Not all purveyors of art think the male form gets enough attention. Exhibitions like Sascha Schneider’s show at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art have highlighted the importance of the male nude and its relationship to history; but others, including the recent "Masculine/Masculine" retrospective at the Musée d'Orsay, have prompted the question: "Why had there never been an exhibition dedicated the male nude until … last year?" The answer: Unlike female bodies, which are supposedly mysterious and full of secrets, male bodies are boring—or at least they're presented that way. A new book, Universal Hunks: A Pictoral History of Muscular Men Around the World, 1895-1975, provides a little more perspective.
In the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, a team of researchers report on an a potentially dangerous product that’s being marketed towards gay men: poppers that aren’t actually poppers. These new products—advertised or described as poppers and sold online by retailers that also sell poppers—have more serious health consequences than the traditional amyl nitrite-based poppers oftentimes used recreationally by gay men to enhance sex.
Those watching last weekend’s Emmy Awards might have turned off their TVs thinking that Hollywood has done a great job featuring and celebrating diverse characters. While more TV series are showcasing LGBT characters in a genuine and thoughtful way, major Hollywood films are still relying on gay jokes for laughs.
Those racking their brains for the last time they heard “fag” from the mouth of a Hollywood A-lister need look no further than this super-cut from GLAAD. Titled “Hollywood: Do Better,” the two-minute clip packs in dozens of slurs, jokes, and violence directed toward LGBT characters from popular films released in the past five years, such as The Other Woman, Get Hard, and Ted 2.
On August 25, the feds shut down Rentboy.com, declaring it an "internet brothel." The website, which was founded in 1996, featured the paid profiles of male escorts and enabled potential customers to contact them directly. It made escorting more entrepreneurial, more private, and almost certainly less dangerous, since it didn't involve frequenting shady locations to attract clientele or payoffs to anyone pimplike. Other sites, like Rentmen.com (which, unlike Rentboy, is based outside the U.S., putting it out of the feds' reach), do basically the same thing. But Rentboy, which was based in New York but matched clients and escorts in cities worldwide, had the most cachet. It also provided community and harm-reduction workshops for its advertisers, and sponsored the Hookies, a tongue-in-cheek (ahem) industry awards ceremony. Many in the LGBT community, noting that the site had nothing to do with human trafficking and doubting whether there are any victims in this criminal activity, have rallied around the site, even starting a legal-defense fund for its operators.
A month on, how has it affected the Rentboys' ability to hustle? We talked to six of them (all of whom used their work names or requested anonymity) on what it's like to try to hook without the site behind the Hookies.
LAST month at Pride in Diversity, we celebrated 100 members and in the short time since, our membership continues to grow.
While we recognise that there is still much more to do, we celebrate the fact that employers are now seeing LGBTI inclusion as an integral part of their diversity and inclusion strategies. How different things were when Pride in Diversity started not quite six years ago.
THE results of a recent study into the experiences of LGBT people living with dementia have been released, with the aim of debunking the notion that gay and lesbian people “become straight” when they get dementia.
The research was the first of its kind in Australia, undertaken in partnership between the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University and Alzheimer’s Australia.
The ageless Rob Lowe returns to television Tuesday night for the series premiere of Fox's energetic and winking new show The Grinder, where he plays an actor who wants to become a lawyer because he's played one on TV. Of course, the title has gotten a lot of people (okay, gays) wondering: Is this a thinly veiled reference to the location-based gay hookup app that changed the landscape of contemporary courtship as we know it? (The network has certainly been milking the idea by adding the tagline "There's no one he can't get off" onto the posters for its advertising campaign.) Vulture decided to take the opportunity to present our own meta-reality of Rob Lowe's Grindr profiles spanning time and reality — from real-life Dad Rob Lowe to his character Chris Traeger on Parks and Recreation. Sup, bruh. Nice, um, abs.
Just letting you know… things might look the same around here online today, but we’ve just moved office!
From today, SameSame.com.au’s new owner is the Evo Media network, the publisher of Australia’s leading LGBTI print titles, including SX in Sydney, Melbourne Community Voice, Queensland Pride and Blaze in Adelaide.
“Our unique blend of news, features, views, galleries and forums will continue as usual, plus we’ll have some new amazing things to share in the coming months,” says SameSame’s National Editor Matt Akersten.
Replacing the English language's gendered "he" and "she" pronouns with "they," "them," and "their" has been common for hundreds of years. These neutral pronouns are also becoming a tool for English speakers to move beyond a stark binary gender system. This is sometimes received as a radical version of language reform, but in truth, it's actually not all that grammatically exceptional.
Until recently, condoms were the only viable option for safe-sex practices among gay and bisexual men. When it was discovered that HIV was a sexually transmitted disease, condoms became the zeitgeist of safe-sex culture. Although this tool kept many gay and bisexual men HIV-negative through the worst of the epidemic, the use of condoms to prevent HIV created, or further perpetuated, rather, an inequality among gay men in their sexual relationships. Even within the gay community, the receiving partner in intercourse was looked upon as subservient and "less than." In other words…
Gay men are constantly referring to and defining themselves as "tops" or "bottoms." When they consider dating or simply hooking up, gay men typically ask the other guy whether he's a top, a bottom or "versatile." It's important to find this out as soon as possible, because if you are planning to date or get into a relationship, it's vitally important that you and he be sexually compatible with each other.
The whole issue of tops and bottoms came up recently with the release of a new study that looked at whether or not people can determine whether a gay man is a top or a bottom just by looking at facial cues. The study revealed that judgments made about whether an individual is a top or a bottom are based on perceived masculine and feminine traits.
