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Olympic Sponsors Were Warned About Sochi; Now McDonald's and Coca-Cola Are Having a PR Nightmare

Olympic Sponsors Were Warned About Sochi; Now McDonald's and Coca-Cola Are Having a PR Nightmare | Gay News | Scoop.it
LGBT activists are making it clear that American companies can no longer get away with tacitly supporting foreign regimes that are brutalizing LGBT people.
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The one vital thing gay uncles offer

The one vital thing gay uncles offer | Gay News | Scoop.it

I also think there's one vital thing gay uncles can offer: simply being visible. As a closeted gay kid in Queensland, where homosexuality was a criminal offence until I was eight, I didn't meet an openly queer person until well into adulthood. Looking back, that contributed a lot to me being unnecessarily torn up about my sexuality, and it made me cruel about other people's, too.

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We Added a Gender-Neutral Pronoun in 1934. Why Have So Few People Heard of It?

We Added a Gender-Neutral Pronoun in 1934. Why Have So Few People Heard of It? | Gay News | Scoop.it

The story of 'thon', Merriam-Webster's third-person gender-neutral pronoun.

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Coalition should allow free vote on marriage equality, backbench MP says

Coalition should allow free vote on marriage equality, backbench MP says | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Turnbull government should allow a free vote on marriage equality in this term or moderate Liberal MPs could sponsor a bill themselves to force the issue as a last resort, Trent Zimmerman has said.

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Trans weightlifter makes NZ history

Trans weightlifter makes NZ history | Gay News | Scoop.it

WEIGHTLIFTER Laurel Hubbard has made history as the first trans athlete to represent New Zealand in the Australian International in Melbourne.

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Peter Dutton working behind the scenes to legislate same-sex marriage

Peter Dutton working behind the scenes to legislate same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton - who last week lambasted corporate leaders for publicly supporting marriage equality - has been working behind the scenes to help Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull find a path to legalise same-sex marriage in this term of Parliament.

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Conservative majority in 12 Coalition seats back same-sex marriage vote in 2017

Conservative majority in 12 Coalition seats back same-sex marriage vote in 2017 | Gay News | Scoop.it

Voters in some of the most conservative seats in Australia overwhelmingly support legalising same-sex marriage in 2017, according to a decisive new poll of a dozen Coalition seats.

And Coalition MPs are seen as out of touch with the community – and could lose votes, and even their seats – if they continue to block a free vote in Parliament and insist on the defeated plebiscite policy.

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The Canberra couple refusing to get married until same-sex marriage is legalised

The Canberra couple refusing to get married until same-sex marriage is legalised | Gay News | Scoop.it

Canberra couple Rebecca Stones and Adam Duffy have been together for more than 10 years and have every intention of one day getting married.

However, the pair are willing to wait potentially several more years before they tie the knot, declaring they won't get married until same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia.

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Come to the same-sex wedding, PM

Come to the same-sex wedding, PM | Gay News | Scoop.it

Malcolm Turnbull is being warned by conservatives not to break his promise to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage because — wait for it — he needs to focus on other issues, such as breaking the government’s pre-election commitment not to amend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Get your collective heads around that hypocrisy. One commitment must be adhered to, the other can happily go the way of the dodo bird.

Of course the premise of the conservative case is flawed anyway. The Prime Minister did not promise he would never seek an alternative means of achieving same-sex marriage. He committed to holding a plebiscite; the government tried to legislate exactly that immediately after the election but was thwarted by the numbers in the Senate. That’s called honouring your election pledge.

The government doesn’t give up on various other goals when parliament blocks its plans. Alternative pathways are sought. Why should same-sex marriage be any different? To suggest Turnbull is subsequently prohibited from pursuing alternative ways of resolving the issue is absurd.

Don’t forget that as prime minister even Tony Abbott pledged the previous parliament was the last in which Liberals would be denied a free vote on marriage equality. He said as much immediately after a lengthy joint partyroom meeting in 2015.

With the plebiscite option defeated in the Senate, many Liberals consider they now have a right to exercise a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, given that such freedom has always been a cornerstone of their party’s principles, reinforced by Abbott’s words.

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Dutton criticism fails to curb Qantas support for same-sex marriage

Dutton criticism fails to curb Qantas support for same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Qantas will continue to advocate for same-sex marriage despite Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's pointed criticism of its chief executive Alan Joyce's public statements.

