The polls, in fact, show that about half of likely GOP caucus and primary voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina said they find opposition to gay marriage either "mostly" or "totally" unacceptable in a candidate. Fifty-two percent of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina said opposing gay marriage is either mostly or totally unacceptable, while 47 percent of likely Iowa caucus voters agree.
The Public Editor at the New York Times, Margaret Sullivan, wrote two pieces last week regarding how the Times will take on transgender issues and language. Written with Sullivan’s typical measured empathy, the pieces are a fascinating look at how institutions have to learn, grow, and change in order to serve communities that are evolving past traditional ideas of language and style.
This week, hundreds of millions of Chinese will crowd on to planes, trains, cars and motorbikes to make their way home for chun jie, or spring festival. It is a celebration — cue the fireworks — and a chance to reunite with loved ones after months, even years, away. It is also a time to eat, a time to rest, and, for many, a time to field a whole lot of questions from family members: Where’s your girlfriend? When are you getting married? Don’t you know we want a grandchild?
For LGBT folks in China, those questions can be particularly tough. Though China decriminalized gay sex in the late 1990s, stigma and discrimination persist in the workplace and at home, as documented in a report by the UNDP released last year. Though many find a degree of freedom and acceptance in China’s big, booming cities, some struggle to discuss their gender and sexual identities with their parents — a fact that prompted the Chinese branch of PFLAG (formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) to make a short film about the issue.
Benedict Cumberbatch is a Best Actor nominee this year for his fine turn as Alan Turing, the brilliant gay cryptologist who broke the Nazis’ Enigma code, helped the Allies to win World War II, and invented what we now call the computer, in The Imitation Game.
He joins a long line of actors who’ve been Oscar-nominated for playing LGBT characters, including Peter Finch, who was the first to be nominated, for his role as a gay doctor in the 1971 film Sunday Bloody Sunday, and William Hurt, who was the first to win, for his performance as an incarcerated gay man in 1985’s Kiss of the Spider Woman.
In the 44 years since Finch’s milestone nomination, 37 actors have been nominated for LGBT roles and 11 of them have won. Nevertheless, the following 10 performances stand out as being especially dear to our hearts.
EXPECTATIONS are high for Queensland’s recently sworn-in Palaszczuk-Labor Government to follow through with several LGBTI commitments made to the community during the election campaign in the areas of law, health and education.
The final confirmation of the January 31 election came at the end of a 13-day marathon of vote counting that saw the Labor party returned to power in a hung parliament with the support of Nicklin independent MP Peter Wellington.
You would think that after three decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, gay men would know everything there is to know about the HIV virus.
Unfortunately, so many folks, both young and old, continue to spread lies about the virus. These lies are to blame for keeping people at-risk for transmission while stigmatizing those who are living with HIV. So lets squash these lies and put an end to the transmission of HIV and the spread of stigma, shall we?
Sunday is International Bottom Appreciation Day, a holiday held very close to the hearts of us at the International Order of Sodomites and we’re hoping this year to reach the hearts, and perhaps other parts, of the membership.
Barack Obama misled Americans for his own political benefit when he claimed in the 2008 election to oppose same sex marriage for religious reasons, his former political strategist David Axelrod writes in a new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.
The federal judge who earlier struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages on Thursday extended her order to Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis, who has refused to marry same-sex couples in the county.
Human rights activists and experts have welcomed the South Australian government's announcement it will review LGBTI discrimination remaining in the state's laws.
The Governor in his speech at the opening of the latest session of parliament indicated the South Australian Law Reform Institute would review all legislative and regulatory discrimination against individuals and families on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or intersex status.
The announcement has been welcomed by a broad range of MPs, activists, academics and legal experts.
The Imitation Game, up for eight Academy Awards on Sunday, gave us a glimpse into the life of Alan Turing, a codebreaker who helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies. Turing (pictured above) was a gay man who left the world a better place, but like so many LGBT heroes, he was forced to live a closeted life that denied him the full pleasure of his achievements and success. While Turing is now finally getting his due — last year, the Queen of England officially pardoned him, lifting his 1952 conviction for homosexuality — there are others like him worthy of recognition.
