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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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Maybe 'that's so gay' is actually ok for young people to say

Maybe 'that's so gay' is actually ok for young people to say | Gay News | Scoop.it

The phrase “that’s so gay” has traditionally been understood as homophobic. Stonewall’s School Report argued this position, and it will be discussed in their upcoming Education Conference.


Stonewall argues that the phrase has a harmful effect on young lesbian, gay and bisexual people’s education and well-being. Yet the initial findings from my interviews with 40 gay youth from four universities suggests a more complex picture, with no clear agreement on what the phrase means or its effects.


Consider Joe, a 19-year-old gay student at an elite university. He said: “I think it breaks down barriers between the straight and gay community… I use it a lot.” Similarly, Neil, gay and aged 18, said: “I don’t find it derogatory in any way, probably because I say it as well.”


How are we to understand a phrase that older people find homophobic, but many younger people do not find offensive and even use themselves? We can only get to an answer by listening to the voices of young people and trying to understand their perspectives.

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Pill to Prevent H.I.V. Gets a Prominent Backer: Andrew Cuomo

Pill to Prevent H.I.V. Gets a Prominent Backer: Andrew Cuomo | Gay News | Scoop.it

On Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an ambitious goal: Ending the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020.

Governor Cuomo does not mean he expects the state to find a cure; he wants to cut new infections so drastically that the number of New Yorkers living with H.I.V. goes into decline. He has set a goal of 750 new infections in 2020, down from about 3,000 in 2013 and 14,000 at the epidemic’s peak in 1993.

To that end, he has embraced a new and controversial treatment for people at risk of contracting H.I.V. He wants to put more H.I.V.-negative people on Truvada, a drug originally developed to treat those who already have the virus, and which the F.D.A. approved in 2012 as protection against new infections.

This strategy, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), is one of three planks in Governor Cuomo’s broad plan to cut H.I.V. infections, and the most novel one. The other two (testing more people and getting those who test positive to see doctors; getting H.I.V.-positive people to stay in treatment and on medication) are strategies that New York and other states have pursued for decades with varying degrees of success.

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The Gays And The Tech Industry: An Inclusive Yet Complicated Relationship

The Gays And The Tech Industry: An Inclusive Yet Complicated Relationship | Gay News | Scoop.it

Back in the 80s, Gene Falk, chief executive officer at StartOut, an organization that helps gay entrepreneurs, says there was an unspoken “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in corporate circles. According to him, his career moves would have been “a helluva lot easier” if he had wife and kids.


Perhaps, he should have joined a technology company.


Over the years, tech companies have played a pioneering and prominent role in the gay rights movement. Companies from the tech sector instituted same sex benefits and established diversity task forces back in the 1980s, when such initiatives did not have the groundswell of popular support they do now. Even now, leading tech companies, such as Google and Apple, are ranked high on the Human Rights Watch equality index.

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A decades-old same-sex marriage complicates a green-card case

A decades-old same-sex marriage complicates a green-card case | Gay News | Scoop.it

Anthony Sullivan and Richard Adams were spending a quiet evening watching television in their Tujunga home when Johnny Carson joked about some liberal county clerk in Colorado who had done the unthinkable: issued a marriage license to two men.


It was 1975. Adams and Sullivan had been together for four years and knew they would stay together. They hopped a flight to Boulder, witnesses in tow, were granted Colorado Marriage License No. 1860 and got married.


"When we came home from the wedding, Richard bent down to put the key in the door of our place, and I just remember looking at him and having never felt such love as I did at that moment," Sullivan recalled. "I thought, 'This dear, sweet, wonderful man has gone out on this tremendous limb for me.' I just remember feeling completely full."


But that newlywed joy, as they expected, was quickly tempered by a world that wasn't ready for them.

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Watch The Controversial Short Film “Chaser” Exploring NYC’S Gay Bareback Scene

Watch The Controversial Short Film “Chaser” Exploring NYC’S Gay Bareback Scene | Gay News | Scoop.it

Sal Bardo’s controversial short film “Chaser” is a stunning 15-minute short that explores a young man’s self-destructive journey through New York’s barebacking scene.


The film has created a lot of buzz at film festivals all over the world, raising several questions about some seldom explored aspects of the gay scene.

