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Challenge to ACT's laws on gay marriage will show state of play

Challenge to ACT's laws on gay marriage will show state of play | Gay News | Scoop.it
A CHALLENGE to the ACT's proposed laws to introduce same-sex marriage on constitutional grounds provides the certainty needed on an emotive issue and the guidance required for potential state-based schemes.
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Miriam Margolyes: “This is who I am, this is who I love, get on with it”

Miriam Margolyes: “This is who I am, this is who I love, get on with it” | Gay News | Scoop.it

WHILE it’s only been two years since Miriam Margolyes became a citizen, she rightly deserves the status of gay Aussie icon — her relationship with an Australian woman is now in its 47th year.

In the midst of a national tour of her new autobiographical show, The Importance of Being Miriam, Margolyes has spent a lot of time looking back at a very full life.

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HBO Officially Cancels Looking

HBO Officially Cancels Looking | Gay News | Scoop.it
It's the little gay series that couldn't. Despite critical acclaim and a small but devoted fan base, Looking won't see another season, HBO has confirmed.
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Reports emerge of major shift towards gay marriage within Liberal Party

Reports emerge of major shift towards gay marriage within Liberal Party | Gay News | Scoop.it

REPORTS of 11 federal Liberal Party MPs privately switching to a pro-marriage equality stance since January have raised hopes that the Coalition could finally be granted a conscience vote on the matter when they meet in the party room to decide as early as tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Australian Marriage Equality (AME) announced that more than one million email

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Who's Most Likely to Get Skin Cancer? Gay & Bi Men, That's Who

Who's Most Likely to Get Skin Cancer? Gay & Bi Men, That's Who | Gay News | Scoop.it

According to a newly released study on skin cancer, gay and bisexual men in the U.S. twice as likely as straight men to develop the disease, partly because they are also three times more likely to use indoor tanning methods to achieve the sun-kissed look.

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Being [PrEP]ared: Why I have decided to take Truvada

Being [PrEP]ared: Why I have decided to take Truvada | Gay News | Scoop.it

“PrEP gives me another level of protection”:  Lachlan Royce Price explains why he decided to go on PrEP.

Well before my time as being an out gay man, a sex negative culture was bred into me by the hetero-normative society we live in. I was taught gay sex is dirty and anything deemed as adventurous was high-risk behavior. This led to fear and shame dictating my sex life, overshadowing my enjoyment.

So when I first heard of Truvada, I was quite surprised. A friend who had used it as PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) told me about it. Truvada has been used for treatment of people living with HIV for years. Now, according to the PrELUDE study which I am a part of, Truvada used as PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) can be given to those who are HIV-negative people to prevent an infection with HIV should they be exposed.

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This year's Big Gay Day sets 'high benchmark' for 2016 say organisers

This year's Big Gay Day sets 'high benchmark' for 2016 say organisers | Gay News | Scoop.it

Brisbane's 15th Big Gay Day at The Wickham Hotel went off without a hitch, organisers say. 

The Wickham’s Claire Giesen told QP over 3,000 people attended last Sunday’s event.

“We had an amazing crowd! The energy was so positive and happy, it was exactly what a Big Gay Day should feel like,” she said.

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Why gays can’t even vote straight

Why gays can’t even vote straight | Gay News | Scoop.it

Some of the most gay-centric electorates in Australia go to the polls in the NSW State Election at the end of March. But the Star Observer has been given access to research that suggests the way lesbians vote differs greatly from gay men — and that could have an effect on the result. Benedict Brook reports.

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Tennille Moisel appointed as Midsumma’s ongoing festival director

Tennille Moisel appointed as Midsumma’s ongoing festival director | Gay News | Scoop.it

TENNILLE Moisel has been appointed as Midsumma’s ongoing festival director, after running this year’s event as an interim appointment to the role.

Moisel became acting festival director last September, stepping down from her position on the Midsumma board after previous festival director Monique Thorpe resigned.

