Six in ten teenage boys had witnessed first-hand people being bullied for their sexuality and four in ten wouldn’t welcome a gay person into their friendship group.
These are some of the alarming findings from a study of 300 14-17 year-old males commissioned by the beyongblue organsiation in Australia.
The findings, which show a third of teenage boys wouldn’t be happy to have a same-sex attracted person in their friendship group and a quarter think it’s ok to describe something they don’t like as “gay”, come as beyondblue starts an Australian campaign again to end LGBTI discrimination among teenagers and young men.
Genderqueer, along with the somewhat newer and less politicized term nonbinary, are umbrella terms intended to encompass individuals who feel that terms like man and woman or male and female are insufficient to describe the way they feel about their gender and/or the way they outwardly present it. The term genderqueer was originally coined in the 1990s to describe those who “queered” gender by defying oppressive gender norms in the course of their binary-defying activism. Members of the genderqueer community differentiate themselves from people who are transgender (itself originally intended as an umbrella term), because that word has come to refer primarily to people who identify with the binary gender different from the one they were assigned in infancy.
Gay Twitter was abuzz this morning with the news that Looking, HBO’s alternately celebrated and maligned series about gay men living in San Francisco, has been canceled, but will wrap up with a British-style special at some point. So after two fraught and frustrating seasons—oftentimes the conversation surrounding this low-key, mellow show was more fraught and frustrating than anything on-screen—HBO’s first gay show, and one of American television’s only gay shows ever, has been nixed. What does that mean? Was Looking an agent for good, cut down before its prime? Was it an act of cultural whitewashing or appeasement that should be put to bed so something more progressive can take its place? Well, the answer to those questions is, of course, a matter of perspective.
Just over 30 years ago, an international group of scientists discovered the HIV virus. While much progress has been made since the early days of the epidemic (in terms of awareness, prevention, and treatment), HIV and AIDS remain a leading cause of death worldwide, and rank as the number one cause of death both in Africa and among women of reproductive age. A cure has yet to be found, though every so often headlines contain the word “hope.”
A study published Thursday in the online journal PLOS Pathogens gives reason for pause, showing that HIV can behave more insidiously than previously seen.
Suze, who once told the New York Times she was a “55-year-old virgin” because she’s never slept with a man, has long been one of the most visible and successful lesbians in American culture. She won her first daytime Emmy in 2004, the same year as Ellen DeGeneres. Her show pulls in several times more viewers than buzzier gay favorites like Looking or The Comeback—about a million per week last I checked, enough to make it CNBC’s top-rated program for years. She’s written nine New York Times bestsellers.
And through it all, she has been unapologetic about her sexuality, name-dropping her wife on air and using her pulpit to deliver impassioned arguments for same-sex marriage.
REPORTS of 11 federal Liberal Party MPs privately switching to a pro-marriage equality stance since January have raised hopes that the Coalition could finally be granted a conscience vote on the matter when they meet in the party room to decide as early as tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Australian Marriage Equality (AME) announced that more than one million email
According to a newly released study on skin cancer, gay and bisexual men in the U.S. twice as likely as straight men to develop the disease, partly because they are also three times more likely to use indoor tanning methods to achieve the sun-kissed look.
“PrEP gives me another level of protection”: Lachlan Royce Price explains why he decided to go on PrEP.
Well before my time as being an out gay man, a sex negative culture was bred into me by the hetero-normative society we live in. I was taught gay sex is dirty and anything deemed as adventurous was high-risk behavior. This led to fear and shame dictating my sex life, overshadowing my enjoyment.
So when I first heard of Truvada, I was quite surprised. A friend who had used it as PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) told me about it. Truvada has been used for treatment of people living with HIV for years. Now, according to the PrELUDE study which I am a part of, Truvada used as PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) can be given to those who are HIV-negative people to prevent an infection with HIV should they be exposed.
Some of the most gay-centric electorates in Australia go to the polls in the NSW State Election at the end of March. But the Star Observer has been given access to research that suggests the way lesbians vote differs greatly from gay men — and that could have an effect on the result. Benedict Brook reports.
In late January, dotgay LLC announced some good news for those of us who favor LGBTQ community control of a dedicated space on the Web: Following a lively campaign by Internet users and LGBTQ organizations, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers questioned the work of the Economic Intelligence Unit, the entity it had charged with reviewing the application of dotgay LLC to own the future .gay generic top level domain, and ordered EIU to carry out a new review with a new team of evaluators. Reopening the application may lead to approval of dotgay LLC as owner of .gay, but unless the review takes into account the inherently blurred borders of the LGBTQ community, we may end up with a second, and definitive, rejection of the existence of an online “gay” community from ICANN.