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Australian CEOs to send Turnbull a letter urging marriage equality

Australian CEOs to send Turnbull a letter urging marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

A letter has been penned by the chief executives from some of Australia’s biggest companies urging Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to legislate marriage equality, according to recent reports.

In a report by The Australian, the letter will be sent to Turnbull before parliament resumes next week and will ask him to pass same-sex and gender marriage so that the government is able to continue focusing on the economy.

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13 gorgeous LGBTQ wedding photos since the big Supreme Court ruling.

13 gorgeous LGBTQ wedding photos since the big Supreme Court ruling. | Gay News | Scoop.it

Since Obergefell v. Hodges was decided last year, giving same-sex couples the constitutional right to marry across the country, thousands of LGBTQ couples have tied the knot.

And let's be real: The photographic evidence has been pretty spectacular.

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A New Phase of Chaos on Transgender Rights

A New Phase of Chaos on Transgender Rights | Gay News | Scoop.it

With a one-sentence order last week, the Supreme Court dashed hopes of a big transgender-rights decision this term. The Court was supposed to review the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender teen-age boy who sued the Gloucester County School Board for the right to use the boys’ bathroom and won, in the Fourth Circuit. But the basis of the Fourth Circuit’s decision was the Obama Administration’s view that Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibits schools that receive federal funding from discriminating “on the basis of sex,” requires schools to treat transgender students in a way consistent with their gender identity. Last month, the Trump Administration retracted that position. Both Grimm and the school board urged the Supreme Court to review the case as planned, arguing that the government’s shift made it no less urgent for the Court to declare Title IX’s meaning. But the Supreme Court decided to vacate the lower court’s decision and send the case back for reconsideration. Grimm’s victory in the lower court was tethered to the Obama guidance, and disappeared along with it.

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Victoria’s Pride Centre will be based in St Kilda

Victoria’s Pride Centre will be based in St Kilda | Gay News | Scoop.it

Victoria’s Pride Centre will be based in St Kilda with works on the site commencing in the next 12 months.

Minister for Equality Martin Foley announced the planned location, calling it a milestone day.

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Victoria slams federal government for inaction on PrEP

Victoria slams federal government for inaction on PrEP | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE Victorian Government has announced it will provide additional funding towards the state’s pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial to give nearly 4,000 people access to the HIV prevention pill.

While the trial has already seen nearly 3,000 people access the drug, there is still over 600 people on the waiting list. To clear this list, the state government will provide an additional $100,000 in funding towards the trial.

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Marriage equality should be 'settled' in this term of parliament, says Arthur Sinodinos

Marriage equality should be 'settled' in this term of parliament, says Arthur Sinodinos | Gay News | Scoop.it

Marriage equality should be settled in this term of parliament, if possible, the industry minister, Arthur Sinodinos, has said.

 

Sinodinos made the comments at the National Press Club on Wednesday, after delivering a speech about the need to harness digital disruption and reinsert scientific facts into public policy debate.

 

Pressure is growing on the Turnbull government to deal with same-sex marriage before the next election, with the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, proposing a voluntary postal plebiscite and the education minister, Simon Birmingham, suggesting the issue could return to the Liberal party room.

 

This week the Liberal moderate MPs Trent Zimmerman and Warren Entsch publicly called for a free vote, joining senator Dean Smith, who has been calling for that since last year.

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YouTube apologizes for hiding LGBTQ users’ videos in its Restricted Mode

YouTube apologizes for hiding LGBTQ users’ videos in its Restricted Mode | Gay News | Scoop.it

YouTube has released a statement in response to accusations that it is discriminating against its LGBTQ users by hiding certain videos in its Restricted Mode. The company issued the statement on Sunday night, after several popular LGBTQ vloggers and video creators, discovered that videos on topics such as dating, attraction, and inspiration had been hidden by default in the mode. Many led criticism against the company using the #YouTubeIsOverParty hashtag on Twitter.

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LGBTIQ supporter groups form across AFL after pride game

LGBTIQ supporter groups form across AFL after pride game | Gay News | Scoop.it

Gay and lesbian AFL fans are pushing for an annual Pride Round after last year's game between St Kilda and Sydney prompted the formation of LGBTIQ supporter groups across the league.

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Gay panic laws pass Queensland Parliament, removing partial defence

Gay panic laws pass Queensland Parliament, removing partial defence | Gay News | Scoop.it

People accused of murder in Queensland will no longer be able to use the controversial "gay panic" defence.

