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Bert and Ernie clearly love each other. But does Ernie suck Bert’s cock? I don't think so.

Bert and Ernie clearly love each other. But does Ernie suck Bert’s cock? I don't think so. | Gay News | Scoop.it

"The cover of next week’s New Yorker, drawn by Jack Hunter and titled “Moment of Joy,” celebrates the fall of DOMA by showing Sesame Street favorites Bert and Ernie snuggled on the sofa of their sparsely appointed living room. As they learn the news of the Supreme Court’s decision on a black-and-white television, Bert drapes his arm lovingly around Ernie, while Ernie rests his head on Bert’s shoulder.


It’s a cute image. Everyone loves Bert and Ernie. But it’s a terrible way to commemorate a major civil-rights victory for gay and lesbian couples."

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Gay marriage doomed: Now for the recriminations

Gay marriage doomed: Now for the recriminations | Gay News | Scoop.it

The push for gay marriage appears doomed after the Nick Xenophon Team and Derryn Hinch confirmed they would block legislation to establish a plebiscite, while a senior government minister said without a national ballot there will be no vote put to Parliament.

As a result of Monday's decision by the NXT and Senator Hinch to join Labor and the Greens, there are now 39 Senate votes ranged against the plebiscite, which is one more than enough to block it.

The demise of the plebiscite means the issue will not be revisited for at least three years, and only if Labor wins the next election.

By then, its members will be bound to vote for same-sex marriage under a rule change, which will make it harder to convince the Coalition to have a conscience vote.

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Nick Xenophon decision leaves Malcolm Turnbull's plebiscite plan in peril

Nick Xenophon decision leaves Malcolm Turnbull's plebiscite plan in peril | Gay News | Scoop.it

Senate powerbroker Nick Xenophon has delivered a potentially fatal blow to the Turnbull government's plan to hold a public vote on same-sex marriage.

The South Australian independent and his newly elected team announced on Monday the party would not support a plebiscite, days after the Greens said they would vote to block enabling legislation in the Senate.

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Explainer: what is parliament's role in the marriage equality debate?

Explainer: what is parliament's role in the marriage equality debate? | Gay News | Scoop.it

As the government hints the marriage equality plebiscite may be delayed until 2017, calls intensify for the parliament to legislate on the issue instead. So what is parliament's role here?

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Producing same-sex marriage plebiscite guide 'complex and expensive'

Producing same-sex marriage plebiscite guide 'complex and expensive' | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Turnbull government won't say if taxpayers will fund an official guide to the arguments for and against same-sex marriage as part of plans for a national plebiscite on the issue in February.

Australian Electoral Commission advice to a parliamentary inquiry on the plebiscite in 2015 said that section 11 of the Referendum Act requires a government pamphlet outlining arguments for and against the proposal to be sent to more than 10 million households around Australia, warning it would be a "complex and expensive product".

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Transgender, intersex people call for birth certificate reforms

Transgender, intersex people call for birth certificate reforms | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queensland transgender and intersex people are pushing for the right to have their gender recognised on their birth certificate.

Currently only people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery are eligible to apply to have their birth certificates changed.

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You Can't Appropriate Daddy

You Can't Appropriate Daddy | Gay News | Scoop.it

On Saturday, controversial Silicon Valley personality Shanley Kane went on a (now partially-deleted) tweet rant about the word daddy. “Don’t have deep psychosexual Freudian and Oedipal trauma/dysfunction?” she wrote in a now deleted tweet. “Good for you. Stop appropriating ‘Daddy’

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What gay Republicans think of Australia's plebiscite idea

What gay Republicans think of Australia's plebiscite idea | Gay News | Scoop.it

Gregory T Angelo, President of gay conservative group the Log Cabin Republicans, says he would not have been a supporter of a national vote as a way of achieving same-sex marriage reform.

