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How Pop Culture Changed the Face of the Same-Sex Marriage Debate

How Pop Culture Changed the Face of the Same-Sex Marriage Debate | Gay News | Scoop.it
Today the Supreme Court made two big decisions on same-sex marriage, issues that have been playing out in pop culture for years. Have television, movies, music and social media helped shift the tide?
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Stop Shaming Partners of Trans People

Stop Shaming Partners of Trans People | Gay News | Scoop.it

Love wins, right? That is the victory cry of the marriage equality ruling. But please excuse the bitterness of those of us who know that, for now, that is not true. As a cisgender man who is attracted to trans women, I would like to know when our love will win. With the recent marriage Supreme Court ruling, as many prematurely declare victory and move their protest signs from the streets to the archives, trans women and the men who love them are still seeing their love lose. We have just witnessed our chances of love get dealt another painful blow.

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Mormon Church Needs the Boy Scouts

Mormon Church Needs the Boy Scouts | Gay News | Scoop.it

The upcoming decision by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on whether to break ties with the Boy Scouts of America over the admission of gay scoutmasters matters to the Scouts because, as of 2013, LDS-affiliates make up 17 percent of its membership. But the decision matters much more for the Mormon church itself.

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Beautiful Photography Project Celebrates The Diversity Of Gender Expression All Around The World

Beautiful Photography Project Celebrates The Diversity Of Gender Expression All Around The World | Gay News | Scoop.it

Writer Emily Besa and photographer Bernd Ott have spent the better part of the last year and a half traveling around the world (5 major cities in 4 different countries so far) speaking with individuals about how they personally define and express their own gender identity. “A lot of projects we found tend to focus on one aspect of being non-binary or non-conforming and we were particularly interested in relating the infinite possibilities of gender expression and identity,” Besa, one half of the team behind the All The People project, told BuzzFeed. “From the beginning we wanted to avoid any kind of labeling or categorization.”


The assortment of portraits and interviews debuted as a “work in progress” when presented at Amsterdam’s TransPride this past weekend. Besa spoke with BuzzFeed about her work on the project, as well as her hopes for the upcoming finished book.

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Advocates fear Tony Abbott's 'same-sex marriage plebiscite' would delay change

Advocates fear Tony Abbott's 'same-sex marriage plebiscite' would delay change | Gay News | Scoop.it

A plebiscite on same-sex marriage could delay change for two years, advocates fear, following reports Tony Abbott was canvassing the idea with colleagues.

Channel 7 reported on Monday night the prime minister had sounded out some of his senior colleagues on holding a plebiscite after the next election, following Labor’s decision to keep a conscience vote for two terms, before moving to make support for same-sex marriage a binding policy. .

Critics say Labor’s decision has taken the urgency out of the debate and potentially deferred a planned Coalition party room discussion on granting a conscience vote.

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GOP’s Open Season on Gay Kids

GOP’s Open Season on Gay Kids | Gay News | Scoop.it

As the one-month anniversary of nationwide same-sex marriage approaches, some top GOP leaders have already moved on from LGBT adults to LGBT kids. And why wouldn’t they? LGBT youth can’t vote, generally don’t get married, and have even fewer avenues for legal recourse than their adult counterparts.

If there was any doubt that youth are up next in the seemingly never-ending LGBT culture war, last week proved it. While the abortion debate took up most of the political bandwidth, some in the Republican Party were busy ensuring that LGBT youth would become a 2016 talking point.

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What Happened When I Created the Transgender Flag Photo Filter

What Happened When I Created the Transgender Flag Photo Filter - The Pansexual Labyrinth - Medium

As many of you are well aware, there was a great victory for social justice on Friday, June 26, 2015, when the Supreme Court of the United States declared any law banning gay marriage unconstitutional. Millions of gay, white, cisgender men were liberated from the violent oppression of the State, as Equality finally arrived in his beautiful, TD Bank sponsored rainbow carriage to spread happiness across the land. It was a day filled with much joy and laughter as the rainbow was declared the national bird of the United States of America and everyone was invited to join in on the fun and celebrate Pride ™.

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Gay literature is firmly out of the closet in India

Gay literature is firmly out of the closet in India | Gay News | Scoop.it

Even as same-sex couples in India struggle to gain legal recognition, in literature they are the heroes and heroines.


