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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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Motion proposed to hand over Mardi Gras Parade and Fair Day to City of Sydney

Motion proposed to hand over Mardi Gras Parade and Fair Day to City of Sydney | Gay News | Scoop.it

A controversial proposal to hand over control of the Mardi Gras Parade to the City of Sydney will be put to a vote to Sydney Mardi Gras members at its upcoming AGM in August.


The proposal will also cede operational control of Mardi Gras Fair Day to the council.


The motion, spearheaded by Mardi Gras members David Imrie and Josh Keech, is being put forward amid concerns of Sydney Mardi Gras’ future, propelled by recent motions surrounding the organisation’s intellectual property and further fuelled by news the organisation will post a loss for last financial year.


A supporting statement for the motion, obtained by SX, outlines how the proposal will address the outdated and unsustainable business model which sees Sydney Mardi Gras “run a number of profit-making parties and events in order to pay for a number of not-for-profit community-based events”.

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Attitude HOT 100: Tom Daley voted world's sexiest man 2014

Attitude HOT 100: Tom Daley voted world's sexiest man 2014 | Gay News | Scoop.it

Tom Daley has been voted the sexiest man in the world 2014.


The Olympic diver topped the HOT 100 list voted for by Attitude readers for the second consecutive year – having also won the inaugural Attitude HOT 100 poll last year.


“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for me in Attitude’s HOT 100 – it means the world,” said Tom following the announcement at Attitude’s exclusive HOT 100 party in central London earlier tonight (July 16).


Tom Daley also appears on the cover of the latest issue of Attitude, which inside features a world exclusive interview with the 20-year-old Olympian.


In Daley’s first gay press interview he talks candidly about his decision to come out in a YouTube video last December, saying he hopes it “helped anyone going through something similar”.


The top ten in this year’s Attitude HOT 100 poll was also announced at tonight’s star-studded event, with Shayne Ward finishing second behind Daley and Zac Efron coming in third.

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WHO Suggests All Gay Men Take Anti-HIV Drugs. That’s Fantastic News. 

WHO Suggests All Gay Men Take Anti-HIV Drugs. That’s Fantastic News.  | Gay News | Scoop.it

To a casual observer, WHO’s new stance on HIV-preventing drugs (or PrEP) might look like a perpetuation of noxious anti-gay stereotypes. But whatever image problem widespread PrEP use might create is dwarfed by the HIV problem that currently plagues the gay community. HIV is, quite simply, homophobic: The risk of transmission from anal sex is 18 times higher than from vaginal penetration, and condoms break more easily during anal sex than vaginal intercourse. Combine these facts with a clearly irreversible trend toward unprotected sex among gay and bi men, and you have a better picture of the impending crisis that WHO is trying to mitigate.


This bleak picture explains why WHO and the CDC recommend PrEP for traditionally “at-risk” men—i.e., men who have sex with men without consistently using condoms. But why is WHO going a step further and advocating PrEP even for those gay and bi men who do everything right? Here, I have a rather depressing insight to offer. Since I started covering PrEP and Truvada at the beginning of this year, I’ve received messages every few weeks from gay men who ask their doctor for a prescription—and are turned down. Invariably, these men use condoms but would prefer to have a backup plan. And invariably their doctors scold them and refuse to write them a prescription.

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The Legal Argument for Gay Marriage Just Hit Its First Major Bump

The Legal Argument for Gay Marriage Just Hit Its First Major Bump | Gay News | Scoop.it

For better or for worse, the constitutional theory providing equal rights to gay people is entirely authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy. As everybody now knows, Kennedy penned the trilogy of gay rights opinions that lie behind an unbroken streak of judicial wins for gay marriage in the states. At first glance, today’s 10thCircuit opinion affirming the invalidation of Oklahoma’s marriage ban continues this streak seamlessly. But just below the surface of the ruling lies a bear trap that could mangle the legal theories that have brought gay marriage so close to the finish line.