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Same-sex marriage 'resolved': Turnbull government minister

Same-sex marriage 'resolved': Turnbull government minister | Gay News | Scoop.it

As the Turnbull government prepares for the final two sitting weeks of Parliament before the May budget, two cabinet ministers - with different personal views on marriage equality - have repeated the Coalition's position that a plebiscite is the only way the issue will be dealt with.

Resources Minister Matt Canavan said the government should be concentrating on its efforts to reduce company tax and on getting its childcare changes through the Senate.

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Same-sex marriage: Conservative MPs prepare to block moderates’ manouevre

Same-sex marriage: Conservative MPs prepare to block moderates’ manouevre | Gay News | Scoop.it

CONSERVATIVE government MPs are frantically marshalling their numbers to foil a plot by moderate Liberals planning to reignite the same-sex marriage debate this week.

Conservatives, including one senior government minister, caught wind of the secret plan to lobby Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to abandon his commitment to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality.

The Sunday Telegraph can reveal up to 12 Liberal MPs and senators ­intended to sign a letter and present it to Mr Turnbull as soon as Monday, urging him to revisit the government’s plebiscite policy before the May Budget.

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‘Puppy play’ and mental health in the queer community

‘Puppy play’ and mental health in the queer community | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE core rule of puppy play is that there are no rules.

Consent must be omnipresent however one’s sexuality, gender, or proclivities in the bedroom have no bearing on how one chooses to adopt a pup persona and engage in the subculture.

Despite its growing prevalence in queer communities around the world, puppy play is still shrouded in misconception and stigma.
Some deride it as akin to bestiality, others regard it with a mild ‘sex panic’ that would sit comfortably in the 1950s, and many have never heard of it.

But for those who don fake dog ears, knee pads, and a tail, puppy play is not only an entirely safe and consensual form of self-expression – it also alleviates existing mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression.

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Despite its growing prevalence in queer communities around the world, puppy play is still shrouded in misconception and stigma.
Some deride it as akin to bestiality, others regard it with a mild ‘sex panic’ that would sit comfortably in the 1950s, and many have never heard of it. But for those who don fake dog ears, knee pads, and a tail, puppy play is not only an entirely safe and consensual form of self-expression – it also alleviates existing mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression.

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Turnbull government 'won't be bullied' by CEOs on same-sex marriage, says Peter Dutton

Turnbull government 'won't be bullied' by CEOs on same-sex marriage, says Peter Dutton | Gay News | Scoop.it

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says the Turnbull government "won't be bullied" by chief executives who have campaigned in favour of same-sex marriage, lashing the country's business leaders for a third day in a row.

Mr Dutton also ramped up his response to the social media campaign against Coopers brewery, claiming some companies were being "extorted" and "blackmailed" into backing marriage equality.

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Grindr's Most Important New Emoji Is a Little Blue Pill

Grindr's Most Important New Emoji Is a Little Blue Pill | Gay News | Scoop.it

The gay internet went gaga over Grindr's "naughty" new emojis — a set of 500 images that included symbols for foot fetishists, size queens, anilingus lovers, and more communicators of mood and sexual preference. 

But the most groundbreaking "gaymoji," as the hookup app termed it, is a little blue pill. Imprinted with "701," the capsule is an image of Truvada, a drug used for pre-exposure prophylaxsis. If taken daily, this treatment has been shown to be up to 99 percent effective in preventing HIV.

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Gay Pride in the Age of Trump

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Despite this outpour of support, even before Inauguration Day the LGBTQ community was in crisis mode, braced for whatever outrages and rollbacks the new White House has in store. Pence's anti-LGBTQ record is well known, from the religious freedom bill he signed as governor of Indiana, to the ambiguous nod toward conversion therapy made during his congressional bid in 2000. Donald Trump's own tepid endorsement of LGBTQ rights – particularly his view that same-sex marriage is a "settled" issue – is in stark contrast to the GOP and the conservative, evangelical base that rallies around him. It's also in contrast to many members of his cabinet. More recently, the administration rescinded Obama's directive allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. And rumors of an executive order that will chill workplace protections for LGBTQ people panicked many liberal tweeters last month, including Anthony Oliveira, who advised his 23,000-plus followers to "get married, insurance, passports now."

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A Lot Of People Thought Grindr's New Emoji Keyboard Referenced Crystal Meth

A Lot Of People Thought Grindr's New Emoji Keyboard Referenced Crystal Meth | Gay News | Scoop.it

The “T” emoji was removed from the app as of Tuesday afternoon and will be replaced with “DT” for “down to” in the next update, according to a statement from Grindr.

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