Over the years, a number of Indian writers have steadily produced remarkable gay literature, keeping alive the issue of inequality in love through their compelling stories. Here is an overview of some of the books and plays that have blazed a trail for gay rights in the country.

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Boy Scouts Are Poised to End Ban on Gay Leaders

Boy Scouts Are Poised to End Ban on Gay Leaders | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Boy Scouts of America is expected on Monday to end its blanket ban on gay leaders — a turning point for an organization that has been in turmoil over the issue.

But some scouting groups will still be able to limit leadership jobs to heterosexuals.

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Brisbane Pride Festival wants you!

Brisbane Pride Festival wants you! | Gay News | Scoop.it

Are you a group, individual or business keen to show your rainbow pride and get involved with the Brisbane queer community? Then Brisbane Pride wants to hear from you.

The annual celebration of all things LGBTI, Brisbane Pride Festival, will kick off on August 28 to provide a month long extravaganza of rainbow loving goodness and the festival organisers are looking for all manner of events to include in the festival calendar.

Brisbane Pride Incorporated invites community groups, businesses and individuals to submit an event as part of the 2015 festival.

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Gays and right-wingers: an unhappy marriage

Gays and right-wingers: an unhappy marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

So if we don't see a conscience vote it will not be because the majority didn't want change, it will be because the majority and the leader were happy to throw out a long-held Liberal view about conscience issues and were happy to ignore public opinion. But I don't think Tony Abbott will do either of these things, because he is a liberal and he is a politician.

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When Should You Use Come vs. Cum? It Depends What Kind of Sex You’re Describing.

When Should You Use Come vs. Cum? It Depends What Kind of Sex You’re Describing. | Gay News | Scoop.it

Rather than part-of-speech dependent, in other words, the spelling should be context dependent, because the tonal shimmer around cum is very distinct from the one around comeCome and cum are not two different words for the same act-cum-orgasm ectoplasm; they are two different words for two different acts-cum-orgasm ectoplasms. And all four meanings have their place.

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What do you use, "cum" or "come"?
And do you agree these rules with article suggests?:


"And here are some contexts in which it probably makes more sense to use come:

  • magazine article, real magazine
  • novel, literary
  • nonfiction, historical
  • letter to the editor, newspaper


Contexts in which it probably makes more sense to use cum:

  • magazine article, men’s magazine
  • novel, romance
  • nonfiction, steamy memoir
  • sexts"
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How Scalia Helped Make Workplace LGBT Discrimination Illegal in All 50 States

How Scalia Helped Make Workplace LGBT Discrimination Illegal in All 50 States | Gay News | Scoop.it

On Thursday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission dropped a bombshell: Sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace, the EEOC ruled, is already illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This ruling—which is binding on EEOC conciliations between employers and employees, and is an extremely persuasive authority for courts—has been a long time in the making. In fact, it can be traced back to a unanimous 1997 Supreme Court opinion written by none other than Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Australian aid for HIV and LGBTI projects overseas vital: Labor national president

Australian aid for HIV and LGBTI projects overseas vital: Labor national president | Gay News | Scoop.it

LABOR’S national president Jenny McAllister has told the Star Observer she is “horrified” by recent cuts to Australia’s overseas aid budget and funding must be maintained to HIV prevention programs.

McAllister, a NSW Labor Senator, spoke to the Star Observer from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam where she visited a number of projects backed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – which Australia supports financially – including initiatives aimed at promoting LGBTI inclusion.

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New Farm rainbow garden a symbol for Brisbane's LGBTI community

New Farm rainbow garden a symbol for Brisbane's LGBTI community | Gay News | Scoop.it

A small garden is set to blossom in Brisbane's New Farm Park, but the memories it represents are large and long-lasting.

About 75 members of Brisbane's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community gathered on Saturday morning to plant the garden, which will resemble a rainbow by the time the annual Pride Festival takes place in September.

The garden is a gesture of remembrance for those in the LGBTI community who have lost their lives too early, usually through HIV/AIDS or because of mental health or drug issues.

