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Why Hasn't Obama Acted On LGBT Workers' Protections?

Why Hasn't Obama Acted On LGBT Workers' Protections? | Gay News | Scoop.it

While the White House pushes on Republican House leaders to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the administration won’t explain why President Obama won’t take executive action to protect 20% of workers now.

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Same-sex marriage: even if Abbott wins, he loses

Same-sex marriage: even if Abbott wins, he loses | Gay News | Scoop.it

Tony Abbott must hate the same-sex marriage issue. A Government so adept at controlling the agenda is powerless to prevent the issue periodically flaring up.

And even if the Prime Minister wins on the issue, he loses.

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Russia has a serious HIV crisis, and the government is to blame

IV infection rates have steadily declined across much of the world, but Russia is one of the few countries where they’re rising. Experts lay much of the blame on the Russian government, pointing to its longstanding ban on methadone (a proven treatment for heroin addiction) and firm resistance to sex education. With President Vladimir Putin continuing to push a nationalistic, socially conservative agenda, the crisis seems poised to get even worse.

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Tom Ballard: Eric Abetz is confused about marriage equality

Tom Ballard: Eric Abetz is confused about marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Like a 15-year-old Tom Ballard catching himself admiring his friends' bodies at the school swimming carnival, Senator Eric Abetz is confused.

The world is a confusing place: Ireland has voted in favour of marriage equality by popular vote, the US Supreme Court held that banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and now radical hippies like Warren Entsch plan to co-sponsor a bill calling for change to the Marriage Act.

Amid all this insanity, Senator Abetz wrote an opinion piece for Fairfax and was interviewed on ABC radio and Sky News about how the media has an agenda to silence critical voices on this issue.

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Abbott caught in no-win situation on same-sex marriage

Abbott caught in no-win situation on same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Tony Abbott’s office took quite a while to respond to Sky News' Wednesday report that a group of backbenchers from across the parliament planned to bring forward a same-sex marriage bill on August 11, with the party room considering a week later whether Liberals should get a conscience vote.


When a statement finally came – from a spokesperson – its tone was a very cold putdown of those promoting the bill.

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How Facebook Data Scientists Might Track All Those Rainbow Profile Photos

How Facebook Data Scientists Might Track All Those Rainbow Profile Photos | Gay News | Scoop.it

These comments raise a serious question: Is Facebook doing research with its “Celebrate Pride” feature? Facebook's data scientists have attracted public scrutiny for conducting experiments on its users: tracking their moods and voting behavior. Much less attention has been given to their ongoing work to better understand collective action and social change online.

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Why is the LGBTI debate in Australia moving so slowly?

Why is the LGBTI debate in Australia moving so slowly? | Gay News | Scoop.it

In our binary-obsessed world, gay has become the binary opposite of straight. According to society, it would seem you can be one, you can't be both, and you certainly cannot be neither. The fight continues for those of us that sit outside the binary. For bisexuals. For intersex people. For transgender and genderqueer people. For those that aren't comfortable ticking M or F. For people who don't aspire to normativity, who don't follow the expectation that two (ONLY TWO) adults (over 18 please) will fall in love (in their 20s), get married (at least $10k per wedding), have babies (not too many, before you're 35) and live out their existence within the parameters of capitalism and consumerism.

Many LGBTI people and their allies in this movement oppose normativity. They are not represented by the Supreme Court's decision. They are the victims of discrimination, violence, and alienation.

A truly equal society would recognise their difference, respect it, and stop trying to force assimilation.

Yes, it's a time to celebrate with our gay brothers and sisters in America. Rainbow is a beautiful colour.

But we're not done yet.

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Marriage Equality Is a Win for Single People, Too

Marriage Equality Is a Win for Single People, Too | Gay News | Scoop.it

For those Americans who are not married – by choice or by circumstance – or for those who simply do not regard the institution as the apotheosis of adult existence, Kennedy’s flowery prose in this otherwise stirring context, which unlocked matrimony to millions who have been barred from it, was jarring and more than a little depressing.


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“Marriage,” Kennedy writes, “responds to the universal fear that a lonely person might call out only to find no one there.” It’s one of several sentences in his decision that sound really lovely and warm, but is in fact both cruel and inaccurate, what with its implication that marriage is a cure for loneliness and that those who have not found conjugal recourse are howling into an abyss of solitude that brings to mind Alien and its single heroine, Ripley: in [unmarried] space, no one can hear you scream! Kennedy’s vision of unmarried life is apparently absent friends, lovers, siblings, children; contra the experiences of millions, there is no satisfaction, relief, or fulfillment in independence.