“In terms of moving the needle on marriage equality in Australia, it comes down to a grassroots advocacy strategy that involves coalitions,” he told SBS at last month’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Pursuing a referendum on civil rights is never something that Log Cabin Republicans had advocated for, so that’s not a strategy that I would pursue – putting civil rights, any civil rights, to an up or down vote,” he said.

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‘Get on with the job and make a decision’

‘Get on with the job and make a decision’ | Gay News | Scoop.it

BOTH sides of WA politics are calling for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to abandon the 160 million plebiscite for same-sex marriage saying it will be a distraction before the state election.

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Blocking marriage equality plebiscite could delay it for years, Liberals warn Labor

Blocking marriage equality plebiscite could delay it for years, Liberals warn Labor | Gay News | Scoop.it

Liberal MPs have warned that Labor’s likely decision to block the marriage equality plebiscite could spell the end of the issue for the next three years.

 

A strong signal from Bill Shorten on Wednesday at the National Press Club that Labor is positioning to kill the plebiscite has galvanised Liberal MPs to warn the opposition that with this it is all or nothing.

 

The Liberal MP Trevor Evans said on Thursday there was a “very real prospect” marriage equality would not be delivered for three years or more if the plebiscite was blocked.

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Bill Shorten signals Labor likely to block marriage equality plebiscite

Bill Shorten signals Labor likely to block marriage equality plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

Bill Shorten has prepared the ground for Labor to block the government’s proposed marriage equality plebiscite after he launched a stinging attack on the plan.

 

Speaking to the National Press Club on Wednesday, the opposition leader said he and many of his colleagues were “on the record as opposing” the plebiscite.

 

“I am gravely concerned about the merits of the plebiscite,” he said.

 

With senators Nick Xenophon and Derryn Hinch indicating this week that they would vote against legislation to enable the plebiscite, a parliamentary bloc is emerging consisting of Labor, the Greens, Xenophon and Hinch that would be sufficient to block it.

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Marriage equality plebiscite proposal fulfilling expectations of frustration

Marriage equality plebiscite proposal fulfilling expectations of frustration | Gay News | Scoop.it

There's no doubt a cross-party free vote will deliver marriage equality because there are declared majorities in favour of the reform in both houses of Parliament.

Some pessimists think a Coalition free vote so unlikely this term, marriage equality will have to wait at least three years, but I'm quietly confident it will happen sooner.

If the Senate blocks a plebiscite I can't see how Malcolm Turnbull and other marriage equality supporters in the government can go to the next election having made no progress on the issue.

A majority of senators – Labor, the Greens, the Xenophon Team and Derryn Hinch – oppose a plebiscite, but they are yet to declare they will vote against it.

I urge them to consider the dangerous precedent a marriage equality plebiscite will set, especially if far right MPs decide they want a plebiscite on, say, Muslim immigration.

How could they justify enabling one plebiscite and not the other?

I also urge them to consider how they will feel when the first gay teen dies because of the hate they voted to unleash.

We all have to be able to look ourselves in the mirror, even politicians.

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Senator Paterson, call off this war

Senator Paterson, call off this war | Gay News | Scoop.it

Paterson’s comments struck a raw nerve with me. Born in 1987, Paterson could not have any idea how long, how brutal and how vile this “war” has been, or the crucial role his political party has played in sustaining it.

This ‘war’ has been waged for over one hundred years, from the jailing of Oscar Wilde to the trashing of the Safe Schools Program. It has been war of fear and ignorance launched by religious zealots and those conservative MPs who pander to them.

We did not start this war. We want it to stop. We demand justice and dignity and equal rights through equal process, not conflict. We call on Senator Paterson to end this war by stopping the plebiscite – the biggest, most brutal assault on the LGBTI community since the 1978 Mardi Gras street riots or the 1988 Salamanca arrests.

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Marriage equality plebiscite no 'fait accompli': Labor

Marriage equality plebiscite no 'fait accompli': Labor | Gay News | Scoop.it

Labor has continued to push the Turnbull government into abandoning its planned marriage equality plebiscite, but has remained coy on whether it would work with crossbenchers to block its enabling legislation.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Equality Terri Butler, the member for the Brisbane seat of Griffith, on Sunday seized on revelations the controversial $160 million plebiscite could be delayed until 2017.

