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The Myth of the Fag Hag and Dirty Secrets of the Gay Male Subculture

The Myth of the Fag Hag and Dirty Secrets of the Gay Male Subculture | Gay News | Scoop.it

It's a dirty secret of a subculture of the gay male world about women: That they're essentially unwelcome, unless they come to us as a Real Housewife, a pop diva, or an Tony award winner–or an unassuming fag hag. To anyone just coming out of the closet and hoping to get his bearings in the gay male community, the attitude towards women is simple: They are just objects whose function is to serve gay men.

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HIV prevention drug trial a 'game changer' for gay men in Queensland

HIV prevention drug trial a 'game changer' for gay men in Queensland | Gay News | Scoop.it

A groundbreaking new drug tipped to stop the spread of HIV within just a few years will be available to more than 2,000 Queensland men under a $6 million trial program.

The trials make Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) available to men who have sex with men, as a means of preventing HIV transmission.

Queensland Aids Council (QuAC) has labelled Health Minister Cameron Dick's announcement as a "brave" step towards normalising the use of PrEP as a preventative tool and reducing engrained fears within the LGBTI community.

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'Now you don't have to check behind you to grab the hand of the person you love'

'Now you don't have to check behind you to grab the hand of the person you love' | Gay News | Scoop.it

The 40-year-old political campaigner, who helped orchestrate Ireland's landmark referendum victory on same-sex marriage last year, has a new project: Australia.

He has moved to Sydney to help drive the "yes" campaign in the event the Turnbull government is re-elected and proceeds with its promised same-sex marriage plebiscite.

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Victoria Pledges $15 Million To Build Australia's First "Pride Centre"

Victoria Pledges $15 Million To Build Australia's First "Pride Centre" | Gay News | Scoop.it

The state premier will also commit $6.4 million for gender dysphoria healt

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Renewing our active position on marriage equality

Renewing our active position on marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it
There has been significant debate and commentary recently regarding Telstra’s position on marriage equality and we would like to address a number of concerns and misunderstandings.

 

Telstra supports diversity and inclusion. We have long advocated and often pioneered the fostering of a more supportive, diverse workplace in this country.

 

Telstra supports marriage equality. Last week we advised that out of respect for the individual our view had been that we would not add further to the debate on marriage equality ahead of a plebiscite or parliamentary debate. It is clear that rather than Telstra stepping back we should in fact step forward and support our view for marriage equality and so that is what we will do.

 

By renewing our active position, we acknowledge that we are at equal risk of inflaming a new debate but it is the right thing to do. It also remains very important that we continue to recognise and respect the right of the individual to hold their own view on this issue.

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Out Magazine: The 10th Annual Power List

Out Magazine: The 10th Annual Power List | Gay News | Scoop.it

How do you measure power in the 21st century? Each year we rank the most influential LGBT people in American culture. It's not an easy task, and we take into account a variety of criteria: everything from someone's political clout or visibility in the media to how they impact our economy and our view of the world. It's an impressive group of movers and shakers—and the changing look of the list indicates an expanding and inspiring sense of what it means to have power in 2016.

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Telstra had to justify same-sex ads

Telstra had to justify same-sex ads | Gay News | Scoop.it

One of Australia’s leading businesswomen was summoned by the Archbishop of Sydney to explain why Telstra, the company she chaired at the time, was publicly supporting same-sex marriage.

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Telstra and marriage equality: when the bandwagon loses a wheel

Telstra and marriage equality: when the bandwagon loses a wheel | Gay News | Scoop.it

Telstra is today facing a backlash over its decision to step back from the debate over gay marriage. Dan Ilic argues that the telco has taken a major risk with its reputation by suddenly jumping off the bandwagon. 

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Half of British Muslims want gay sex banned, says poll

The survey for Channel 4 found there was a “chasm” between views among the British Muslim community and mainstream opinion in this country.

It found 52 per cent of Muslims said homosexuality should not be legal in Britain.

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Qld survey looks into HIV testing habits of men

Qld survey looks into HIV testing habits of men | Gay News | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Queensland are conducting a survey into HIV testing preferences and practices among same-sex attracted men. 

The anonymous survey takes 15 to 20 minutes online and is open to Queensland gay, bi or MSM who are over 18 and HIV negative.

The survey is part of a larger study called ‘Factors Influencing the HIV Testing to Treatment Trajectory within a Queensland Context including the Feasibility of Home-based HIV Self-testing’ being undertaken by the University of Queensland, Monash University and the University of New South Wales, in partnership with the Queensland AIDS Council, Queensland Positive People, RAPID, and Queensland Health.

