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Meet Darren Young, the WWE’s first openly gay wrestler

Meet Darren Young, the WWE’s first openly gay wrestler | Gay News | Scoop.it
Like the NBA's Jason Collins, Young is a minor figure in his sport - but he's still a pioneer
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South Australia says ‘yes’ to marriage equality

South Australia says ‘yes’ to marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

SOUTH Australia has passed a motion supporting marriage equality, after a conscience vote moved by the Greens was held in the legislative council.

The vote was also supported by Labor, Liberal, and Independent MLCs, with 11 members voting to support marriage equality and 6 voting against the motion.

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Water polo Pride Cup to champion diversity in sport

Water polo Pride Cup to champion diversity in sport | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE National Water Polo League’s (NWPL) Pride Cup will be played in Brisbane for the first time this year, helping to champion diversity and inclusion in sport.

This year the Brisbane Barracudas will host their local rivals the Queensland Breakers for the Pride Cup during round seven of the NWPL.

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New resource to help Australian LGBTI job seekers find inclusive workplaces

New resource to help Australian LGBTI job seekers find inclusive workplaces | Gay News | Scoop.it

A new website has been launched to help sexual and gender diverse job seekers find employers that are committed to accepting and celebrating diversity, in what is set to be a first for Australian workplace inclusion.

The Pride in Diversity initiative is called LGBTI Inclusive Employers and involves an online platform showcasing organisations active in LGBTI workplace inclusion.

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Laverne Cox and the Politics of Transgender Beauty

Laverne Cox and the Politics of Transgender Beauty | Gay News | Scoop.it

‘Trans Is Beautiful’ is more than a hashtag, and more than the clothes, makeup, and glamour of celebrities like Laverne Cox. It means that transness itself is beautiful.

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The stealth homophobia that’s slowly poisoning us

The stealth homophobia that’s slowly poisoning us | Gay News | Scoop.it

The sprint toward liberalism and equality has made homophobia a dirty word, as it should be – there are very few people, even your most unpleasant, right-wing neighbour or narrow-minded lout, who would actively want to be seen as homophobic. Oh, sure, it’s still happening – LGBT people still get beaten up for no reason and are discriminated against every day – but the official line is that none of this is acceptable. Governments have legislated, perpetrators got punished (eventually) and most overt acts of discrimination have been consigned to history, but this doesn't mean the war is won. Far from it. Better go get your armour. Homophobia and transphobia are still absolutely everywhere, so ingrained into society that they seem like the most natural thing in the world. Nobody – and by nobody I mean straight people primarily, but LGBT people are not beyond turning a blind eye – seems to mind or to care. But if you hand me that torch I’ll shine it into some dark, uncomfortable corners.

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ANZ tells LGBTIQ community to #holdtight in new Mardi Gras campaign

ANZ tells LGBTIQ community to #holdtight in new Mardi Gras campaign | Gay News | Scoop.it

ANZ bank has launched its new work for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with an ad featuring LGBTQI couples and their hesitance to to hold hands in public

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Here's What The Senate Report Into Marriage Equality Means

Here's What The Senate Report Into Marriage Equality Means | Gay News | Scoop.it

The recent Senate report into marriage equality is an important moment in the marriage equality debate for several reasons.

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Same-sex marriage free vote would boost government's popularity – poll

Same-sex marriage free vote would boost government's popularity – poll | Gay News | Scoop.it

New polling suggests 71% of people would look more favourably on the Turnbull government if it allowed a free vote on same-sex marriage instead of holding a plebiscite, including 64% who lean to voting Liberal.

 

The new Galaxy poll, obtained by Guardian Australia, comes as marriage equality returns to the national political agenda. A parliamentary committee is due to hand down its findings on the exposure draft of a marriage bill presented by the government ahead of the failure of the plebiscite.

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Gay MP warns Coalition conservatives: same-sex marriage cannot be ignored

Gay MP warns Coalition conservatives: same-sex marriage cannot be ignored | Gay News | Scoop.it

A former Tory minister who helped bring about same-sex marriage in Britain has a warning for conservatives in the Turnbull government: same-sex marriage cannot be ignored, and it may even be good for you.

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Small businesses back marriage equality

Small businesses back marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

As Liberal Party MPs push for a free vote on same-sex marriage small businesses are also backing marriage equality, according to research released on Tuesday.

The Sensis Business Index Survey conducted in September 2016 found 63 per cent support marriage equality, an increase from 55 per cent in 2015. 

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New push for free vote on same-sex marriage

New push for free vote on same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

The issue of marriage equality has dogged and distracted the Coalition for a number of years now.

And it's about to re-emerge—yet again—as parliament returns for a new year.

A number of Liberal MPs are planning to use a Senate report, due out next week, to up the ante once more for a free vote on the floor of parliament.

It coincides with a new television ad from the Equality Campaign—featuring testimonies from soldiers, nurses, firefighters and surf lifesavers.

There's also new ReachTEL polling out this morning showing voters in a number of Coalition seats believe MPs should be given a free vote in parliament on the issue.

Co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality, Alex Greenwich, says a plebiscite is politically dead.

'All we're doing is asking for MPs to be able to exercise that right [to a free vote], to really be able to vote in support of what their communities want them to vote for so we can all move forward and celebrate this reform'.

