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We're All Going to Be Single Forever Because No One Knows When They're On a Date Anymore

We're All Going to Be Single Forever Because No One Knows When They're On a Date Anymore | Gay News | Scoop.it

A new survey commissioned by ChristianMingle.com and JDate.com says that when out with a potential love interest, 69% of singles have absolutely no idea if they’re on a date or just “hanging out,” thus proving that God provides absolutely no clarity when it comes to the horribleness of dating.


The online poll questioned 2,647 singles between 18 and 59 about their dating confusion, made even more confusing by the fact that 80% think that a date is “a planned one-on-one hang out.” But not all one-on-one hangouts are dates, so there’s that.


Fordham MBA student Tayo Rockson, 24, kindly clarified to USA Today that “if it’s someone that you just met recently and consistently have one-on-one hangout sessions, that’s sort of a date.” Ish.


Have fun navigating that one.

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrong on marriage plebiscite

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrong on marriage plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

Make no mistake, plebiscites on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, or terminally ill patients should be allowed to end their lives, or for that matter, the appropriate targets for reducing greenhouse emissions, which was another of the issues asked in this survey, are not matters the people can decide through a direct vote.

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Turnbull is passing the buck (160 million of them)

Turnbull is passing the buck (160 million of them) | Gay News | Scoop.it

For a man who bleats about responsible spending and living within your means, Malcolm Turnbull is strangely content with wasting $160 million of our money on a pointless same-sex marriage plebiscite.

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The simple reason so many US businesses openly support LGBT rights

The simple reason so many US businesses openly support LGBT rights | Gay News | Scoop.it

Each June, Pride season is heralded in US stores by the arrival of rainbow-hued Pride collections. This year, brands like Target, Converse, and Levi’s have decked the store halls with their colorful products and merchandise. These collections might seem like superficial overtures in allyship, aimed more at filling businesses’ coffers than showing genuine support for the LGBT community. Yet, this skepticism is often unwarranted. There’s a lot of business sense in supporting the LGBT community, beyond even the procurement of the pink dollar.

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Google creates VR montage of Pride parades around the world

Google creates VR montage of Pride parades around the world | Gay News | Scoop.it

Google has launched a new project to bring Pride parades around the world to people who can't physically be there. The tech titan calls the initiative#prideforeveryone and deployed employees from 25 different countries to capture their local LGBTQ communities' festivities using a 360-degree camera. Arjan Dijk, Google's VP of growth marketing and executive sponsor of Gayglers (a group of LGBTQ employees within the company), told USA Today that what they were "aiming to do is bring [Pride's] sense of excitement and this sense of community to people who normally would not be able to get to do that."

 
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Marriage equality: more support plebiscite than oppose it but one in three undecided

Marriage equality: more support plebiscite than oppose it but one in three undecided | Gay News | Scoop.it

More people support a plebiscite on marriage equality than oppose it but nearly one in three are undecided and support erodes as voters are given more information, a new poll has found.

 

The national survey of 3,000 voting-age Australians found 40.4% supported a plebiscite – significantly fewer than a smaller poll, which reportedly found 70% in favour.

 

The new poll, conducted by the Centre for Applied Political Psychology (CAPP), found 29.5% of people were “broadly against” but 30.1% were undecided.

 

When researchers told respondents the poll was not binding on parliament and some politicians said they would not abide by the outcome, 52.1% reported being less likely to support the plebiscite.

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Secret moves within Coalition to hobble same-sex marriage plebiscite

Secret moves within Coalition to hobble same-sex marriage plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

A secret push is under way within the Coalition party room to hobble any positive public vote in favour of same-sex marriage equality by giving conservative MPs and senators express permission to vote in Parliament against reform if their individual electorates had voted in a majority for "no".

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‘My First Gay Bar’: Rachel Maddow, Andy Cohen and Others Share Their Coming-Out Stories

‘My First Gay Bar’: Rachel Maddow, Andy Cohen and Others Share Their Coming-Out Stories | Gay News | Scoop.it

For generations of gays and lesbians, especially those for whom walking into the sometime secret and darkened doorway of one was often the first step in the coming-out process, gay bars have long held a significant place in their personal histories.

