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Queensland's Historical Gay Convictions: The Case Of Alf and Freda Mae West

Queensland's Historical Gay Convictions: The Case Of Alf and Freda Mae West | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queensland men will soon be able to apply to have their historical gay convictions expunged, but Brisbane drag icon Freda Mae West passed away in 2010 leaving no one eligible to apply on his behalf.

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Gay Sex For Rent: Landlords Are Offering Free Rooms To Young Men And Facebook Is Letting Them

Gay Sex For Rent: Landlords Are Offering Free Rooms To Young Men And Facebook Is Letting Them | Gay News | Scoop.it

BuzzFeed News has uncovered dozens of ads on Facebook and other sites that reveal a new LGBT dimension to the housing crisis: young men lured into "sex for rent" contracts to avoid sleeping rough. In a multi-part investigation we expose the truth about these landlords, as young men speak out about being raped, beaten, drugged, infected with HIV and treated as domestic slaves.

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Australia now has adoption equality

Australia now has adoption equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

As of today, Australia has adoption equality.

 

All adult couples have an equal right to adopt children, after the adoption equality bill which passed a month ago in the Northern Territory finally became law today.

 

The NT was the only remaining Australian state or territory that prevented same-sex and unmarried couples from adopting children. Previously, couples were required to be married for two years before they could adopt.

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Sina Weibo withdrew its ban on gay content, after China‘s LGBT community came out in protest

Sina Weibo withdrew its ban on gay content, after China‘s LGBT community came out in protest | Gay News | Scoop.it

China’s answer to Twitter, Sina Weibo, today (April 16) withdrew its short-lived ban on homosexual content, after people came out as gay to protest the ban.

 

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'Dark recesses of the 19th century': Liberals slam party push for gay conversion therapy

'Dark recesses of the 19th century': Liberals slam party push for gay conversion therapy | Gay News | Scoop.it

Liberal MPs are fuming and embarrassed over a push from within their own branches for the promotion of gay conversion therapy and removal of discrimination protections for gay people, with one MP describing it as a "dark" throwback to the 19th century.

 

The Victorian Liberal Party's state council will debate a motion calling for the law to be changed to ensure doctors "can offer counselling out of same-sex attraction or gender transitioning", as Fairfax Media revealed at the weekend.

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Growing up gay and Aboriginal in an outback town with less than 1,000 people

Growing up gay and Aboriginal in an outback town with less than 1,000 people | Gay News | Scoop.it

Growing up gay and Aboriginal in an outback town with less than 1,000 people can be an isolating experience. Indigenous advocate Mark Nannup reflects on his hometown and standing up for change.

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Sober Gay Man Seeks…What, Exactly, He’s No Longer Sure

Sober Gay Man Seeks…What, Exactly, He’s No Longer Sure | Gay News | Scoop.it

A survivor of childhood sexual abuse now in recovery, Larry Ruhl finds himself adrift in the age of hookup apps.

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'Cheering on their own team': how the Gold Coast has welcomed LGBTI athletes

'Cheering on their own team': how the Gold Coast has welcomed LGBTI athletes | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Commonwealth Games has become an inclusive event thanks to the work done by Pride House

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Landmark win as Trinidad and Tobago decriminalises homosexuality

Landmark win as Trinidad and Tobago decriminalises homosexuality | Gay News | Scoop.it
"I am doing this for the betterment of our nation, and for our future generations."
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Everyone Got The Pulse Massacre Story Completely Wrong

Everyone Got The Pulse Massacre Story Completely Wrong | Gay News | Scoop.it

And another, smaller injustice was obscured: the sadistic prosecution of Noor Salman.

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Philanthropists Called on to Champion the LGBTQI Community

Philanthropists Called on to Champion the LGBTQI Community | Gay News | Scoop.it

Australian philanthropists have been called on to “step up” and champion the LGBTQI community, after a new report found just 0.8 per cent of grant-making charities in Australia funded LGBTQI people in 2016.

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Is This the Gayest Campaign Ad Ever?

Is This the Gayest Campaign Ad Ever? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Mark Leno — running for mayor of San Francisco — is hoping voters embrace his identity.

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The Sex-Positive, and Sexy, HIV Awareness Campaigns of the '80s

The Sex-Positive, and Sexy, HIV Awareness Campaigns of the '80s | Gay News | Scoop.it

A West Hollywood exhibit showcases how the queer community learned to play safely.

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Grant Of $1000 On Offer To Female LGBTIQ Student In Brisbane

Grant Of $1000 On Offer To Female LGBTIQ Student In Brisbane | Gay News | Scoop.it

Female students in Brisbane who identify as LGBTIQ are eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant to aid their studies.

 

The bursary is sponsored by Central Ward Councillor Vicki Howard and focusses on female students living in the Brisbane City Council area and who identify with the LGBTIQ community.

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#MeToo: we need to talk about sexual harassment and assault in the gay community

#MeToo: we need to talk about sexual harassment and assault in the gay community | Gay News | Scoop.it

The #MeToo movement has brought sexual harassment into the spotlight, along with gender inequality and discrimination. Danny Corvini explores how the movement could present us with an opportunity to discuss sexual harassment in the gay community.