Here’s the biggest problem with Kennedy’s gay rights opinions: They’re notoriously, ridiculously, unjustifiably vague. When Justice Antonin Scalia described Kennedy’s reasoning in the DOMA case as “legalistic argle-bargle,” he wasn’t entirely wrong. Although Kennedy bases his opinions in venerable constitutional concepts—namely, substantive due process and equal protection—he refuses to explain precisely how these concepts guide the case at hand.

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Queer collaborative Cheated Hearts gives the middle finger to stereotypes

Queer collaborative Cheated Hearts gives the middle finger to stereotypes | Gay News | Scoop.it

We talk to Roxy Burt – organiser, promoter and all round head honcho of created club movement Cheated Hearts.

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AIDS community in mourning as leading researcher dies in MH17 crash

AIDS community in mourning as leading researcher dies in MH17 crash | Gay News | Scoop.it

Members of the international HIV research community are reeling from the news that many of their own, including world-renowned AIDS researcher Joep Lange, perished when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down Thursday over eastern Ukraine.


The victims were on their way to the International AIDS Conference that begins this weekend in Melbourne, Australia, a trip halfway around the world that necessitated a change of planes in Kuala Lumpur.

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Saying 'I don't' to 'I do': The case for abolishing the Marriage Act

Saying 'I don't' to 'I do': The case for abolishing the Marriage Act | Gay News | Scoop.it
They say the time for marriage reform is now. But how about the idea that we should we just abolish the Marriage Act altogether?
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Why We Deserve More Bisexual Characters On Television

Why We Deserve More Bisexual Characters On Television | Gay News | Scoop.it
Today we learned that, in addition to losing his precious cigarettes the TV version of John Constantine will see his bisexuality downplayed, and some of you chimed in with reasons why Constantine should have both male and female lovers.
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Is Truvada, the Pill to Prevent H.I.V., 99 Percent Effective? Don’t Be So Sure

Is Truvada, the Pill to Prevent H.I.V., 99 Percent Effective? Don’t Be So Sure | Gay News | Scoop.it

Truvada, the once-a-day pill to help keep people from contracting H.I.V., ison the cover of this week’s New York magazine, and Tim Murphy’s cover story focuses on how the pill is changing sex by drastically reducing gay men’s fear of infection.

It’s not hard to see why: Mr. Murphy writes, “When taken every day, it’s been shown in a major study to be up to 99 percent effective.” This is a claim I hear thrown around a lot among gay men in New York. And it’s wrong. The 99 percent figure isn’t a study finding; it’s a statistical estimate, based on a number of assumptions that are reasonable, but debatable.

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The Woman Who Helped Change How Police Treat Transgender People

The Woman Who Helped Change How Police Treat Transgender People | Gay News | Scoop.it

After D.C. resident Patti Hammond Shaw was arrested, she claimed male officers searched her and locked her up with men who allegedly abused and threatened her. This is how she fought to make sure this won’t happen to others.

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United Nations recognizes gay marriages for staffers

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The United Nations is recognizing the gay marriages of all its staffers, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Monday.


Previously, the United Nations only recognized the unions of staffers who came from countries where gay marriage is legal, U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.

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Study shows gay athletes face rampant homophobia

Study shows gay athletes face rampant homophobia | Gay News | Scoop.it

It started with whispers in the change rooms and ended with a call from his coach.


At 18, Jay Claydon had told close friends and family he was gay. They accepted him. But inside his rugby club, he didn't feel safe coming out. He was right to be fearful.


"At training one night, people were looking at me funny. Somehow they'd found out.


"On the Friday night, I got a call from my coach saying the players had taken a vote at a meeting behind my back and they weren't comfortable having me in the team any more. He said, 'they don't want you to come back.' "


For those who wonder why Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe took so long to come out, Claydon's experience provides some timely and painful answers.


His story forms the backdrop to an alarming new study that reveals 85 per cent of gay athletes have experienced or witnessed homophobic abuse.


