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High School Principal Suspends Sean Cody Model For Gay Porn Work, Won’t Let Him Graduate

High School Principal Suspends Sean Cody Model For Gay Porn Work, Won’t Let Him Graduate | Gay News | Scoop.it

According to an agitated poster in Reddit's "gaybros" forum, high school senior and Sean Cody model "Noel" has allegedly been suspended and will not graduate this year after several of his bareback flicks found their way onto the principal's desk.


The poster, who identifies himself as the cousin of Noel’s classmate, claims the budding gay porn model (and certified hottie) has been “severely bullied” since fellow classmates discovered his side job and instead of helping, school administrators have suspended him for 10 days for “causing a campus disturbance.”


His suspension will allegedly lead to “an automatic failure from absences,” and he will not be able to graduate come June.

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The UK is performing hundreds of gay weddings in Australia

The UK is performing hundreds of gay weddings in Australia | Gay News | Scoop.it

The British Foreign Office has performed more same-sex weddings in Australia than in any other country, according to figures provided to SBS by the British High Commission.

Out of 280 same-sex marriages performed in British embassies and high commissions around the world, 250 of them have occurred in Australia. 

Alex Beatty from the High Commission said the figures weren't surprising given the relationship between the two countries. It's estimated 1.5 million Australians either have British citizenship or have family ties which make them eligible to apply.

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Queensland won't apologise for gay sex convictions until after law change

Queensland won't apologise for gay sex convictions until after law change | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queenslanders with decades-old convictions for homosexual activity won't receive an apology from their government in the wake of Victorian moves to say sorry.

Instead, the Queensland government will consider further ways to address the "wrongs in the past" after new laws are brought into place, potentially later this year.

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Despite the Attorney-General's awkward statement today on this issue, I remain hopeful that an apology will be part of the expungement of historic gay sex offences in Queensland.  

 

We are all eagerly waiting on the report of the Queensland Law Reform Commission so that the Government can act on this reform as soon as possible. 

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State Apology to Those Convicted Under Unjust Laws Against Homosexual Acts — Premier’s Speech

State Apology to Those Convicted Under Unjust Laws Against Homosexual Acts — Premier’s Speech | Gay News | Scoop.it

On behalf of the Parliament, the Government and the people of Victoria.

For the laws we passed.

And the lives we ruined.

And the standards we set.

We are so sorry. Humbly, deeply, sorry.

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Why Australia legalising same-sex marriage makes good business sense

Why Australia legalising same-sex marriage makes good business sense | Gay News | Scoop.it

Experience in the US serves to highlight the potential long-term economic consequences if Australia fails to legalise same-sex marriage.

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Westpac Group crowned most LGBTI-inclusive employer

Westpac Group crowned most LGBTI-inclusive employer | Gay News | Scoop.it

WESTPAC Group has been crowned Australia’s most LGBTI-inclusive employer.

The financial company picked up the ‘Employer of the Year’ award at the special event in Sydney. The awards come from ACON’s Pride in Diversity (PID) program, a national not-for-profit employer initiative for the inclusion of LGBTI people in the workplace.

  Banks dominated the top 10, with the Commonwealth Bank coming second, Macquarie Bank equal fourth, and National Australia Bank at seven.
The University of Western Australia was the highest ranking university at equal fourth, Uniting was the highest ranking not-for-profit/charity at sixth, and the Australian Federal Police was the highest ranking public sector employer.

Telstra also made it on the list at 15 despite a marriage flip-flop controversy in April.

The awards are determined by PID’s Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWE), which measures LGBTI inclusivity.

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Transgender officer to raise Pride flag to fly over Queensland Police headquarters

Transgender officer to raise Pride flag to fly over Queensland Police headquarters | Gay News | Scoop.it

For the first time in Queensland Police Service history the, LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) pride flag will be flown outside its Brisbane Police Headquarters today as part of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) celebrations.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Mike Condon said the flag-raising ceremony would be a public display of the Service’s strong support for inclusion and diversity within the Queensland community.

“We are extremely proud to support IDAHOT and fly the rainbow flag outside our Roma Street Police headquarters. The flag itself will be raised by transgender officer, Constable Mairead Devlin,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Condon said.

“As an organisation and as a state, we have come a long way over the past few decades. It is important to ensure people have both the confidence to be themselves and the confidence that their police will look out for them.”

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I Went to a Eurovision Sex Party

It's almost time for the Eurovision Song Contest. That point in the year where every country in Europe dusts off their flags and their uplifting late-90s EDM tracks and competes to see who can vote the most politically. But sadly, the road to Eurovision doesn't hold the same uniting, Brexit-defying thrill for me as it 100 percent definitely does for you. Why? Because I ruined it for myself that time I went to a Eurovision-themed sex party.

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Brisbane Council supports Marriage Equality

Brisbane Council supports Marriage Equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

BRISBANE City Council (BCC) will adopt support of marriage equality as official policy in the council chamber next Tuesday.

Lord mayor Graham Quirk said the motion was designed to coincide with next Tuesday’s International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).

BCC plans to formally vote on marriage equality on IDAHOT night, Tuesday May 17.