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Dear Men, Never Shave Your Chest

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23 Amazing Things America Would Be Missing Without Queer People

23 Amazing Things America Would Be Missing Without Queer People | Gay News | Scoop.it

Over the years, American queers have made massive contributions to the advancement of our society and culture. From "The Glass Menagerie" to the work of Andy Warhol, our nation's culture has been drastically shaped by the work of queer people since its inception.


In celebration of the 4th of July, HuffPost Gay Voices presents 23 amazing things America would be missing without queer people.

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The Best Rainbow Looks for Pride Week

The Best Rainbow Looks for Pride Week | Gay News | Scoop.it

What’s at the end of a rainbow? For some, it’s a pot of gold; for Vogue.com, it’s great clothes. Valentino’s new resort collection is the perfect example, and the house revisited its 1973 archives in psychedelic patterns of ROYGBIV—quite conveniently, just in time for Pride in New York. Whether you prefer a neon-emblazoned clutch or fluorescent footwear, here are prismatic picks that you’ll be proud to parade in New York this weekend and beyond. 


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Prop 8’s Conservative Fans: Where Are They Now?

Prop 8’s Conservative Fans: Where Are They Now? | Gay News | Scoop.it

A year ago this week, the Supreme Court struck down Proposition 8, a ballot measure in California that tried ban same-sex marriage in the state. In the lower court decision (which now governs after the Supreme Court’s ruling), Judge Vaughn Walker wrote, “Animus towards gays and lesbians or simply a belief that a relationship between a man and a woman is inherently better than a relationship between two men or two women, this belief is not a proper basis on which to legislate.” Proper? No. Constitutional? No. Upholding the values of equality and dignity for all that are the essence of our nation’s aspirations? Certainly not. But that didn’t stop backers of Prop 8 from making outlandish and offensive claims to push their agenda.


Yet fast forward and some of those virulent supporters of banning marriage equality have softened, if not outright changed their position. Let’s have a look at some prominent ones.

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The Gay Rights Fight Started In California, Two Decades Before Stonewall

The Gay Rights Fight Started In California, Two Decades Before Stonewall | Gay News | Scoop.it

This weekend marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City, and, for that reason, this is the weekend that the cities of San Francisco, New York, Minneapolis, Seattle, Paris, and London all ring in LGBT Pride every year. But it isn't really fair or accurate to credit the Stonewall Riots with spearheading the larger LGBT civil rights movement, given that events and individuals in Los Angeles and San Francisco played enormous roles in building a grassroots movement starting in 1950—a full 19 years before that group of fed-up gay men, lesbians, and trans women decided to fight back against a police raid, and made national headlines. Here are some of the most important historic moments in the early fight for LGBT rights in California.

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Gay Bars in Kuala Lumpur, Where Homosexuality is Illegal

Gay Bars in Kuala Lumpur, Where Homosexuality is Illegal | Gay News | Scoop.it
Untapped explores the gay bars of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a Muslim nation where homosexuality is not only considered a sin, people can be imprisoned for it.
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Scenes From Pride Celebrations Around the World

Scenes From Pride Celebrations Around the World | Gay News | Scoop.it
This weekend saw Pride celebrations festivities all around the country and the world. Take a gander, and share some of your own Pride moments!
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'Don't Sneak': Dad's Unexpected Advice To His Gay Son In The '50s

'Don't Sneak': Dad's Unexpected Advice To His Gay Son In The '50s | Gay News | Scoop.it
Patrick Haggerty didn't know he was gay, but suspects that his father did when he told him not to hide his identity. Haggerty was 15, and his dad told him to be proud of himself.
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Sam Smith & the Gay Male Body Archetype

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You may or may not have heard about Sam Smith yet. If you haven’t, you need to know two things:


1.) He has the voice of an ANGEL. But not just any angel, like a fucking first sphere seraph angel (which, according to this Wikipedia page, is like, the highest of angels; I don’t know how accurate that is because I know pretty much nothing about angel hierarchy.) 


2.) He’s pretty much the elusive unicorn of gay males: he’s sensitive, artistic (but not pretentiously so), and looks like your average twentysomething guy, only with slightly higher hair.

