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How to Approach the Issue of LGBT Rights in Africa

How to Approach the Issue of LGBT Rights in Africa | Gay News | Scoop.it
LGBT issues in Africa must be approached from multiple angles: political, social, legal, and cultural.
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Two men in Morocco jailed for having sex

Two men in Morocco jailed for having sex | Gay News | Scoop.it

A court in Morocco has sentenced two men to three years in prison after they were found having sex. 

The men were sentenced on 23 December for “homosexual practices” whereby they received a three-year prison term, which is the maximum penalty under the law.

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Europe’s New Gay Cold War

Europe’s New Gay Cold War | Gay News | Scoop.it

An old new power struggle is underway in Europe. With Russia on one side and the United States and the European Union on the other, the struggle is geopolitical—in Ukraine, violently so. But it is also ideological, a clash of values and cultures at the heart of which is the question of whether societies should integrate or ostracize their LGBTQ citizens. It is Europe’s new gay Cold War.

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Let's Fight HIV, Not Our Sexuality

Let's Fight HIV, Not Our Sexuality | Gay News | Scoop.it

For some reason, dangerously, the gay community has calcified around the condom – a method of HIV prevention – as opposed to the idea of HIV prevention, and what a complicated, difficult beast it is that we are called to fight. By framing conversations on HIV prevention and PrEP around condoms, our community is committing one of the original sins of HIV prevention – looking at the epidemic as a largely sexual epidemic. And, yes, I know the numbers on how much HIV transmission happens sexually.

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Why Even A 12-Month Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men Makes No Sense

Why Even A 12-Month Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men Makes No Sense | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ended the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men.

But the agency said it would continue to bar donations by men who have had a sexual encounter with another man in the previous year, disappointing prominent gay rights groups and HIV/AIDS researchers, who called the yearlong waiting period medically unnecessary and unscientific. The FDA said the change "will better align the deferral period with that of other men and women at increased risk for HIV infection."

“The one-year deferral notion constitutes symbolic progress, but is not any more warranted than a lifetime ban," wrote Dr. Eli Adashi, professor of medical science at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School, in an email to HuffPost.

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Why Is BuzzFeed Making Straight Guys Do Gay Stuff?

Why Is BuzzFeed Making Straight Guys Do Gay Stuff? | Gay News | Scoop.it
BuzzFeed’s viral arm is infamous for trying just about anything to unearth traffic gold, but in recent weeks the video team has alighted on a particular … let’s say content sub-vein … that’s caught Outward’s interest. Which, given that the series of videos all involve straight (or seemingly straight) guys doing kinda gay stuff, is not surprising. So far, BuzzFeed has had dude-friends looking at each other naked, straight guys judging the attractiveness of male celebrities, and most recently, dudes making out with other dudes. These have all done relatively well sharing-wise, which raises the question: Why does BuzzFeed think we want to see this? What is it about watching straight guys doing gay things that’s so appealing?
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25 LGBT people to watch in 2015

25 LGBT people to watch in 2015 | Gay News | Scoop.it

From politics to the arts, here - in no particular order - is our fourth annual list of 25 talented, intriguing and compelling people to watch from the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities in Australia in 2015.

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Supreme Court Allows Florida Same-Sex Marriages To Proceed In January

Supreme Court Allows Florida Same-Sex Marriages To Proceed In January | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Supreme Court on Friday evening denied Florida’s request to stop same-sex couples from marrying during the state’s appeal of a federal case challenging the state’s ban on such marriages.


The decision, absent some unexpected development, means that same-sex couples will be able to marry beginning January 6.

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Llama key to HIV vaccine

Llama key to HIV vaccine | Gay News | Scoop.it

HUMANS caught AIDS came from the chimpanzees of Central Africa. Their salvation may lie in the camels of South America.

Scientists have found that llamas are capable of developing four separate antibodies which, acting in concert, can neutralise dozens of HIV strains.

Reporting their findings this morning in the journal PLOS Pathogens, the researchers say the antibodies are not generated in sufficient quantities to constitute a vaccine on their own. But the study yielded a set of broadly effective antibodies induced by vaccination — something never achieved before in any species.

This shows it is theoretically possible to vaccinate mammals against HIV, the paper says. “Our results show that immunisation can potentially induce protective antibodies in llamas. (They) provide a method to more extensively evaluate immunisation studies.”

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Why 2014 Was the Year of “Trans Art”

Why 2014 Was the Year of “Trans Art” | Gay News | Scoop.it

In years past, the existence of a critical hit like Amazon’s gorgeous, funny, and deeply humane Transparent would have felt like a massive step forward—but now we find ourselves in the fantastic (in both senses of the word) position of hardly needing to cling to a single sign of progress. For one thing, the queer brilliance of Orange Is the New Black continued, despite Laverne Cox’s character having a relatively minor part of the second season’s storyline. (You could, of course, easily find her at America’s newsstands on the cover of Time.) MTV took a break from catfishing in October to broadcast The T Word, a powerful documentary hosted by Cox, and this fall AOL brought musician Laura Jane Grace’s great profile series True Trans to the world. This short list can’t begin to account for all the smaller inclusions of trans characters, actors, or themes in other programs, like The Fosters’ Cole, American Horror Story: Freak Show’s Amazon Eve, or South Park’s excellent episode on gender-neutral bathrooms. And the television influx isn’t over; as the Advocate recently noted, we could see as many as seven trans-oriented shows on the air at once in 2015.   

