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'RuPaul's Drag Race' Is Leaving TV's Biggest Gay Network -- Now What?

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Is Leaving TV's Biggest Gay Network -- Now What? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Eight years ago, RuPaul Charles brought nine relatively unknown drag queens from across America into one workroom for a reality-based competition series best described as a hybrid of “America’s Next Top Model” and “Project Runway.”

No one expected it to become one of the most successful LGBTQ television shows of all time. 

On March 24, the ninth season of the Emmy-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race” franchise debuts ― but this time on a new network, in a new time slot with a new audience. For the first time ever, viewers will watch “Drag Race” on VH1 during primetime on Friday nights instead of Mondays on Logo, the largest exclusively gay network on TV. An encore of the show will still play on Logo every Monday.

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The Coming Back Out Ball: being out and proud and older in Australia

The Coming Back Out Ball: being out and proud and older in Australia | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Coming Back Out Ball, which will premiere at the Victorian Seniors festival in October this year, is a celebration for and of older people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities. In the lead-up, All the Queens Men has been organising monthly dance classes at Fitzroy town hall for older LGBTI people and their allies.

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Midsumma launches national mentoring program for queer artists

Midsumma launches national mentoring program for queer artists | Gay News | Scoop.it

Midsumma has launched an initiative to mentor early-career artists and culture-makers.

In a first for the festival, the mentoring program called ‘Midsumma Futures’ will roll out a nine month development program for early-career artists and culture-makers.

The program will provide the opportunity for queer artists  who are in the first 10 years of their practice to advance their vocation, deepen their practice, gain exposure and lead the future of queer culture.

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A Former MP Has Made A Heartfelt Apology For Voting Against Same-Sex Marriage

A Former MP Has Made A Heartfelt Apology For Voting Against Same-Sex Marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Exclusive: “I can honestly say I was wrong and I am sorry not to have been able to see it at the time," Sir John Randall told BuzzFeed News, to mark the third anniversary since the first ceremonies.

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Gay in Ballet: Two Men Defying Traditions in the Dance World

Gay in Ballet: Two Men Defying Traditions in the Dance World | Gay News | Scoop.it

James Whiteside, 32, has achieved his lifelong dream. In 2013, within a year of moving to New York to join the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) as a soloist, the Connecticut native was promoted to principal dancer, a highly prestigious gig he's held ever since. Parker Kit Hill, 21, has amassed an uncommon amount of fame for his age. Raised in Fort Worth, Texas, he's a buzz-worthy quadruple threat who can sing, dance, act, and utilize the vital world of social media, which has spread his queer and quirky performance art across the world and landed him everything from TV castings to sit-downs with The Huffington Post and Paper. But both men have faced adversity amid their successes, particularly within the rarefied world of ballet. Whiteside, arguably one of the most recognized dancers in the world, and Hill, a student of dance still finding his professional path, have had vastly different journeys. What connects them is their art and their queerness, two things that haven't always jelled in the eyes of others.

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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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How to break the marriage equality deadlock

How to break the marriage equality deadlock | Gay News | Scoop.it

Let’s get back to basics and remember what’s really at stake here. Five per cent of Australians are not allowed to register their marriage to the person they love. They are your sibling, uncle, aunt, school mate, work mate, nurse, firefighter, farmer or that couple of old guys living a quiet life at the end of the street. They are the people you laugh with, cry with and feel comfortable with. Yet, somehow, in the perversity of Australian politics, they are being scape-goated and passed off as some radical fringe group.

It’s time for politicians to wake up. Stop offering us fake democracy in the unnecessary and over priced opinion survey labelled a plebiscite.

Do the right thing and give us a good piece of legislation and vote on it.

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Study finds people who ‘sound gay’ are less likely to get hired

Study finds people who ‘sound gay’ are less likely to get hired | Gay News | Scoop.it

A new study has found that job seekers perceived to have a “gay sounding” voice were less likely to be hired for top jobs.

A University of Surrey research team played recordings and showed photographs of gay and heterosexual men and women to 40 heterosexual men.

The study participants were then asked how much they would pay the candidates if they were employed in a fictional executive job.

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It's past time for AFL to support same-sex marriage

It's past time for AFL to support same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Football has come a long way in 17 years, but in this crucial social area the Australian government has not. New Zealand now would allow Phillips to marry the love of her life, and even Ireland and across the US. But, shamefully, not her own supposedly progressive country.

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Malcolm Turnbull is abandoning Liberal party tradition on marriage equality

Malcolm Turnbull is abandoning Liberal party tradition on marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Conscience votes are a bedrock of Liberal party tradition, in marked contrast to Labor. The Fraser government allowed three major bills to be decided this way and the Howard government, five. In the Howard government, issues as fundamental to our society as same-sex marriage – euthanasia, access to abortion and stem cell research – were so determined.

 

Isn’t it time for Australian laws to reflect our values on this issue, as has happened in so many other countries whose values are similar to ours? Isn’t it about time to recognise that the tide of history is flowing in one direction only? Isn’t it time for justice?

Does the Liberal party really want this issue dragging on to the next election, being used as a cynical wedge by the Labor party and sucking the oxygen out of the public debate about its positive agenda of budget repair, welfare reform and national security?

 

The choices are clear for Malcolm Turnbull: he can adjust to the new post-plebiscite reality, something that political master John Howard would have done, or he can emulate John Howard in another way, and become the next prime minister to break the nation’s heart.

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BREAKING: Trump Administration Omits LGBTQ People from 2020 Census

BREAKING: Trump Administration Omits LGBTQ People from 2020 Census | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Trump Administration recently submitted a list of data categories it will collect for the 2020 Census and the American Community Survey (ACS). Although the Supreme Court, in 2013,  struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, paving the way for the census to change the way it tracks same-sex households, the White House has sent yet another powerful signal that it considers LGBTQ rights as frivolous.

Although “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” were proposed subjects in the appendix, today’s version of the report excluded LGBTQ people from the list of subjects for the Census and ACS, suggesting that data collection for these subjects may have been in the works for an earlier version.

Last year, various federal agencies urged the Census Bureau to include sexual orientation and gender in their data as it was crucial to their role in enforcing the law. The current census only allows for a snapshot of same-sex households, but Democrats in Congress had pushed for more indepth questions around sexual orientation and gender identity to improve results. The logic was simple: With more focused questions law makers would be better equipped to ensure appropriate legislation to improve the lives of LGBTQ citizens.

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Although “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” were proposed subjects in the appendix, today’s version of the report excluded LGBTQ people from the list of subjects for the Census and ACS, suggesting that data collection for these subjects may have been in the works for an earlier version.

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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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