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New PrEP video campaign takes a humorous look at our sex lives

New PrEP video campaign takes a humorous look at our sex lives | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) has released the first video in its ‘ComePrEPd’ campaign.

QuAC's Health Promotion Officer Robert Muscolino told QP the campaign came about through seven months of consultation with the community.

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IDAHOT in Brisbane to expand even more this year

IDAHOT in Brisbane to expand even more this year | Gay News | Scoop.it

BRISBANE is set to make a big statement during International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) this year when the state police force and not just one but two of its bridges get into the spirt of the occasion.

Although Queensland Police Service (QPS) have taken part in IDAHOT events before, this year will be the first time they’ll have a stall and will fly the rainbow flag from its headquarters in the state capital.

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High Court landmark case sets new HIV “transmission with intent” standard

High Court landmark case sets new HIV “transmission with intent” standard | Gay News | Scoop.it

HIV advocates have welcomed the outcome of a High Court appeal related to the application of criminal law about HIV transmission, which will support future advocacy for the development and implementation of prosecutorial guidelines.

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The Myth of the Queer Arab Life

The Myth of the Queer Arab Life | Gay News | Scoop.it

Many Arabs who engage in same-sex practices do not identify as ‘gay’, ‘lesbian’, or ‘bisexual’. For every queer Arab who has formulated their sense of self by watching ‘Will and Grace’ and ‘Paris is Burning’ are countless others who do not feel it is unusual to engage in same-sex practices and remain unconnected to the word ‘gay’. Even amongst those who may feel at home in their gay identity, the notion of publicly coming out rings hollow in a culture where who you share your bed with is a private matter.

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Queensland funds $6m PrEP trial expansion

Queensland funds $6m PrEP trial expansion | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Queensland Government has announced it will provide $6 million over four years to expand the state-wide pre-exposure prophylaxis (QPrEP) project.

 

Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the new funding would allow 2,000 participants to receive PrEP in the extended trial.

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The war on sex: Turnbull cuts funding to another school sex-ed program

The war on sex: Turnbull cuts funding to another school sex-ed program | Gay News | Scoop.it

The closure of Australia's only youth-led sex education service is ideologically driven and will deepen a national crisis in sexual health among young people, experts have claimed.

The Turnbull government will pull all funding from YEAH – a program using youth educators to deliver sex education in schools and universities – after June 30, replacing it with an online resource.

Critics say it makes no sense to shut the $450,000 a year program, which has just four paid staff and provided face-to-face sexual health information to 10,000 young people in 2015, at a time when sexually transmitted infections are rising and condom use is on the decline.

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Laughter to raise awareness about PrEP

Laughter to raise awareness about PrEP | Gay News | Scoop.it

A NEW series of comedy sketches are being released to raise awareness about PrEP as a new HIV prevention too.

Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) released the first video sketch, ‘Pocket Dial’ online last week.

The sketch was filmed in Spring Hill last September using QuAC volunteers after input from a cross-section of community groups.

A second video will be launched at next Tuesday’s AFAO ‘National Gay Men’s HIV Health Promotion Conference 2016’ as a round table featuring five local guys talking about sex.

QuAC’s Health Promotion Officer Robert Muscolino told Star Observer the video campaign is designed to engage the gay/MSM community through humour, teaching them about PrEP via the campaign’s website ComePrEPd.info.

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Why a plebiscite on same-sex marriage is dangerous and divisive

Why a plebiscite on same-sex marriage is dangerous and divisive | Gay News | Scoop.it

The call to the Turnbull government to reject a popular vote on marriage is daily becoming louder. PricewaterhouseCoopers indicates a plebiscite would cost more than $525 million. Opposition relates to wasting money, unintended legal ramifications, the inappropriateness of a public vote on human rights, and community division. Most compelling, however, is the foreseeable damage it would cause to those whose rights would be debated – LGBTIQ Australians and their families.

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Church told gay CEOs at Qantas, SBS to stop supporting marriage equality

Church told gay CEOs at Qantas, SBS to stop supporting marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Catholic church lobbied two of Australia's most prominent gay chief executives to stop their companies' support for marriage equality.

Fairfax Media understands the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney contacted Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce and SBS chief executive Michael Ebeid, urging them to reconsider their public endorsement of same-sex marriage.