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In N.Y., White House poised to create first monument to gay rights struggle

In N.Y., White House poised to create first monument to gay rights struggle | Gay News | Scoop.it

President Obama is poised to declare the first-ever national monument recognizing the struggle for gay rights, singling out a sliver of green space and part of the surrounding Greenwich Village neighborhood as the birthplace of America’s modern gay liberation movement.

 

While most national monuments have highlighted iconic wild landscapes or historic sites from centuries ago, this reflects the country’s diversity of terrain and peoples in a different vein: It would be the first national monument anchored by a dive bar and surrounded by a warren of narrow streets that long has been regarded the historic center of gay cultural life in New York City.

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Lawsuits Are Flying Over North Carolina's 'Bathroom Bill' — Here's What's Going On

Lawsuits Are Flying Over North Carolina's 'Bathroom Bill' — Here's What's Going On | Gay News | Scoop.it

In March, North Carolina passed a sweeping bill that locks LGBT people out of legal protection from discrimination by solidifying the state's existing anti-discrimination law (that excludes LGBT people) as doctrine.  The law also targets trans people by limiting the use of public restrooms by one's "biological sex." After intense backlash and a threat from the Obama administration, North Carolina announced today that it will be suing the government. Hours later, the federal government announced that it would be suing North Carolina. Here's what you need to know.

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HIV prevention pill approved in Australia

HIV prevention pill approved in Australia | Gay News | Scoop.it

TRUVADA, which is used as a form of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV, has been approved in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

Announced today, Truvada has been listed for prevention purposes on the Register of Therapeutic Goods.

For most local gay men on PrEP, the most viable way of sourcing the pill is to order it online from overseas, however this costs upwards of $100 per script and is a time-consuming process.

Now that the pill has been approved by the TGA, doctors will be far more inclined to prescribe it, however this won’t affect its cost.

For it to be cheap, Truvada will now need to be placed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), which will bring it down to around $38.80 per script.

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Gay marriage plebiscite cost to blow out

Gay marriage plebiscite cost to blow out | Gay News | Scoop.it

The cost of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage is likely to blow out to more than the $160 million already allocated, a Senate committee has been told.

Greg Manning, a senior official with the Attorney-General's Department, told a Senate estimates hearing on Thursday the figure was best described as a "prudent allocation" and "an indicative amount".

Final costings would be determined once the government finalises the model for the plebiscite.

The estimated cost of the plebiscite was also based on the two opposing sides receiving no public funding for their campaigns beyond money for a pamphlet.

It has also been confirmed the government is considering giving money to both sides in the plebiscite, expected to be held this year if the Turnbull government is re-elected, but that no final decision has been made.

The money would come on top of the $160 million allocated in Tuesday's federal budget.

"Were there to be an allocation of public money then of course both sides of the argument would be entitled to equal treatment," Attorney-General George Brandis told the Senate hearing.

"Were there to be public funding, obviously one of the issues would be the appropriate recipients on behalf of the `yes' or the `no' case of public funding."

It's possible, if not likely, that groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby and the Catholic Church, both opposed to gay marriage, would receive taxpayer dollars to argue their case.

Senator Brandis said he had met with representatives of both sides in the debate over gay marriage, as the government continues to work on the final model for the plebiscite.

The attorney-general also confirmed the government did not support calls from advocates for a "no" vote for anti-discrimination laws to be suspended if campaign goes ahead.

"That is not the government's position," he said.

The Australian Electoral Commission later told the committee it had not been asked to do any work in preparation for the plebiscite.

AEC commissioner Tom Rogers said the $160 million put into the contingency fund would have been based on an indicative costing he had given last year of $158.4 million.

Asked whether voting would need to be compulsory, as at a general election, Mr Rogers said: "That would be a choice for government."

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$160m for same-sex marriage plebiscite in Federal Budget 2016

$160m for same-sex marriage plebiscite in Federal Budget 2016 | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE Turnbull Government has announced it has put $160 million aside for a plebiscite on same-sex marriage in its 2016/17 Federal Budget.

It was announced in a statement by Attorney-General Senator George Brandis and Minister for Justice Michael Keenan.

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Queensland to catch up on age of consent laws for anal sex

Queensland to catch up on age of consent laws for anal sex | Gay News | Scoop.it

After decades of inaction, the Palaszczuk Labor Government will introduce legislation to standardise the age of consent, bringing an end to one of the State's most discriminatory laws.

Under current legislation, the age of consent for vaginal sex is 16, but anal sex, which is still referred to as sodomy under the Criminal Code, remains illegal until a person is 18.

It has meant that teenagers, particularly young gay men, have had issues accessing safe sexual practice information, with practitioners forced to inform those seeking information on anal sex, about the illegality of the act.

Queensland is the only jurisdiction where the ages of consent are different and Health Minister Cameron Dick said following advice from an expert panel, it was the only course of action the government could take.

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Victoria to become first government to apologise for gay convictions

Victoria to become first government to apologise for gay convictions | Gay News | Scoop.it

Victoria will on Tuesday become the first government in the world to formally apologise to people convicted under historical laws against homosexual sex.

