Six men were sentenced by an Egyptian court on Thursday to two years in prison with labor for allegedly advertising their apartment on Facebook for men to have sex with each other for a fee of $200 per night, reports the state-owned Egyptian news site Ahram Online based on information from “a judicial source.”
This case may be the first case in which Egyptians have been caught on social media for charges of homosexuality, something human rights activists have warned could become widespread as the Egyptian government widens its crackdown on LGBT rights. Since October, around 80 people are known to have been arrested on allegations of homosexuality, including eight men who are due in court on Saturday for appearing in a video that shows a couple of men exchanging rings that made headlines throughout the Arabic press as a “gay wedding.”
In this newly open environment, LGBT scientists are finding it easier to declare themselves — or at least, to think about doing so. “I’m getting a constant stream of e-mails from young scientists: ‘Can I meet with you?’,” says Ben Barres, a Stanford neuroscientist who transitioned from female to male in 1997, and who has become a prominent spokesman for LGBT issues in science.
But just as for ethnic minorities and women, there is still a long way to go. Many LGBT scientists fear coming out — if only because publications, career progression and promotion are based heavily on the judgement of fellow scientists, which might be influenced by conscious or unconscious bias. And many students may be avoiding a research career entirely — although no one knows, because no one has counted.
“I worry that there is a vast pool of talent that might be being lost to science,” says Trotter. The only way to change that, he says, is for the scientific community to reach out to its LGBT members, and have an honest conversation.
Tuesday was something called Bisexual Visibility Day. Which got me thinking: Where exactly are all the bi guys? I know a fair few fellas who've confided in me about their same-sex experiences, but only a handful of guys who straight-up identify as bi.
That might be because, for years, bisexuality has been maligned as homosexuality’s no-good cousin—a sort of halfway house between straight respectability and full-blown gay-dom. Bisexuals spread diseases. Bisexuals can’t accept that they're really gay. Bisexuals are greedy, confused, selfish. This is the sort of shit people say about bisexuals. No wonder bi dudes like to keep it on the lowdown.
Gay asylum seekers detained by Australia on Manus Island have written of suicidal thoughts, experiences of sexual assault and fear of persecution in Papua New Guinea in a series of handwritten letters seen by Guardian Australia.
The six letters, written by four different men, paint a vivid portrait of life in the detention centre for gay asylum seekers – due to be resettled in PNG where homosexuality is illegal and can carry a jail term of over a decade.
Many of the men write of their decision to flee societies where they were persecuted for their sexuality and detail instances of abuse and bullying inside the Manus centre and in their lives before arriving in Australia.
The letters – all written by Iranian men and mostly in Farsi – were translated independently by Guardian Australia.
PROGRESS in implementing a policy addressing issues for Queensland LGBTI students has stalled between a PFLAG-led action group and the state education department, according to the group’s secretary.
Tackling LGBTI bullying along with a focus on inclusive departmental guidelines has been the subject of discussions between the two parties since last year, but the secretary of the Safe Queensland Schools for LGBTIQ Students action group Janet Berry has been “extremely frustrated” with the government’s response.
A Wickham spokesperson said: “We just didn’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable if approached with the survey questions.”
Why would a hotel that formed the nexus of Brisbane’s famous ‘Gay Days’ suddenly dump the survey after years of support? Its desire to attract a ‘mixed’ crowd has been well publicised, but it also claims to be retaining its LGBT identity. Such controversy so early on begs the question: Does the ‘new’ Wickham have any idea what that means?
What makes this PR blunder so interesting is the questions it raises about the changing nature and relevance of gay venues in Australia. With most of our bars and clubs facing tough times, what changes might it take to save them? Do they deserve to be saved at all?
HIV organisations in Queensland and sexual health experts have expressed disappointment and concern about the Wickham Hotel not allowing the COUNT study and Gay Community Periodic Survey (GCPS) from being conducted at the venue.
Queensland Positive People (QPP) and Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) were reportedly informed by management last week that “[the surveys] doesn’t fit with the new Wickham” and volunteers were denied access to the hotel.
One of Brisbane’s most iconic LGBTI-friendly venues, the Wickham only recently reopened following extensive renovations and its owner Coles expressed a desire to attract a mixed clientele.
What’s under the rainbow flag? All was revealed in Brisbane on Saturday.
Approximately 120 people attended the official launch and unveiling of Brisbane’s first ever permanent LGBTIQ artwork in the front grounds of the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre.
We were there to witness the excitement and anticipation as attendees waited for Brisbane Pride’s gigantic rainbow flag to be jointly removed by those who had involvement in the project to reveal the new artwork.
When natural disasters strike, the impact varies significantly across different social groups, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities are poorly accounted for in disaster management policy and practice.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Scott McKinnon on the different needs of the LGBTI community during a natural disaster event, and how emergency services, policy-makers and aid agencies can better respond to LGBTI populations.
A survey of 5,700 SAG-AFTRA members has found that more than half of lesbian, gay and bisexual performers “have heard directors and producers make anti-gay comments about actors” and that “53% of LGBT respondents believed that directors and producers are biased against LGBT performers.” The study (read it here), conducted by UCLA’s LGBT think tank Williams Institute and funded by the SAG-Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund, will be presented formally tonight during simultaneous guild town hall meetings in L.A. and NYC.
Last month, the National Museum of American History significantly expanded its collection of LGBT items. This week, MSNBC went behind the scenes at the nation's history museum and gave viewers a sneak peek.