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There's More To Trent Zimmerman Than Being A Gay Liberal In The House Of Reps

There's More To Trent Zimmerman Than Being A Gay Liberal In The House Of Reps | Gay News | Scoop.it

Australia’s first openly gay MP Trent Zimmerman has warned of the marriage equality plebiscite “spiralling into a dark place,” taking a veiled swipe at some Coalition colleagues for their “extreme and hysterical views” on the issue.

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Telstra removed its support for same sex marriage, allegedly due to pressure from the Catholic Church

Telstra removed its support for same sex marriage, allegedly due to pressure from the Catholic Church | Gay News | Scoop.it

Australia’s largest telco has just removed its support for same-sex marriage, allegedly due to pressure from the Catholic Church.

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Advertising Standards Board rules against Marriage Alliance rainbow noose ad

Advertising Standards Board  rules against Marriage Alliance rainbow noose ad | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Advertising Standards Board (ASB) has ruled against the Marriage Alliance for a social media post which depicted an office worker with a rainbow noose around her neck and the accompanying message: ‘same sex marriage increases PC bullying in the workplace’.

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Ivan Hinton-Teoh steps down from AME

Ivan Hinton-Teoh steps down from AME | Gay News | Scoop.it

Marriage equality advocate Ivan Hinton-Teoh has stepped down from his role as deputy director of Australian Marriage Equality (AME).

Hinton-Teoh has campaigned tirelessly for same-sex marriage rights for the past four years across Australia and in his home territory of the ACT.

He and his partner Chris were amongst the dozens of couples who wed when the ACT briefly allowed same-sex marriage – and for one short week in December 2013, he and Chris were husband and husband before the eyes of the law – until the High Court overturned the ACT Marriage Equality Act and deemed their union unlawful.

AME have thanked Hinton-Teoh for his enormous contribution to the fight for equal love in Australia and wish him well for the future.

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras looking for new CEO

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras looking for new CEO | Gay News | Scoop.it

WITH speculation the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival might record a profit after the 2016 season for the first time in many years, news has broken that the organisation is looking for a new CEO.

Michele Bauer stepped down from the role after this year’s festival wrapped up saying she was proud of what she achieved during her tenure as interim CEO.

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Bruce Springsteen, Longtime Gay Rights Supporter, Cancels North Carolina Show Over Anti-LGBTQ Law

Bruce Springsteen, Longtime Gay Rights Supporter, Cancels North Carolina Show Over Anti-LGBTQ Law | Gay News | Scoop.it

On Friday, Bruce Springsteen cancelled his upcoming show in Greensboro, North Carolina, citing his opposition to the state’s sweeping new anti-LGBTQ law. “North Carolina has just passed HB2,” Springsteen wrote on his website, explaining that the law “dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use.”

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How I Fell In Love With The Beautiful Art Of Cruising

How I Fell In Love With The Beautiful Art Of Cruising | Gay News | Scoop.it

One afternoon a few weeks after I arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria, where I would spend the next four years teaching high school English, a friend and I were wandering around downtown, exploring the city without any particular aim in mind. We were crossing beneath the National Palace of Culture — a series of underground walkways, called podlezi in Bulgarian, connect the avenues on either side — when we saw with relief (we both needed to piss) the painted blue sign for a public toilet. I still don’t know what tipped me off as we began the long descent to the little booth at the bottom of the stairs where a woman would take our 50 stotinki; there was no one else around, and there was no graffiti scratched on the walls or sounds coming from the rooms around the corner, past the woman’s booth. Maybe it was some chemical signature in the air that made me turn to my friend, who was straight, and tell him that it was a bathroom where men were having sex, that he should be quick and use a stall, that he shouldn’t look at anyone unless he intended an invitation. I could barely speak Bulgarian at this point, everything about the mores of life above ground continued to baffle me; but as we turned into the three chambers of the bathrooms beneath the National Palace of Culture I was suddenly an expert, each man I saw communicating by nonverbal codes that were far easier for me to read than the Cyrillic of Bulgarian street signs. I read them without any effort at all; I’d been using them my entire adult life. As I returned to those bathrooms over the next weeks, the next months and years, I communicated by means of the codes I first learned in the parks and bathrooms of Louisville, Kentucky, the communities where I first came into a sense of myself as a gay man and where I first experienced queerness as a source not only of shame but also of joy. And it was the experience of cruising, though my adolescent self would never have guessed it, though I wasn’t writing at all in those years, that first prepared me to be a poet.

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