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Championing the way for LGBTI mental health

Championing the way for LGBTI mental health | Gay News | Scoop.it

FOR Sally Morris, heading up MindOUT! has been a labour of love.

It’s also one that she does not take for granted.

“I love this project,” she said.

“I feel particularly lucky to be able to coordinate [it] nationally.

“It is creating significant change in the ability for the mental health sector to meet the needs of LGBTI people — it has provided the sector with what they have needed.”

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Gay women win judgment against Queensland councillor over 'sodomite' vilification

Gay women win judgment against Queensland councillor over 'sodomite' vilification | Gay News | Scoop.it

It was a complaint that gay men in Gympie were afraid to put their name to. So it became a job for two gay women.

After an eight-year legal saga taking them all the way to the high court and back, Richelle Menzies and Rhonda Bruce have won a judgment against a gun lobbyist who, while serving as a local councillor, invited their regional Queensland town to share his contempt for gay people.

A state legal tribunal on Tuesday found Ron Owen broke state anti-discrimination laws by expressing his contempt towards homosexuals in a council report, a community newsletter and a website posting in 2005.

Civil and administrative tribunal member Ann Fitzpatrick ruled that Owen went beyond expressing his own views to the point he was urging others to hate those he called “sodomites”.

Menzies, a lesbian, and Bruce, a transgender bisexual, were not Owen’s only constituents who felt dismayed and vilified by his public pronouncements.

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Australia “becoming impenetrable” for LGBTI asylum seekers

Australia “becoming impenetrable” for LGBTI asylum seekers | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE government’s new asylum seeker laws could see genuine LGBTI refugees deported to oppressive regimes, refugee advocates and legal experts have claimed.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has confirmed he was actively raising the issue of the repatriation of LGBTI refugees with senior ministers.

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Aussie couple first to wed under Scotland’s new marriage equality law

Aussie couple first to wed under Scotland’s new marriage equality law | Gay News | Scoop.it

A same-sex couple from Melbourne have become the first couple in the world to marry under Scotland's new marriage equality law which comes into effect today.

Douglas Pretsell, a Scottish resident from Melbourne, and his Australian husband, Peter Gloster, converted their civil partnership into a marriage in the UK consulate in Melbourne at 11.01am today, the exact moment Scotland's marriage equality law came in to effect.

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This is a game about the realities of living with HIV

This is a game about the realities of living with HIV | Gay News | Scoop.it

Hi, my name is Tim and I just learned I'm HIV positive. Not me personally, but, as the character Tim I played in I'm Positive, a short interactive narrative about living with the human immunodeficiency virus. It started out simply enough: I was shooting baskets when a phone call interrupted my jump shots. It was an ex girlfriend telling me that she'd been diagnosed as HIV positive after giving blood, and she urged me to get tested as soon as possible. Maybe it's because getting tested has been on my mind anyhow or possibly because I shared a name with the protagonist (there aren't any custom-name options; everyone plays as Tim), but after I "hung up" the phone I felt a weight in my chest and an all-too-real sense of panic.

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“You Are Welcome Here”: Small Stickers Make a Big Difference for LGBTQ Scientists

“You Are Welcome Here”: Small Stickers Make a Big Difference for LGBTQ Scientists | Gay News | Scoop.it

For longer than I’ve wanted to be a scientist, I’ve known that I’m gay. When faced with diving into science as an undergraduate, I worried about academic science’s reputation as an old boys’ club. I worried I’d always be marginalized for my sexual orientation, or that with no allies I’d have to keep it a secret. As I sat in my first freshman chemistry lecture, surrounded by 400 classmates, I worried about a future being lonely in the lab.

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For Nick Jonas, Showing Off Is Paying Off

For Nick Jonas, Showing Off Is Paying Off | Gay News | Scoop.it

Mr. Jonas stands out by embracing the homoerotic undercurrents inherent to pop superstardom.

“Nick is the first straight male in the past few years to let himself be sexualized by gay men and not just be O.K. with it, but promote it,” said Mitchell Sunderland, an editor at Vice who recently wrote an article for the magazine about Mr. Jonas. “Although there is a profit-based motive, it’s still pretty revolutionary.”

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How Do We Quantify Progress on LGBTQ Issues? 

How Do We Quantify Progress on LGBTQ Issues?  | Gay News | Scoop.it

As the year comes to a close, I, like many others, find myself in a state of reflection. Am I, as a bisexual transgender woman, exiting the year in better condition than I entered it? Is the state of LGBTQ rights in a better place than it was this time last year? Where do we stand in our fight for equality and acceptance?

