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Alan Turing's homosexual court files go on display

Alan Turing's homosexual court files go on display | Gay News | Scoop.it

Court files recording details of World War Two code-breaker Alan Turing's convictions for homosexual acts have gone on display for the first time.

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Donald Trump pledges to sign anti-LGBT law to permit religious discrimination

Donald Trump pledges to sign anti-LGBT law to permit religious discrimination | Gay News | Scoop.it

Donald Trump has pledged to repeal Barack Obama’s LGBT rights orders and sign a law permitting discrimination.

 

Mr Trump was once a moderate within the Republican Party on LGBT issues, suggesting that people shouldn’t be fired because of their sexuality.

 

But in a display of just how far he has sunk on the issue, the Presidential hopeful this week confirmed he would sign a extreme Republican-backed law to directly permit homophobic discrimination.

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Labor lays out potential compromise for same-sex marriage plebiscite

Labor lays out potential compromise for same-sex marriage plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

Labor has laid out a number of starting points for negotiations on the Government's stalled plan to hold a same-sex marriage plebiscite ahead of a meeting with the Attorney-General.

George Brandis has invited shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus to Brisbane on Monday to discuss the Government's plan to hold the national vote.

The Coalition cannot find enough support on the crossbench to get a bill to hold the plebiscite through Parliament, and has turned to Labor for backing.

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Don’t rule out parliamentary nod

Don’t rule out parliamentary nod | Gay News | Scoop.it

When (not if) the legislation to enable a plebiscite on same-sex marriage is defeated in the Senate, the debate inevitably will shift to whether there will be a parliamentary conscience vote this term.

Malcolm Turnbull will be wedged between his personal preference and the Liberal Party’s Right flank. Between small-L liberal voters and capital-C Conservatives. Even between Liberals and Nationals.

It will be an internally divisive issue for the government. Bill Shorten knows this, which is why I am cynical when he claims his 180-degree turnaround on a plebiscite isn’t partially driven by politics. It was only three years ago that the Opposition Leader was an advocate for a plebiscite.

And let’s not forget, when the Senate does vote down the plebiscite option, lining up to do so will be a Greens party whose leader was pushing for a plebiscite to be put to the people at the same time as the election, as was Nick Xenophon.

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Axe funding for plebiscite: Labor

Axe funding for plebiscite: Labor | Gay News | Scoop.it

Labor has demanded substantial changes to the government’s same-sex marriage plebiscite ahead of a high-level meeting between the government and opposition on Monday.

Opposition legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus, who will represent Labor at the meeting in Brisbane, said his party would insist on withholding public funding from the “yes” and “no” cases.

The process would also need to be markedly cheaper than the Coalition’s current proposal, which he claimed would cost $200 million, he said.

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'No' campaign invokes Mandela and claims same-sex marriage link to school curriculum

'No' campaign invokes Mandela and claims same-sex marriage link to school curriculum | Gay News | Scoop.it

Campaigners against same-sex marriage are using the image of the late anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, and pushing the false claim that marriage equality will trigger the "compulsory" adoption of the Safe Schools program in all Australian schools.

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5 Tips for Those Struggling to Come Out as Bisexual

5 Tips for Those Struggling to Come Out as Bisexual | Gay News | Scoop.it

Recent research, conducted by Eric Schrimshaw at the University of Columbia, revealed something major about bisexual men who don’t come out as bisexual to their female partners, family members, and friends. They don’t disclose their sexuality because they’re unsure of their identity; bisexual men aren’t “confused” as stereotypes suggest.

On the contrary, closeted bisexual men are aware they’re bisexual, and want to continue having sexual and emotional relationships with both men and women, but fear stigmatization and ostracization from their communities.

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Marriage equality poll finds majority support for a free vote if plebiscite blocked

Marriage equality poll finds majority support for a free vote if plebiscite blocked | Gay News | Scoop.it

Labor’s apparent intention to block the same-sex marriage plebiscite bill has been bolstered by an Essential poll that shows if it is blocked a majority of voters want a free vote in parliament.

Bill Shorten has ramped up the pressure on the government over the plebiscite by signalling the only compromise Labor will accept is a free vote in parliament.

According to an Essential poll, released on Tuesday, 53% of voters say if the plebiscite is blocked there should be a vote in parliament, compared with 29% who say there should not be.

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This Politician Doesn't Support Anal Sex, "Full Stop"

This Politician Doesn't Support Anal Sex, "Full Stop" | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queensland became the last Australian state to introduce equal age of consent laws for anal sex on Thursday night.

Two members of the Queensland parliament voted against the change: Shane Knuth, and Robbie Katter, both of Katter’s Australian Party.


I rang Knuth to ask him why. Here’s what he said ... 