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Here is what we should not be doing: adding one narrow, institutionally-defined expectation of adult life to another narrow, institutionally-defined expectation for adult life. The freedom to marry someone of the same sex is the freedom to not have to marry someone of the opposite sex, which in an ideal universe should be tied to the freedom not to have to marry, period.


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Next Fight for Gay Rights: Bias in Jobs and Housing

Next Fight for Gay Rights: Bias in Jobs and Housing | Gay News | Scoop.it

Exhilarated by the Supreme Court’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, gay rights leaders have turned their sights to what they see as the next big battle: obtaining federal, state and local legal protections in employment, housing, commerce and other arenas, just like those barring discrimination based on race, religion, sex and national origin.

The proposals pit advocates against many of the same religious conservatives who opposed legalizing same-sex marriage, and who now see the protection of what they call religious liberty as their most urgent task. These opponents argue that antidiscrimination laws will inevitably be used to force religious people and institutions to violate their beliefs, whether by providing services for same-sex weddings or by employing gay men and lesbians in church-related jobs.

Nationally, antidiscrimination laws for gay people are a patchwork with major geographic inequities, said Brad Sears, executive director of the Williams Institute at the School of Law of the University of California, Los Angeles. “Those who don’t live on the two coasts or in the Northeast have been left behind in terms of legal protection,” he said.

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Decades Of Pride In Amazing Images

Decades Of Pride In Amazing Images | Gay News | Scoop.it

It’s high holy days for the gays. Pride is being celebrated all across the country. From Tampa to Chicago, Boston to Honolulu, cities large and small are getting into the rainbow spirit and drawing crowds of historic proportions.

As we approach New York Pride, the city that started it all back in 1970, we thought we’d take a look back at Prides past. Based on these photos, most of which are from the 70s and 80s, one thing is abundantly clear: Pride never goes out of style!

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CNN Mistakes Dildo-Covered Flag at Pride Parade for ISIS Flag

CNN Mistakes Dildo-Covered Flag at Pride Parade for ISIS Flag | Gay News | Scoop.it

In this clip, a CNN anchor and editor fail to recognize that what they have identified as an “ISIS flag” is actually a flag of dildos and butt plugs, rendered in the style of ISIS.

“If you look at the flag closely, it’s clearly not Arabic,” CNN’s Lucy Pawle admits. “In fact, it looks like it could be gobbledegook. But it’s very distinctively the ISIS flag.” Heh.

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Kennedy’s Marriage Equality Decision Is Gorgeous, Heartfelt, and a Little Mystifying

Kennedy’s Marriage Equality Decision Is Gorgeous, Heartfelt, and a Little Mystifying | Gay News | Scoop.it

As the world now knows, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that all gay marriage bans are unconstitutional. It seems clear, from this vantage point, that Justice Anthony Kennedy—the author of the majority opinion—has been working toward this day since Monday, May 20, 1996, when he announced his pro-gay opinion in Romer v. Evans. I also suspect Kennedy, who has a good sense of history, timed his decision to come down on June 26—the same day Lawrence v. Texas (2003) and United States v. Windsor (2013) came down. Or maybe I’m just sentimental.

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The Price of Gay Marriage

The Price of Gay Marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

For some of us, marriage will be a ticket out of the margins. But it would be a tragedy if, vindicated by the Supreme Court, many of us proclaim a premature victory, overlooking those of us who are still left out, and many more people around the world for whom the quest for basic recognition is much in doubt. Betraying our history — forgetting what it has meant to be gay — would be a price too high to pay.

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How Obergefell Could Be a Win for Transgender Rights as Well

How Obergefell Could Be a Win for Transgender Rights as Well | Gay News | Scoop.it

Friday’s Supreme Court decision was a huge victory for the rights of gay, lesbian, and bisexual folks and those that love them. But it may also be a big win for the rights of transgender individuals and their loved ones. In the opening paragraph of Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion, the court proclaims “The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity.” (Emphasis added.)

The court’s recognition that both due process and equal protection require that individuals be permitted to self-determine—to define and express themselves—has unmistakable extension to rights for the transgender community. That the Supreme Court’s endorsement of a right to identity expression came in the context of a decision on sexual intimacy further suggests that the Obergefell case will have positive ramifications for transgender rights.

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Bobby Jindal’s Religious Liberty Executive Order Is Probably Illegal, Definitely Anti-Gay

Bobby Jindal’s Religious Liberty Executive Order Is Probably Illegal, Definitely Anti-Gay | Gay News | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, Louisiana civil liberties groups filed a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent “Marriage and Conscience” executive order, which allowed businesses and government employees to refuse service to gay couples. The order, these groups claim, exceeds Jindal’s power under the Louisiana constitution. Jindal’s executive order named a certain class of people—marriage equality opponents—and granted them a special right to discriminate against gay couples. But the Louisiana constitution doesn’t authorize the governor to impose a substantive right by executive order. Jindal’s “Marriage and Conscience” order should thus be rendered invalid.

