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TGA rejects blood donation ban reduction for gay men

TGA rejects blood donation ban reduction for gay men | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has blocked a move to reduce the waiting period for blood donations from men who have sex with men from 12 to six months, rejecting a recommendation from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.


The Blood Service commissioned an expert review panel to assess Australia’s regulations around sexual-activity-based blood donor deferrals in 2011, with the panel’s report recommending the deferral period be reduced from 12 to six months.

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A statement from the NSW GLRL Co-convenors

A statement from the NSW GLRL Co-convenors | Gay News | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, as well as one of its Committee of Management members, Shannon Molloy, was on the receiving end of behaviour that was completely unacceptable.

 

The NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby is an organisation that for twenty-nine years has continued to fight for equality for LGBTI people. We believe that no person should be discriminated against for who they are. We also believe that no person should be victimised because of who they are. We have seen too many instances of abuse that people within the LGBTI community, as well as the LGBTI community as a whole, has received. Being told that we do not deserve the same rights, the same protections, the same respect, is something that no person should ever have to experience. When that behaviour comes from within our own community, it should be condemned. There is a difference between having a debate on an issue, and personally attacking someone. The behaviour that has been shown this week towards particular individuals that have proudly volunteered for our organisation has been nothing short of appalling. It is damaging, and there should be consequences for those responsible.

 

One of the biggest strengths that the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby has is its volunteers – something which has existed throughout the entirety of the organisation’s history. Every person that sits on the Committee of Management, including ourselves as Co-convenors, are volunteers. We are completely committed to our mandate of achieving legislative and social equality for LGBTI people, and we as volunteers give as much time and effort as we possibly can to make that happen. Attacking and criticising one volunteer purely because of their employer, one which afforded them the opportunity to speak of their discrimination and victimisation they have personally experienced, is unacceptable. Volunteers speak for and represent themselves, not their entire place of employment. To use the actions of others as justification to abuse people is wrong. It is not acceptable, and it never will be.

 

It is with sadness that following the amount of public attention his role at the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby has attracted this week, Shannon Molloy has resigned from the Committee of Management. Shannon has the total support of the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, and should he ever wish to return to the organisation to help create positive change for our community, an issue which is so dear to his heart, we will welcome him back with open arms. Since his election to the Committee of Management, Shannon has made an incredible difference to the organisation, and we cannot thank him enough.

 

The unwarranted abuse has to stop. People within the LGBTI community should only want the absolute best for their peers, their friends, their loved ones, their community. There should only be one priority – achieving equality, not stopping until the day that arrives, and supporting each other to make that happen every single day.

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Brandon Cook: I know what bullying looks like. It's not what anti-equality activists say it is

Brandon Cook: I know what bullying looks like. It's not what anti-equality activists say it is | Gay News | Scoop.it

At the same time a lobbyist was claiming harassment for his opposition to marriage equality, I was being yelled at in the street for wearing a ‘poofter shirt’

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ANZ on top at Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards

ANZ on top at Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards | Gay News | Scoop.it

ANZ have taken home the top award for best employer and an award for trans inclusion at the recent Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards.

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HIV-positive lifespan now close to average

HIV-positive lifespan now close to average | Gay News | Scoop.it

PEOPLE recently diagnosed with HIV can expect to live almost as long as the average lifespan with better treatments, The Australian has reported.

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Twitter Has Been Guessing Your Gender And People Are Pissed

Twitter Has Been Guessing Your Gender And People Are Pissed | Gay News | Scoop.it

Its new privacy settings reveal what it assumed and allow you to change it to whatever you want.

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This politician is set to become Ireland's first gay Prime Minister

This politician is set to become Ireland's first gay Prime Minister | Gay News | Scoop.it

Leo Varadkar is on course to become only the fourth openly gay world leader in modern history.

 

The race is underway to replace Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny, who announced his departure earlier this year after 15 years as leader of Fine Gael.

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Religious Freedom Does Not Mean Banning Same-Sex Marriage, Says Penny Wong

Religious Freedom Does Not Mean Banning Same-Sex Marriage, Says Penny Wong | Gay News | Scoop.it

Penny Wong has hit out at the influence of religious groups in Australia's same-sex marriage debate, saying a conflation of religious and secular notions of marriage has delayed progress on the issue.

