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Why Do So Many Gay People Smoke?

Why Do So Many Gay People Smoke? | Gay News | Scoop.it

If anyone has a reason to smoke, gay people do. Gays have higher rates of PTSD,depression, and anxiety—all of which lead to the urge for a cigarette. And a tragically high number of gay people are told that they are diseased, aberrant, intrinsically disordered throughout their youths, fostering a self-loathing that can lead, if not to suicide, than to nearly suicidal activities.


It’s dismaying but not surprising, then, to learn from a new study that a startling 33 percent of LGBTQ people smoke—a rate 68 percent higher than the general U.S. population. Even worse, the LGBTQ community spends an astonishing $7.9 billion every year on tobacco, about 65 times the amount of money spent on all LGBTQ lobbying. And the numbers carry a dark footnote: HIV-positive smokers lose an average of 12.5 years off their lives, compared with 5.1 years lost for HIV-positive nonsmokers.

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Now Roz won't need divorce before changing gender on birth certificate

Now Roz won't need divorce before changing gender on birth certificate | Gay News | Scoop.it

Before Queensland updated its "outdated, unfair" laws, transgender woman faced having to divorce her wife of 28 years.

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Queensland Water Polo Clubs Celebrate Four LGBTIQ Award Nominations

Queensland Water Polo Clubs Celebrate Four LGBTIQ Award Nominations | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queensland’s water polo community has scored four nominations at the inaugural Australian Pride in Sport Awards next week.

 

The awards recognise the efforts that sporting clubs, organisations, and individuals have made in making sport more inclusive for LGBTI people.

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NSW delivers marriage equality for trans people

NSW delivers marriage equality for trans people | Gay News | Scoop.it

Transgender people in New South Wales will now be able to stay married to the person they love when they change the gender on their birth certificate, with the Berejiklian Government passing new laws today.

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Congratulations to the New South Wales Parliament on delivering marriage equality for transgender people in that State. Its ‘s disappointing that on the day of State of Origin, Queensland lags behind NSW on this important reform, even though a Bill delivering this reform was introduced in the Queensland Parliament almost three months ago. Transgender Queenslanders deserve marriage equality too.

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Law and LGBTQI rights: Where are we at?

Law and LGBTQI rights: Where are we at? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Whether you believe the 2017 same-sex marriage postal survey was a showcase of democracy at its best, or an abdication of responsibility by our elected officials, it did serve to offer a layer of closure to a debate that had raged across Australia for years.

 

And while there was a plethora of sociocultural and political takeaways from that process, both positive and negative, the question of corporate social responsibility on the question of such issues was one that loomed particularly large, with some cheering the support offered to the “Yes” campaign by national giants like Qantas, and others – including numerous parliamentarians – disapproving of such advocacy.

 

Numerous law firms around Australia make similar social justice proclamations when they see fit, be it for indigenous constitutional recognition or gender equality. Many made same-sex marriage declarations in the lead-up to the postal survey.

 

But what is perhaps more pertinent is the action being taken on the ground within those firms; how and what institutions and individuals in law are doing to address the myriad issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex persons, and those other sexual orientations, within the Australian legal profession.

 
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The Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling, briefly explained

The Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling, briefly explained | Gay News | Scoop.it

The ruling is far from ideal for LGBTQ advocates, but the worst was avoided.

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Pocock leads from the heart on the issue that paralysed his employers

Pocock leads from the heart on the issue that paralysed his employers | Gay News | Scoop.it

Displaying wisdom beyond his years, David Pocock showed the leadership Rugby Australia could not on the Israel Folau issue.

Pocock’s response on Monday to Folau’s recent homophobic comments did not miss their mark.

"Having Australia's best rugby player using his platform like that has the potential to really harm young people who are going through some pretty rough stuff trying to come to terms with their sexuality,” Pocock said.

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New Zealand becomes first country in the world to fly intersex flag at its parliament

New Zealand becomes first country in the world to fly intersex flag at its parliament | Gay News | Scoop.it

New Zealand has become the first country in the world to fly the intersex flag at its parliament, for last week’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

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Fiji's LGBTIQ Community Celebrated Its First Pride Parade

Fiji's LGBTIQ Community Celebrated Its First Pride Parade | Gay News | Scoop.it

Fiji’s LGBTIQ community has made history with what local activists say is the country’s very first pride parade. Local LGBTIQ group Rainbow Pride Foundation organised the event, held on this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBT), on Thursday last week.

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Voting Is Now Open For The 2018 Queen's Ball Awards

Voting Is Now Open For The 2018 Queen's Ball Awards | Gay News | Scoop.it

The nominees of this year’s Queens Ball Awards have been unveiled.

 

This year’s seventeen awards recognise individuals, organisations and events for their outstanding contributions to the LGBTIQ community and will be presented during the 57th Annual Queen’s Ball event in Brisbane. 

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Congratulations to all the nominees.

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What’s Happening to ‘Queer’ Cinema?

