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Nickelodeon Star Comes Out on YouTube: 'I'm Gay'

Nickelodeon Star Comes Out on YouTube: 'I'm Gay' | Gay News | Scoop.it
The man who plays Fred — a viral character who rose to fame in 2008 before starring in a movie and Nick show — revealed his he's gay in this YouTube video.
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Twitter Bot Corrects You If You Misgender Caitlyn Jenner

Twitter Bot Corrects You If You Misgender Caitlyn Jenner | Gay News | Scoop.it

An automated Twitter feed corrects users who mis-indentify Caitlyn Jenner as “he.” When a Twitter user refers to Jenner on the social network using the wrong pronoun, the bot—dubbed @she_not_he—tweets a response with a reminder of to use Jenner’s now-preferred female pronoun.

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The conservative case for marriage equality

The conservative case for marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Marriage is the social glue that unites people under the law and protects the sanctity of family. That's why conservatives should discard their misguided opposition and get behind this marriage equality bill, writes Dale Hughes.

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Meet Warren Entsch, Queensland's unlikely but vocal LGBTI champion

Meet Warren Entsch, Queensland's unlikely but vocal LGBTI champion | Gay News | Scoop.it

Entsch's electorate, which runs from Cairns to Cape York, adjoins that of independent Bob Katter who famously said he would "walk backwards from Bourke to Brisbane" if a homosexual person could be found living in his seat.


Entsch, meanwhile, says gay people cannot be stereotyped by where they live or what they do. Two close friends – a retired pharmacist and public servant who have been in a relationship for more than 40 years – are gay.


He was thinking of such couples when he opposed John Howard's 2004 push (eventually backed by Labor) to amend the Marriage Act to explicitly state that marriage is between a man and a woman. His stance "shocked the whole party room", he says.

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Same-sex marriage is an easy vote for MPs unwilling to tackle broader social issues

Same-sex marriage is an easy vote for MPs unwilling to tackle broader social issues | Gay News | Scoop.it

It says a lot about our politics that the key issue of social inclusion being debated isn't equal pay, domestic violence, Indigenous rights, or abortion law - but an unambitious and inevitable no-brainer like same-sex marriage, writes Jonathan Green.

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Labor seeks to change Marriage Act to allow same-sex marriage

Labor seeks to change Marriage Act to allow same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE Labor Party is about to introduce legislation into the House of Representatives seeking to change the Marriage Act and allow same-sex marriages.

Leader Bill Shorten will introduce the bill shortly, and it will be seconded by Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek.

“I have given notice that I will move a Private Member’s Bill in the House of Representatives on Monday which will finally bring about marriage equality in Australia,” Mr Shorten said.

“I believe the time has well and truly come for the Parliament to debate marriage equality.”

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Ireland same-sex referendum set to approve gay marriage

Ireland same-sex referendum set to approve gay marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Early indications suggest the Republic of Ireland has voted to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum.


More than 3.2m people were asked whether they wanted to amend the country's constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.


Government ministers have said they believe it will pass, while prominent "no" campaigners have conceded defeat.

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Allens says same-sex marriage is just good business

Allens says same-sex marriage is just good business | Gay News | Scoop.it

One of the nation's largest law firms is elevating same-sex marriage to an issue of productivity as it presses for change.

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Grindr wants to settle down with a buyer

Grindr wants to settle down with a buyer | Gay News | Scoop.it

Grindr, the gay men's hookup app that has 5 million users, is ready to settle down with a permanent partner.

Grindr is reportedly up for sale, according to a report from Bloomberg, with the company having hired advisers to help them find a possible suitor. It's not definite the app will be sold, however, as the company will still need to find an interested buyer and agree to terms.

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Ambassador to France offers resignation after 'bizarre' Abbott airport incident

Ambassador to France offers resignation after 'bizarre' Abbott airport incident | Gay News | Scoop.it

Australia's ambassador to France offered his resignation after an incident while greeting Tony Abbott as he arrived in Paris on Anzac Day.

According to multiple sources, the ambassador, Stephen Brady, was on the airport tarmac with his partner of 32 years, Peter Stephens, waiting to meet the incoming plane around 7pm Paris time.

The prime minister's travelling party sent an instruction that Mr Stephens should not take part in the greeting but should wait in the car. 

Peter Stephens and Stephen Brady at an event in Canberra in 2011.
It is understood that no explanation was given.

The ambassador, a career diplomat and formerly the official secretary to two governors-general, refused the instruction.

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Queer South Africans Living at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender

Queer South Africans Living at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender | Gay News | Scoop.it

When apartheid fell, Jabu Pereira watched as South Africa granted sweeping equal rights to its LGBT community. In fact, South Africa was the fifth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

“As black queer people and black South Africans we stood in lines for hours and hours and hours and we cast our very first vote,” Pereira recalled at The Daily Beast’s first installment of Quorum: Global LGBT Voices last December. “[It was a] double victory because sexual orientation was guaranteed into our constitution.”