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Health Sexuality and Law

Health Sexuality and Law | Gay News | Scoop.it

Attitudes to same-sex relationships have changed but there is still work to be done. In Australia we have the on-going fight for marriage equality and hate crimes against sexual minorities are still a fact of life in many countries. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of Latrobe's Law School and the Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, Michael Kirby talks from personal and professional experience about discrimination and sexual minorities.

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Could this be Australia's first stealthing court case?

Could this be Australia's first stealthing court case? | Gay News | Scoop.it

What had started as a fun, consensual hook up turned terrifying when Will realised his partner had taken the condom off and ejaculated inside him. Will was understandably shaken, and looking for a way to understand what had happened to him.

Stealthing, or nonconsensual condom removal during sex, has been getting a whole lot of attention around the world after the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law published a study on the practice. Author Alexandra Brodsky described it as "rape adjacent", meaning next to or connected to rape.

As we've been covering the issue on Hack, the response has been overwhelming: the name for it might be new but clearly, the act is not. What wasn't clear was how it would be treated under the law. Last week, a Swiss court upheld a 12-month suspended sentence for a man convicted of stealthing. But in Australia, it doesn't appear to have legal precedent.

This could be about to change.

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Meet the man who wants to become America's first drag supermodel

Meet the man who wants to become America's first drag supermodel | Gay News | Scoop.it

When Monty Thomas was a child and young teen, he was endlessly bullied for his feminine features. 

From one building of his Queensland high school to another Monty would be verbally abused, as peers and even teachers made fun of his looks. 

But now those chiseled cheekbones, arched eyebrows, and pouty lips help Monty transform into Jess Whoo, his gorgeous drag persona.

And one day he hopes to take her where few drag queens have gone before - the runway.


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But now those chiseled cheekbones, arched eyebrows, and pouty lips help Monty transform into Jess Whoo, his gorgeous drag persona. And one day he hopes to take her where few drag queens have gone before - the runway.

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HIV prevention drug trial features in local comedy, burlesque show in Anywhere Theatre Festival

HIV prevention drug trial features in local comedy, burlesque show in Anywhere Theatre Festival | Gay News | Scoop.it

A Queensland trial of the HIV prevention drug PrEP may sound like odd fodder for a cabaret and burlesque show about queer sex, but not for Regan Lynch.

Lynch, who took part in the trial, said the drug had a "profound impact" on his mental health and also the mental heath of many others in the queer community.

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Here are the IDAHOT 2017 events happening around Australia

Here are the IDAHOT 2017 events happening around Australia | Gay News | Scoop.it

THIS Wednesday is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Groups around the country are holding a range of events to mark the day. Here’s a selection of what’s on for this year’s IDAHOT/IDAHOBIT.

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Victorian PrEP trial participant becomes HIV-positive

Victorian PrEP trial participant becomes HIV-positive | Gay News | Scoop.it

Reports have emerged that a participant in Victoria’s pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial has seroconverted and become HIV-positive.

In a statement by the Victorian AIDS Council, it has been suggested there are two ways this may have occurred: either the person didn’t strictly adhere to their PrEP regimen, or they came into contact with a HIV-positive person with a detectable viral load who had a strain of the virus resistant to PrEP.

 

Chief Executive of VAC Simon Ruth said despite the news, the vast majority of people taking PrEP in Australia and around the world continue to be protected by the HIV prevention tool.

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Marriage equality: PM’s chance for great legacy

Marriage equality: PM’s chance for great legacy | Gay News | Scoop.it

I don’t know why Turnbull entered politics — perhaps, having conquered the business world, it was to make a difference. If that’s the case, now he has a chance to create a legacy that can impact on millions of Australians and, potentially, millions more around the world by fighting for marriage equality. Will it cost him his job? Potentially. But legacies are built on sacrifice.

Should Turnbull risk his job by allowing Liberals a conscience vote on marriage equality? Well, it depends on his reason for being in politics. If, as I suspect, he wants to make a difference and create a legacy, the answer is a clear “yes”.

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Gay genocide charges filed against Chechnya

Gay genocide charges filed against Chechnya | Gay News | Scoop.it

THREE French LGBTI groups have filed accusations of genocide against Chechnya with the International Criminal Court, Gay Star News has reported.