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Meet The Man Who's Pushed The Boundaries Of LGBT Representation For Two Decades

Meet The Man Who's Pushed The Boundaries Of LGBT Representation For Two Decades | Gay News | Scoop.it

It’s been nearly 14 years since Showtime premiered Queer as Folk, an American take on the U.K. series about the lives of gay men in Pittsburgh. Aside from its British predecessor, there was nothing quite like it. This was a time before HBO’sLooking, ABC’s Modern Family, and even the relatively wholesome antics of the boys on Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Seeing LGBT characters on television — especially as unapologetic and explicit as Queer as Folk — was still brand new.


And Peter Paige, who played flamboyant, sometimes flighty Emmett Honeycutt on the series, is all too aware of the evolution of gay representation on TV. He was there in 2000 when Queer as Folk felt like a risky experiment, and in 2013, he co-created The Fosters with Bradley Bredeweg. The ABC Family drama centers on a lesbian couple, Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum), and their children — and while it’s not the raw, sexually provocative series that Queer as Folk was, it’s arguably just as subversive to heterosexual cultural norms. Here is a family that could be yours, with two moms in a loving, committed relationship.


Having existed within the world of LGBT television over the course of his nearly twenty-year career, Paige is well equipped to offer the kind of context few outsiders can comprehend. Sitting outside at a coffee shop in Burbank, not far from where The Fosters films, he did his best to put Queer as Folk’s humble beginnings in perspective.

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Burger King Wants You To Know That Gay Burgers Are Burgers Too

Burger King Wants You To Know That Gay Burgers Are Burgers Too | Gay News | Scoop.it
Yes, they're selling you something. But try not to tear up a little when you hear a little girl yell "I love my two mommies."
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Same-Sex Marriages, 10 Years Later

Same-Sex Marriages, 10 Years Later | Gay News | Scoop.it

So, what happens to a marriage over the course of 10 years? Make that a gay marriage.

On May 23, 2004, The New York Times printed 41 wedding announcements that included 5 same-sex couples, the first legal gay marriages to appear in these pages. (It began publishingsame-sex “celebrations” two years earlier.)

Earlier that week, Massachusetts had become the first state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia do so now and on Wednesday, a federal appeals court struck downUtah’s same-sex marriage ban.

So, where are those first five couples now? Three live in Massachusetts, one moved from Boston to Washington, D.C., and one is in Brooklyn. They have a total of five children, with three born in wedlock. The men and women involved are now 41 to 58 years old. Four couples are still together, one isn’t.

And how did a marriage license change their lives? Some couples talked about how it made everyday headaches like tax and insurance forms go away. One said their lives didn’t change at all. And two couples said they ended up being transformed in ways they had not expected.

“I wasn’t necessarily, like, the bride type of lesbian,” said Mary Beth Caschetta, 47, who married Meryl Cohn, 52, at their home in Provincetown, Mass. “But our marriage has been such a stabilizing force in my life — in both of our lives, really — in a way I could never have imagined.”

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HIV infection returns in Mississippi girl thought cured

HIV infection returns in Mississippi girl thought cured | Gay News | Scoop.it

Disappointed federal officials announced Thursday that a nearly 4-year-old Mississippi girl, thought to have been cured of HIV, has detectable levels of the virus.


The child known as the "Mississippi baby" — whose apparent cure was reported in The New England Journal of Medicine last fall — has had the virus return after more than two years off anti-retroviral therapy, according to specialists involved in the case who spoke in a Thursday news briefing.

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Gay marriage groups pop the question to SCOTUS

Gay marriage groups pop the question to SCOTUS | Gay News | Scoop.it

Break out the rainbow flags and wedding bands, say gay marriage advocates: As this year’s term ends, they now predict that they’ll be celebrating a Supreme Court decision at the end of the next one — or at latest, 2016’s — fully legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.


Their optimism marks a sharp turn from two years ago, when many LGBT advocates were wary of rushing to the Supreme Court with a gay marriage legalization case, worried that they’d get there too quickly, get ruled against, and set the movement back years.

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Plans for giant gay flag in Sydney revealed

Plans for giant gay flag in Sydney revealed | Gay News | Scoop.it

A LANDMARK symbol of the LGBTI community in the heart of Sydney’s Darlinghurst is one step closer to reality with Sydney Council submitting a development application for a giant rainbow flag to be situated on Taylor Square.


The plans show the pole would be situated in the centre of the square (as pictured above in artist’s impression), on the grassed area known as Gillian’s Island, and would be topped off with a six metre long flag.

