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PrEP Version 1.1, 2.0, and Beyond

PrEP Version 1.1, 2.0, and Beyond | Gay News | Scoop.it
One of the most often repeated falsehoods about PrEP — pre-exposure prophylaxis, a treatment that prevents HIV infections — is that it’s a Big Pharma plot that lures gay men to take a pill the rest of their lives. It’s a ridiculous assumption. How many gay men will have anal sex on a regular basis with no long-term monogamous relationships for the rest of their lives? I’m sure there are some lucky-in-bed, unlucky-in-love studs who accomplish that feat, but I have yet to meet any of these elderly sex machines.
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Russia says drivers must not have 'sex disorders'

Russia says drivers must not have 'sex disorders' | Gay News | Scoop.it

Russia has listed transsexual and transgender people among those who will no longer qualify for driving licences.

Fetishism, exhibitionism and voyeurism are also included as "mental disorders" now barring people from driving.

The government says it is tightening medical controls for drivers because Russia has too many road accidents.

"Pathological" gambling and compulsive stealing are also on the list. Russian psychiatrists and human rights lawyers have condemned the move.

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Forum on Queensland State Election: Meet the candidates

Forum on Queensland State Election: Meet the candidates | Gay News | Scoop.it

A community forum this month will canvas Brisbane Central candidates for the January 31 state election on their stance on LGBTI issues. 

Details of the forum, organised by Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group (BLAG) and Brisbane Pride Festival, are still being finalised, but the convenor of BLAG, Phil Browne, says so far candidates from the ALP, LNP and the Greens have expressed interest in attending.

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Seven Types Of Daddies We Love

Seven Types Of Daddies We Love | Gay News | Scoop.it

Who’s your daddy?


Perhaps you haven’t found him yet. If so, have no fear. Daddyhunt is here to help. The new hookup app aims to connect older gents with their younger admirers.


In a press release from earlier this month, CEO Carl Sandler said he views Daddyhunt “as part of larger trend in gay culture celebrating age, experience and knowledge.”


“Men like Tom Ford, Dustin Lance Black, Jared Leto and Murray Bartlett (Dom on HBO’s Looking), have helped the gay community rethink what it means to get older,” he said. “I wanted to create an app that would not only connect gay men, but challenge outdated notions about age in gay relationships.”


Sounds good to us. We love daddies.

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It used to really annoy me when guys called me "daddy" but I'm slowly getting used it.

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You've Heard Of The Selfie Stick, Now Meet The Belfie Stick

You've Heard Of The Selfie Stick, Now Meet The Belfie Stick | Gay News | Scoop.it

Unlike a normal selfie stick, the Belfie Stick is bendable and ideal for taking photos from behind. The titanium steel stick can be bent and angled according to your preference and it’s easy to take a causal looking belfie that, to the viewer, looks like a casual glance over your shoulder.

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I know some gays who would definitely want one of these ...

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Stephen Fry’s Engagement to a Younger Man Brings Predictable—and Troubling—Chuckles

Stephen Fry’s Engagement to a Younger Man Brings Predictable—and Troubling—Chuckles | Gay News | Scoop.it

Sass aside, the ability of rich, famous men to attract younger, more classically attractive mates is hardly breaking news, and the old rule of thumb that men should only date women no younger than half their age plus seven years has long been considered sexist and anachronistic. As long as everyone involved in a relationship is a responsible, mature adult, arithmetic should play no role in deciding a couple’s compatibility. What’s more, that silly calculation only ever applied to childbearing heterosexuals ...


Judging couples based on their degree of similarity is never cute. In recent history, couples have been challenged for having too little or too much in common—attitudes now, correctly, seen as shameful. Given the sad, painful history of gay men unjustly being accused of pederasty and of “recruiting” youngsters into the lifestyle, it’s tough to take the smug, snide “jokes” about the couple’s age gap with the lightness with which they were no doubt intended.

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Leelah Alcorn is the victim of a movement who ignored her

Leelah Alcorn is the victim of a movement who ignored her | Gay News | Scoop.it

Trans* people are at the forefront of discrimination within our society.

Despite this, since the early days of the queer movement, where trans* people led the charge at the Stonewall Riots, they have in many ways been pushed aside. Holding much of the wealth and influence, gay and lesbian campaigners have been able to focus attention on issues that are paramount to them. In particular, recent decades have seen a focus on same-sex marriage — a campaign that has taken huge amounts of resources and attention, but does little to solve transphobic violence and discrimination.