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Don't be fooled: the brutal reality is there will be no free vote on marriage equality

Don't be fooled: the brutal reality is there will be no free vote on marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Here's how the story goes.

 

Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team join forces to block the same-sex marriage plebiscite in the Senate.

 

Swayed by passionate lobbying from advocates, Malcolm Turnbull ditches the idea and opts for a free vote in Parliament. The Prime Minister is, after-all, a longstanding supporter of marriage equality. And he's on the record opposing the plebiscite. Rather than defeated, he is unshackled. Deep down he's happy it's gone this way.

Allowed to vote according to their consciences, a same-sex marriage bill passes both houses of Parliament. There are tears of joy on the Senate floor; gay and lesbian couples around the country hit the streets to celebrate. Within days newspapers are filled with touching photos of the first gay and lesbian Australians to legally marry.

The only problem: it won't happen this way. Almost certainly not. And anyone telling supporters of same-sex marriage otherwise is promoting a dangerous fantasy. A dream as empty as it is alluring.

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Bill Shorten all but confirms Labor will oppose Malcolm Turnbull's same-sex marriage plebiscite

Bill Shorten all but confirms Labor will oppose Malcolm Turnbull's same-sex marriage plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's same-sex marriage plebiscite plan appears to be in tatters after Opposition Leader Bill Shorten sent his strongest signal yet that Labor will block it amid growing fears a popular vote will fail and set back the cause.

In exclusive comments to Fairfax Media, Mr Shorten has hardened his criticism of the plebiscite plan in a clear indication Labor is preparing to announce it will not support the Coalition's enabling legislation.

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'No Rice, No Curry And No Blacks' - The sexual racism running rampant within the LGBT community

'No Rice, No Curry And No Blacks' - The sexual racism running rampant within the LGBT community | Gay News | Scoop.it

The issue of sexual racism is a debate that keeps on raging on amongst members of the LGBT community. Apps like Grindr and Tinder have given many of its users a platform to express their like or dislike for a certain race of people and while some may argue it’s all just a preference, most would say it is blatant prejudice.

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I joined a bunch of LGBT techies at the White House to help tackle some world-threatening problems

I joined a bunch of LGBT techies at the White House to help tackle some world-threatening problems | Gay News | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, I was part of a gathering of LGBT tech leaders brought together by the White House to help address issues ranging from climate change to the lack of women in tech to inequalities in the criminal justice system.

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10 alternative questions Malcolm Turnbull could ask in the plebiscite

10 alternative questions Malcolm Turnbull could ask in the plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

YOU know how there are those questions you should never ask?

Questions like: ‘How do gay people have sex?’ or, ‘are you pregnant?’ or even, ‘should you guys be allowed to get married?’. And yet, after caving from peer pressure, Malcolm Turnbull is still going ahead with the plebiscite, with the possible question being: ‘do you approve of a law to permit people of the same sex to marrying?’ as reported by The Guardian.

Am I not the only one who finds this possible question a rhetorical disaster? Well, thankfully, according to Twitter, I am not the only one.

But I want to find a better way to word this question, one that is simpler, rhetorically sound, and avoids political tone.

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How Universal Public Health Care Shapes Britain’s Debate Over HIV-Prevention Drugs

How Universal Public Health Care Shapes Britain’s Debate Over HIV-Prevention Drugs | Gay News | Scoop.it

As night follows day, a court decision declaring that Britain’s National Health Service should fund the provision of PrEP for at-risk people was met with irresponsible and homophobic media coverage. More commonly known by the brand name Truvada, if taken daily, PrEP can help prevent someone who is HIV-negative from getting the virus.