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Sydney gay men strip for new nude exhibition

Sydney gay men strip for new nude exhibition | Gay News | Scoop.it

Dozens of gay and bi guys in Sydney have taken their clothes off for one of the city’s most experienced LGBTI community photographers.

Rod Spark says his Embodied Diversity exhibition coming up at Darlinghurst’s LOSTSpace Gallery explores the complex relationship we have with our bodies.

“While wearing clothes, we present a façade to the world that makes a statement about how we wish to be understood,” he explains. “Strip away those clothes and do we now show more of our true selves, or is it still a construction?

“Many of us are uncomfortable revealing our naked selves in public; we struggle internally to compete with the expectations of those ideals projected upon us, and to accept our own uniqueness. Presenting the subjects in and out of their clothes, I explore how we express our individual realities of masculinity and identity.”

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Here Are Your Penis Beauty Standards

Here Are Your Penis Beauty Standards | Gay News | Scoop.it

What makes an attractive penis? Is it a nice, even skin tone? Is it girth? Length? Can a penis be too fat? Too skinny? Can the head be too bulbous? (Yes.) Are all dongs beautiful or is beauty really just in the eye of the beholder? If it doesn't look like Ca$h Out's penis, is it then considered kind of ugly? Is there such a thing as a "butter dick"?

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This study was based on what women found attractive.  I wonder if it would be different if the same study was done with gay men.

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Obama's Canny Gay Rights Push in Kenya

Obama's Canny Gay Rights Push in Kenya | Gay News | Scoop.it

President Obama’s first visit to Kenya as U.S. president concluded on Sunday and, for all intents and purposes, the journey went well: Obama was greeted by adoring crowds throughout the country and was also able to meet with a number of his relatives.

But the trip did include one tense moment. Appearing at a press conference with his counterpart, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Saturday, Obama spoke out about the importance of gay rights in the country.

“As somebody who has family in Kenya and knows the history of how the country so often is held back because women and girls are not treated fairly, I think those same values apply when it comes to different sexual orientations,” he said. He then likened anti-gay discrimination as “the path whereby freedoms begin to erode and bad things happen.”

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Drag Queens Officially Banned From Gay Pride Event For Being "Offensive"

Drag Queens Officially Banned From Gay Pride Event For Being "Offensive" | Gay News | Scoop.it

The PC police have landed and this time they have their sights set on drag queens.


Organizers of Free Pride Glasgow, which bills itself as the “anti-commercialist” alternative to the main Glasgow Pride festival, just announced that drag queens are officially banned from performing at their event next month because they “offensive,” not “appropriate,” and may make some trans people feel “uncomfortable.”


In a statement, organizers said: “After much discussion, the trans and non binary caucus decided not to have drag acts perform at the event. This does not mean that people of any gender can’t wear what they want to the event, we simply won’t be having any self-described drag acts perform at our Free Pride Event on the 22nd August.”

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This Is What Happened When Protesters Tried To Shut Down Korea Pride

This Is What Happened When Protesters Tried To Shut Down Korea Pride | Gay News | Scoop.it

When Christians protested against gay pride in Korea, these LGBT Koreans continued with their celebrations.


On June 28th, 2015 Seoul held its LGBT pride festival which was part of the three week long Korean Queer Culture Festival. A month before, Christians have been doing whatever it took to shut down the Queer Festival. The anti-LGBT protesters stood outside the police station, trying to get permits in order to hold an event in the exact same location as the Queer Festival.


Due to conflicting permits, the police were planning to shut down the parade but the court ruled that the parade must go on. Because of this conflict, police were responsible for separating the Christians and LGBT supporters who held events in the vicinity of one another.


Eight different counter protests took place and the biggest of them all was organized by a church and created the Korean Churches Anti-LGBT Response Committee.

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to pick from the past to face the future

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to pick from the past to face the future | Gay News | Scoop.it

SYDNEY Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will make greater use of volunteers’ skills and reunite its office and workshop in an effort to bring the festival to surplus — effectively reversing a number of changes made to the organisation over the last five years.

In an interview with the Star Observer, acting chief executive Michele Bauer also said the sheer size of the parade, as well as wave of construction in Sydney, would inevitably have an effect on the future shape of the festival.