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Why Australians should say 'Yes' to the same-sex marriage plebiscite

Why Australians should say 'Yes' to the same-sex marriage plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

Australians should say “Yes” to the plebiscite on whether same-sex marriage should be legalised, in both senses. “Yes” to the simple question:

"Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"

 

And “Yes” to whether that question should be resolved by a direct vote of the electorate.

 

I’m surprised how many progressive folk are running a mile from the idea of a plebiscite. We don’t have to love a process or think it ideal to make the most of it.

 

This doesn’t mean we should embrace plebiscites or citizens’ referendums as a form of government into the future.

 

Systemically, that would be flawed. But sometimes, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade – sweet and sour though it will be.

Pete's insight:

I obviously don't agree with this piece but its author, Professor Graeme Orr from UQ, is a progressive thinker who I have nothing but the utmost respect for.

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‘Being in a gay sauna doesn’t give you the right to sexually assault me’

Whether it’s a lingering gaze, a flirtatious smile, or a foot venturing under the partition between cubicle stalls for a tentative tap, if someone is interested in having you inside them, they’ll let you know.

Until then, sexual autonomy in these spaces should be respected and consent should always be ensured before you engage in a little bump and grind.

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Grindr wants tech people to combat LGBTQ inequalities

Grindr wants tech people to combat LGBTQ inequalities | Gay News | Scoop.it

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people make up nearly 40% of the 1.6 million youth who experience homelessness every year. Meanwhile, trans people are almostfour times more likely than the average American to be living on less than $10,000 a year. In short, there’s a bevy of issues that negatively impact the LGBTQ community. It’s time to do something about that.

 

Grindr, the hookup app for gay men, is taking advantage of its massive reach (the app has two million daily users who spend an average of 54 minutes using it) and putting it toward some serious good. Born out of Grindr for Equality, Hack4Equality is a hackathon that is culminating in a demo day next week at Grindr’s Los Angeles headquarters.

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Queensland approves changes to age of consent laws for anal sex

Queensland approves changes to age of consent laws for anal sex | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE Queensland parliament has voted in favour of changing age of consent laws for anal sex.

The age of consent for sodomy is 16, now on par with all other lawful sexual acts, previous Queensland law had the age of consent for sodomy at 18, with advocates campaigning for years to have it changed.

The word sodomy will be replaced with anal intercourse in the Criminal Code to help reduce stigma.

 

The Bill was tabled today by Health Minister Cameron Dick who said in his speech in parliament that changes to the age of consent will make it easier for younger people to access sexual health services.

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10 year surge in support for marriage equality

10 year surge in support for marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

A man came up to me as I stood at Brisbane's Pride Fair Day on the weekend after Australian Marriage forum. "I just can't believe it," he said to me. "We've come so far," his words seemed particularly apt.

At Fair Day, more than 2000 people gathered in the heart of Fortitude Valley. Joyful straight supporters, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community members stood alongside speakers from all levels of Australian government and paid tribute to the resilience and strength of the LGBTI community. These qualities have been amply demonstrated in calls for marriage equality.

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This Is What It's Like To Be Dying Of AIDS – And Then Survive

This Is What It's Like To Be Dying Of AIDS – And Then Survive | Gay News | Scoop.it

Twenty years ago, revolutionary new drugs transformed HIV/AIDS, bringing people back from the brink of death. But what happens when you plan to die only to recover? Three people, whose stories span the global epidemic, told BuzzFeed News what it means to have a second chance at life.

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Gender identity bill fails to pass SA Parliament

Gender identity bill fails to pass SA Parliament | Gay News | Scoop.it

The South Australian Opposition has accused Labor's right faction of deliberately scuttling the Premier Jay Weatherill's attempt to pass gender identity laws.

The bill would have made it easier for people to change the gender on their birth certificates, but it was defeated last night in a conscience vote.

The vote was taken while Mr Weatherill was travelling home from a trip to Finland, and Opposition Leader Steven Marshall said Labor's right jumped on the opportunity.

"This is something that's obviously very important to the Premier and for his own party to essentially bring on the vote well before it was required and then vote it down," Mr Marshall said.

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Liberal Party members behind same-sex marriage misinformation campaign

Liberal Party members behind same-sex marriage misinformation campaign | Gay News | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's promise of a "civil" debate over same-sex marriage is unravelling, with the group behind an anti-equality smear sheet distributed in suburban Sydney revealed as members of the Liberal Party.

The group "Children's Future", which has firm links to the secretive Catholic religious society Opus Dei, has made the false claim in leaflets that legalising same sex marriage would trigger the controversial Safe Schools program becoming "compulsory" in all Australian schools, even if parents objected.