In the largest survey of its kind, Out on the Fields paints a picture of a national sporting environment openly hostile to gay and lesbian participants, with half reporting they have been the direct target of verbal threats, bullying, violence or exclusion from sport.


Of those who said they had been targeted, 13 per cent suffered physical assaults.

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Come out, Ian Thorpe, but come clean on the reasons

Come out, Ian Thorpe, but come clean on the reasons | Gay News | Scoop.it

As a gay man, I couldn’t be happier for Ian Thorpe. As a journalist, I have misgivings of his outing as a homosexual with legendary interviewer Michael Parkinson, and its timing.

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One Artist's Incredible Documentation Of His Transition Across The Gender Spectrum

One Artist's Incredible Documentation Of His Transition Across The Gender Spectrum | Gay News | Scoop.it

A stunning new art exhibition is slated to open in Toronto this month that chronicles one artist's transition across the gender spectrum.


From artist Wynne Neilly comes "Wynne Neilly: Female to 'Male,'" a self-portrait project that documents Neilly's journey from female to "male" through "weekly photographs, recorded vocal changes, documents and objects that represent a segment or moment in his gender exploration," according to a statement sent to The Huffington Post.


The exhibit will open on July 23 at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto at 33 Gould Street on the Ryerson University campus. In anticipation of Neilly's opening, The Huffington Post chatted with the artist to discuss his project, what he is trying to communicate through his work and what he hopes attendees will take away.

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Obama Finally Ready To Sign Executive Order Targeting LGBT Job Discrimination

Obama Finally Ready To Sign Executive Order Targeting LGBT Job Discrimination | Gay News | Scoop.it

President Barack Obama on Monday will sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers of federal contractors and the federal government.


The executive order has two components: It prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity -- a move that affects 24,000 companies employing roughly 28 million workers, or about one-fifth of the nation's workforce -- and it explicitly bans discrimination against federal employees based on their gender identity.

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Listening to the Trans Experience

Listening to the Trans Experience | Gay News | Scoop.it

A common refrain among trans activists is “just listen,” and for good reason: Respectfully listening to the stories of trans people with an open mind is probably the quickest possible way to social justice. Of course, statistics being what they are, it’s entirely possible that many people won’t encounter a trans person in their everyday lives—which is why it’s great that The Gender Centre, an advocacy organization based in New South Wales, Australia, has produced a video that allows space for some of their clients to just speak for themselves.

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Higher support for marriage equality in Australia than NZ, UK.

Higher support for marriage equality in Australia than NZ, UK. | Gay News | Scoop.it

SUPPORT for same-sex marriage in Australia and a conscience vote among the Coalition has reached its highest level following the results of a survey released today by the Liberal Party’s own polling company.


Commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality (AME), the poll released by Crosby Textor has shown that a record level of 72 per cent of Australians now support extending marriage rights to same-sex couples.

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Two Australian men “clear” of HIV after new treatment

Two Australian men “clear” of HIV after new treatment | Gay News | Scoop.it

LEVELS of HIV in two Australian men have reduced to undetectable levels following bone marrow transplants at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital, say researchers.


The two men are only the third and fourth people worldwide known to have effectively clear themselves of the virus.

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Atari announces Pridefest, its upcoming iOS game for the LGBT community

Atari announces Pridefest, its upcoming iOS game for the LGBT community | Gay News | Scoop.it

The folks at Atari have unveiled a brand new iOS application called Pridefest, which the developer-publisher describes as a “new social-sim game for the LGBT community.

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The Astonishing Actual History Of The Gay Rights Movement

The Astonishing Actual History Of The Gay Rights Movement | Gay News | Scoop.it

I don’t care for the “right side of history” argument with respect to gay rights for a few reasons. It’s horribly condescending to people who have a sincere view against gay equality; it presupposes some sort of inevitability where there isn’t any; and it fails to understand the nature of history. History is never as dull as the concept of “progress” would have you believe. It is always, as Oscar Wilde once put it, crowded with incident.


