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Loretta Lynch: Federal benefits available to all same-sex marriages

Loretta Lynch: Federal benefits available to all same-sex marriages | Gay News | Scoop.it

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced on Thursday that federal marriage benefits will be made accessible to same-sex couples across America.

The move follows the recent 5-4 Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution grants gay couples the right to marry in all 50 states. Prior to the decision, 13 states did not permit marriages between same-sex couples.

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How the Mastermind of Marriage Equality Felt the Moment He Realized He’d Won

How the Mastermind of Marriage Equality Felt the Moment He Realized He’d Won | Gay News | Scoop.it

Evan Wolfson, the mastermind of marriage equality, is having a pretty good summer. On June 26, the Supreme Court struck down all same-sex marriage bans as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. The decision marked the culmination of his life’s work: In 1983, Wolfson essentially created the marriage equality movement, and he has been at its forefront ever since as president of Freedom to Marry.



I’ll talk to Wolfson in detail about his hard-fought campaign and ultimate victory at Outward’s live New York show on July 13. On Tuesday, we chatted about his immediate reaction to the marriage ruling—and where he’ll go from here.

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The importance of LGBTI Indigenous inclusion

The importance of LGBTI Indigenous inclusion | Gay News | Scoop.it

INDIGENOUS inclusion has been an ongoing issue for non-Indigenous LGBTI communities in Australia.

We live in a diverse system of social and cultural worlds, all of which are performed on Indigenous land. On a practical level, what can you — as non-Indigenous LGBTI people — do to support racially-diverse minorities? Solutions are never really clean-cut, but I want to discuss a practical measure that I believe encourages Indigenous inclusion in LGBTI spaces: acknowledgement of country.

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Size Doesn't Matter: Inside Brooklyn's Smallest Penis Pageant

Size Doesn't Matter: Inside Brooklyn's Smallest Penis Pageant | Gay News | Scoop.it

American manhood has always been celebrated and measured, for good and bad, on a large scale: Big hits on the football field, big deals in the boardroom, big anxiety over one's ability to live up to such standards of masculinity that are enormously absurd anyway. But a new competition is taking American manliness back for the little guy: The Smallest Penis Pageant, which was recently held in Brooklyn.

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Police fire at pride march in Istanbul with water cannons and rubber bullets

Police fire at pride march in Istanbul with water cannons and rubber bullets | Gay News | Scoop.it

Police in Turkey blasted water cannons and fired rubber bullets at a pride march on Sunday as people celebrated in the city streets under rainbow banners, according to eye-witnesses in Istanbul.

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We’re Here, We’re Queer and We Love the Legend of Zelda

We’re Here, We’re Queer and We Love the Legend of Zelda | Gay News | Scoop.it

In a subculture rife with misogyny and homophobia, a few enterprising players are building a movement around the intersection of gamer culture and LGBTQ pride.

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Gay Weddings Planned as Vietnam Marriage Law Is Repealed

Gay Weddings Planned as Vietnam Marriage Law Is Repealed | Gay News | Scoop.it

Vietnam taking the lead in gay rights in Southeast Asia by abolishing a ban on same-sex marriage has medical doctor Thuan Nguyen planning a wedding ceremony with his boyfriend of two years.


“I am ready to have a wedding,” he said. “Many, many young people in love are optimistic about the acceptance of gay weddings.”


The revised law, while not officially recognizing same-sex marriage, places the communist country at the forefront of countries in Asia becoming more accepting of gay people. The National Assembly’s move is expected to attract more lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers and boost Vietnam’s $9 billion tourism industry.

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Why Gay Movie Stars Are Staying Locked in the Closet

Why Gay Movie Stars Are Staying Locked in the Closet | Gay News | Scoop.it

There’s a vast and growing list of prominent gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender media and entertainment figures — just don’t count movie stars among them.

Celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Caitlyn Jenner and Neil Patrick Harris have kicked open the closet door with little to no damage to their careers. In some cases, they’ve found themselves more in demand after revealing their sexual preferences or gender identification.

Yet there’s one glass ceiling that remains stubbornly resistant to cracks.

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Guest column by only openly gay staffer for Bobby Jindal provides inside look at anti-gay company governor keeps

Guest column by only openly gay staffer for Bobby Jindal provides inside look at anti-gay company governor keeps | Gay News | Scoop.it

Five years ago, I was squeezing through Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office window on the fourth floor of the Louisiana Capitol building.

The Louisiana Senate chamber’s roof provides the closest thing to box seating for downtown Baton Rouge events, and as such, the governor, his family, various staff members and I had taken the opportunity to sneak out and watch the fireworks display over the Mississippi River.

