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No sign of HIV return in bone marrow transplant patients, say scientists

No sign of HIV return in bone marrow transplant patients, say scientists | Gay News | Scoop.it
Two men who had longstanding HIV infections have stopped taking Aids drugs and have no detectable HIV in their blood
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This gay couple overcame a war, homophobia and visas just to be together

This gay couple overcame a war, homophobia and visas just to be together | Gay News | Scoop.it

This gay couple overcame all odds to be together after meeting by chance during the Iraq war.


Nayyef Hrebid worked as an interpreter in the US army and Betu Allami fought with the Iraqi Army.


They met during a dangerous mission to reclaim a hospital which had been overtaken by insurgents.

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Testing Porn Stars Isn't Stopping HIV

Testing Porn Stars Isn't Stopping HIV | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Centers for Disease Control has released a report into how an adult film actor in California infected two sexual partners with HIV in the weeks after he contracted the virus but before it was detected by lab tests. The report bolsters an already heated push for porn actors to wear condoms on set.

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The Problem With the Word 'Queer'

The Problem With the Word 'Queer' | Gay News | Scoop.it

There seems to be yet another controversy in our community this week. The issue du jour is The Huffington Post changing its dedicated LGBT site’s name from Gay Voices to Queer Voices. While there are strong opinions on both sides of this issue, when I heard about it, it brought a smile to my face.  

Since the beginning of my activism back in 1969, I’ve witnessed our community’s attempts to unite over a word or term to define ourselves. There was “homosexual,” “homophile,” “gay,” “gay and lesbian,” and most recently, and most accepted, “LGBT.” So what about “queer”?

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Queensland PrEP trial to expand following landmark collaboration

Queensland PrEP trial to expand following landmark collaboration | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queensland will soon have a significant increase in the size of its PrEP trial giving people access to the HIV prevention pill.

Following consultation between two state HIV organisations and the Health Minister Cameron Dick, the expansion will see Queensland move on PrEP following recent developments in NSW and Victoria.

In a landmark partnership between the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) and the HIV Foundation Queensland (HIVFQ), the state’s current trial, QPrEP, will expand from its existing size of 150 participants.

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Facebook: The popular spot to be comfortably gay

Facebook: The popular spot to be comfortably gay | Gay News | Scoop.it

FACEBOOK may have been a popular place to unload on or mock NSW Premier Mike Baird about Sydney’s infamous lockout laws this week, but doesn’t compare to its popularity as a place to identify as part of the LGBT community, according to data released on Tuesday.


In honour of the social media giant partnering with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras this year, researchers gathered and tallied data on how platforms like theirs gave momentum to people connecting and sharing within and with the LGBT community.


The data revealed that more Australians than ever are changing their “interested in” field on Facebook to reveal their same sex attraction. At the end of 2015, the number of LGBT people coming out on the platform each day was almost double what it was a few months prior.

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Congenital syphilis deaths spark calls for funding

Congenital syphilis deaths spark calls for funding | Gay News | Scoop.it

Six infant deaths from congenital syphilis have spurred doctors to call for a reversal of funding cuts to sexual health programs in northern Australia.

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Qld policeman apologises for homophobic treatment of fellow officer as new LGBTI network established

Qld policeman apologises for homophobic treatment of fellow officer as new LGBTI network established | Gay News | Scoop.it

AS news of a new support network being established for LGBTI police officers in Queensland emerged today, a senior Gold Coast policeman has been forced to make a written apology over accusations of homophobia and bullying.

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No Cabinet consideration on same-sex marriage plebiscite, six months on

No Cabinet consideration on same-sex marriage plebiscite, six months on | Gay News | Scoop.it

Six months after deciding the issue of same-sex marriage would be put to a plebiscite, the Federal Cabinet has not yet considered a formal proposal for the public vote.


"There will be a proposal brought forward when I take a submission to Cabinet, which I expect to do in coming months," Senator Brandis told a Senate estimates committee.

"I think I can say my disposition is to publish the proposed amendments to the Marriage Act so that people voting in the plebiscite would know what the shape of the legislation would be were they to vote yes or no."

The Federal Coalition party room decided in August last year that the plebiscite should be held sometime after the next federal election.

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Brisbane Queer Film Festival is still going strong at 17 years

Brisbane Queer Film Festival is still going strong at 17 years | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queer month in Brisbane just keeps getting better. With the two summery weeks of MELT Queer Festival coming to a close, audiences can now look forward to the 17th annual Brisbane Queer Film Festival from Thursday, February 18 to Sunday, February 28.

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Gay conversion therapy, fake doctors to be banned in Victoria

Gay conversion therapy, fake doctors to be banned in Victoria | Gay News | Scoop.it

A new bill cracking down on dodgy health practitioners, including gay conversion therapists, will be introduced to the Victorian Parliament.