That was never more apparent than in the days following the mass shootings at Pulse, the gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in which 49 patrons lost their lives, and which prompted many to recall the nights they had spent in similar settings, and the sense of community they found there.

“I can’t tell you how many bars and clubs I’ve been to over the years,” the CNN newsman Anderson Cooper told The New York Times last week. “Every gay man in America remembers the first time they went to a gay bar and how they felt.”

“I don’t want to sound like I’m speaking for the gay community,” said Mr. Cooper, who publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation in 2012. “But it certainly resonates very deeply for me.”

Below, some other prominent gays and lesbians recall what gay bars meant to them as they began to embrace their sexuality, some eagerly and some nervously.

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To The Gay Man At The Vigil: I Didn't Think I'd Have To Protect My Trans Son From You

To The Gay Man At The Vigil: I Didn't Think I'd Have To Protect My Trans Son From You | Gay News | Scoop.it

I’ve been thrust into the role of a defender of my newly-out Transgender son from the usual people you would expect — well-meaning relatives, people who need a bit of education. However, as a long-time supporter of the gay community, I have been saddened by a minority of responses he has gotten and I’m compelled to share our story. 

Recently, we were at a vigil for the shooting victims at the in Orlando, and I introduced my son to a gay gentleman that I’d met earlier in the evening.

He stared at my son, and said, “Your son. Right. Whatever you say.” I was stunned. He went on (I was not processing words at this point) and indicated that he knew my son is a girl, but “whatever.”

Of course, my son was upset.

After the vigil we talked. He was so sad. I tried to explain but couldn’t understand myself, so I did a bad job of it.

This morning, I posted in my Parents of Trans support group and the response was electric. This was the experience of many, many Trans people. In some cases, the gay community was outright transphobic.

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Why does Australia have compulsory voting?

Why does Australia have compulsory voting? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Why do we have compulsory voting?

 

After the First World War, there was a significant decline in voter turnout in Australia from 71 per cent at the 1919 election to less that 60 per cent at the 1922 election. In order to address the problem, concerned political parties agreed to introduce a system of compulsory voting, and a private member's bill to amend the Electoral Act was introduced in 1924.

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Coalition won't rule out letting religious objectors discriminate against gay weddings

Coalition won't rule out letting religious objectors discriminate against gay weddings | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Turnbull government has refused to rule out new exemptions to anti-discrimination law to allow religious objectors to refuse to provide goods and services to gay weddings.

 

The Australian Christian Lobby claims the Turnbull government is open to a new exemption.

 

The ACL has released a voting guide that takes aim at Labor’s promise to hold a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage. It had distributed 67,000 copies of the guide to churches and supporters.

 
The guide claims “there is no discrimination in Australian law against same-sex attracted people”.

 

In its response to the ACL questionnaire used to compile the voting guide, the Liberals ruled out suspending commonwealth anti-discrimination laws in the lead-up to the same-sex marriage plebiscite. State and territory laws were a matter for those governments, it said.

 

The managing director of the ACL, Lyle Shelton, told Guardian Australia it was “disappointing” the Coalition government “isn’t able” to suspend state discrimination law due to legal constraints.

 

But Shelton said his understanding was the Coalition had not ruled out allowing lay people who object to same-sex marriage to deny goods and services to gay weddings.

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The same-sex question Malcolm Turnbull must now answer

The same-sex question Malcolm Turnbull must now answer | Gay News | Scoop.it

Any advance in this discussion before the election must now rise above the mechanics. Turnbull assures voters he supports equality and will urge others to vote 'Yes' also. He expects that to be decisive.

The question is, why? Why will the Prime Minister vote for change and why will he urge others to? What will he say? The time has come to give voters the actual argument he intends to use.

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Local governments vote in support of Marriage Equality

Local governments vote in support of Marriage Equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

After vigorous debate, the national general assembly (NGA) of local governments have voted in support of a motion by Darwin City Council to support marriage equality.