What’s Happening to ‘Queer’ Cinema? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Rather than assert difference, today’s queer cinema points out similarities. They apply salve instead of salt. They’re safe, often boring, and sentimental, following familiar emotional arcs to tell a “universal story.”

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Are elite sportswomen changing what coming out looks like?

Are elite sportswomen changing what coming out looks like? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Social media has allowed athletes to have control over the visibility of their sexuality

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Most Australians oppose religious schools' right to fire staff based on sexuality

Most Australians oppose religious schools' right to fire staff based on sexuality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Poll shows nearly 80% of respondents are against religious schools’ exemptions on LGBTI anti-discrimination law

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The 'New York Times' Discovers Twinks

The 'New York Times' Discovers Twinks | Gay News | Scoop.it

Not only do they exhaustingly dissect the nomenclature of the term to their straight readers, but they go as far as to dub such straight white males as Timotheé Chalamet and Tye Sheridan as twinks, as if Nick Jonas didn’t fully ruin the idea of gay men glorifying straight celebs.

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Not everyone is a fan of the so-called “twink piece” in the New York Times: “If twinks really are the answer to the construct of masculinity, I’d say we’ve run out of resources.” 

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Who Are LGBTQ Americans? Here’s A Major Poll On Life, Sex, and Politics.

Who Are LGBTQ Americans? Here’s A Major Poll On Life, Sex, and Politics. | Gay News | Scoop.it

BuzzFeed News and Whitman Insight Strategies conducted one of the most comprehensive national polls to date on how LGBTQ Americans live in 2018.

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Could this new more inclusive flag replace the rainbow flag?

Could this new more inclusive flag replace the rainbow flag? | Gay News | Scoop.it

A designer in Oregon has come up with a new design for the rainbow flag, and xe’s looking for funding on KickStarter.

 

Daniel Quasar is proposing a new, “progress”-focused design for the rainbow flag. The design puts white, pink, light blue, brown, and black stripes in an arrow on the left on top of the six-striped rainbow flag.

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How Landmark LGBT Movie ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Became an Opera

How Landmark LGBT Movie ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Became an Opera | Gay News | Scoop.it

E. Annie Proulx wrote the libretto. Composer Charles Wuorinen and director Jacopo Spirei reveal how they set Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger’s tragic gay love story to music.

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Australia has Registered 2490 Same-Sex Marriages

Australia has Registered 2490 Same-Sex Marriages | Gay News | Scoop.it

It's six months since marriage equality was legalised in Australia, and in that time, 2490 same-sex couples have tied the knot.

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In Narrow Decision, Supreme Court Sides With Baker Who Turned Away Gay Couple

In Narrow Decision, Supreme Court Sides With Baker Who Turned Away Gay Couple | Gay News | Scoop.it

The court passed on an opportunity to either bolster the right to same-sex marriage or explain how far the government can go in regulating businesses run on religious principles.

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Gay and bisexual teenagers are using Grindr to make friends

Gay and bisexual teenagers are using Grindr to make friends | Gay News | Scoop.it

Gay and bisexual teen boys are using Grindr and other hookup apps to meet new friends as well as form relationships, according to new research.

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Gay Dads' Cute Letter To Plane Passengers About Their Newborn Goes Viral

Gay Dads' Cute Letter To Plane Passengers About Their Newborn Goes Viral | Gay News | Scoop.it

An adorable letter that two gay dads wrote to fellow plane passengers in advance of their newborn’s first flight has gone viral online. 

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Religious freedom review recommends no changes to the Marriage Act

Religious freedom review recommends no changes to the Marriage Act | Gay News | Scoop.it

The federal review of religious freedom, led by Philip Ruddock, has today reported its recommendations to the government.

The review has recommended no changes to the Marriage Act, but has recommended tightening anti-discrimination laws to better protect religious beliefs, according to The Courier-Mail.

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This Year’s MELT Festival Has Launched With A Feast For Your Senses

The inclusive spirit of the MELT Festival and its celebration of queer diversity is reflected by the variety of artistic forms in the line-up.

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Marriage equality wasn't the end of the fight for equality for LGBTI Australians

Marriage equality wasn't the end of the fight for equality for LGBTI Australians | Gay News | Scoop.it

Most Australians probably think that now same-sex marriage is legal, LGBTI people's rights are fully respected, but that's not the case. Many of the remaining areas of discrimination don't have the same level of visibility but that doesn't make them any less important, writes Lee Carnie.

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‘Trans people are just trying to exist in a society that won’t let us be part of it’

‘Trans people are just trying to exist in a society that won’t let us be part of it’ | Gay News | Scoop.it

A Channel 4 documentary shows how trans activist Munroe Bergdorf hopes to change perceptions

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New Book To Explore Six-Decade History Of Queensland's Queens Birthday Ball

New Book To Explore Six-Decade History Of Queensland's Queens Birthday Ball | Gay News | Scoop.it

The authors of a new book immortalising the history of Brisbane’s long-running Queens Birthday Ball have asked for community contributions. After its humble beginnings at a house in Mt Tamborine, the Queens Birthday Ball has become the longest-running continuous gay event in the world, held in Queensland every year since 1962.

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