Is the gay bar about to go the way of the DVD, CD and Paris Hilton?
A number of gay bars have shut down across the country and the world in the last year due to dwindling numbers. ‘The Gay Bar’ in Sydney closed its doors earlier this year after barely lasting 12 months. The new Sydney club Unity announced its closure last week after only six weeks of operation. The iconic Splash nightclub in New York shut last August after 22 years. It seems ‘Grindr Culture’ maybe cutting out the middleman of gay life. When it comes to romance or hook ups, we don’t need to go to a gay bar anymore, we can now go straight to its source. We no longer need a meat market. It’s all on our phones.
AUSTRALIA’S health minister at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic has told the Star Observer if the same crisis had happened today the country wouldn’t tackle it as effectively due to the “nasty” nature of modern politics.
Neal Blewett, who was health minister between 1983 and 1987, in the Hawke Labor government, is widely credited with scoring early goals when it came to Australia’s response to HIV leading to the country now having one of the world’s lowest infection rates.
Blewett, and his opposition counterpart, Peter Baume, made the difficult decision to throw political differences aside to fight the virus.
If you didn’t find Spongebob Squarepants sexually attractive before today, things are about to change.
An intensely creative fan of Nickelodeon’s highest-grossing animated television series has reimagined the entire cast as starry-eyed twinks, albeit in a much less sexual way than most of these fan-generated art projects end up. Previous scandal has revealed that Spongebob is actually asexual, but this new super-twink Spongebob is anything but.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After months of re-construction The Wickham Hotel in Fortitude Valley will re-open next month.
The hotel will reopen on August 25, following extensive refurbishment, including a complete rejuvenation of the Main Bar on the ground floor, relocation of the old dancefloor and sound stage upstairs to a new nightclub, and conversion of the old car park into a vibrant outdoor laneway oasis, serviced by a stylish bar and full kitchen fitted out in an industrial shipping container.
We are here again, then. On with the sensible suit and fixed, stony glares. Heading to court. Big, fancy lawyers. Trying to keep a lid on yet more rumors about your sexuality. Claims you are gay. Dumb phrases, aren’t they? Aren’t you exhausted with this? We’re exhausted for you.
THE opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games took on a distinctly pink tinge today with a gay kiss taking centre stage.
In a skit to kick off the 20th games, openly-gay actor and star of ABC sci-fi series Torchwood John Barrowman presented a tribute in a song to Scotland’s regions.
Upon reaching Gretna Green, famous as an eloping spot just across the Scottish border for young English couples who would otherwise be unable to marry at home, Barrowman ran into the crowd and kissed one of the male dancers.
Seemingly a planned move, the kiss was directly in front of the TV cameras and was broadcast live to millions of viewers worldwide.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.