The motion proposed that the NGA “call on the federal government and federal parliament to treat with dignity and respect all members of the community, regardless of gender or sexuality, by supporting changes to the Marriage Act to achieve marriage equality for same-sex couples”.

While the vote was not unanimous, with some councilors arguing it was not the role of local councils to advocate on such issues, the motion was nonetheless passed.

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Scott Morrison says he too has faced 'hatred and bigotry' for his views on same-sex marriage

Scott Morrison says he too has faced 'hatred and bigotry' for his views on same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Treasurer Scott Morrison says that people like him, who hold conservative Christian views on same-sex marriage, battle hatred and bigotry similar to that experienced by LGBTI Australians.

The morning after Labor frontbencher Penny Wong said straight politicians calling for a plebiscite on the issue don't understand homophobia and predicted the public vote would "license hate speech", Mr Morrison said he had personally experienced vitriol for advancing his views.

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Australia doesn't need a plebiscite on same-sex marriage – Ireland's experience shows why

Australia doesn't need a plebiscite on same-sex marriage – Ireland's experience shows why | Gay News | Scoop.it

Ireland made history in May 2015 by becoming the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote. Australia may follow suit if the Coalition keeps its commitment to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage by 2017, the yes vote wins, and subsequent legislation passes the parliament.

 

But as the Irish experience shows, putting a human rights issue to a national vote is a crude means of legalising same-sex marriage. It forces a historically oppressed minority to literally have to plead with the majority for access to marriage in the months prior to the vote. It also provides a platform for those opposed to misinform the public and air anti-gay views.

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Hillary Clinton makes historic appearance at NYC Pride parade

Hillary Clinton makes historic appearance at NYC Pride parade | Gay News | Scoop.it

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic candidate for President, marched the Pride parade in New York City today.

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For Pride 2016, Apple gave its employees this rainbow watch band

For Pride 2016, Apple gave its employees this rainbow watch band | Gay News | Scoop.it

To mark the annual LGBT-rights celebration Pride, thousands took to the streets in cities around the world today, including several tech companies in San Francisco. And at least one of those companies, Apple, came armed (literally) with an enviable giveaway.

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LGBTQ Pride Month on Twitter

LGBTQ Pride Month on Twitter | Gay News | Scoop.it

Twitter marked LGBTQ Pride Month in June with a special emoji for #LoveIsLove and a reaffirmation of the company’s policy.

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Same-sex marriage plebiscite could be worse than pointless: it could be a disaster for Malcolm Turnbull

Same-sex marriage plebiscite could be worse than pointless: it could be a disaster for Malcolm Turnbull | Gay News | Scoop.it

Elections are funny things really. In theory, they constitute the high point of accountability in a representative democracy. 

In practice, elections are held in low regard by an electorate which is all too aware of a game long on words and shorter on truth.

Non-binding plebiscites? Huh. If patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, then the plebiscite is the political hidey hole of the craven.

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All a plebiscite will do is further divide us

All a plebiscite will do is further divide us | Gay News | Scoop.it

So, there are fears that should the Liberal government be re-elected, its proposed plebiscite on same sex marriage may incite ugly debate. Well, no shit Sherlock! Of course there will be hateful discussion. There was never a chance it wouldn't be repellent when what is at play is amoral at its core.

Because what this proposed plebiscite is asking is for the public to cast a vote on whether one group of citizens should be allowed the fundamental human right of equality. How could the lead-up to such a preposterous endeavour be anything but ugly when its very premise is outrageous?

It's hardly been a decorous discourse thus far, after all. The subject of prejudice never is. Who can forget this plebiscite's instigator Tony Abbott's confession he finds homosexuality "intimidating" and challenges the "right order of things". Or Senator Cory Benardi's suggestion homosexuality leads to bestiality or George Christensen's likening of the Safe Schools LGBTI acceptance program to paedophile grooming?

Polite? I don't think so.

