon them by others both inside and outside of our community.
"We want this theme to make visible the concept of labels and encourage everyone to take control of how they define themselves in a strong and bold manner.”
All the events you know and love from previous years will be in the program along with some surprises, starting with the glamorous opening night at Cloudland on August 29.
SEXUAL health expert warns an outbreak of drug-resistant gonorrhoea would be likely to hit Australia’s gay community first, as Australian and New Zealand sexual health clinics go on alert.
AAP reports the patient, a tourist from central Europe, was treated in Cairns after travelling there from Sydney, prompting a health alert in July.
The case represented the highest level of drug resistance to gonorrhoea ever reported in Australia, and has caused the New Zealand Sexual Health Society issuing a warning amidst fears of an outbreak there.
While drug-resistant gonorrhoea does not present symptomatically any differently from regular strains, it is both harder to treat and harder to detect—the standard testing method may not pick it up.
At the end of July, Melbourne hosted the 20th International AIDS Conference. A huge red AIDS 2014 sign perched on the Swanston Street Bridge between Flinders Street Station and the Melbourne Concert Hall.
The Global AIDS Village was in action at the other end of Southbank with a variety of displays from HIV/AIDS organisations from all over the world. One of the many associated events was the marvellous exhibition of gay artist David McDiarmid’s work, When This You See Remember Me. It is still on display at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).
Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.
Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. Others tout their upscale amenities like plush towels and marble baths. A bathhouse in Ohio has even added hotel rooms and a nightclub.
Gone are the days when bathhouses drew crowds just by offering a discreet place for gays to meet, share saunas and, often, have sex.
"The acceptance of gays has changed the whole world. It's taken away the need to sneak into back-alley places," said Dennis Holding, 75, who owns a Miami-based bathhouse.
Senior achievers in our community were feted at the Alliance Hotel in Spring Hill today (Aug 22) at a luncheon put on by the Queensland AIDS Council.
Part of Seniors Week, and hosted by QuAC's director of Healthy Communities Programs Gai Lemon and new executive director Michael Scott, the event recognised the amazing, often unsung achievements that people in our community have made that helped shape the organisations and the lifestyle we enjoy today, both in the gay and straight communities.
Recognised for their contributions were Jill Bolen (perseverance and persistence), Leigh Neighbour lifelong learning), Neil McLucas (performing arts), Patricia Robins (rural and regional life), Trevor Robinson (mentoring and education), Tony Groom (environment and science), Paul McFarlane (preserving history), John Ebert (activism), Maurice Milliner (volunteerism), David Bradford Health and well-being), Ian Byford (fine arts & literature) and Bert Gerbrands (recreation).
But like everything else in our culture, where even grumpy cats become memes and multiply, it seems the gay daddies are moving beyond leather land, especially for a new generation of twentysomething gays. An informal poll of men reveals that there seems to be an uptick of younger men who are interested in guys of my “seasoned” age bracket. “Guys my age could care less about me. At all,” says one friend in his forties. “Which is fine. We all seem to be occupied with the interests of much younger guys lately.”
To meet the demand, a daddy industry is developing. There are now tons of non-leather daddy porn sites, a hookup app, Daddyhunt, for “Gay Daddies, Silver Daddies, Muscle Daddies, Bears, Leather Daddies, Big Daddies, and Daddy-Lovers." There is an increasing number of gay porn actors and escorts, who, despite the decimation of the gay adult film industry thanks to Internet, have extended their careers into middle age with equal, if not greater, popularity (Chase Hunter, Allen Silver, and Cole Maverick, to name a few); according to one male escort friend, getting good “reviews” from satisfied customers on the website Daddy’s Reviews has become crucial for business.
Many of our most famous gays right now — Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Alan Cumming, Tom Ford, and so on — are all also daddies. Even if they don't get naked or call each other that on Twitter.
In turn, daddy has gone from being a porn thing to defining a broader range of men. “If you’re hearing daddy more and more, I think that it’s because more gay men are allowing themselves to be attracted to different types of people,” says Conner Habib, a writer, lecturer, and adult-film star. “Rather than a uniform experience of beauty, people want a personalized experience of it. What could be more personalized than a daddy? It expresses character, relationship, experience.”
Gay-rights activists are winning a legal battle to overturn state laws prohibiting same-sex unions, most recently in Virginia. Now the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign is opening a new front — a cultural campaign to win hearts and minds in a part of the country where they've met the strongest resistance: the Deep South.
A majority of Republicans say they’d be just fine voting for a gay or lesbian candidate,according to a new poll from McClatchy and Marist College. They’re less comfortable, however, when the issue strikes closer to home: Six in 10 Republicans say they’d be upset if their son or daughter were gay. Just over 20 percent say they’d be “very upset.”
Ironically — or fittingly enough — having a gay kid is the best medicine for conservative parents scared of raising a sissy or a tomboy. The strongest predictor of attitudes about homosexuality is knowing someone who is gay or lesbian. Whether it’s fair or not, gay kids born into conservative families end up having to reeducate their parents.