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Gay in Iran: A Dangerous, Secret Life

Gay in Iran: A Dangerous, Secret Life | Gay News | Scoop.it

Until recently, consensual sexual intercourse between men was a capital offense in Iran. After a change in the country’s penal code, the “active” person in the act can now be punished with up to 100 lashes, but if he’s married, the death penalty may apply. The “passive” person can still be sentenced to death, regardless of marital status. Sexual interaction between two women is punishable by flogging.

The vast majority of media reports about homosexuality in Iran are based on accounts of torment and oppression from gays and lesbians who have fled the country. And while their experiences are representative for some of Iran’s homosexuals, they are hugely different from those of the people who choose to stay in the country, or don’t have the opportunity to leave.

Gays from lower classes and rural areas, where stigmatization is often most severe, rarely have the ability to move out of the house before marriage, let alone leave the country. Even in more affluent communities in cities. there is generally little acceptance of homosexuality, but some middle- and upper-class Iranians have the means to create parallel lives, out of sight of their relatives or friends.

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The Trans-Everything CEO

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Only about 5 percent of the companies in the Fortune 500 are run by women; double the sample size, and the proportion is the same. Compensation levels for female CEOs appear to lag as well, though it’s hard to tell because there are so few of them. On a recent list of America’s 200 highest-paid CEOs, only 11 were women, and their median pay was $1.6 million less than their male peers. Certain of these women are already household names: Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, No. 34 on the list, who earned $25 million last year, and Hewlett-Packard’s Meg Whitman, No. 95, who earned $18 million. But the highest-paid female CEO in America is not nearly as well known. She is Martine Rothblatt, the 59-year-old founder of United Therapeutics—a publicly traded, Silver Spring, Maryland–based pharmaceutical company—who made a previous fortune as a founder of Sirius radio, a field she entered as an attorney specializing in the law of space. But what’s really extraordinary about Rothblatt’s ascent is not that she has leaned in, or out, or had any particular thoughts about having it all. What sets Rothblatt apart from the other women on the list is that she—who earned $38 million last year—was born male.


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Study: Gay men earn less than straight men, but lesbians are paid more

Study: Gay men earn less than straight men, but lesbians are paid more | Gay News | Scoop.it

Sexual orientation seems to affect earning prospects and job satisfaction, a study shows.


Research by Nick Drydakis at Anglia Ruskin University found gay men on average earn 9% less compared to heterosexual men.


However, lesbians on average earn 12% more compared to heterosexual women.


Even in countries in the EU, Australia, Canada and the US, which have the strongest anti-discrimination laws, gay and lesbian people experienced more obstacles in getting a job, earning bias and harassment than their counterparts.

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Why It's Best to Avoid The Word 'Transgendered'

Why It's Best to Avoid The Word 'Transgendered' | Gay News | Scoop.it

Reporting for TIME on transgender issues (particularly for what became the cover story “The Transgender Tipping Point”), there was one maxim that pretty much every person I interviewed seemed to agree on: there is no single story about being transgender that sums it all up, much like there’s no one story about being Hispanic or blonde or short or straight that sums that experience up. But I also came to learn that there are some good rules of thumb to follow when it comes to language.

For instance, if you meet a trans person—someone who identifies with a gender other than the sex they were assigned at birth—it’s generally a good idea to ask which pronouns (he or she, him or her) they prefer and to use whatever that is. If you meet a trans person, you should not ask about the particulars of their body, much as you would likely prefer strangers not to inquire about yours. And if you meet a transgender person, you should not refer to them as “a transgender” or “transgendered.”

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Elton John got married and posted the photos on Instagram

Elton John got married and posted the photos on Instagram | Gay News | Scoop.it

Longtime partners Elton John and David Furnish have officially tied the knot.


The couple, who formerly had a civil partnership in 2005, shared photos of their Sunday nuptials on social media, using the hashtag #ShareTheLove. Together for the past 21 years, the couple has two sons together: Zachary, 3, and Elijah, 1.

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Shame in China as village votes to expel HIV-positive boy

Shame in China as village votes to expel HIV-positive boy | Gay News | Scoop.it

The plight of a Chinese boy with HIV, reportedly pushed to leave his home by 200 villagers who signed a petition, has sparked intense online soul-searching in the country.

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Forcing Porn Stars to Wear Condoms Violates the First Amendment 

Forcing Porn Stars to Wear Condoms Violates the First Amendment  | Gay News | Scoop.it

On Monday, the 9th Circuit ruled that a Los Angeles ordinance requiring adult film actors to wear condoms during shoots does not violate the First Amendment. Although the court acknowledged that filming sex qualifies as constitutionally protected expression, the judges unanimously decided that the condom mandate imposed “only a de minimis effect on expression” and could be justified on health and safety grounds.

This is the wrong ruling for the right reasons.

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The year in HIV

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With 2014 almost done and dusted, now is an apt time to reflect on the year’s HIV-related accomplishments and achievements. And there’s much to acknowledge — not least of all AIDS 2014.

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