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The complex circumstances that defined your gender

The complex circumstances that defined your gender | Gay News | Scoop.it

Are you a man or a woman? The chances are you have a strong feeling either way; probably one that’s been with you since infancy and corresponds to your genitalia. But not necessarily. Some people have always believed they were born into the wrong gender; in others, these feelings didn’t develop until later life. Some may opt to surgically change their body to match their gender identity; others may occasionally cross-dress; or do nothing at all. Then there are people who feel neither masculine nor feminine, but somewhere in between.  It takes all sorts to make a world, they say, and this is certainly true of gender.

 

But where do these innate feelings of male and femaleness come from? And to what extent do they shape the person we will eventually become?

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Coalition MPs can vote against gay marriage regardless of plebiscite result

Coalition MPs can vote against gay marriage regardless of plebiscite result | Gay News | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed Coalition MPs will be given a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, regardless of the outcome of a $160 million plebiscite.

The Government is promising to hold a national vote to resolve the issue, possibly before the end of the year, but is yet to outline any details including the timing and question that will be put to voters.

However, the 45th Parliament will be required to pass legislation to hold a plebiscite and then to change the Marriage Act if it returns a yes vote.

Pete's insight:

Why bother with the plebiscite in the first place if marriage equality is ultimately going to be decided by a free vote?

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Brexit Could Trigger Erosion Of LGBT Rights, Top Lawyers Fear

Brexit Could Trigger Erosion Of LGBT Rights, Top Lawyers Fear | Gay News | Scoop.it

LGBT people in Britain could see hard-won protections rolled back if the country votes to leave the European Union on Thursday, senior lawyers have warned.

 

Across a range of areas, including employment, health, marriage, asylum, immigration, and the right to goods and services, a Brexit vote could have both immediate and longer-term consequences for LGBT citizens, according to a QC, a Home Office adviser, and an LGBT rights barrister who lectures in equality law.

 

“Once we’re out of the EU we lose the EU laws and regulations which underpin the Equality Act,” Jonathan Cooper told BuzzFeed News. The act, which was introduced in 2010, guarantees equal treatment in employment as well as in private and public services. “And once you’ve lost that underpinning, who’s to stop the regulations being tinkered with? You could see challenges to the Equality Act happening and a situation where things are bleak because ultimately we get our equality through the EU and the single market.”

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A ‘radical act’: Edmonton police’s experiment showed recruits how it felt to be LGBTQ in the city

A ‘radical act’: Edmonton police’s experiment showed recruits how it felt to be LGBTQ in the city | Gay News | Scoop.it

In 2004, two recruits with the Edmonton Police Service took part in an experiment as part of their training.

Dressed in plain clothes, the two men clasped hands and walked about two and a half blocks down Edmonton’s busy Whyte Avenue in the middle of the day.

That was it: they held hands and walked. And they watched what other people’s reactions would be.

The purpose of the exercise was to teach them what it felt like to be a member of a vulnerable community, according to Stephen Camp, a temporary acting staff sergeant with the Edmonton Police. At the time he helped come up with the idea as one of the leaders of the Hate Crimes unit.

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Gay marriage vote could be delayed 3 years

Gay marriage vote could be delayed 3 years | Gay News | Scoop.it
Predictions of even more independent senators after the July 2 election has raised the possibility a same-sex marriage plebiscite may not even pass in the next term of government.

While Labor and the Greens are attempting to ramp up pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to dump the plebiscite and just have a parliamentary vote, Treasurer Scott Morrison, Liberal backbencher Cory Bernardi and the Australian Christian Lobby argue those opposed to legalising same-sex marriage are being victimised.

Australian Christian Lobby managing director Lyle Shelton said that if the Turnbull government looks for another "pathway" to vote on same-sex marriage to avoid a Senate roadblock, it would be considered a broken election promise by the conservative lobby.

"If the Senate blocks it, the issue of redefining marriage will be off the table for the next term of government," he said.
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Plebiscite vs Parliament: Competing paths to marriage equality

Plebiscite vs Parliament: Competing paths to marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

As the ABC's Vote Compass finds 56 per cent of Australians in support of marriage equality, what do these same-sex couples think about the policies of the major parties?

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