It was a rare, intimate moment with Jindal — by then infamous for his inaccessibility — and as I watched the sky light up, I wondered if he knew my secret.

To the best of my knowledge, I am the only openly gay person who has ever worked for either Jindal or the Republican Party of Louisiana. When they first hired me seven years ago, no one knew.

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Australia's first-ever queer gaming festival is coming to Sydney

Australia's first-ever queer gaming festival is coming to Sydney | Gay News | Scoop.it

GX Australia, the country's first ever first queer gaming convention, will run in Sydney on Feb. 27 and 28, 2016.

The event will follow in the footsteps of Gaymer X, the U.S. gaming convention for an LGBT audience, co-director of GX Australia, Joshua Meadows, told Mashable Australia.

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Coming Out as Transgender to Two Million Teens -- With a Text

Coming Out as Transgender to Two Million Teens -- With a Text | Gay News | Scoop.it

More than two million teens have signed up with DoSomething.org to receive text messages suggesting ways to do social good. Once or twice a month, they get a note from someone named “Alysha” with tips like a new way to recycle clothes or how to convince friends not to text and drive.

On Thursday, they got a different kind of text from Alysha. Alysha, the text said, was now going by the name Freddie and was coming out as transgender. Instantly. To two million people. Via a text message.

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Gay marriage causes Coalition civil war

Gay marriage causes Coalition civil war | Gay News | Scoop.it

Tony Abbott has played down the significance of gay marriage as an issue and reaffirmed he has no intention of allowing it to be debated in either the Parliament or the party room.

Mr Abbott addressed reporters as civil war threatened to erupt in the Liberal Party caused by arch-conservative MPs accusing pro-gay marriage colleagues of colluding with the Greens and Labor to derail the government's agenda and demanding ministers who support change resign from the frontbench.

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Five LGBTI issues you may not know about

Five LGBTI issues you may not know about | Gay News | Scoop.it

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people face specific challenges in their global fight for equality that goes beyond marriage, advocates say.

Nearly a dozen countries have legalised same-sex marriage, including Ireland, which approved marriage equality through a popular vote.

In the United States, bans on same-sex marriage in 14 states are no longer enforceable in the wake of a historic Supreme Court ruling.

But while marriage recognition is an important issue for many, advocates say there are other basic rights that are being denied to LGBTI citizens in 2015.

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Listen to Outward Kiki,  Slate’s New LGBTQ Podcast Pilot

Listen to Outward Kiki,  Slate’s New LGBTQ Podcast Pilot | Gay News | Scoop.it

In the immortal words of the Scissor Sisters, “A kiki is a party, for calming all your nerves/ We’re spilling tea, and dishing just desserts one may deserve.”

That’s the mission behind Outward’s foray into podcasting, Outward Kiki—well, that and providing you with the best, most entertaining LGBTQ news and analysis we can. Here’s what you can expect: The Outward crew will gather to discuss queer topics of interest, in addition to sharing “The Gayest Thing” we each encountered recently and assessing “Ask A Homo” questions submitted by listeners. Speaking of gayest things, this podcast will be that, but for your earbuds.

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I love this new podcast!

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Here’s what you can expect: The Outward crew will gather to discuss queer topics of interest, in addition to sharing “The Gayest Thing” we each encountered recently and assessing “Ask A Homo” questions submitted by listeners. Speaking of gayest things, this podcast will be that, but for your earbuds.

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Magic Mike XXL Has Something to Show Its Gay Fans 

Magic Mike XXL Has Something to Show Its Gay Fans  | Gay News | Scoop.it

The original Magic Mike was one of the most memorable moviegoing experiences of my life. However, it’s not the film itself—which, despite an admirable attempt to mix light commentary on the decline of the white working class with slick striptease sequences, was still mostly candy—that sticks in my mind. It’s the context of seeing the film I hold on to: A small group of gay friends and I picked the gayest theater we could think of (an off-brand cinema in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood), got liquored up on girly drinks beforehand, and giggled with delight when, as we stepped off the escalator on the mezzanine, we saw that the theater had hired go-go boys to add festivity to the opening night. Throughout all this, there was a sense that we were doing something slightly transgressive—turning a movie that was ostensibly for straight women into one of the gayest events of the year.

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Who else wants to see Magic Mike XXL?

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I Am a Camera: Images of LGBT Communities

I Am a Camera: Images of LGBT Communities | Gay News | Scoop.it

"I Am a Camera: LGBTQ Communities Seen From Within" is now on exhibit through August 29 at FotoFest’s exhibition space at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St., Houston. The nine artists in this exhibition work directly with particular communities, which at times include themselves, in the creation of compelling and diverse views of contemporary LGBTQ life.