The organisations have alleged genocide against gay people and blame the state for a “wave of persecution”.

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Gay porn studio sparks anger over use of didgeridoo

Gay porn studio sparks anger over use of didgeridoo | Gay News | Scoop.it

MAJOR U.S. gay porn studio Men.com has caused anger and confusion after releasing a scene entitled ‘Didgeridoo Me’.

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Ontario Is Considering Gender-Neutral Birth Certificates

Ontario Is Considering Gender-Neutral Birth Certificates | Gay News | Scoop.it

The government of Ontario is considering the introduction of gender-neutral birth certificates as early as next year. The province already issues gender-neutral drivers' licenses and health cards.

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Meet 9MONSTERS, the Gay App Where Grindr Meets Tamagotchi

Meet 9MONSTERS, the Gay App Where Grindr Meets Tamagotchi | Gay News | Scoop.it

One of the more charming elements of gay male culture is our tradition of assigning ourselves certain "tribe" labels based on body type and sexual proclivities. I’m talking about groupings like pups, otters, silver foxes, and bears. (Google if you’re curious!) Jokingly, I once told a friend that I was a wolf, since I had always been drawn to the friendly/sexy energy of the bear scene but didn’t see myself as one physically—polar, muscled, or otherwise. I didn’t feel like a cub, otter, chub, or chaser either. Truth was, I knew I could pass for at least one of these common categories, but I was reluctant to conform. I made the wolf thing up instead, because they’re hairy too, and I just liked the animal. As it turned out, it took traveling all the way to Tokyo to find out that in my wolf identity, I was not alone.

According to 9MONSTERS, a gay hook-up app popular mainly in South East Asia, I was definitely a wolf—specifically a Muscle Wolf Level 11, by the time I left Japan after about a two month stay. I first heard about 9MONSTERS from a guy I met in Tokyo’s gay district, Shinjuku Ni-Chome. He described it as a game, though his explanation was convoluted. Maybe I’d had too many drinks, but I didn't get it; eventually, he told me to just give the app a try.

 

I downloaded 9MONSTERS the next day, joining approximately 150,000 active users in Japan and 300,000 worldwide.

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Study: Gay Men Prefer Bearded Partners

Study: Gay Men Prefer Bearded Partners | Gay News | Scoop.it

Many even wish their current partners were hairier, the report found, indicating "strong preferences for masculine traits."

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Gay Activist Peter Bonsall-Boone Has Died After 50 Years With His Partner

Gay Activist Peter Bonsall-Boone Has Died After 50 Years With His Partner | Gay News | Scoop.it

Veteran Australian gay rights activist Peter "Bon" Bonsall-Boone died on Friday after a long battle with cancer.

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Powerful doctor lobby group throws weight behind same-sex marriage

Powerful doctor lobby group throws weight behind same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

The nation's most powerful doctors' group has thrown its weight behind same-sex marriage for the first time, declaring it a public health issue and calling on politicians to end the divisive debate.

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Penny Wong says marriage equality fight proves need for separation of church and state

Penny Wong says marriage equality fight proves need for separation of church and state | Gay News | Scoop.it

The push against legalising marriage equality shows that applying religious beliefs to the laws of a secular society leads to “inequity”, Labor leader in the Senate Penny Wong has said.

 

Wong made the comments in the Frank Walker lecture on Wednesday evening, arguing that separation of church and state was necessary for equal rights and criticising the Australian Christian Lobby for campaigning against Safe Schools.

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AFL and AFLW players from every team sign same-sex marriage petition

AFL and AFLW players from every team sign same-sex marriage petition | Gay News | Scoop.it

AFL and AFLW players have displayed support for marriage equality, with players from every team signing a petition to mark Wednesday’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.


Players from 26 teams across both competitions put their names to the campaign to legalise same-sex marriage and called for football fans to join them in persuading the federal government to put the issue to a vote.

 

Hawthorn captain Jarryd Roughead, Essendon’s Dyson Heppell, the Western Bulldogs’ Bob Murphy and Melbourne’s Daisy Pearce are among the high-profile players to sign the petition.

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For some, marriage equality will come too late

For some, marriage equality will come too late | Gay News | Scoop.it

The country we love and call home was ready for marriage equality but unfortunately the then Gillard government did not back the reform, so we headed to Buenos Aires.

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