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When “PnP” Means “Pose and Paint”: The Ethics of Using Sex Apps for Art

When “PnP” Means “Pose and Paint”: The Ethics of Using Sex Apps for Art | Gay News | Scoop.it

Fine print aside, there are many artists now using gay hookup apps as convenient places to find models and muses, and you can’t really blame them. Artists have always needed human models for their work—even Michelangelo needed a human source for his early versions of David—and a typical Scruff matrix provides plenty of inspiring forms. But when your hunting ground is a community of men who are baring their soul and their six packs in pursuit of affirmation and anal, is it ethical to ask them to come over for art instead of sex?

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Presbyterian Church (USA) changes its constitution to include gay marriage

Presbyterian Church (USA) changes its constitution to include gay marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Presbyterian Church (USA), the largest body of Presbyterians in the country, approved a change in the wording of its constitution to allow gay and lesbian weddings within the church, a move that threatens to continue to split the mainline Protestant denomination.

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Seed Saver: The Escoffier of Cum

Seed Saver: The Escoffier of Cum | Gay News | Scoop.it

A guy who writes two semen cookbooks—you figure he haunts the thirstier rings of obsession, beyond the arid, salty porn fields of mere compulsion and fetish. But at the moment, on the other end of an echo-y Skype call from London, it sounds as if the only thing Paul “Fotie” Photenhauer might be thirsty for is another glass of whiskey, without the milky shot of jizz he’s semi-famous for.

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The Inside Story Of The Best Gay Soccer Team In The World

The Inside Story Of The Best Gay Soccer Team In The World | Gay News | Scoop.it

Stonewall Football Club, today’s visitors, was established in 1991 as England’s first gay soccer club. Four-time champions at the international Gay Games (including last year in Cleveland) and winners of continental competitions, it is Britain’s highest-ranking gay team and bills itself as “the world’s most successful gay football club.”

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Pope Francis to Dine With Gay, Transexual Prisoners

Pope Francis to Dine With Gay, Transexual Prisoners | Gay News | Scoop.it

Pope Francis will have lunch on Saturday with some 90 inmates at a prison near Naples, including some that reportedly come from a ward housing gay, transgender and HIV-infected inmates.

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Gay Periodic Survey offers mixed results for Queensland

Gay Periodic Survey offers mixed results for Queensland | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE annual study of the sexual behaviours and patterns for men who have sex with men (MSM), the Gay Community Periodic Survey (GCPS), has produced what some experts have called a mixed bag of good and bad news for Queensland.

With over 1500 men responding to the survey conducted by the University of NSW’s Kirby Institute and Queensland Positive People (QPP), results have found that in good news, HIV testing levels remain high with 85 per cent of respondents saying they have been tested for it.

However, the remaining 15 per cent reported never being tested for HIV, along with a lower rate of HIV-negative men saying they’ve been tested within the past year (72 per cent).

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Russia moves to stop same-sex spouses receiving UN staff benefits

Russia moves to stop same-sex spouses receiving UN staff benefits | Gay News | Scoop.it

Russia is attempting to stop the United Nations extending staff benefits to same-sex spouses.

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, announced in July 2014 it would recognise same-sex marriages among its 43,000 staff worldwide, allowing them to receive the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. Before the change of policy, UN workers’ personal status was determined by the laws of their country of nationality.

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David Pocock should be applauded, not criticised, for standing up against homophobia

David Pocock should be applauded, not criticised, for standing up against homophobia | Gay News | Scoop.it

That Pocock has been slammed after calling out a Waratahs player for allegedly branding a Brumbies player a "faggot" - twice - highlights why.


Instead of applauding him, others trot out hackneyed arguments that footballers should be seen and not heard, and how whatever is said on the field should stay there.

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An Open Letter to HBO: Save Looking

An Open Letter to HBO: Save Looking | Gay News | Scoop.it

It’s true that the numbers could be better for the Michael Lannan-created series about a group of gay friends working their way through life in San Francisco. But Looking is a show that goes beyond ratings for many reasons, and I thought as we wind down to Sunday’s second season finale, it might be a good time to remind you of a few reasons why this show is infinitely special and why a third season should happen. (I’ve had the opportunity of seeing the perfectly crafted season finale already, and in short, it just can’t be the end.)

