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Military approves hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning

Military approves hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

Manning remains a soldier as well as an inmate.

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Incoming Oregon Leader Will Be 1st Openly Bisexual Governor

Incoming Oregon Leader Will Be 1st Openly Bisexual Governor | Gay News | Scoop.it

Now that Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has announced his resignation, the secretary of state, Kate Brown, will replace him and become the first openly bisexual governor in the United States.

Brown wrote a short piece about coming out as bisexual while serving in the state House of Representatives in 1992.

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We Need to Stop Patronizing Our Gay Elders

We Need to Stop Patronizing Our Gay Elders | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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Charlie Hides takes on Australia (but not Kylie Minogue, he’s too tall)

Charlie Hides takes on Australia (but not Kylie Minogue, he’s too tall) | Gay News | Scoop.it

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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City of Brotherly Love

City of Brotherly Love | Gay News | Scoop.it

HBO’s Looking is an advertisement for a gentrified San Francisco masquerading as a portrait of contemporary gay life

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Past comments on homosexuality re-emerge to haunt Queensland LNP leader and MP

Past comments on homosexuality re-emerge to haunt Queensland LNP leader and MP | Gay News | Scoop.it

PREVIOUS comments on homosexuality from two members of Queensland’s revamped Liberal National Party (LNP) — including its new leader — have re-emerged, raising concerns about their personal stances on the LGBTI community.

The comments emerge as Queenslanders continue to wait for the official results of the January 31 state election, which at the time of print, so far indicates a win for the Labor party.

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From Slate: How We Write About Bruce Jenner

From Slate: How We Write About Bruce Jenner | Gay News | Scoop.it

A critical mass—or mess—of rumors and (some) reporting has pushed a discussion of Bruce Jenner’s gender identity from tabloid fodder to mainstream coverage. Even traditionally cautious outlets like the New York Times have decided they cannot ignore the story about the story, and Slate is no exception. But covering transgender issues respectfully requires precision and care. In light of the of the unfolding coverage, Outward editor Bryan Lowder composed a memo last week to remind Slate staffers of some best practices to observe when writing about transgender issues. With light edits, we’ve reproduced Bryan’s email below.

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Boost for trans* participation in sport but legal hurdles remain

Boost for trans* participation in sport but legal hurdles remain | Gay News | Scoop.it

TRANS* players should find it easier to join sports teams following the launch of new guidelines aimed at breaking down barriers to participation.

The document, produced by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC), aims to clear up confusion in sporting clubs around the involvement of trans* players as well as spell out their obligations under anti-discrimination law.

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One in four LGBT teachers hide their sexuality at school

One in four LGBT teachers hide their sexuality at school | Gay News | Scoop.it

One in four LGBT teachers feel they have to hide their sexuality or gender identity at school.


The statistic was released as part of a poll conducted by teachers’ union NASUWT at the LGBT Teachers’ Consultation Conference.

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The Supreme Court Just Admitted It’s Going to Rule in Favor of Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court Just Admitted It’s Going to Rule in Favor of Marriage Equality | Gay News | Scoop.it
Early Monday morning, the Supreme Court refused to stay a federal judge’s order invalidating Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage. In doing so, the justices immediately set up a constitutional crisis between the state’s lawless chief justice and the federal judiciary. They also effectively admitted what court-watchers have suspected for months: The court is preparing to rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality at the end of this term.
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Jane Claspy Nesmith's curator insight, March 6, 2015 11:41 AM

This story helps people understand what happened when the Supreme Court ruled on Alabama's law.

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Hong Kong man uses gay hookup apps to steal £400,000

Hong Kong man uses gay hookup apps to steal £400,000 | Gay News | Scoop.it

A man has been arrested in Hong Kong for using gay dating apps to cheat men out of £400,000 over the last year.


The 21-year-old man approached victims on gay hookup and dating apps, and persuaded them into a joint venture buying and selling gold. He claimed they would earn a 10% profit from the venture.

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What Counts as Losing Virginity for a Lesbian?

What Counts as Losing Virginity for a Lesbian? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Welcome back to Ask a Homo, a judgment-free zone where the gays of Outward answer questions about LGBTQ politics, culture, etiquette, language, and other queer conundrums. This week we consider a delicate issue: When does a lesbian lose her virginity? 

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Opposing gay marriage will decide the Prime Ministership

Opposing gay marriage will decide the Prime Ministership | Gay News | Scoop.it

As talk turns to dumping Tony Abbott for either Julie Bishop or Malcolm Turnbull, many people are excited by the prospect of gay marriage becoming a real possibility within this election cycle.  

Ever since Abbott unilaterally ruled out a conscience vote for his coalition colleagues on marriage equality (bypassing party room consultation), Abbott has been the bulwark blocking this reform in Canberra since Kevin Rudd's first term. 

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10 Outrageous Lies About HIV Worth Squashing

10 Outrageous Lies About HIV Worth Squashing | Gay News | Scoop.it
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?
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International Bottom Appreciation Day

International Bottom Appreciation Day | Gay News | Scoop.it

“A day to celebrate Bottoms? Why?”