Even worse, trans* people are often shafted when it suits gay and lesbian campaigners.

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Transgender woman is elected district mayor in Indian state of Chhattisgarh

Transgender woman is elected district mayor in  Indian state of Chhattisgarh | Gay News | Scoop.it

A low-caste transgender woman in central India has become the country’s first to win civic polls and be declared mayor.

Madhu Bai Kinnar won the municipal election in Raigarh in the central state of Chhattisgarh on Sunday, beating her rival from prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) by more than 4,500 votes, according to the state election commission.

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LGBTI issues to have important role as snap Queensland election announced

LGBTI issues to have important role as snap Queensland election announced | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has dissolved parliament and announced a surprise election date of January 31 – the earliest in Queensland history. Advocates are hoping that LGBTI issues play an important role in the three-and-a-half week campaign and that voters consider the records of the major parties.

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Trans teen leaves a heartbreaking final note on Tumblr

Trans teen leaves a heartbreaking final note on Tumblr | Gay News | Scoop.it

Leelah Alcorn's three-year struggle to assert her transgender identity in a staunchly Christian household came to an end Sunday, when she was struck and killed by oncoming traffic on I-71 near Cincinnati.

Before she died, the 17-year-old left a heartbreaking note on Tumblr detailing the depression and increasing hopelessness she had experienced since attempting to come out to her parents after first learning the word "transgender" at the age of 14. Though she wrote that she initially "cried of happiness" when learning there was a name for the gender dysphoria she had felt her whole life, her joy was short-lived ...

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Congratulations Scotland! All gay and lesbian couples can now marry

Congratulations Scotland! All gay and lesbian couples can now marry | Gay News | Scoop.it

Scotland’s first new same-sex weddings are starting, marking the option for gay and lesbian couples to marry across all of Great Britain.

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The Unsung Heroes of the Gay Marriage Movement

The Unsung Heroes of the Gay Marriage Movement | Gay News | Scoop.it

Two decades before marriage equality took off in the States, a pair of dogged Scandinavian activists set the stage for a ruling that would change the world.

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Gay, Bi, Transgender: The 85 Most Powerful Comings Out of 2014

Gay, Bi, Transgender: The 85 Most Powerful Comings Out of 2014 | Gay News | Scoop.it

"I think coming out...is really about coming out as your authentic self, coming out as the person you always knew you were but no one else may have known, and now you're sharing that honestly with people for the first time."

Such is how Rodrigo Lehtinen, the trans son of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, explained to CBS Miami last month what it meant for him to now be open about who he is.

It's as simple as that, whether you're gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or some fluid combination of any of them. But it's certainly an act of courage in a world where LGBTQ people face obstacles in marriage, employment, and even basic acceptance. In many places, the status of being 'out' about one's sexual orientation or gender identity is dangerous, even life-threatening.

In 2014 thousands, perhaps millions of people came out all over the world. They all made a difference. The folks featured here are just a few who happened to make a big difference and caught our eye on Towleroad this year. Some are well-known, some are little-known: the CEO of the largest corporation in the world, an NFL player, a Kenyan literary figure, fashion models, the foreign minister of a Baltic state, country singers, Mormon pop stars, a few of the stars of your favorite television shows, and unknowns from the world of YouTube.


When it comes to coming out, 2014 was certainly the year of the athlete.


Of the 80 people on our list this year, more than 1/3 come from the sports world — football, baseball, boxing, tennis, long distance running, hurling, basketball, rowing, and diving. Many of these athletes are making a name for themselves in college sports, many in conservative places. Twenty-one come from the entertainment world. And they are from all over the world — Japan, Peru, Ireland, Uruguay, Brazil, Germany, Australia, Finland, Canada, Spain, Chile, and more... Also, the leader of a company worth more than all the world's airlines combined, worth more than the entire Russian stock market.


It's quite an impressive group of folks. We're proud of all of you. By choosing to come out as L, G, B, T, queer, or whatever label your sexual orientation or gender identity is telling you isyours, you've made life easier for all those who haven't come out yet, and all those who are currently struggling for their civil and human rights.


Please enjoy reading their stories. And share this post with your friends, family, and anyone in the closet to whom you'd like to offer a bit of courage or support.