Under the legislation, Victoria's Health Services Commissioner will be replaced with a new Health Complaints Commissioner who will be given greater powers to investigate unregistered doctors, dentists and other health service providers.

Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy said the new commissioner would crack down on providers currently not covered by state or federal law.

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All rise for UK's first transgender judge

All rise for UK's first transgender judge | Gay News | Scoop.it

A transgender woman has made history after becoming a leading judge in the High Court, The Mail on Sunday reveals today.

Dr Victoria McCloud is the most senior public figure known to have transitioned from male to female – and has been hailed as a pioneer by equality campaigners.

As the youngest-ever Master in the High Court, the 46-year-old has presided over high-profile civil cases involving celebrities such as Russell Brand and Katie Price.

She currently lives in London with her transgender partner, NHS psychiatrist Dr Annie McCloud, with whom she has been in a civil partnership since 2006.

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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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Ian Thorpe announced as special guest for Mardi Gras Film Festival

Ian Thorpe announced as special guest for Mardi Gras Film Festival | Gay News | Scoop.it

IAN Thorpe will join a panel of five other sporting champions as part of a panel discussion on gay athletes during the upcoming Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF).

It’s the first public LGBTI community commitment from Australia’s most successful Olympian, who came out as gay in 2014 during a televised interview with Michael Parkinson.

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Scruff Gay Dating App Creators Defend Race-Based Filtering

Scruff Gay Dating App Creators Defend Race-Based Filtering | Gay News | Scoop.it

The creators of the gay dating app Scruff, aimed at the scruffier guys, defended their decision to allow users to sort potential mates by race and even express racial preferences in dating profiles in an interview with BuzzFeed.

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Indonesia wants gay-themed emojis removed

Indonesia wants gay-themed emojis removed | Gay News | Scoop.it

Indonesia wants social networking sites to remove any emojis representing same-sex couples, it's reported.


One popular messaging app, Line, has already dropped all LGBT-themed emojis, after saying it had received complaints from users. Now the Indonesian government is asking major players like Facebook and WhatsApp to follow suit and remove the icons for users within the country, the pro-government Republika newspaper reports. "No social media may show items that smack of LGBT. Because we have our own rules, like religious values and norms, which they must respect," information ministry spokesman Ismail Cawidu is quoted as saying.


Homosexuality is legal in Indonesia, but prevailing conservative attitudes in the Muslim-majority country make open discussion of sexuality controversial. Mr Cawidu did not specify what would happen if companies refused to remove the emojis.

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Bill Shorten will march at 2016 Mardi Gras Parade

Bill Shorten will march at 2016 Mardi Gras Parade | Gay News | Scoop.it

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has today confirmed he’ll be marching at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday 5 March.

Shorten’s involvement is the first time the federal leader of a major political party has ever marched at Mardi Gras, and will no doubt increase pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to also appear at the Parade, which takes place in his electorate of Wentworth.

“It is time to make marriage equality a reality,” the Labor leader emphasises. “If the new Malcolm Turnbull actually did what the old Malcolm Turnbull said we could have marriage equality by Mardi Gras.

Shorten and his family also marched in Melbourne at Pride March Victoria last month.

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Why Haven't Open Relationships Become Mainstream Yet?

Why Haven't Open Relationships Become Mainstream Yet? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Non-monogamy—the consensual, upfront kind—is a dizzyingly diffuse practice. The terms of these relationships vary wildly in scope and level of detail. Its practitioners come in configurations of one or three or 16, living as families together or keeping separate houses even after going steady for years. There is, to date, no overarching survey of how many people practice consensual non-monogamy in the States; academics told me the number could range from one to nine million, depending on one’s definition of “polyamorous.” But nearly everyone for whom the arrangement works secretly believes their way of being non-monogamous is superior—much like two people in the early stages of romance might believe they have made fools out of the rest of the world.

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Queensland Police introduce LGBTI support network for employees

Queensland Police introduce LGBTI support network for employees | Gay News | Scoop.it

Sexual and gender diversity within the thin blue line has received a boost with the introduction of the Queensland Police Service Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Support Network.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollshewski said the LGBTI Support Network would promote the QPS as a workplace that embraced and supported its employees' diversity.

"The LGBTI Support Network is comprised of ten members representing most facets of the LGBTI community and is designed as a resource tool and support mechanism to provide advice and guidance to QPS officers," he said.

A guide on diversity has been drafted to provide all QPS members with a greater understanding of gender-diverse people.

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Irish same sex marriage campaigner shares experiences with Australian advocates facing plebiscite

Irish same sex marriage campaigner shares experiences with Australian advocates facing plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

I WISH there was another way.


That’s the message to Australian campaigners for same sex marriage from one of the architects of the referendum victory which dramatically changed Ireland’s laws last year.