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Why the reaction to Shannon Power’s opinion piece was problematic

Why the reaction to Shannon Power’s opinion piece was problematic | Gay News | Scoop.it

AS a gay man who facilitates domestic violence and sexual assault education workshops in schools, I was taken aback but hardly surprised by the barrage of defensive and then overtly offensive responses by gay men to the recent Star Observer opinion piece ‘Gay men need to stop sexually assaulting women’ by Shannon Power.

In it, she bravely and honestly spoke about her experience of sexual assault at the hands of a gay man in a gay bar. Instead of critiquing her tone, pointing out the supposed generalisations of Power’s article, attacking her and trying to excuse the event – we should be prepared to hear the vulnerability and authenticity in her words and reflect on our own behaviours to make our spaces safer for as many people as possible.

After the initial attempted derails of “it goes both ways” and “not all gay men” were expressed by gay men, comments to the article predictably turned to horror and disgust at the “gross” suggestion that any gay man would ever want to touch a vagina. This is the epitome of both misogyny and transphobia in our language.
By constantly talking about vaginas as disgusting, with the ability to strike fear and repulsion in us gay men more than the Stranger Things’ demogorgon, we are actually saying that those bodies and identities with vaginas are too vile for any of us self-respecting gay men to look at and touch, let alone ever consider having sex with them.

And shock horror, some gay men actually have vaginas. When we shriek at the vulgarity of a vulva, we are also completely screwing over trans men. It’s been said before by trans men themselves. Can’t we move beyond this tired, stereotypical trope of feeling the need to comment on other people’s genitals?

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Greens to block same-sex marriage plebiscite, saying young lives at stake

Greens to block same-sex marriage plebiscite, saying young lives at stake | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Greens have announced they will block the same-sex marriage plebiscite-enabling legislation, in a move that could spell the end for the popular vote if Labor also decides to block it.

 

The Greens join Nick Xenophon and Derryn Hinch in stating they intend to prevent the plebiscite being held, a bloc which would defeat the policy if Labor also decides to block it.

 

The declaration of the Greens’ position significantly raises the stakes for Labor to decide and declare its position.

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Transgender, intersex people call for birth certificate reforms

Transgender, intersex people call for birth certificate reforms | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queensland transgender and intersex people are pushing for the right to have their gender recognised on their birth certificate.

Currently only people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery are eligible to apply to have their birth certificates changed.

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"Brutal": Irish gay marriage referendum campaigner warns Turnbull, MPs of harm from plebiscite

"Brutal": Irish gay marriage referendum campaigner warns Turnbull, MPs of harm from plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

One of the lead campaigners behind Ireland's historic same-sex marriage referendum has urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and parliamentarians not to go ahead with a plebiscite, warning the experience was "brutal" for gay and lesbian people and their families.

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Twinks, Bears, and U-Hauls: TV Has Some Strange Ideas About “Gay Culture.”

Twinks, Bears, and U-Hauls: TV Has Some Strange Ideas About “Gay Culture.” | Gay News | Scoop.it

In the last few years, television has gotten better at including LGBTQ characters, but its representation of gay culture is still rather limited. While some shows—like Difficult People, Happy Endings, and The Fosters—reveal an understanding of the way queer people live now, others seem content to repeat outdated stereotypes and to obsess about gay men’s sexual types and lesbians’ use of U-Haul as a verb.

This video looks at what television talks about when it talks about “gay culture,” all the way from Melissa Etheridge to Cher and from twinks to bears.

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'Simply hate and dislike': Michael Kirby warns against gay marriage plebiscite

'Simply hate and dislike': Michael Kirby warns against gay marriage plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

Former High Court justice Michael Kirby says a plebiscite on same-sex marriage will create a dangerous political precedent in Australia where MPs avoid making decisions on controversial issues, instead opting for unnecessary and expensive popular votes. 

The government is expected to try to pass enabling legislation for a nationwide plebiscite in coming weeks, ahead of a possible vote in February asking Australians if they agree people of the same sex should be allowed to marry. 

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