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GetUp! launches Tinder campaign asking users to swipe right for gay right

GetUp! launches Tinder campaign asking users to swipe right for gay right | Gay News | Scoop.it

Activist group GetUp! has launched a new campaign advocating for gay rights on the social platform Tinder, an app dedicated to matching singles.

In the past fortnight thousands of Australian tinder users have matched with an account dedicated to marriage equality that asks keen daters to ‘Swipe Right for Rights’.

The idea was conceived by two creatives at Whybin/TBWA Sydney,Andrew Torrisi and Chloe Saintilan, alongside GetUp! to give users a chance to show their support for those gay marriage.

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Conservatives to use procedure to kill same-sex marriage vote

Conservatives to use procedure to kill same-sex marriage vote | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Coalition party room looms as the biggest hurdle to changing the definition of marriage, with the vast majority of Liberal and National MPs and senators opposed to it.

And the conservative supporters of traditional marriage intend to use party and parliamentary procedures to kill off the latest attempt at change.

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More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.

More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters. | Gay News | Scoop.it

In the wake of a landmark Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage a right nationwide, a whopping 26 million people slapped a rainbow flag over their Facebook photos to “celebrate pride.”

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Meet The Man Who Created The Rainbow Flag

Meet The Man Who Created The Rainbow Flag | Gay News | Scoop.it

A big rainbow flag flaps lazily outside the gay community center in Manhattan's West Village. It’s a rarity, hand-sewn and oversize, with eight colored stripes. I'm there to meet its creator, Gilbert Baker, a gay rights icon who created the pride flag nearly forty years ago, and is the force behind its adoption as the now ubiquitous symbol of the LGBT rights movement.

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What [+u] means on dating profiles

What [+u] means on dating profiles | Gay News | Scoop.it

Sydney artist Campbell Clarkson has come up with an easy way of denoting his status on dating profiles – and it’s catching on.

Clarkson’s invention is the [+u] symbol, which he came up with for people to use in online dating and social media to indicate they are HIV positive and that their viral load is ‘undetectable’.

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Brisbane Times: "Pride: We stand for equality, and for love"

Brisbane Times: "Pride: We stand for equality, and for love" | Gay News | Scoop.it

News organisations write editorials and opinion pieces every day. One in this state recently tried to turn an election in their favour. Brisbane Times has changed its Facebook logo to maroon for State of Origin in an editorial stance for unashamed parochialism. Today, it will turn rainbow.

It's a statement – an opinion – that readers are welcome to agree with, or not. As always, we are happy to provide a platform for debate.

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19 Queer Broadway Love Songs That Will Make You Feel Things

19 Queer Broadway Love Songs That Will Make You Feel Things | Gay News | Scoop.it

Because "love wins" is more than just the tagline to Rocky the Musical.

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Marriage equality in the US is about to create a $2.6 billion wedding boom

Marriage equality in the US is about to create a $2.6 billion wedding boom | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Williams Institute, a think tank based at the UCLA School of Law, estimates that legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide could be worth a total of $2.6 billion in spending, leading to nearly $185 million in state and local tax revenue, and creating some 13,000 jobs.

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Facebook adds a tool that puts a rainbow on your profile picture

Facebook adds a tool that puts a rainbow on your profile picture | Gay News | Scoop.it

Get ready to see a whole lot of color in your Facebook News Feed.

Facebook added a tool that lets users superimpose a rainbow over their profile pictures on Friday, after the the U.S. Supreme Court struck down gay marriage bans as unconstitutional in a 5-4 ruling. Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land in all 50 states.

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Was This the Right Way to Legalize Gay Marriage?

Was This the Right Way to Legalize Gay Marriage? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion in today’s momentous 5-to-4 Supreme Court decision bringing marriage equality to every state in the country shows that he likes to let his pen soar: “Changed understandings of marriage are characteristic of a Nation where new dimensions of freedom become apparent to new generations,” he writes, adding that it “demeans gays and lesbians for the State to lock them out of a central institution of the Nation’s society.”

The question, of course, is whether it is the court’s job to usher them into it.

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White HouseLit in Rainbow Colors to ‘Celebrate New Chapter’ in Same-Sex Rights

White HouseLit in Rainbow Colors to ‘Celebrate New Chapter’ in Same-Sex Rights | Gay News | Scoop.it

The White House was lit rainbow colors Friday evening in celebration of the Supreme Court’s historic ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all 50 states.

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