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Facebook's Big Gay Question

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Its CEO marched with gay employees in San Francisco's Pride Parade. Can Facebook export Bay Area values to the world?
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Most Christians in Australia support marriage equality and want a free vote

Most Christians in Australia support marriage equality and want a free vote | Gay News | Scoop.it

Galaxy poll finds 54% support for allowing same-sex couples to marry, and 77% believe parliamentarians should be free to vote as soon as possible

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Lyle Shelton backs postal plebiscite on marriage equality

Lyle Shelton backs postal plebiscite on marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

LYLE Shelton of the Australian Christian Lobby has said he supports a postal plebiscite for marriage equality.

“Under the right conditions, a voluntary plebiscite has merit and is consistent with the government’s election promise to allow all Australians a say on whether or not marriage is redefined,” said Shelton.

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Guardian Essential poll finds most voters sick of Australia's polarised politics

Guardian Essential poll finds most voters sick of Australia's polarised politics | Gay News | Scoop.it

With marriage equality once again creating tension within government ranks, this week’s poll finds 61% support for the legalisation of same-sex marriage, and 26% opposition.

 

Women are more likely than men to support marriage equality and young people are considerably more supportive of the concept than voters over 65.

 

According to the survey, 81% of 18 to 24-year-olds support same-sex marriage, compared with 46% of over 65-year-olds.

 

While the Liberal senator Dean Smith has signalled he will press ahead once parliament resumes with a private member’s bill legalising same-sex marriage – a development that will trigger a discussion within the Liberal party about whether to move away from a plebiscite policy to a conscience vote position – the survey indicates voters are divided about how they would like the issue resolved.

 

Of the respondents, 50% said they wanted a national vote that would be binding on parliament, 23% favoured a vote in parliament without a preceding national vote and only 9% want a national vote followed by a conscience vote in parliament.

 

The voters most likely to favour a parliamentary vote, minus a plebiscite, were Greens voters (39%), voters aged over 65 (32%), university educated voters (29%) and people who support same-sex marriage (29%).

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I’m 50 Pounds Overweight & Still Get Laid

I’m 50 Pounds Overweight & Still Get Laid | Gay News | Scoop.it

I own every layer & fill it with love. I didn’t lose my virginity until I was 23 years old. No one, not even my best friends, saw me without a shirt un

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Incurable gonorrhea is lurking—and we may not see it coming, WHO warns

Incurable gonorrhea is lurking—and we may not see it coming, WHO warns | Gay News | Scoop.it

At least three people in three different countries have turned up with cases of completely incurable gonorrhea—and it’s unclear what happened to all of them and if they’re spreading the infection to others, officials at the World Health Organization report.

These cases highlight two big concerns about gonorrhea: one is that resistance to last-line drugs is alarmingly popping up around the world and appears to be increasing; and the second is that we have lousy surveillance and data on this.

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Boomer bell rings for gay marriage

Boomer bell rings for gay marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE majority of baby boomers living in the electorates of senior Turnbull government ministers support marriage equality, a new poll shows.

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There’s Reason To Be Both Hopeful And Cautious About The Latest Move Towards Marriage Equality

There’s Reason To Be Both Hopeful And Cautious About The Latest Move Towards Marriage Equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

We don't want same-sex marriage if it means old forms of discrimination are replaced with new ones.

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Being young, black and gay during the same-sex marriage debate

Being young, black and gay during the same-sex marriage debate | Gay News | Scoop.it

Dameyon Bonson formed 'Black Rainbow' in 2013, the first nation-wide support suicide prevention and mental health support service for Indigenous LGBTI people.

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HIV lobby groups lashed on funds

HIV lobby groups lashed on funds | Gay News | Scoop.it

Australia’s two biggest HIV lobby groups have come under fire over a lack of meaningful financial support for trials of a groundbreaking preventative drug, despite raking in close to $20 million a year in government grants.

The Victorian AIDS Council has contributed $200,000 towards a statewide trial of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), which has so far cost the state’s taxpayers about $1.5m.

About 3500 people have ­accessed the drug through the trial, but another 600 remain on the waiting list.

The council, funded to provide a range of services around HIV prevention, education and care, received $8m in grants last year and has $18m in the bank following a recent property sale. The group is negotiating with the Victorian government over a financial investment in its planned $30m “Pride Centre”, based on San Francisco’s famous LGBT Centre.

ACON, formerly known as the Aids Council of NSW, has so far made no financial contribution ­towards the multimillion-dollar NSW PrEP study, which is being funded by the NSW government and run by the Kirby Institute, instead helping to promote the trial.

ACON gets more than $11m a year in taxpayer funding, most of it from NSW Health, and has been criticised in the past over a lack of accountability and transparency.