Angel-voiced Brit Sam Smith is gay, but not like those terrifying spermwhores who love sex sooooo much and will eat your children because they think it strengthens their boners. He is also 22. Since 22-year-olds routinely spout bullshit about things they know little about in an attempt to render a monolithic prescription regarding how one should live his or her life, it follows that Smith does this in regards to how one should be gay.
Welcome back to Ask a Homo, a judgment-free zone where the gays of Outward answer questions about LGBTQ politics, culture, etiquette, language, and other queer conundrums. Aside from discovering a nascent love of both men and New York City in the movie version of Rent, my personal affiliation with musical theater is pretty weak. But there are plenty of gay men whotruly adore Broadway. This week, we explore the history and motivations of that great gay archetype, the musical theater queen.
The .com’s and .net’s of the world have a new, more charitable neighbor to welcome online.
A new initiative called dotHIV officially launched Tuesday with plans to sell .HIV domain names to web creators as part of a fundraising effort to fight and prevent HIV and AIDS. Companies and individuals can purchase .HIV domain names for $179, and a small donation will be made to an HIV- or AIDS-related charity each time a web user visits the site.
Money raised from the domain sales is pooled, and then redistributed to the charities, says Carolin Silbernagl, CEO of the .HIV Initiative, the non-profit behind the push. The domains, which Silbernagl refers to as “digital red ribbons” in honor of the international symbol for the HIV virus, are free for HIV organization and non-profits.
Life as a gay man in the U.S. has changed in the past decade — the law and cultural attitudes toward homosexuality have shifted. And those greater social and legal freedoms have also changed how some gay men choose to express their masculinity — and their femininity.
ONE of Queensland’s major Anglican congregations is donating contributions to their monthly charitable outreach program to the Queensland AIDS Council in continuing efforts to support marginalised communities.
St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane city has been one of Queensland’s most progressive congregations and a long time supporter of the LGBTI community, led by its Dean, Dr Peter Catt.
Highlighting a need to support programs in marginalised communities, Dr Catt hoped that their monthly program addresses issues of HIV education advocacy and isolation.
There are lawsuits in the works in 32 states to overturn the last of the same sex-marriage bans that still exist across America.
While some lawsuits are in the beginning stages of litigation, many states have already issued landmark decisions, with the past month marking some triumphant wins. Of course, in many states where judges rule in favor of gay marriage, it’s only a matter of time before the decision is appealed. So GLAAD created a handy map that shows the current (and rapidly changing) status of gay marriage across the country.
Until more unanimous thought prevails, a national patchwork of judges, each of whom weighed gay marriage bans, have been issuing opinions that can sometimes read like inspired moments of activist speech. Here are some of our favorites, and we don't mind if all those states that still ban gay marriage crib from these decisions.
A mental health program specifically designed for same-sex attracted youth has been developed and is now being trialled online.
Out & Online has been funded by beyondblue and was put together by a team of researchers from Swinburne University of Technology, Federation University Australia and Deakin University after consultation with mental health experts and same-sex attracted youth.
It's hoped that having the resources online will assist young adults, particularly from rural or isolated areas, get the help they need.
Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins was at an event in D.C. in June when someone approached him and said his story as the first openly gay man to actively play for a major professional sports team helped him repair his relationship with his mother.
“I’ve heard other stories along those same lines,” Collins told the Washington Blade last month during an interview. “It’s just really great to see when you have an impact.”
Collins said his life is “exponentially better” since he came out in a Sports Illustrated op-ed in April 2013.
The Hoist was this glorious, irreverent, sacrilegious queer space for perverts, deviants, faggots, dissidents. These people didn’t fit in to the nice squeaky-clean image that so many gay people want to cultivate. It was the place for the sexual out-laws.
—Peter Tatchell, from documentary, Age of Consent (2014)
[It struck as more than coincidental that these words were being blasted to a full audience at the BFI LGBT Film Festival in exactly the same month that the law for gay marriage equality was being passed in the UK.]
This quote is referring to a gay nightclub in Vauxhall known as The Hoist. Presenting itself as a medieval dungeon, with its self-convicted prisoners in sado-masochistic uniforms of leather, rubber and PVC, the club has been an underground haven for sexual ‘perversion’ since it opened in 1996, hosting nights for gay men into anything BUT vanilla-sex—fisting, pissing, humiliation, bareback sex, gang bangs, and then begin to use your imagination. This space formed the subject of a ground-breaking documentary that premiered at the BFI LGBT Film Festival earlier this year—Age of Consent: a brave and daring foray into Vauxhall’s erotic hide-out, complete with jilting and unfiltered footage of the club’s nightly happenings. A lot of the footage I had expected and prepared myself for, but some moments truly shocked me.
he Birdcage came out nearly twenty years ago and is perhaps best remembered for Christine Baranski’s gams and Nathan Lane’s bravura scenery-chewing as a drag queen who attempts to pass as a biological woman. The late Robin Williams played the figurative straight man as Lane’s perpetually put-upon partner, though the two comedians had enough chemistry to blow up a science lab. In a recent interview with CBS, Lane fondly remembered his co-star.
“I’ve been very sad. It’s hard to talk about,” Lane said of Williams, who was found dead at age 63 after apparently hanging himself last week. “The heartbreaking thing is the notion that he was in such pain and despair that he felt that was the only way out, and I hate thinking about that.”