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How trans characters were described in screenplays.

How trans characters were described in screenplays. | Gay News | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, a Vulture feature put screenwriters under a microscope, compiling their introductions for memorable female characters. The descriptions were sometimes worthy of the characters they ushered into the story, as with Carrie Fisher’s extensive and evocative description of Doris Mann in Postcards from the EdgeMore often, they revealed a reliance on tired tropes and a fixation on physique—Double Indemnity‘s femme fatale is distinguished by her “very appetizing torso.”

 

Depictions of trans characters have fallen into similar traps over the years. Screenwriters constantly come back to anatomy, with names and pronouns changing on the basis of what audiences see or know at that moment in the plot. This means that unlike their cisgender counterparts, many trans characters will, in effect, get two separate introductions: one that aligns with their identity and presentation, and one that either comes before they transition or after the sex they were assigned at birth is revealed against their will. The contrast between the two, and the ways in which screenwriters refer to characters outside of these “revelatory” moments, can be telling in their own right. The language used can also reveal individuals’ biases or beliefs about those whose stories they’re telling—and to a certain extent, act as an indicator for how attitudes have (and haven’t) changed.

 
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Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst forced to come out as HIV+

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst forced to come out as HIV+ | Gay News | Scoop.it

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst has been forced reveal her HIV status after being allegedly blackmailed by her ex-boyfriend.

 

Wurst revealed she had ‘been HIV positive for many years’ in a moving Instagram post.

 

The 2014 Eurovision winner decided to let the world know her status because an ex-boyfriend had tried to blackmail her.

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Prominent gay-rights lawyer David Buckel dies after setting himself on fire in New York park.

Prominent gay-rights lawyer David Buckel dies after setting himself on fire in New York park. | Gay News | Scoop.it

Police found David Buckel's charred body in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park early Saturday morning with a suicide note nearby.

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Advocacy group for trans Australians to campaign for equal rights

Advocacy group for trans Australians to campaign for equal rights | Gay News | Scoop.it

A new national, peer-led organisation for trans advocacy and support has begun campaigning for trans rights.

Trans Health Australia, previously known as a Facebook information and news group, will now provide a national forum and campaign for rights of trans and gender diverse communities throughout Australia.

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Does Same-Sex Marriage Spell the End of LGBT ‘Community’?

Does Same-Sex Marriage Spell the End of LGBT ‘Community’? | Gay News | Scoop.it

A new study of same-sex couples in Massachusetts shows ‘a widely shared belief that since gaining the right to marry there was less need to organize for rights and acceptance.’

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Marriage meant so much to Barb. Soon we would weep at her funeral

Marriage meant so much to Barb. Soon we would weep at her funeral | Gay News | Scoop.it

I’m still trying to understand my cousin's gift to me - certain only that it is a gift, of inestimable value, and that somehow it flowered from her pain.

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Gay ANU student forced to leave dormitory after threatening, homophobic letters

Gay ANU student forced to leave dormitory after threatening, homophobic letters | Gay News | Scoop.it

A gay student at the Australian National University (ANU) was forced to leave his college home after enduring months of homophobic threats from an unknown perpetrator.

The ANU conceded it would be difficult to guarantee the safety of other LGBTI students at the university-owned Ursula Hall, since the perpetrator was never identified.

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We need to talk about how Grindr is affecting gay men’s mental health

We need to talk about how Grindr is affecting gay men’s mental health | Gay News | Scoop.it

As a gay psychiatrist who studies gender and sexuality, I’m thrilled with the huge strides we’ve made over the past decade to bring gay relationships into the mainstream. The Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. Today in Boston, two men can walk down the street holding hands without consequence.

 

But I’m worried by the rise of the underground digital bathhouse. Apps like Grindr, with 3 million daily active users, and others like Scruff and Jack’d, are designed to help gay men solicit sex, often anonymously, online. I am all for sexual liberation, but I can’t stop wondering if these apps also have a negative effect on gay men’s mental health.

 

Since there’s little published research on the men using Grindr, I decided to conduct an informal survey and ask men why they’re on the app so much and how it’s affecting their relationships and mental health. I created a profile identifying myself as a medical writer looking to talk to men about their experiences. I received about 50 responses (including propositions).

 

It’s a small sample size, but enough to give us some clues about how Grindr is affecting gay men. And it doesn’t look good.

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Popular Gay Media Is Still Focusing On Straight Acceptance, Rather Than Celebrating Queer Difference

Popular Gay Media Is Still Focusing On Straight Acceptance, Rather Than Celebrating Queer Difference | Gay News | Scoop.it

This year we've seen a number of mainstream stories focusing on straight people’s relationship to queerness — which insist that queer people are "normal" and "just like you!" — rather than queer people’s relationship to their own identities.

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The Last Frontier for Gay Rights

A powerful liberal activist, a rural conservative town and a debate that won’t end

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