Last weekend was a momentous and joyous occasion for the LGBTIQ community, as same sex couples were able to get married in Australia for the first time. However, the honeymoon was short lived as today the High Court of Australia held that the whole of the Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 (ACT) is of no effect on the basis that it is inconsistent with the Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961.
While this decision is no doubt disappointing for those couples who were married under the ACT same-sex marriage law, this decision is actually a good thing for the marriage equality movement in Australia. In order to explain why this is so, it is important to first understand exactly what the High Court decided today.
A group of pentecostal pastors in Kenya have been conducting public "healing ceremonies" for people living with HIV, the Washington Post reports. The ceremonies begin with a "miracle blessing" of the HIV-infected person.
German President Joachim Gauck's office has informed the Kremlin he will not be attending the Sochi Olympics in February. German newspapers view his protest of Russian human rights violations as a moral decision by the German head of state..
How'd you like to make $250 an hour? Sounds good, right? Well, if you're willing to join the glamorous world of sex work, you might be in luck. So where do you start? Lucky for you, there's a class.
A few months ago one of our producers came across RENT U on twitter. At first we couldn't believe it, but when we dug deeper we found it was all too real. In some ways the group is a reaction to the popularity of rentboy.com, a site that pairs young men in need of financial assistance (so called "rent boys") with clients who willing to provide said assistance in return for companionship.
Hawk Kincaid founded the new program for Hook Online, a not-for-profit online resource for men in the sex trade, in 2005. Since then, this industry-only series of workshops has met periodically and in secret, covering everything from legal issues faced by sex workers to marketing to how to negotiate with clients. Their next class, scheduled for Dec. 19, will focus on self defense. These classes are strictly off limits to the press, so we did the next best thing and took a private lesson for ourselves.
Clearly, Sam Matthews is not cut out for life as a sex worker. Although many male prostitutes are straight, not being prepared to have sex with men is kind of a career killer in the sex-for-hire trade.
Dec. 10 is Human Rights Day, and this year, to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations has made a video chronicling the history of LGBTQ rights at the U.N.
In Jon Cohen’s 2001 book, Shots in the Dark: The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine, he detailed the Reagan administration’s early indifference to the growing epidemic. White House acting press secretary Larry Speakes, and some of the reporters at press briefings, found the crisis to be quite the joking matter.
I've had the honour of singing at four of my friends' weddings. I was flattered to be asked each time and humbled to be part of the celebration. I wrote a song years ago called Now I Love Someone which is a great wedding song. It's about falling in love, how it changes your life, and how just greeting that person after a long day can make you happy. Several strangers have written to me over the years to say they walked down the aisle to that song. Isn't that something? I was touched. I'm not sure if any of them knew I'd written it about a woman. Hopefully that wouldn't change anything. It's irrelevant. Being in love is being in love. Except, of course, when it comes to marriage.
I would like to be able to get married, too. I'd like to be able to do it in Australia. But unfortunately, Australian law says my partner and I aren't allowed.
A Memo: While the types of activity vary widely among heterosexuals, the community can be separated into six separate groups: the blatant, the secret lifer, the desperate, the adjusted, the bisexual, and the situational.