But not all was what it seemed.

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Failed Christian shoe promoter makes anti-gay first-person shooter

Failed Christian shoe promoter makes anti-gay first-person shooter | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Steam downloadable games shop launched its "Greenlight" initiative in 2012 as a way to open its sales doors to smaller game developers. However, because the shop launched with a glut of inauthentic and joking submissions, the folks at Valve added a $100 fee to "cut down the noise."

Whether or not that fee has been backed by any active filtering or monitoring service, Greenlight still failed to stop a game from launching that clearly violated its terms of service. Kill The Faggot, a light-gun-styled game about shooting gay people made by a California developer, skateboarder, and Christian shoe promoter named Randall Herman, launched for public consumption early Monday morning before being pulled from the Greenlight service hours later.

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Will John Roberts Rule in Favor of Marriage Equality? Here Are His Three Options.

Will John Roberts Rule in Favor of Marriage Equality? Here Are His Three Options. | Gay News | Scoop.it

Tuesday’s marriage equality arguments at the Supreme Court confirmed many things: Yes, Justice Anthony Kennedy is still concerned about gay couple’s “dignity”; yes, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is still a fierce defender of constitutional equality; no, Justice Samuel Alito hasn’t stopped spouting nasty nonsense about gay people. But the arguments ended without a clear view into the mind of Chief Justice John Roberts. In recent months, Roberts has been lobbied by the left to support marriage equality—and bullied by the right to oppose it. On top of that, many commentators (myself included) have speculated that Roberts might swing to the side of equality this time around.


On Tuesday, however, the Chief Justice’s views remained opaque. Although he pummeled pro-gay attorneys with tough questions, Roberts also engaged with attorneys representing anti-gay states, treating several of their claims with evident skepticism. At the end of the morning, it appeared Roberts had three options open to him if he decides to cast his vote in favor of equality.



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The twink is dead

The twink is dead | Gay News | Scoop.it

What happened to all the twinks? I’m not referring to the beautiful, jacked-up 20 year-old boys who make their livings dancing half naked on podiums and posing in their underwear. I’m referring to the skinny boys in midriffs, covered in glitter who weren’t afraid to express their femininity. Ever since bigger became better and masculinity in the gay community became the norm for what is considered attractive, the image of the effeminate young gay guy who likes show tunes and tight fitting clothing has disappeared from public view. In his place are perfectly sculptured bodies of bros who dress like dudes who try to pass as jocks. With the onslaught of regularly updated images of ‘masc’ gay guys that fill our feeds and our minds and our fantasies, we have subconsciously been persuaded to value masculinity as desirable in a mate. As such, the colourful assortment of gay men that used to make up the spectrum of homosexuality has dwindled down to just a few archetypes that now form the basis of our aspirations.

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Explainer: how Australia can legalise same-sex marriage

Explainer: how Australia can legalise same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

The legislative reform required to allow same-sex marriage in Australia is not complicated. There is relative consensus on how it can be achieved. And since the High Court’s explanation that federal parliament has the power to legislate with respect to same-sex marriage, the remaining impediments for parliament are political and moral – not legal.

On Monday, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten introduced a bill into parliament to amend the Marriage Act to allow same-sex marriage.

Shorten’s bill is not the first to come before federal parliament that seeks to allow same-sex marriage. Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm have each introduced similar legislation. Bills have come before the previous parliament: another Hanson-Young bill in 2010, a co-sponsored bill of Andrew Wilkie and Adam Bandt in 2012 and Labor MP Stephen Jones' bill of 2012.

Are there any significant legal differences in the three bills currently before parliament? If not, why is Shorten introducing his bill?

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QNews to close, holding out for a hero

QNews to close, holding out for a hero | Gay News | Scoop.it

One of the state's last independent QGBTI publications is holding out for a hero, facing closure if a last minute saviour cannot be found. 

The fortnightly publication, which has served Queensland for the last decade and a half, is in danger of closing unless it can raise $20,000 by June 1.

As of two days before the deadline, a crowd funding campaign had raised less than half.

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Same-sex marriage circuit-breaker emerges as Liberals, Labor MPs propose compromise

Same-sex marriage circuit-breaker emerges as Liberals, Labor MPs propose compromise | Gay News | Scoop.it

Liberal MP Warren Entsch and Labor MP Graham Perrett are prepared to team-up on a same-sex marriage bill in a potential circuit-breaker that would end the political impasse over the social reform.

Mr Entsch, who has criticised Opposition Leader Bill Shorten for bringing on a Labor bill on the issue, told Fairfax Media that "four or five" Labor MPs had already approached him to work on a bipartisan bill that would be brought on after the budget has passed the Parliament, later in the year.