There's so much talk and discussion about who gives and who receives. I've had straight people tell me that they assumed that most gay guys simply take turns. Yes, some do, but most don't. But what if a guy isn't a top, a bottom or even versatile? What about gay men who have never engaged in anal sex and never will, ever?
I think they deserve a name of their own. I call them "sides."
It’s rare for a video game to hang dong. Cobra Club, the newest game by developer Robert Yang, doesn’t just feature dicks: the game is fundamentally about dicks, how they look, and the many ways people try to make them look good. (NSFW warning!)
“As a gay dude, dick pics are mundane and funny to me,” Yang told me over email. “It always fascinates me that so many dick pics are performed within bathrooms — there’ll be a toilet and a dirty sink in the photo at the same eyeline as a cock, which is soooo not sexy, but at the same time it’s important that those things are there because that’s what makes it seem real and not staged.”
I’m going to make this awkward for both of us: A few weeks ago, my nipples started to ache. They told me it would hurt, but that didn’t prepare me for the constant dull throbbing and occasional burning sensation I feel when my shirt rubs across my chest the wrong way.
I’m going to sound like a masochist, but every little pain is followed by a slight smile. “I’m actually doing it,” I think. “This is actually happening.”
As a trans woman on hormone replacement therapy (HRT), I’m starting to grow breasts. Despite the pain it causes, it is exciting. I’m going to have boobs! All the changes HRT is having on my body are confirming my identity in ways I never thought possible. I’m starting to feel comfortable in my body in ways I’ve only prayed for and dreamed about.
My excitement often bleeds into confusion. Shortly after coming out as a woman and before I had started HRT, I was sunbathing topless in my yard when a roommate asked, “Since you’re a girl now, does that mean I’m not allowed to look at you shirtless anymore?” Though he said it jokingly, that thought stuck with me. The next day I went swimming and left a top on, because as a woman I feel ashamed when my nipples are showing, regardless whether the world sees them as a problem.
When people start to consistently see me as a woman, my privilege to be comfortably topless in public will be gone for good.
THE current state of LGBTI media in Queensland is up in the air following the outcome of a court case involving QNews owner Ray Mackereth, who has recently filed for bankruptcy after being found guilty of “deliberate and… outrageous” contraventions under the Fair Work Act.
The case was brought forward by Brenton Larcombe, an employee of Mackereth’s former sex-on-premises venue Klub Kruise, who successfully sued Mackereth for compensation over non-payment of superannuation and other entitlements including annual leave.
THE rights of intersex people were discussed at a recent UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, marking the first time that it had been mentioned at this level.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein spoke of the intersex community during his opening address, and then held a meeting with intersex human rights defenders from around the world.
Everywhere I go, there is always some smart ass queen -- or straight person who wants to get cheeky -- that likes to drop the name 'twink' on me. And although it was funny the first couple times, it's really fucking irritating to hear. Especially from people not in the community who know nothing of the word or its meaning. And what is that meaning exactly? A twink is generally a young, small-built, effeminate and hairless gay man. You usually see these gays wandering around the clubs with tank tops, skinny jeans, eyebrows on fleek and in a pack of what would otherwise be known as clones. They listen to Beyonce, Taylor Swift (sorry Swifties), are little Monsters and spill T about what's happening on RuPaul's Drag Race. I am not that.
There is nothing to be ashamed of if you are a twink. As a matter of fact, I encourage all the twinky-ness that happens, it makes the old gays happy. But when it comes to how I identify it is important to note several things, and these things are the seven ways I am most certainly NOT A TWINK.
In a bid to someday provide people with the ability to fend off HIV, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $5.8 million on Thursday to vaccine researchers.
A novel genetic engineering approach garnered the award for a Scripps Research Institute group in Jupiter, Florida, who hope to create the first effective HIV vaccine. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, infects about 2 million people worldwide every year.
The key to the new approach is that technically, it isn’t really a vaccine.
Rather than teach the immune system to fight HIV like a standard inoculation, the new method delivers genes into muscle cells and effectively re-engineers our bodies to fight off the virus.
Could the next Billy Graham be a married lesbian? In the year 2045, will Focus on the Family be “Focus on the Families,” broadcasting counsel to Evangelicals about how to manage jealousy in their polyamorous relationships? That’s the assumption among many—on the celebratory left as well as the nervous right. Now that the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case has nationalized same-sex marriage, America’s last hold-outs, conservative Evangelical Protestants, will eventually, we’re told, stop worrying and learn to love, or at least accept, the sexual revolution. As Americans grow more accustomed to redefined concepts of marriage and family, Evangelicals will convert to the new understanding and update their theologies to suit. This is not going to happen. The revolution will not be televangelized.
AFTER lagging behind most other states in Australia, Queensland may soon become the next to allow same-sex couples to adopt following a review of state laws currently taking place.
Public submissions have been called for by state Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman in the review that is re-evaluating the former Bligh Labor government’s 2009 Adoption Act that excluded same-sex couples.
Queenslanders caught in the morality net that saw consensual homosexual acts deemed criminal for close to a century would have the right to have their historical convictions expunged, if the state government accepted recommendations for reform.
After extensive research, a report completed by stakeholders the LGBTI Legal Service, Human Rights Law Centre, Caxton Legal Centre, Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services and the Brisbane Pride Festival found establishing a dedicated scheme to consider applications to expunge the records of eligible people would be the most affective and dignified way of ending decades of stigma and discrimination.
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