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Karene Crumb's curator insight, January 1, 2015 1:29 AM

i find the LGBTQ community to be awesome. They' are just like you and I except they are born differently from others.  Let's just say that nowhere in the world is there "the Norman Rockefeller's family", if there is, this is what I would say, this is 2015, get with the times.

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Supreme Court To Meet Again On Hearing Gay Marriage

Supreme Court To Meet Again On Hearing Gay Marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, who opted in October not to take up the issue of state bans on gay marriage, are set to meet behind closed doors on Friday to consider once again whether to hear any cases on the contentious issue.

The court has five cases pending concerning same-sex marriage prohibitions in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, Kentucky and Louisiana.

The legal issue is whether the state bans violate the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. An announcement could be made as soon as Friday after the justices meet as part of their customary private deliberations over which new cases to hear.

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Vietnam abolishes ban on same-sex marriage

Vietnam abolishes ban on same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Vietnamese government repealed a ban on same-sex marriage on New Year’s Day.


While the government does not officially recognise or provide legal protections for same-sex marriages, weddings can now take place without the threat of fines.


It is seen by many as a move designed to promote Vietnam’s image as a tolerant and accepting country, and boost tourism especially from LGBT travelers. It is the first country in South East Asia to make such a move.

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ACT to erase historical gay sex convictions

ACT to erase historical gay sex convictions | Gay News | Scoop.it

The ACT Government is set to erase all historical gay sex convictions, Attorney-General Simon Corbell has announced.

Homosexuality was illegal in the ACT up until 1976 and people convicted before that date still hold a criminal record.

Mr Corbell today announced that the laws would be changed to allow men convicted of consensual homosexual acts to have their conviction expunged.

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Coming out online as a gay teen: Good or bad?

Coming out online as a gay teen: Good or bad? | Gay News | Scoop.it

In 2013, Tom Daley used the internet to come out publicly, posting a video on YouTube.


At the time he said: "My life changed massively when I met someone, and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great. That someone is a guy."


For someone in the media spotlight, it was a bold move to do it so publicly.


But what's it like for other gay teenagers wanting to come out? Does the internet make it easier?


As a guest editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme, singer Tracey Thorn wanted to find out whether that was the case.


She'd noticed a lack of positive stories about young people and the internet so got author and presenter Damian Barr to sit down with several gay teenagers to find out how the internet helped them, or not.
Here are Maddie and Tom's stories.

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Should Jeb Bush’s Past Homophobia Count Against Him Now?

Should Jeb Bush’s Past Homophobia Count Against Him Now? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Part of the journalist’s job is, of course, to provide context on a public figure’s statements and positions—especially in an era of short memories and rapid news cycles—so BuzzFeed’s general approach here is not bizarre. Rather, it’s the specific content of this op-ed and the associated cultural background that make the “smoking archival gun” tactic fall rather flat. Simply put, in 1994, you would have been hard pressed to find a politician—on either side of the aisle—who was a model supporter of queer people, and it’s certain that you could easily find journalists and other “liberal elite” types who articulated anti-gay rhetoric back then that they now abhor. Acknowledging that times were different—by which I mean stereotypes and ignorance prevalent and education in short supply—is not to excuse such rhetoric, but only to take a pragmatic approach to historical reality. What matters is that people evolve over time. While it is unclear exactly how far Bush has really come in his views on the LGBTQ community, we can only hope that his spokeswoman’s statement that the editorial “does not reflect Gov. Bush’s views now, nor would he use this terminology today,” is the truth.

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Florida Could Become Deep South's Prime Gay Wedding Destination

Florida Could Become Deep South's Prime Gay Wedding Destination | Gay News | Scoop.it

With gay marriage now legal in Florida, same-sex couples from around the Deep South crossed the border Tuesday as the Sunshine State became a prime regional destination for gay and lesbian weddings still banned back home.

Out-of-state couples lined up outside county courthouses early Tuesday in the Panhandle and northern Florida counties. Some drove for hours to get marriage licenses at the first opportunity.

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Stephen Fry's engagement: what's wrong with age-gap relationships?

Stephen Fry's engagement: what's wrong with age-gap relationships? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Age differences in same-sex couples don’t seem to attract as much stigma - Stephen Fry aside - and seem to be more common. Perhaps this is because the LGBT community is more accepting in general, or because there’s a smaller pool of partners to choose from.

People need to get over the idea that individuals who go for older partners are harbouring Freudian fantasies, or that those who go for younger ones (so long as they’re above the age of consent) are somehow a bit creepy. They’re not. They’re just in love.