In no case is this truer than for gay America. Our story, if presented as a Hollywood screenplay, would be dismissed as too outlandish, too melodramatic and implausible, to be taken seriously. And yet it happened, and remains with us – so close it is hard to see it, and with several sharp twists and turns.

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Could This Be The World's First Gay Sci-Fi Movie?

Could This Be The World's First Gay Sci-Fi Movie? | Gay News | Scoop.it

A new British film aims to break fresh ground by putting a gay twist on the popular science fiction genre.

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Sex Without Fear

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For the past several years, the conversation about gay life has been, to a large degree, a conversation about gay marriage. This summer—on social media, on Fire Island, at the Christopher Street pier, and in certain cohorts around the ­country—what many gay men are talking about among themselves is Truvada. And what’s surprising them is how fraught the conversation can be. For some, like Jacobs, the advent of this drug is nothing short of miraculous, freeing bodies and minds. For doctors, public-health officials, and politicians, it is a highly promising tool for stopping the spread of HIV.


But for others, a drug that can alleviate so much anxiety around sex is itself a source of concern. They worry that Truvada will invite men to have as much condom­less sex as they want, which could lead to a rise in diseases like syphilis. Or they fret that not everyone will take it as religiously as they ought to, reducing its effectiveness and maybe even creating resistance to the drug if those users later become HIV-positive and need it for treatment. And just as the birth-control pill caused single women in the sixties to wonder whether they’d be seen as “sluts” and to internalize that real and imagined shame, some gay men wonder how Truvada will play in the straight world; it sends a strikingly different message from the one in the “Sunday Styles” wedding announcements. Other gay men worry that the very existence of such a drug is a kind of betrayal: of those who’ve died in the epidemic; of fealty to the condom, an object alternately evoking fear and resilience, hot sex and safe-sex fatigue; and of a mind-set of sexual prudence that has governed gay-male life since the early ’80s. Even after treatments for HIV made it a manageable disease for many, gay men have absorbed the message that a latex sheath is all that stands between them and the abyss. Meaning not only HIV infection but everything it implies: loss of self-control and personal dignity, abdication of civic responsibility.

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An Openly Gay Candidate Explains His Past Anti-Gay Votes 

An Openly Gay Candidate Explains His Past Anti-Gay Votes  | Gay News | Scoop.it

In recent weeks, Maine’s openly gay congressman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud has faced trenchant criticism from an opponent on an unlikely topic: gay rights. According to independent candidate Eliot Cutler, Michaud has a spotty record on LGBTQ issues, having frequently voted against pro-gay bills during his time in the Maine state legislature. On Wednesday, I spoke with Michaud to get a better picture of his views on gay rights.

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Five promising steps forward in HIV science

Five promising steps forward in HIV science | Gay News | Scoop.it

The field of HIV treatment and prevention has been freshly energised by the findings from several recent clinical trials.


Maintaining the momentum of scientific discoveries and breakthroughs is critical to preventing further HIV infections, improving care for the 35 million people living with HIV and because other critical global health priorities compete for funding in our fiscally-constrained world.


While many breakthroughs in HIV research have happened over the past couple of years, I’m going to explore five of the most significant of these in recent times.

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10 things you need to know about the pill to prevent HIV

10 things you need to know about the pill to prevent HIV | Gay News | Scoop.it

It's been called, simultaneously, a medicine to "end the HIV epidemic" and a "party drug:" Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP for short, refers to a daily antiviral treatment that prevents HIV.


That's right: People who don't have the virus can take a pill a day to save themselves from getting infected.

Haven't heard about PrEP? You're probably not alone. The drug-maker, Gilead, doesn't advertise Truvada (its brand name) for prevention, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only endorsed it this past May—two years after it hit the market.


Going forward, however, you'll be hearing a lot more. On Friday, the World Health Organization backed the antiviral, recommending all HIV-negative men who have sex with men consider taking it as part of a strategy to reduce the global incidence of the disease. But there's a lot more to the story. Here's what you need to know ...

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