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South Australia introduces bill to recognise same-sex marriages

South Australia introduces bill to recognise same-sex marriages | Gay News | Scoop.it

Legislation to recognise same-sex and de facto relationships is to be introduced into South Australia’s parliament after an outcry when the marriage of a British man who died in the state was not recorded on his death certificate.

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Badly served by ill-judged words

Badly served by ill-judged words | Gay News | Scoop.it

Parliamentarians should always be mindful that their words have a special influence on the tone of the debate of the country.

Pauline Hanson’s second-round first speech to the Senate dominated headlines. There are certainly sections of her speech that legitimately raised eyebrows.

We should believe in free speech. But we also should believe people carry a responsibility on how they exercise it: the bigger the platform, the greater the responsibility. This is why aspects of Bill Shorten’s speech introducing amendments to the Marriage Act should be so heavily scrutinised.

Many aspects of the Opposition Leader’s speech resonated. He talked of responsibility and ­relationships of mutual commitment and respect. He even quoted Edmund Burke favourably.

Sadly, he didn’t end there. Towards the end, Shorten said: “Let me be as blunt as possible. A no campaign would be an emotional torment for gay teenagers, and if one child commits suicide over the plebiscite, then that is one too many.”

Now let me be blunt, Mr Shorten. While such lines may sound good in a political pointscoring war, it demonstrates a failure to understand the issue and the responsibility he carries with his office. Suicide is not a political plaything. It’s serious.

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Malcolm Turnbull is a coward

Malcolm Turnbull is a coward | Gay News | Scoop.it

For those who needed persuading that Malcolm Turnbull is trapped in an unhealthy, co-dependent relationship with his party's hard right, his approach to the proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage clinches the matter. The problem isn't just that the Prime Minister affirmed Tony Abbott's manoeuvre to stymie marriage equality by way of a popular vote. On the contrary: for a while I even saw some merit in the plebiscite idea, although the Brexit poll, with its cautionary lesson about the inherent unpredictability of yes/no contests, rattled me enough to opine against it. But Turnbull's cowardice has further tainted the proposal with bad faith and it deserves to be voted down in the Senate.

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Would church leaders support a populist vote on euthanasia or abortion?

Would church leaders support a populist vote on euthanasia or abortion? | Gay News | Scoop.it

The reality is Australian representative democracy functions very well when it comes to dealing with complex moral and legal matters. In New South Wales we approved same-sex adoption in the parliament. We dealt carefully with issues of religious freedom. We managed a civil, respectful and thorough debate. Labor and Liberal MPs exercised a free vote in the parliament. The outcome was accepted by the public. The matter is done. No one today is trying to overturn the law.

 

The same would be true of a parliamentary vote on marriage equality.

 

The churches cheer Abbott and Turnbull to a same-sex marriage plebiscite at their peril. The next time a prime minister wants to resolve a contentious issue by a popular vote, there will be no turning back for Australia’s religious leaders.

If they tried, they just might find their arguments have turned into pillars of salt.

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Shorten runs his own mini-plebiscite on marriage equality, keeping Turnbull on toast

Shorten runs his own mini-plebiscite on marriage equality, keeping Turnbull on toast | Gay News | Scoop.it

Bill Shorten, who declares himself opposed to Malcolm Turnbull's plebiscite on gay marriage because of its potential to cause social torment and because of its price tag, is having his own mini-plebiscite on the matter.

He is travelling the country listening to arguments against the idea before finally - you'd have to bet - announcing that his party will kill the whole scheme.

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Brandis: Coalition can negotiate with Labor on same-sex marriage plebiscite

Brandis: Coalition can negotiate with Labor on same-sex marriage plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

The attorney general, George Brandis, has confirmed that the government is prepared to negotiate with Labor to win its support to set up the plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

 

Senior Labor figures Penny Wong and Mark Dreyfus said Labor would work with the government to pass same-sex marriage through the parliament but immediately poured cold water on the idea of compromise on the “wasteful, hurtful” poll.

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Battlelines drawn on same-sex marriage plebiscite

Battlelines drawn on same-sex marriage plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

In the face of consistent public support for same-sex marriage, the right is pushing the prime minister to delay, obfuscate and ultimately scupper reform.

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Police, politicians march through Brisbane in support of gay pride

Police, politicians march through Brisbane in support of gay pride | Gay News | Scoop.it

About 2,000 people have marched through Fortitude Valley to New Farm Park in inner Brisbane to support Queensland's gay, lesbian and transgender community in the city's annual Pride Day Festival.

Politicians, emergency services and police officers were among those who joined the march.

Leading the way were State Government ministers Jackie Trad, Cameron Dick, Grace Grace, along with Labor Senator Murray Watt.

"Great to celebrate diversity and equality," Health Minister Mr Dick said.

"That's what our party believes in and I'm pleased that our Government is trying to promote measures to increase diversity and also equality in Queensland."

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