So, good luck to Stephen and Elliott.

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Stephen Fry to marry stand-up comic Elliot Spencer

Stephen Fry to marry stand-up comic Elliot Spencer | Gay News | Scoop.it

Wit, author, actor and all round Twitter superstar Stephen Fry, who was instrumental in advocating publicly for the introduction of same-sex marriage, is to marry his boyfriend stand-up comedian Elliot Spencer.

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'Fat Sex': The Last Gay Taboo?

'Fat Sex': The Last Gay Taboo? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Dan Oliverio is an imposing figure. At 6 feet and 225 solid pounds, able to bench press 350, the man resembles Jason Alexander's more attractive, very muscular younger brother.

I first met Dan in 1999, when he cast me in a play he was directing at New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

One night, Dan mentioned he liked the new version of the VW Bug. A cast member cracked, "Only because it's shaped like your boyfriend!" Dan laughed, and rehearsal began.

What? If that wasn't an insult, was Dan was a "chubby chaser"? I was full of questions, mostly, "How can someone who looks like you be attracted to guys who look like that?" But I was far too polite and professional to ask!

Fast-forward to 2013. Dan, now a self-described "out-loud chubby chaser living in Los Angeles, a city of hyper-real magazine beauty," lectures, offers private counseling and writes extensively on the topic. His book Round World: Men Who Chase Obesity, and What Drives Us, is coming out this spring. He's also appeared on MTV's True Life, The Tyra Banks Show, and other programs.

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First On-Set HIV Infection In Ten Years Hits Gay Nevada Shoot

First On-Set HIV Infection In Ten Years Hits Gay Nevada Shoot | Gay News | Scoop.it

Two gay porn actors have been diagnosed with HIV, one almost certainly infecting the other during a shoot in Nevada where officials say testing standards were lower than the industry standards.


They had both tested negative before completing two shoots. But in the time between testing and completing the scenes, HIV levels rose in one of them.

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Will Same-Sex Marriage Conquer the Deep South?

Will Same-Sex Marriage Conquer the Deep South? | Gay News | Scoop.it

At this point, the marriage-equality map looks essentially like a CNN projection for a Democratic electoral landslide, with New England and the mid-Atlantic states, plus a good part of the Midwest, the Southwest, the lower Rockies, and the West Coast. But gays and lesbians can also wed in states that the Democrats can only dream of carrying: Utah (after a lawsuit brought by three couples, one of whom runs a hummus business in Salt Lake City, which sells “hummusexual” T-shirts) and Oklahoma (where two Tulsa women filed a suit a decade ago). The final fortress, with the exception of South Carolina, is the Deep South. That is where the last legal battles are likely to be fought, and it is precisely the sort of place that gay-marriage opponents say shouldn’t be rushed by the courts, because it’s “not ready.”

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Emily Coats's curator insight, March 24, 2015 11:11 AM

UNIT 4 CULTURE

Same-sex marriages have become increasingly accepted in many states, but the Deep South region is still fighting this foreign culture. In my opinion, same-sex marriage is something that should obviously be accepted, because I believe there is no issue with it. If two people love each other, they should LEGALLY be allowed to marry, and raise and have custody of their children no matter where they live. The Deep South is fighting an unnecessary battle against gay marriage, but there is hope for the future. Many gay and lesbian couples are suing states and fighting for their basic human rights, and it is hoped that eventually all 50 states will achieve equality in regards to same-sex marriage. This conflict involves cultural conflicts, and law and policy to protect culture. 

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2014: The year country music came out

2014: The year country music came out | Gay News | Scoop.it

In November, breakout star Kacey Musgraves had a big night. She won Song of the Year for “Follow Your Arrow” at the Country Music Association Awards—Nashville’s biggest night. Musgraves recorded and co-wrote the song, which features the gay-friendly lyrics “Kiss lots of boys/or kiss lots of girls/ if that’s something you’re into.” A CMA award is a hearty endorsement from the industry, and the fact that its voters weren’t put off by the lyrics—possibly because they were sung by a straight woman—might have helped ease Ty Herndon’s nerves. Just a couple of weeks later, Herndon became the first mainstream male country star to come out, as he told People magazine, as a “proud gay man.” The 52-year-old artist, who recently walked a red carpet with his partner of five years, inspired country singer and former child star Billy Gilman to post a video announcement of his own coming out the next day. One more and it would have been a trend.

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