Both organisations have been questioned over why they have not contributed more funds given their core mandates include ending HIV transmission. PrEP, proven to be 99 per cent effective in stopping HIV spreading, is available in Australia only to those in a trial. Hundreds of men are importing it from overseas.

Rob Mitchell, a gay-heath activist in Victoria, described PrEP as a “game-changer in the fight against HIV and AIDS” and said it was concerning there was a waiting list. “There’s a perception among many city boys that they can’t get on it; that the trial is filled up,” he said.

“If there’s a demand issue or a capacity issue then it needs to be addressed. GPs need to be trained up and in the country areas too.’’

Mr Mitchell criticised plans to invest in the Pride Centre when ­issues remained about making PrEP universally accessible. “Prevention is the reason for the VAC’s existence. I can’t for the life of me understand how they can justify making an investment in the Pride Centre at this time,” he said.

Serkan Ozturk, a media consultant who has worked closely with ACON in his previous role with the LGBTI Health Alliance, said many members of the gay community were concerned about where the group was focusing resources. He pointed to the latest publicly available accounts, which revealed $8m went towards salaries and just $600,000 on programs in the 2015-16 financial year.

“The climate around HIV and how it’s treated has changed,” he said. “I think it’s time for a rethink about how we fund these sorts of organisations going forward.”

A spokesman for ACON ­defended the group’s activities, pointing out that PrEP education and awareness activities had been integrated into longstanding programs, such as counselling and HIV testing, and community outreach programs.

He said resources have been allocated to a PrEP education and awareness initiative to the value of $140,000.

VAC chief executive Simon Ruth said the group had a range of programs around HIV health that needed to be funded.


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One in three LGBTI people bullied at work

One in three LGBTI people bullied at work | Gay News | Scoop.it

A NEW report shows that one in three LGBT people are bullied or harassed at work.

The report by the Trades Union Conference says that young, bisexual or trans people are the most affected, Gay Star News has reported.

Only half of the 5,000 respondents in the study are out at work, and just 36 per cent of young people are out.

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The Facebook Support Group for Gays Who’ve Had Enough

Many interactions on Grindr, the ubiquitous gay dating app, follow a script. There’s the inevitable “sup,” followed by “into?” and maybe — if you’re lucky — a “horny” thrown in for good measure. This game of masculine posturing can be torturous for both parties, like being forced to talk about football at a drag show. But, blessed be, there is a refuge: a place you can turn to that’s filled with other gay brothers and sisters who are just as fed up as you are by the limits the Grindr chat box prescribes. It’s called “Grindr Aesthetics,” and it’s a private, 6,000 member-strong Facebook group for gays who’ve had enough.

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Gay marriage 'Plan B': Liberal MPs may cross floor if conscience vote push fails

Gay marriage 'Plan B': Liberal MPs may cross floor if conscience vote push fails | Gay News | Scoop.it

Liberal MPs are seriously considering taking the extraordinary step of crossing the floor to legalise same-sex marriage before Christmas if the Coalition maintains its position that a plebiscite must be held on the issue.

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Noosa shire council voices support for marriage equality

Noosa shire council voices support for marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Noosa's council in the latest local government body to voice its support for marriage equality, calling on the federal government to take action.

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PM reportedly under pressure to adopt a postal plebiscite plan

PM reportedly under pressure to adopt a postal plebiscite plan | Gay News | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is reportedly under pressure to accept the proposal of a postal based plebiscite on marriage equality after the Queensland Liberal-National party passed a motion voicing support for the idea.

The Australian has reported that the Queensland branch passed a motion supporting the idea for a non-binding, non-compulsory national vote that would be mailed out to voters.

The motion calling on the federal government to act on marriage equality was passed after what has been described as a “fiery debate” that was closed to the media.

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Courage, integrity on same-sex vote

Courage, integrity on same-sex vote | Gay News | Scoop.it

It has been a tough week for Smith.

He said he shed tears as he read our STM piece last week in which he recounted his own journey of self discovery.

Not all correspondence to Smith this week was positive.

Clearly, there are many Australians who still believe that the traditional definition of marriage — a union between a man and a woman — should be retained.

At one stage during the week, Smith abandoned office protocol whereby calls coming into the building are answered by a staffer.

Smith decided to answer the calls directly and confronted questions on his same-sex-marriage stance.

Did this sway the opinions of those who called his office to protest?

Some yes. Some no. But it didn’t matter.

Smith wanted to show that he was prepared to confront his critics, as well as his supporters.

In an era where people everywhere seem to have lost confidence, and respect in their political leaders and politicians, I believe Smith’s courage and integrity should be applauded.

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Malta becomes latest country to legalise same-sex marriage before Australia

Malta becomes latest country to legalise same-sex marriage before Australia | Gay News | Scoop.it

MALTA has voted to legalise same-sex marriage in parliament, with only one of the country’s 67 parliamentarians voting against the amendment.