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Queering Diplomacy

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The dominant discussion on LGBT issues changed considerably over the last decade or so. LGBT people are now spoken about as a group in media outlets everywhere. The passage of anti-homosexuality laws in Uganda and Nigeria; gay marriage laws and campaigns in Australia, northern Europe, and the United States; and, of course, the struggle to read down Section 377 in India have all made international headlines. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are no longer marginal to the news. We may also say that we are no longer marginal to geopolitics.

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Fearless Gay Activists Who Fight for Freedom and Equality

Fearless Gay Activists Who Fight for Freedom and Equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Every rights movement has its heroes, and the push for equality for the LGBT community is no exception. Over the years, from the Stonewall riots in New York to marches against Proposition 8 in California and every state’s fight for marriage equality, countless Americans have stood behind these leaders.


In the 40-plus years since the Stonewall riots, a series of street battles after a police raid on gay bars in New York, the push for homosexual men and women to become fully vested participants in the American dream has been a steady struggle.


On May 9, 2012, President Barack Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage. The president’s decision would never have come about without the thousands upon thousands of brave men and women who risked their comfort and security to press for equal civil rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation.


Here are some of the most inspiring gay activists we know of, a list that keeps growing.

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Why I Outed Gay Republicans

Why I Outed Gay Republicans | Gay News | Scoop.it

In July of 2004, as 11 anti-gay marriage ballot campaigns competed for conservative attention at the polls, I started BlogActive, a site dedicated to exposing anti-gay politicians who were themselves having secret sexual encounters with other men.


For years, I had known of prominent gay politicians who were in the closet but worked for homophobic causes in the interest, it seemed to me, of their political careers. And so, drawing on sources within and outside Washington, I began using my blog to expose these congressmen and their high-profile staffers. A media frenzy ensued. Within two days of the site’s launch, the Washington Post published one articleanother followed just six days later. Local and national television outlets called, challenging me to defend and explain my actions. In one early interview, Bill O’Reilly said to me, “People’s sex life should have nothing to do with any kind of a policy.”


I agreed, I said. This wasn’t about private sex lives—it was about hypocrisy. As I saw it, all I was doing was reporting the truth. And 10 years later, after my reports on dozens of politicians and staffers, I believe we’re better off for it, with a more open discussion of anti-gay politicians who lead double lives.

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We didn’t queer the institution of marriage. It straightened us

We didn’t queer the institution of marriage. It straightened us | Gay News | Scoop.it

Hardly a week goes by that the courts don't rule same-sex marriage street legal in another state in America (the last twenty-two consecutive cases have all come down on the side of marriage equality), making what once seemed impossible now seems unstoppable. Wedding white is the new black – and all the gays are wearing it.


So on this anniversary weekend of the Stonewall Riots, let me be the shrill voice in the back of the church, speaking now instead of forever holding my peace. I think we're losing something. I have no desire to turn back the clock on marriage equality: it provides both real and symbolic benefits to queer communities, families and our country as a whole. But I cannot ignore the coercive (and corrosive) power that marriage holds. In this country, it is not just an option: it is the optionIt is the relationship against which all others are defined, both an institution and an expectation – and you cannot have one without the other.


Before marriage was an option of first resort, queer people had been making our own ceremonies and families for (at least) a century. This will never stop, but the new expectations of marriage will curtail this kind of life-building (just ask any single straight woman over thirty how people treat her relationship choices). We will have to justify our reasons for not marrying, and any relationship that survives past a certain sell-by date will be looked at as pre-marriage.


For better or worse, gay kids today will think of their lives and their relationships in terms of marriage – as will their straight families and peers. Same-sex marriage is not going to harm opposite-sex marriages, as opponents so often claim, but its gravitational pull is likely to warp all other kinds of queer relationships. Our community’s pluripotent, mutable ways of loving one another are fast becoming something we need to defend all the more to the straight world – and, now, perhaps to our married gay peers as well.

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Is the Supreme Court Ready to Tackle Gay Marriage Bans?

Is the Supreme Court Ready to Tackle Gay Marriage Bans? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Now that a federal appeals panel has struck down one state's ban on gay marriage, the stage is set for the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in and decide the matter for the entire country.

Although the high court doesn't have to take up the debate, many experts believe thewave of lower-court rulings makes it all but certain the justices will tackle it.

Less clear is the timeline for action and, of course, the outcome of a case that would decide whether states can block gays and lesbians from tying the knot.

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