Why not?

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.

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Axelrod: Obama Misled Nation When He Opposed Gay Marriage In 2008

Axelrod: Obama Misled Nation When He Opposed Gay Marriage In 2008 | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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Federal Judge Orders Mobile County Official To Stop Denying Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Federal Judge Orders Mobile County Official To Stop Denying Same-Sex Marriage Licenses | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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SA to review all remaining discriminatory laws

SA to review all remaining discriminatory laws | Gay News | Scoop.it

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.

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Rainbow Flag to fly at Town Hall for Mardi Gras

Rainbow Flag to fly at Town Hall for Mardi Gras | Gay News | Scoop.it

The rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBTI pride, will fly at Town Hall from next week to mark the beginning of Mardi Gras and celebrate 25 years of the NSW Police Force’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer (GLLO) program.

The flag will be raised in a special ceremony at Town Hall on Friday, February 20.

It marks the sixth occasion the flag has been flown to celebrate Mardi Gras.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said raising the flag was a reminder of the strength and diversity of the LGBTI community.

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What the Kardashians could mean for the future of LGBT rights

What the Kardashians could mean for the future of LGBT rights | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Kardashian family did something very un-Kardashian this past week, passing up chances to talk about themselves and canceling all press ahead of the Sunday premiere of the 10th season of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

Not granting interviews controls the narrative of what could be a major storyline of the season: Bruce Jenner coming out as transgender. If people want to know what happens, they'll have to watch the show, which the Kardashians can control much more than interviews with reporters.

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Highlighting Australia’s response to HIV epidemic through personal stories

Highlighting Australia’s response to HIV epidemic through personal stories | Gay News | Scoop.it

THROUGH Our Eyes, a collection of stories spanning 30 years of HIV and AIDS experiences, will celebrate its launch at Melbourne queer bookshop Hares & Hyenas this month.

Published by the National Association of People Living with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), the book features contributors who have spent years working with, or are themselves, HIV-positive people.

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Tyler Oakley And The Cult Of Oversharing

Tyler Oakley And The Cult Of Oversharing | Gay News | Scoop.it

On a crisp November morning in Secaucus, N.J., there’s a nervous bustle inside the Meadowlands Exposition Center, where, just outside, thousands of screaming teenage girls grow restless. At 10 a.m., the doors fling open, the security guards brace themselves, and a tsunami of furry boots, mousy hair, and sparkling orthodontics washes through the hallways.

They swarm the main stage where, in a half hour, a panel will convene under the theme “I Came Out on YouTube.” On that panel, Tyler Oakley, a veritable supernova in a jar, sits cross-legged on the sofa, guru-like. He’s gracious to the other four panelists, pretending all eyes aren’t on him, which is to say, being his usual charming self. 

Oakley did not come out on YouTube, so when it’s his turn to speak, he tells the audience he is, in fact, gay, which they all already knew. The comment triggers a burst of screams that echo through the rafters of the convention hall, a pitchy, warbling sound that will return about every three minutes for the duration of Playlist Live Tri-State, the event that has brought us all here.

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Same-Sex Couples Begin Marrying In Alabama After U.S. Supreme Court Action

Same-Sex Couples Begin Marrying In Alabama After U.S. Supreme Court Action | Gay News | Scoop.it

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to stop marriage equality rulings in Alabama from going into effect this morning, denying a stay in the pending federal court cases there.


The move comes even as the state’s Supreme Court chief justice, Roy Moore, has purported to bar probate judges there from granting same-sex couples marriage licenses.

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The Myth of the Gay Community

The Myth of the Gay Community | Gay News | Scoop.it

A couple months before graduating from college last spring, a friend and I went out for pizza. Our conversation touched on the usual senior year talk—spring break plans, theses, the like. Sprinkled throughout, though, was a banal discussion of what it was like to be gay men on campus.

My friend made a comment in passing that stuck with me—that he felt an immediate bond with other gay people because, as he put it, “We all went through a special hell in middle school.” It’s a sentiment I agree with, and yet, it was not until after graduating that I started to realize how diverse the identities and needs of the gay community were—so much so that I am not sure the word “community” is either fair or accurate.

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Now there’s a way to diagnose HIV with a smartphone

Now there’s a way to diagnose HIV with a smartphone | Gay News | Scoop.it

Researchers at Columbia University have developed a gadget that can test for syphilis and HIV via a smartphone or tablet.


Here’s how it works: The “dongle” device takes a prick of blood and tests it to see whether there are a higher-than-normal number of the antibodies that fight HIV and syphilis in the blood. That immune system reaction indicates that the patient is positive, explains Wan Laksanasopin, a biomedical engineering PhD student at Columbia who helped develop the device.


The dongle attaches to any smartphone or tablet through the audio jack, and the device’s app reads the results, giving a diagnosis in about 15 minutes, Laksanasopin tells Quartz. (The team has so far only developed an iOS app for Apple devices.) The app provides directions to the health care worker administering the test, as well as the results.

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