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'Betrayal': Conservative Coalition MPs push back on same-sex marriage free vote

'Betrayal': Conservative Coalition MPs push back on same-sex marriage free vote | Gay News | Scoop.it

Tensions within the government over same-sex marriage have erupted again with conservative MPs warning Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that allowing a free vote on this issue would be a "betrayal" of the Coalition's election commitments.

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RuPaul's Drag Race Lego may be coming to a store near you

RuPaul's Drag Race Lego may be coming to a store near you | Gay News | Scoop.it

RuPaul’s Drag Race could soon be immortalised in Lego, thanks to super fan Mark Fitzpatrick.

In a proposal to the Danish toymaker, Fitzpatrick has outlined his dreams to have the glamourous ‘RuPaul’s Brick Race’ produced as an official Lego set.

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Queensland support service for trans youth secures funding

Queensland support service for trans youth secures funding | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queensland’s only dedicated support service for young trans people has received funding to remain open, despite being threatened with closure last year.

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Australia Just Took A Significant Step Towards Marriage Equality

Australia Just Took A Significant Step Towards Marriage Equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Last week Australia took a real and significant step towards making marriage equality a reality with the report of the Senate committee on same-sex marriage. The committee set out a unanimous analysis on the key areas to be considered in passing a marriage equality bill.

It doesn't sound very exciting at first, but this is not a normal political process story. The events of last week have changed the political landscape on the issue in several critical ways and the pathway to marriage equality has become clearer as a result.

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At what age does a gay man give up looking for love and resign to being single forever?

At what age does a gay man give up looking for love and resign to being single forever? | Gay News | Scoop.it

TV’s Graham Norton has said he feels like a failure for not being settled down with a significant other. Don’t put a sell-by date on yourself, says David Hudson

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Neil Gorsuch Has Gay Friends. Who Cares?

Neil Gorsuch Has Gay Friends. Who Cares? | Gay News | Scoop.it

I have no doubt that Gorsuch’s gay former classmates and clerks genuinely see him as an LGBTQ ally. But the fact remains that these amicable associations tell us virtually nothing about his jurisprudence. A review of his past decisions, on the other hands, reveals a judge who is quite skeptical of LGBTQ claims and hesitant to insist that the government be made to respect LGBTQ people’s dignity. These rulings and writings, while relatively scarce, tell us more about his legal convictions than any personal ties possibly could. And they do not give LGBTQ Americans much cause for optimism.

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Qantas asks staff what equality means to them

Qantas asks staff what equality means to them | Gay News | Scoop.it

Qantas has unveiled its latest work in the lead up to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, posing the question: ‘What does quality mean to you?’, to their staff.

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When ‘The Simpsons’ Came Out of the Closet

When ‘The Simpsons’ Came Out of the Closet | Gay News | Scoop.it

Twenty years ago, filmmaker John Waters showed up on ‘The Simpsons’ and kick-started a gay revolution on TV

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'Really significant step': Consensus report emboldens push for free vote on same-sex marriage

'Really significant step': Consensus report emboldens push for free vote on same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

A fresh parliamentary push on same-sex marriage has become more likely after a cross-party Senate committee reached a broad consensus on refining the government's same-sex marriage legislation.

In a report published Wednesday, senators from the Coalition, Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team took aim at aspects of the Marriage Act changes proposed by Attorney-General George Brandis ahead of the failed same-sex marriage plebiscite.

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Queensland and NT campaign to reverse Indigenous sexual health program cuts

Queensland and NT campaign to reverse Indigenous sexual health program cuts | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) and the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) have launched a joint campaign to reverse federal funding cuts to their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health programs.

The government has announced it will stop funding from June 30 to both QuAC 2 Spirits and the NTAHC Aboriginal Sexual Health program.

Each program represents a longstanding effort to address the disproportionate STI rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland and the NT. The impending cuts are set to draw the programs to an indefinite close.

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Politicians Are About To Get A Lot Of Faxes About Same-Sex Marriage

Politicians Are About To Get A Lot Of Faxes About Same-Sex Marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

In an email to supporters this week, Australia’s Equality Campaign said it had some new tactics up its sleeve for spruiking same-sex marriage to politicians.

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Voters in Coalition seats want free vote on same-sex marriage

Voters in Coalition seats want free vote on same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Voters across a swathe of Coalition seats believe federal government MPs should be given a free vote on same-sex marriage, according to new polling that will embolden Liberal moderates who want Malcolm Turnbull to stare down the party's conservatives and ditch Tony Abbott's plebiscite policy.

As the Prime Minister comes under renewed internal pressure over the issue ahead of Parliament's return on Tuesday, new ReachTEL polling shows nearly 62 per cent of people in seven Liberal and National seats across the country want Coalition MPs to have a conscience vote this year.

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Tiernan Brady on how The Equality Campaign could finally deliver marriage equality

Tiernan Brady, the Director of Australians for Equality and one of the key figures in successfully bringing marriage equality to Ireland takes us through The Equality Campaign.

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Britain pardons thousands of gay men for sexual convictions. Finally.

Britain pardons thousands of gay men for sexual convictions. Finally. | Gay News | Scoop.it

Britain has pardoned thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of crimes under sexual offence laws which have now been abolished.

The so-called "Turing's Law" named after Alan Turing, the celebrated mathematician who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 for having sex with a man, clears thousands of men of crimes of which they would be innocent today.

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