If you were gay and a recent passenger on American Airlines, you might have used in-flight Wi-Fi provided by Gogo just like any other customer. In the course of finding somewhere to stay before you land, you might have navigated to misterbnb.com, a version of Airbnb where customers looking for a place to stay can be guaranteed the hosts are gay-friendly. Rather than getting the site's homepage, however, your browser would have kicked you to an interstitial page telling you the site had been censored by Gogo. The given reason would have been the site had been categorized as "adult-and-pornography."
Looking at Misterbnb, there is nothing to trigger a pornography-centric filter on the homepage. The word "gay" appears a handful of times, but there is no salacious language, no risque photos, no video, not even any wild-card advertising space that could turn up a rogue Flash ad, photo, or video that runs counter to the tone of the site. "Travel gay friendly," "build the gay travel community," or "attend the next gay events" is about as hot as the site's narrative gets. In total, the word "gay" appears 11 times in text on the site's homepage.
Gogo and American Airlines are not the first Wi-Fi providers to be touchy about LGBT content; over the last year, a handful of businesses, including Au Bon Pain, Tim Horton's, and McDonald's, made minor news for not allowing their customers to view innocuous LGBT-centric websites, like GLAAD's homepage.
Occasionally these incidents happen for regressive "family-friendly" reasons, where businesses cave to people who would be agitated by a reminder that gay people exist. But many businesses, including American Airlines, appear unsure why the Wi-Fi service they provide their customers prevents those customers from accessing otherwise innocuous LGBT-oriented sites.
If you're like us, you've been jonesing for new TV shows or waiting for your old favorites to return from summer hiatus. From new shows breaking ground by being the first to feature LGBTIQ characters in their genre on the small screen to longtime favorites and everything between, TheAdvocate staff picks our most anticipated inclusive shows that make up fall 2014’s must-see LGBTIQ TV.
I love Facebook because it allows me to create an intentional image of myself that I present to the world. Identity is not invalid if it is not legal. Forcing people to use their legal names against their will is not only dangerous, it’s disrespectful. By doing this, you are denying them the right to be themselves, and, ultimately, destroying the safe and open online community your company says it wants to create.
With a deafening roar of engines, and a blinding kaleidoscope of colour, they were off.
The Dykes on Bikes led Brisbane's biggest LGBTI pride parade up Brunswick Street on Saturday morning, leading hundreds on their 1.7-kilometre march from Fortitude Valley to the Brisbane Pride Festival at New Farm Park.
But before the march – which attracted up to 700 people at its starting point – there were the rallying cries from the balcony of the Valley's Empire Hotel.
WITH half an hour still to go before the forum would officially begin, out in the audience the conversation about Pre Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV — PrEP — was already in full swing.
Although only a handful of gay men in Australia had begun taking PrEP in the very early stages of clinical studies, at this public forum on the topic held during the recent International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, or AIDS 2014, the implications were keenly felt.
One guy was concerned he’d seen other guys “advertising” being on PrEP while looking for bareback sex on Grindr. A few people discussed rumours of awful side-effects experienced by the studies’ participants.
Despite these omens the forum proved remarkably measured, more academic than community. Whichever audience members had worried PrEP was a sign of the end times stayed silent, ceding the floor to public health experts calling for a rational, measured conversation.
For a community that for over 30 years has learned to conflate sex and death, for whom a thin sheet of latex has become a potent symbol for that divide, many believe PrEP has the capacity to change everything.
The concept is simple: a person takes a daily dose of the same antiretroviral medication used by many people living with HIV to drastically reduce their risk of contracting the virus.
In the most recent large clinical study, even participants only taking the medication two to three times a week were at 84 per cent reduced risk of contracting HIV, while there were no infections in participants taking four or more doses per week.
Even as the evidence continues to mount that PrEP can be a highly effective tool for preventing HIV transmission, many have reservations.
The drug Truvada has been approved and available for use as PrEP in the US for two years now, and its impact on the gay community has been profound.
BRISBANE’S first permanent LGBTI artwork was unveiled last weekend in New Farm to a crowd of about 120 people that included community leaders, local politicians and advocates.
Kept under the wraps of a giant rainbow pride flag, the new work from Lismore artist Karl de Waal — who worked in conjunction with the community to create the new piece — was revealed to the assembled crowd at its home outside the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre (NFNC).
On September 29, the justices of the Supreme Court will be considering whether to hear a case about same-sex couples’ marriage rights and, if so, which one to take.
The justices will be meeting on that date to consider the mountain of case requests — called petitions for a writ of certiorari — that came in over the summer. They will be considering seven different petitions at that conference from various state and county officials asking the justices to hear their case, according to updated docket information from the court on Wednesday.
At least two Dane County judges have granted adoptions by same-sex couples, thereby recognizing their marriages.
In the latest case Wednesday, Kat Riley adopted the 2-year-old biological daughter of her partner, Teresa Riley. And, Teresa Riley adopted her spouse's 4-year-old biological son. The Rileys were married in Iowa last year.
Now both children have two parents, instead of one parent and one legal guardian, and have rights including inheritance and death benefits. The State Journal (http://bit.ly/1rXX8o6 ) reports Dane County Circuit Judge Shelley Gaylord says she was bound to recognize the Rileys' marriage as valid because of the Constitution's equal protection clause, which requires states to honor each other's laws.
The adoptions were granted a day after Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that Wisconsin's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.
A year ago, the United Nations Human Rights Office launched an unprecedented global public education campaign for lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender rights: Free & Equal. This inspiring video tells the story of what happened next.