He also indicated he was willing to work with the Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young on a compromise bill, as well as other MPs.

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Back Hair Is Beautiful: Here's Why I Flaunt Mine

Back Hair Is Beautiful: Here's Why I Flaunt Mine | Gay News | Scoop.it

There’s nothing inherently gross or dirty about back hair, no reason why it should be singled out for near-universal abhorrence—especially when its close cousin, chest hair, remains so widely beloved and even fetishized. It wasn’t always this way, either: As recently as the 1970s, erstwhile James Bond Roger Moore could flaunt his hairy back on the big screen—In a sex scene! In a close-up!—without losing his sex symbol status.

But those of us who grew up after 1979 have been brainwashed to despise any hair that sneaks below the neck. Most male movie stars today have the hairlessness of a pre-pubescent boy, somewhat freakily accompanied by the abs of a body builder. Even the furriest of modern idols, our Jake Gyllenhaals and Jon Hamms, boast perfectly smooth backs and shoulders. Hollywood and glamour magazines have colluded, insidiously and insistently, to convince us that the hairy chest/hair-free back combination is a naturally occurring phenomenon.

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Irish vote should give new momentum to gay marriage cause in Australia

Irish vote should give new momentum to gay marriage cause in Australia | Gay News | Scoop.it

The overwhelming Irish vote for gay marriage just highlights how far behind the times Australia is.

Britain, New Zealand and many other countries – and now heavily Catholic Ireland. The United States Supreme Court is considered likely soon to support a constitutional right to marriage equality. Yet in Australia the issue remains a struggle.

Ireland was the first country to have a successful referendum but this is not a course for Australia. That’s at least something that Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten agree on. In Ireland marriage is a constitutional matter – here, it is just a question for Parliament. A plebiscite would be expensive as well as unnecessary.

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Rainbow flag flies from City Hall to support LGBTQI community

Rainbow flag flies from City Hall to support LGBTQI community | Gay News | Scoop.it

The rainbow flag has flown outside Brisbane City Hall for the first time, to signify the city's support for International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Supporters rallied in Queen's Park on Sunday morning before walking to King George Square, where they held a minute's silence for victims of homophobic or transphobic abuse.

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14 Facts About Homophobia In Australian Sport

14 Facts About Homophobia In Australian Sport | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Out on the Fields study of over 3000 Australians found a significant number of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people fear homophobia and discrimination on the sporting field.

The study also found that 80% of Australians believe LGB athletes are either not accepted or only moderately accepted in sporting culture.

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Woman in Nebraska sues every single homosexual on earth

Woman in Nebraska sues every single homosexual on earth | Gay News | Scoop.it

A woman in Nebraska has filed court documents to sue every homosexual person on the planet.


Sylvia Ann Driskell, 66, calls herself the “ambassador” for plaintiffs “God and His Son, Jesus Christ,” is suing all homosexuals on Earth for breaking “religious and moral laws,” according to a bizarre 14-page handwritten complaint she filed.


Driskell who is representing herself in the case of Driskell v Homosexuals wants a judge to decide if homosexuality is a sin or not.

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9 Things Everyone Needs to Stop Saying About Trans People Immediately

9 Things Everyone Needs to Stop Saying About Trans People Immediately | Gay News | Scoop.it

Now that Bruce Jenner has publicly come out, there's increased public interest about what it means to be transgender. 

Much of the reaction to Jenner's interview has been positive, but some have taken the opportunity to reveal their own ignorance about matters of gender identity. While Jenner's coming out has helped dispel many myths about being transgender, it's clear there's still a long way to go to ensure everyone understands what makes gender complex and personal. To be better allies (and sympathetic human beings) we can start by getting rid of the following phrases completely ...

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A Fox News Contributor On Being Gay, The GOP, And Religious Liberty

A Fox News Contributor On Being Gay, The GOP, And Religious Liberty | Gay News | Scoop.it

Guy Benson is gay, but he doesn’t really think that matters. The Townhall.com political editor does, however, think LGBT people should be more open to gay Republicans — even as he thinks gay issues present a “real obstacle” for his party.

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Alan Joyce backs same-sex marriage

Alan Joyce backs same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, who is openly gay, has spoken out about same-sex marriage, saying it should be introduced in his adopted home of Australia.


The Irish-born businessman, who holds dual Irish-Australian citizenship, said a change in law would be an important symbol to young people that "they're not in some way second-class citizens", he told The Age.


"It's really about equality," he was quoted saying. "One of the reasons why I love [Australia] is it's about a fair go."


Mr Joyce and his partner of 15 years, Shane Lloyd, cannot marry in Australia under current laws.

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The march of marriage equality

Today 70% of Americans live in a state with legal same-sex marriage. 11 years ago it was zero.

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