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Brisbane forum for equality brings progressive Christians together

Brisbane forum for equality brings progressive Christians together | Gay News | Scoop.it

Recently, New Farm's Merthyr Road Uniting Church hosted a forum of clergy and parishioners discussing their support for marriage equality, as well as other social justice issues including human rights, the first Australians, domestic violence, asylum seekers and climate change. 

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Gallup Survey Confirms San Francisco Is The Nation's Gayest City (#7 May Surprise You Though)

Gallup Survey Confirms San Francisco Is The Nation's Gayest City (#7 May Surprise You Though) | Gay News | Scoop.it

Not surprisingly, San Francisco has the highest concentration of LGBT people of any city in the US, at 6.2 percent, according to a new Gallup survey. 

However, there are some surprises on the list, including Salt Lake City, which is ranked No. 7.

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Australian documentary Gayby Baby to have world premiere in Toronto

Australian documentary Gayby Baby to have world premiere in Toronto | Gay News | Scoop.it

A NEW Australian documentary looking into the world of “gaybies” — the children of gay parents — will premiere next month at Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival.

Gayby Baby takes viewers into the homes of four kids – Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham – who share their trials of growing up, albeit with two mums, or two dads.

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Barney Frank: Anti-gay lawmakers in the closet have ‘no right to privacy’

Barney Frank: Anti-gay lawmakers in the closet have ‘no right to privacy’ | Gay News | Scoop.it

The first openly gay congressman in US history has lambasted homophobic lawmakers who remain in the closet – and said they should be “exposed”.


Barney Frank, who served as a member of the US House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013, weighed in on controversy surrounding Republican Aaron Schock.

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In Its Final Season, Glee Was the Gayest Show That’s Ever Been on Television

In Its Final Season, Glee Was the Gayest Show That’s Ever Been on Television | Gay News | Scoop.it

I have a totally untestable theory that Glee did more to normalize homosexuality than any other show in TV history, perhaps more than any other mainstream work of art. Over six seasons, tweens, teens, and their families sat in living rooms around the world watching musical numbers, show choir competitions, and hormonal high-school drama stacked with more than its fair share of comings out, same-sex crushes, and gender noncomformity.


But the final season, which comes to an end Friday night with a two-hour episode, is the gayest thing I’ve ever seen on television—and ever expect to see. The TV version of Lima, Ohio, is a fantasy world where sexual minorities rule the roost and heterosexuals are background players, coming into focus only when they interact with queer characters.

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Doctors Perform the World's First Successful Penis Transplant

Doctors Perform the World's First Successful Penis Transplant | Gay News | Scoop.it

Surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Cape Town’s Tygerberg Hospital have performed the world’s first successful penis transplant.
The nine-hour operation was performed Dec. 11 on the 21-year-old recipient, who made a full recovery and regained all functions in the transplanted organ, the South African university said in a statement Friday.

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First gay and lesbian festival for the Gold Coast set for September

First gay and lesbian festival for the Gold Coast set for September | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE Gold Coast’s first gay and lesbian festival is set to capture the world’s lucrative gay tourism market and advance homosexual rights.

The week of celebrations will kick off on September 28 and will embrace gay culture with a race day, art gallery displays and films.

The new festival was launched in Surfers Paradise this morning and its name, The Glitter Festival GC was announced.

Festival organiser Destry Puia said the event showed the Gold Coast had finally started to mature.

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The Gay Community’s Response To ‘Looking’ Says More About Us Than It Does About The Show

The Gay Community’s Response To ‘Looking’ Says More About Us Than It Does About The Show | Gay News | Scoop.it

After my initial, lukewarm reaction, I’ve come to really love Looking. Complex, nuanced writing and performances have helped me, at least in part, to get something out of it beyond an affirmation or condemnation of who I am as a gay man.

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