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It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy

It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy | Gay News | Scoop.it

Welcome to the exciting new world of the slippery slope. With the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling this Friday legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states, social liberalism has achieved one of its central goals. A right seemingly unthinkable two decades ago has now been broadly applied to a whole new class of citizens. Following on the rejection of interracial marriage bans in the 20th Century, the Supreme Court decision clearly shows that marriage should be a broadly applicable right—one that forces the government to recognize, as Friday’s decision said, a private couple’s “love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.”

The question presents itself: Where does the next advance come? The answer is going to make nearly everyone uncomfortable: Now that we’ve defined that love and devotion and family isn’t driven by gender alone, why should it be limited to just two individuals? The most natural advance next for marriage lies in legalized polygamy—yet many of the same people who pressed for marriage equality for gay couples oppose it.

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How Liquor Licenses Sparked the Stonewall Riots

How Liquor Licenses Sparked the Stonewall Riots | Gay News | Scoop.it

When patrons of the Stonewall Inn rebelled against police on June 28 and 29, 1969, they were rioting for equality, for dignity, and for a decent a place to get a drink. Today, the Stonewall riots are widely seen as the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama cited Stonewall in the same breath as Seneca Falls and Selma. But the story of this civil rights victory is incomplete without an examination of one of the most powerful weapons the government used to stop gay activists: liquor licensing laws.

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Penny Wong And Cory Bernardi Are Going To Debate Marriage Equality And It Will Be Amazing

Penny Wong And Cory Bernardi Are Going To Debate Marriage Equality And It Will Be Amazing | Gay News | Scoop.it

Senators Penny Wong and Cory Bernardi will lock horns over marriage equality at a National Press Club debate on July 29.

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Amazing? Or farcical? I can't believe the National Press Club is dignifying this sort of stunt.

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Magic Mike XXL Has Something to Show Its Gay Fans 

Magic Mike XXL Has Something to Show Its Gay Fans  | Gay News | Scoop.it

If the original Magic Mike was candy with a message inside the wrapper, Magic Mike XXL is almost pure whipped cream. But in the film’s attempt to welcome gay audiences more directly, it managed to add more depth than you might expect from similar summer romps. For that, it’s well worth your singles—however many of them a movie ticket costs these days. 

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10 Reasons Every Penis Needs A Lovely Fitness Tracker

10 Reasons Every Penis Needs A Lovely Fitness Tracker | Gay News | Scoop.it

The next big fitness tracking device is almost here, and this time, it doesn’t go around your wrist. The Lovely is a fitness tracker for your penis. Yep, your penis. Instead of collecting data on your daily steps, sleep pattern, and food intake, the Lovely collects data on how you have sex—what positions you did, how long you had sex for, and how many calories you burned. It even offers some suggestions to spice up your sex life.  

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Where America's biggest religions stand on same-sex marriage

Where America's biggest religions stand on same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Supreme Court's historical 5-4 ruling last week that made same-sex marriage the law of the land was celebrated as a giant victory for the LGBT community, which for years has pushed for the equal right to be married to someone who you love.

Now that the initial wave of celebration has died down, it’s clear that the decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states does not mark the end of the debate. For religious groups, the new law remains particularly controversial.

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Heartbreaking 'Humans of New York' photo of gay boy brings out the best in the Internet

Heartbreaking 'Humans of New York' photo of gay boy brings out the best in the Internet | Gay News | Scoop.it

Sometimes the Internet can be a good place filled with good people.

On Friday, Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton posted a heartbreaking image of a young boy with the caption, "I'm homosexual, and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me."

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Transgender kids: Is it 'just a phase'?

Transgender kids: Is it 'just a phase'? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Seven-year-old schoolgirl Maddi loves dancing, the colour pink and wearing dresses. But only a year ago Maddi was known to her friends and family as ‘Maddock’. She was born a boy.

She says she was “about three or four” years old when she first wanted to be a girl and wear dresses. Now aged seven, Maddi goes by her new name and has recently enrolled at school as a girl.

“I'm not getting called Maddock, I'm getting called Maddi. I'm not getting called a boy, I'm getting called a girl.”

Maddi tells Insight that she wanted to share her story on national television because “it doesn’t matter” if you were born a boy or a girl.

“I’m telling everyone it's alright to be born as a boy and want to be a girl, or be born as a girl and want to be a boy… It doesn't matter if you're a boy or a girl – it just matters about who you are.”

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US scientist gets prison time for false HIV study

US scientist gets prison time for false HIV study | Gay News | Scoop.it

A former university scientist who altered blood samples to make it appear he had achieved an HIV vaccine breakthrough has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.

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