Researchers say that they have developed an HIV treatment capable of blocking infection in monkeys for more than 40 weeks after being administered. The results, reported today in Nature, appear so promising that the researchers believe it may be able to work as an effective HIV vaccine. The research was led from the Scripps Research Institute.
We’ve all seen the iconic photo of Adam Levine with his wife’s hands over his respective ‘junk’… FTM Magazine publisher, Jason Robert Ballard saw similarities in model Aydian Dowling’s physique and Levine’s and set to making a recreation of the image.
“Some areas of my body used to remind me of everything I’m not. Now they represent everything I am” - Dowling
You can find more about Aydian and FTM Magazine at www.ftmmagazine.comwhere Aydian is the cover model April 2015. (And a nice big pull out poster!)
That said, just because some drag queens partake in misogyny individually does not make the entire art form inherently misogynistic—and this is where the blackface comparison breaks down. For some perspective on this controversy, I spoke with W. Fitzhugh Brundage, chair of the Department of History at UNC-Chapel Hill, and editor of a fascinating book on black representation in American pop culture, Beyond Blackface.
In what New Ways Ministry’s executive director, Francis DeBernardo, called a “singular honor,” a group of LGBT Catholics on a pilgrimage to Rome were today, for the first time of any LGBT group, given VIP seats near Pope Francis himself for the pontiff’s weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.
DeBernardo is visiting Rome in the company of about 50 LGBT Catholics — about twice the number that have embarked on the journey in years past. DeBernardo helms New Ways, an LGBT Catholic group that was cofounded by Sister Jeannine Gramick, the leader of the pilgrimage.
WITH O-Week imminent, new research has revealed only one in 10 Australian universities’ equal opportunity policies fully reflect legally binding anti-discrimination legislation when it comes to protecting LGBTI students.
The findings from the first-ever Australian LGBTI University Guide, which goes live online today, shines a spotlight on those universities that are leading the field when it comes to publicly promoting LGBTI inclusion, and those that are lagging behind.
Produced by the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) and the Star Observer with the support of student–led professional development program Out for Sydney, Transgender Victoria and Organisation Intersex International Australia, the guide looked at a wide range of criteria.
In the summer of 1998, writer-director Mark Christopher’s 54, a clumsy cinematic paean to New York's legendary disco club Studio 54, was released to dismal reviews, a lukewarm box office, and then promptly forgotten — at least by most of us. But just last week a director's cut of the film, which starred Ryan Phillippe, Mike Myers, Salma Hayek, Breckin Meyer, and Neve Campbell, was shown at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival. That's the sort of honor usually afforded classics like Apocalypse Now or Once Upon a Time in America, not a film with a 13 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. So how did this movie wind up getting that honor?
In a first for the Army, Chelsea Manning, the convicted national-security secrets leaker, has been approved for hormone therapy for transition to a woman at the Army's Fort Leavenworth prison, according to a memo obtained Thursday by USA TODAY.
I’m a big fan of cross-generational gay friendships. Some of my closest gay friends are decades older than me, and I’ve benefited both as a young gay man and as a human being from spending time in their company. We talk about the mundane things all friends talk about—movies, books, lovers, the wine, etc. But over time, they’ve managed incidentally to teach me about my community’s history, about the thrill of gay liberation and the horror of the (early) epidemic years that I was born too late to witness firsthand, about amazing old basement bars and ancestors lost too soon. These relationships prove to me regularly that the idea of a shared sensibility among our chosen “gay family” is a real, profound thing—despite the gulf between us in terms of years and experience, there’s something deeper that connects us, something that confirms my belief that gayness can be more than mere sexual orientation.
MOST satirists expect some negative feedback when they decide to parody celebrities, but for YouTube sensation and comedian Charlie Hides, he’s been the recipient of personal praise from the likes of Cher and Lady Gaga.
Lana Del Ray, though? That’s a different story.
The comedian, whose famous parodies simultaneously show admiration and respect for the divas he lampoons, is currently in Australia to perform to audiences in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Most notable for his take on Cher and Madonna, Hides said it was the strong personalities of divas and their uniqueness that inspired his particular brand of comedy.
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