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Bill Shorten wins compromise on gay marriage

Bill Shorten wins compromise on gay marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Bill Shorten has promised to legalise gay marriage in the first 100 days of an ALP government, and to put as much pressure as possible on the Abbott government on the issue in the meantime.

At ALP national conference late today, Mr Shorten moved a motion, seconded by deputy leader Tanya Plibersek, resolving that “the matter of same sex marriage can be freely debated at any state or federal forum of the Australian Labor Party, but any decision reached is not binding on any member of the party.”

Under pressure from the Left faction to immediately drop an existing conscience vote for federal MPs in favour of a binding vote on the issue, Mr Shorten announced a compromise to deliver laws in the next parliamentary term under a Labor government, or see Labor MPs bound to vote in favour in the parliament after that.

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Stop slut-shaming me! I’m proud of my gay porn work

Stop slut-shaming me! I’m proud of my gay porn work | Gay News | Scoop.it

I do want to say that porn work is no crime. We all have sex in our homes – some outdoors, some by meeting random hook-up off apps like Grindr or Tinder – so why do people have a problem with filming it? 

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Your Worst Ever Hookups Take to the Stage in ‘Grindr the Musical’

Your Worst Ever Hookups Take to the Stage in ‘Grindr the Musical’ | Gay News | Scoop.it

Sadly not coming soon to a theater near you, Grindr the Musical is a three-minute trailer that just makes us wish there really was a full show on the way.


The short sees a fresh-faced kid arrive in New York ready for his exciting new life on Grindr, with hopes of finding his true love on the ubiquitous hookup app. In case you hadn’t guessed, it doesn’t go exactly according to plan.


Director Andrew Putschoegl (of BFFs, an Outfest 2014 favorite) partnered with writerJC Gardiner (a.k.a. Hunter from comedy duo Jessica & Hunter) and musician Mark Byers (a.k.a. RuPaul collaborator Markaholic) to make the musical, which already feels like a full show waiting to happen.


“I brought the idea to JC Gardiner and Mark Byers in October of last year,” Putschoegl told Frontiers by email. “We developed it for a few months on and off, Mark put together some demos early this year, and we shot the video at the beginning of March.Nicco Annan choreographed everything and we shot the four song segments in about four hours. It was pretty intense, but the cast and crew did a phenomenal job on a tight schedule.”


Watch the video below, and just try and pretend you wouldn’t watch a whole two-hour show ...

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The Complicated Politics of Where to Come

The Complicated Politics of Where to Come | Gay News | Scoop.it

A successful sexual encounter will require many negotiations — some conducted explicitly, others through gesture and subtext. And while many negotiations are more fraught than where to come, few occur with such speed and urgency. (Or practical ramifications: “I let him do it on me because I don’t like doing laundry,” my friend Anne said of blow jobs conducted in bed. “But I already shower.”) And though sex may require the management of any number of fluids — from people of any gender — this column will deal with the fluid that comes out of a penis during unprotected sex. This is a column about cum, and where it lands. (Note that, when it comes to the spelling of cum, I defer to the Strunk and White of filth, the Vice style guide. Come is the verb, cum the resulting substance.)

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While this article is about sex between men and women, I did wonder if the politics of where to cum is equally tricky when it involves sex between two (or more) men.  I tend to think it's not as fraught, but maybe that's just me ...


Thoughts?

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Sex on premises

Sex on premises | Gay News | Scoop.it

In news that will shock absolutely no-one, gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) enjoy having sex. Often, we’re not too fussed where – bedrooms, backrooms, bathrooms – so much so that commercial operations exist to provide gay men the opportunity to show up, fuck and leave.

They’re called Sex on Premises Venues, or SOPVs. As a homogenous idea of ‘gay culture’ is slowly digitised into app-based cruising, and nightclubs struggle to attract the next generation of gay men, can the SOPV endure? And if so, for how long?

SOPVs have a long association with gay culture, stretching back to a time when open displays of our sexuality were at best frowned upon, and at worst illegal. These operations emerged from working class bathhouses – a necessary service when working bachelors lived in rooms, rather than self-contained apartments. There was, and continues to be, a degree of homosexual activity in these gatherings. As ‘the gay identity’ emerged, the working-class necessity of bathhouses gave way to gay-specific venues.

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