Tiernan Brady is sharing the Irish experience with marriage equality advocates here who could be facing a national indicative plebiscite after the next election, probably in 2017.


It won’t be a vote to change the Constitution, as was Ireland’s, and there are doubts whether all MPs would accept a ‘Yes’ vote should changes to the Marriage Act come to Parliament.


Mr Brady believes change will come, but his preferred path would be through Parliamentary vote alone, not a national ballot.

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No Cabinet consideration on same-sex marriage plebiscite, six months on

No Cabinet consideration on same-sex marriage plebiscite, six months on | Gay News | Scoop.it

Six months after deciding the issue of same-sex marriage would be put to a plebiscite, the Federal Cabinet has not yet considered a formal proposal for the public vote.

"There will be a proposal brought forward when I take a submission to Cabinet, which I expect to do in coming months," Senator Brandis told a Senate estimates committee.

"I think I can say my disposition is to publish the proposed amendments to the Marriage Act so that people voting in the plebiscite would know what the shape of the legislation would be were they to vote yes or no."

The Federal Coalition party room decided in August last year that the plebiscite should be held sometime after the next federal election.

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Abbott’s same-sex marriage plebiscite might not happen after all

Abbott’s same-sex marriage plebiscite might not happen after all | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Senate could put a stop to the government proceeding with plans to hold an expensive $160 million plebiscite on same-sex marriage, with the government needing crossbench support in order to get legislation ready before the election.

Attorney-General George Brandis is currently drafting legislation for the plebiscite question to be put to the Australian people after the next election. If successful, it has been reported that there would be specific exemptions expected to apply to religious organisations, celebrants and other public officials from conducting same-sex weddings or other duties if they object to same-sex marriage.

It is expected to go to the Coalition joint party room later this month.

Crikey understands that at the same time as the legislation is being drafted, Brandis is strongly lobbying some crossbench senators to support the legislation backing the public vote, with the expectation that the Greens and Labor — which both call for the matter to be settled by a free vote in Parliament — will vote against any plebiscite legislation.

But coming up with the votes for the legislation could be a struggle for Brandis. Following comments from the hard-right faction of the Liberal Party, Eric Abetz and Cory Bernardi, plus Nationals Senator Brigid McKenzie that they would vote against same-sex marriage regardless of the plebiscite’s outcome, the Australian Electoral Commission’s estimate that the plebiscite could cost up to $160 million is seeming an expensive ask.

More conservative crossbench senators such as Family First’s Bob Day and independent John Madigan are also unlikely to back same-sex marriage, so their vote for a plebiscite is not guaranteed.

Crikey understands that Motoring Enthusiast Party Senator Ricky Muir has not had any recent conversations with Brandis regarding the proposed legislation, but he told Crikey in a statement he would back same-sex marriage if a vote came up now, and said the plebiscite proposal was seeming more of a waste, day by day.

“With reports of some within the major parties stating that they would not support the view of the plebiscite if the result was in support of marriage equality, I would be fearful that it could be a significant waste of taxpayers’ money,” Muir said. “Ultimately, I would prefer a vote on marriage equality to happen sooner rather than later and for this significant social issue to be resolved, instead of being used for political mileage by certain parties every election cycle.”

A spokesperson for Brandis did not respond to a request for comment by deadline.

Last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull admitted that the plebiscite was not his favoured choice:

“It is certainly not the approach that I favoured at the outset. I am a traditionalist. This was a case of democratic innovation. The innovator was out innovating, so there you go. Every Australian will have a say.”

The Senate also last week debated whether the government should recognise same-sex marriages from jurisdictions outside Australia. Liberal Senator David Fawcett strongly opposed the proposal, stating it could mean that the government might also have to recognise child marriages from other nations.

Nationals Senator Matt Canavan, who spent most of this morning in estimates questioning why the Human Rights Commission supports same-sex marriage, argued that recognising same-sex marriage would make heterosexual marriage less special.

“If we do change this particular definition, it will remove some of the colour and imagination from our lives because we will no longer have a word that just describes the union between a man and a woman often coming together to make children. I think that is an incredibly miraculous and important event in many of our lives and in our culture, and we should have a particular institution and a particular word to describe the creation of the next generation.”

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Prominent LGBTI community health expert appointed to Qld council on domestic violence

Prominent LGBTI community health expert appointed to Qld council on domestic violence | Gay News | Scoop.it

A PROMINENT community rights and health advocate has been appointed to a Queensland Government committee on tackling domestic violence in an effort to promote LGBTI inclusion on the issue.

HIV specialist and founder of the Men Affected by Rape and Sexual abuse (MARS) support group, Dr Wendell Rosevear, has been appointed to the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council to help better understand and recognise domestic violence issues specific to the LGBTI community.

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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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