With the Supreme Court about to take up the momentous question of whether the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry in Obergefell v. Hodges, dozens of briefs have been filed with the court explaining why it does. The excellent arguments made in those briefs should resonate with all but the most closed-minded on the issue of marriage equality. And among those arguments, one in particular should resonate with Chief Justice John Roberts—that the Supreme Court’s 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia is clear that the laws challenged in Obergefell infringe on the fundamental right of same-sex couples to marry. In a perhaps long-forgotten portion of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2005, Roberts (then a judge on the D.C. Circuit) engaged in an interesting discussion of Loving with then-Sen. Joe Biden, a member of the committee.
GenCon, the world’s biggest convention for tabletop gaming and a massive moneymaking machine for the State of Indiana, has responded to a bill that legalizes discrimination against LGBT customers by threatening to leave the state—and take their $50 million-a-year convention elsewhere.
This isn’t because GenCon is run by political progressives or “social justice warriors” trying to make a difference. It really, really isn’t. If GenCon leaves Indianapolis it’ll be for the same reason it came to Indianapolis and abandoned its original home of Wisconsin, the home state of founder of D&D Gary Gygax (peace be upon him).
On occasion, the universe will grant you a penis (or a sexual encounter) so mind-melting you simply cannot envision life without it. It turns out there’s a phrase for this experience, one immortalized in a catchy song (that I can’t believe I’m just hearing for the first time): D2B, which stands for Dick Too Bomb, and originates from Problem’s 2012 album, Welcome to Mollywood. In the intro, a female rapper, the Homegirl, laments in a back-and-forth with her friend, “Girl what’s wrong?” / “My man aint shit.” / “Why you ain’t leave him? / “Cuz, bitch, dick too bomb.”
D2B refers to a penis so large, magnificent, and capable of pleasing you sexually that it blows your decision-making skills to smithereens and holds you under its spell like the leader of a cult. The term playfully objectifies male genitals (divorced from the men to whom they belong), and yet acknowledges that sometimes people lose their minds from sex and it's potentially disastrous. For those who are new to this phrase, we’ve pulled together a quick explainer.
Gender-neutral pronouns are becoming more common as a growing number of LGBT people and allies strive to use language that accurately and respectfully reflects the broad range of gender identities people embrace. And the trend toward inclusive language isn't limited to English-speaking locales, according to U.K. newspaper The Guardian.
Sweden will formally add the gender-neutral pronoun 'hen' to the Swedish Academy's dictionary on April 15, the Guardian reported Tuesday. ‘Hen’ will join other existing prounouns —‘han’ (he) and ‘hon’ (she) — as one of the 13,000 new words added to the dictionary that is amended every decade.
THE annual study of the sexual behaviours and patterns for men who have sex with men (MSM), the Gay Community Periodic Survey (GCPS), has produced what some experts have called a mixed bag of good and bad news for Queensland.
With over 1500 men responding to the survey conducted by the University of NSW’s Kirby Institute and Queensland Positive People (QPP), results have found that in good news, HIV testing levels remain high with 85 per cent of respondents saying they have been tested for it.
However, the remaining 15 per cent reported never being tested for HIV, along with a lower rate of HIV-negative men saying they’ve been tested within the past year (72 per cent).
Russia is attempting to stop the United Nations extending staff benefits to same-sex spouses.
The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, announced in July 2014 it would recognise same-sex marriages among its 43,000 staff worldwide, allowing them to receive the same benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. Before the change of policy, UN workers’ personal status was determined by the laws of their country of nationality.
It’s true that the numbers could be better for the Michael Lannan-created series about a group of gay friends working their way through life in San Francisco. But Looking is a show that goes beyond ratings for many reasons, and I thought as we wind down to Sunday’s second season finale, it might be a good time to remind you of a few reasons why this show is infinitely special and why a third season should happen. (I’ve had the opportunity of seeing the perfectly crafted season finale already, and in short, it just can’t be the end.)
Recently, New Farm's Merthyr Road Uniting Church hosted a forum of clergy and parishioners discussing their support for marriage equality, as well as other social justice issues including human rights, the first Australians, domestic violence, asylum seekers and climate change.
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