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LGBT Americans Say They Feel Less Safe Under President Trump: Poll

LGBT Americans Say They Feel Less Safe Under President Trump: Poll | Gay News | Scoop.it

Nearly two-thirds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people say they feel less safe since President Donald Trump took office because of their sexuality or gender identity, according to a SurveyMonkey poll shared exclusively with TIME.

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Opposing SSM vote will hurt right

Opposing SSM vote will hurt right | Gay News | Scoop.it

For a representative democracy such as ours to experiment in ­unnecessary direct democracy is a radical step, make no mistake. Which is why it’s so ironic that conservatives are pushing for the precedent-setting plebiscite on the issue of same-sex marriage.

The Coalition wants us to ­believe this isn’t a precedent-setting event — gays are different, marriage is different, so a rights-based vote can be regarded as a one-off. They don’t word their justification so indelicately but that’s the consequence of their rhetoric to try to justify this vote. Such “logic” hypocritically ignores the fact John Howard changed the Marriage Act in 2004 in a way to prevent the courts ­determining if gay couples could marry. No plebiscite then, but Howard is a conservative who respects parliamentary democracy.

Ordinarily, it’s conservatives who warn about the “slippery slope” when considering shifts from the norm. Or, as Sir Humphrey of Yes, Minister fame ­described it, a “Bennite solution” (named after Tony Benn, a radical left-wing British politician who died in 2014). Yet here they are risking the start of a slippery slope.

Advocacy for direct democracy on gay marriage could lead to the same for euthanasia, the death penalty, abortion, legalising drugs or other conscience considerations. Conser­vatives are supposed to respect the institutions of representative demo­cracy, not toss such traditions to the kerb for a random plebiscite that just may help the people conclude they don’t need elected representatives at all. Talk about an unintended consequence the political class may not have thought through.

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Barnaby Joyce Calls Labor 'Scared' On Marriage Equality Plebiscite

Barnaby Joyce Calls Labor 'Scared' On Marriage Equality Plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has hit out at Labor for refusing to back a national plebiscite to decide same-sex marriage.

The coalition wants a national vote to determine whether gay marriage should be legalised in Australia, while Labor and the Greens back a free vote in parliament, which they say will be faster and less costly.

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For Older HIV-Positive People, Social Support Can Save Lives

For Older HIV-Positive People, Social Support Can Save Lives | Gay News | Scoop.it

Older people living with HIV can often feel isolated, leading to a host of mental health problems. That's compounded by the fact that stigma surrounding the virus still abounds, even as social acceptance of LGBTQ people has increased.

 

That's where the Buddy Program comes in. In 2015, Gay Men's Health Crisis(GMHC), one of New York's oldest and largest LGBTQ nonprofits, relaunched the Buddy Program, which had been dormant since 2005. The program matches volunteers with HIV-positive people looking for companionship, emotional support, or just someone to talk to about HIV and other things in their life.

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Zip it, gay vote rebels told

Zip it, gay vote rebels told | Gay News | Scoop.it

Furious National Party senator Barry O’Sullivan has launched a blistering rebuke against colleagues demanding a free vote on gay marriage, telling them to “shut the flip up” and quit politics or risk losing the public’s trust.

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There are multiple Coalition agendas in play on marriage equality – and multiple endings

There are multiple Coalition agendas in play on marriage equality – and multiple endings | Gay News | Scoop.it

A complicated and vexed issue requires Malcolm Turnbull to deploy some conduct considered near extinct in Australian politics – leadership

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The AIDS Crisis Robbed Queers of Lives and Culture. A New Video Project Aims to Give It All Back.

The AIDS Crisis Robbed Queers of Lives and Culture. A New Video Project Aims to Give It All Back. | Gay News | Scoop.it

If they had lived, who would we be? That’s the question driving the Father’s Project, a crowdfunded video-based art project by the Mexican activist and filmmaker Leo Herrera. When we think about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its impact on the LGBTQ community, it’s easy to focus on the numbers of lives lost, especially at the height of the dying in the 1980s and early ’90s. But those deaths also took with them a generation’s worth of knowledge and creative potential, leaving the next generation poorer, searching for role models and cheated of their rightful queer cultural inheritance. Herrera and his collaborators’ project takes the daring leap of imagining that this void never formed in the first place, that our “fathers” lived long and productive lives and that queer culture remained an incubator of innovation rather than a site of incomprehensible tragedy.

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33 Pictures Of LGBT Pride Around The World That'll Make You So Goddamn Proud

33 Pictures Of LGBT Pride Around The World That'll Make You So Goddamn Proud | Gay News | Scoop.it
What does LGBT Pride look like in different countries around the world in 2017.
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