Before homosexuality was decriminalised in 1981, men could be sentenced for up to 15 years in prison for having consensual sex with other men. In September the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, introduced legal reforms to help those affected by the old laws to expunge their criminal convictions.

The scheme applies to past sexual and public morality offences such as buggery, gross indecency with a male and offensive behaviour that once criminalised consensual homosexuality. As part of the reform process, Andrews will also apologise to those affected.

Pete's insight:

Let's hope the Queensland Government follows Victoria's lead after the Queensland Law Reform Commission review into expunging historical gay sex convictions has been completed. 

 

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Victorian Country Women's Association votes to support marriage equality

Victorian Country Women's Association votes to support marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Victorian branch of the Country Women's Association has become the latest high-profile group to throw its support behind marriage equality.

Members attending a state conference at the weekend agreed that the CWA "advocates for equality for all Australians under the Commonwealth Marriage Act".

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Brisbane backs marriage equality

Brisbane backs marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Brisbane City Council has officially supported the legalisation of same-sex marriage, but has stopped short of writing to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to urge the Federal Parliament to legislate on the matter without going to a plebiscite. 

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk moved the motion on Tuesday, leading to an at times emotional two-hour debate in the council chamber. 

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Catholic Bishops intervene in election campaign to stop same sex marriage

Catholic Bishops intervene in election campaign to stop same sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Catholic bishops have urged politicians to think about the "thrown-away people" during the election campaign including those who don't want the definition of marriage to change.

Support for marriage and families didn't appear to be a big vote-winner so the "most basic human institution" risked becoming "part of the throwaway culture or at best an optional extra", the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said in an election statement released on Monday.

"Economic decisions have been less and less favourable to families in recent years; and it may be that political decisions in the future will undermine further the dignity and uniqueness of marriage as a lifelong union of man and woman," they say.

Labor has promised to legalise same-sex marriage within 100 days of winning government.

The coalition will hold a plebiscite to determine if the majority of Australians want the change.

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Qld to remove 'gay panic' defence

Qld to remove 'gay panic' defence | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queensland is finally moving to strike the 'gay panic' defence from its books, making it one of the last jurisdictions to do so.

The Homosexual Advance Defence, known as HAD or gay panic, has been on Australian law books since the 1990s, as a provocation defence.

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Brisbane City Council to adopt marriage equality as policy

Brisbane's LNP lord mayor is set to break ranks with his federal Coalition colleagues and formally call for the Australian government to legislate for same-sex marriage.

Brisbane City Council will adopt its support of marriage equality as official policy as a bipartisan measure in the council chamber next Tuesday.

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Axis of Awesome address one of their members transitioning in the best possible way

Axis of Awesome address one of their members transitioning in the best possible way | Gay News | Scoop.it

Popular Australian comedy/musical act Axis of Awesome had a pretty big decision to make when lead singer Jordan Raskopoulos publicly came out as transgender earlier this year. 

When they started touring again, would they do a speech at the beginning of each show to address the issue? Or would they ignore it, hoping everyone had heard the news and moved on? What would be the best way to bring it up with their audience, while still maintaining the comedy and music they are renowned for?

The solution they landed on was absolutely PERFECT. As shown in this video from one of their recent Sydney gigs, they addressed the issue by subverting it. 

The trio created a song called The Elephant in the Room where all the questions (from innocent to offensive) that are commonly asked to transgender people were instead asked to one of the other members of the band about something that had changed with him.

The result is pointed, effective, and absolutely hilarious.

Check it out for yourself. 

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Loretta Lynch Just Became the World’s Most Powerful Advocate for Trans Rights

Loretta Lynch Just Became the World’s Most Powerful Advocate for Trans Rights | Gay News | Scoop.it

“This action is about a great deal more than just bathrooms,” Lynch explained. “This is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we, as a people and as a country, have enacted to protect them—indeed, to protect all of us. And it’s about the founding ideals that have led this country—haltingly but inexorably—in the direction of fairness, inclusion and equality for all Americans.”

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Peter Black - Equality Before the Law

Peter Black - Equality Before the Law | Gay News | Scoop.it

Peter Black recently resigned as president of Brisbane Pride Festival after two years, he is on the board of the Queensland AIDS Council, LGBT representative on the Inclusive Brisbane Board, and Queensland Co-coordinator for Australian Marriage Equality.

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So I was recently interviewed by Queensland Pride ...

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PFLAG mum’s plea for marriage equality goes viral

PFLAG mum’s plea for marriage equality goes viral | Gay News | Scoop.it

A PFLAG (parents and friends of lesbians and gays) mum has shared her reasons why it’s time for marriage equality in a compelling video.

The clip by PFLAG mum Maree who is in a mixed race marriage also questions she would have been able to marry her husband  40 years ago, if a plebiscite was held on inter-racial marriages.

The clip has been viewed by over 20,000 people in just 24 hours, prompting PFLAG national spokesperson Shelley Argent to suggest in the future people will look back on the same-sex marriage debate and wonder what all the fuss was about.

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