The Latest Gay News and World Events

I knew we Tucsonans are pretty proud of our fun little city, but there is a whole gay world out there full of amazing people and we should know a little about their lives.  With that in mind, I present to you the Gay News section; a few of my favorite news sources talking about Gay News and Events around the world.  Check back regularly for constantly updated news and information that truly matters.

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27% of those responding consider race to be an issue when they seek out a partner.
The 21st Century President Act would update federal law to remove gendered references to the President and their spouse.
It "may influence boys to direct a great deal of their energy into disruptive behaviors such as bullying, homosexual taunting, and sexual harassment rather than healthy academic and extracurricular activities."
He filed a complaint with the police after he was beaten by men wielding police batons. It only made it worse.
Cardi B"This shit is crazy. Our country is in a hellhole now all for a fucking wall."
Mary Walsh and Beverly NanceA court determined that the retirement center discriminated against them, but that doesn't mean it was illegal.
Tiffany MooreAfter video of her anger went viral, GameStop is standing behind their employee. But she says that she'd do it again to raise awareness about transphobia.
Two pictures of a trans womanEven Caitlyn Jenner has jumped on the viral craze.
Ellen talking with Jane Fonda and Lily TomlinYears before Ellen DeGeneres famously came out on the magazine's cover, Lily Tomlin faced the same decision. Here's why she didn't do it.
Poof Doof photographic brief, Melbourne, Australia, gay bar"Poof Door is a gay club for homos. No one is here to see girls.... Skinny boys… are a dime a dozen. There is nothing interesting nor cool about them."
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How gay-friendly is Australia’s beach culture?

“Surfers go to south Bondi, backpackers, families and people from western Sydney go in the middle, then gays go to north Bondi.”

The advice Dan Murphy was given upon arriving in Sydney from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in 2003 is an unspoken rule. For Australia’s famous but relatively small beach, each social group is remarkably compartmentalised. It was to become prophetic: Murphy is now one of 1,094 Lifesavers with Pride (LGBTQI lifesavers and their allies) – in the North Bondi patrol.

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Related: Australia's best beaches poll: vote for your top seaside spots #BestBeaches

Related: Holding back the tides: Sydney's battle against coastal erosion | Wendy Harmer

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Second lady joins Immanuel Christian school where students and teachers who condone homosexuality are not welcome

Karen Pence, the second lady of the United States, has started a job at a school that bans LGBT pupils and staff.

Pence, who is married to the vice-president, Mike Pence, will be teaching art twice a week at Immanuel Christian, an elementary school in northern Virginia.

Karen Pence Is Working At A School That Bans Gay Employees- are you going to ban gay students too?!? And how exactly do you know who is what?!?!? Mother, You are a disgrace. https://t.co/id6VD0JNni

Related: Before he was Trump's running mate, Mike Pence led the anti-LGBT backlash

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The French writer-director talks about his highly personal new show, a ‘dance of the dead’ that pays tribute to artistic heroes including Jacques Demy

Director Christophe Honoré still looks pained at the memory of the protests against gay marriage that rocked France seven years ago. The adoption of same-sex marriage in the country, a flagship policy that President François Hollande had campaigned on, was supposed to have been a smooth process. It became law in 2013, but only after a protracted backlash that saw hundreds of thousands take to the streets – more overall than the recent gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement.

“I realised there was still a cloud of suspicion hanging over gay citizens,” says Honoré, best known internationally for comedies and musical films including 2007’s Love Songs. “I felt hurt, but also responsible, because in my work I’d never thought that gay visibility might still be important. I felt like I’d failed, like I’d deserted the fight the generation before me had led.”

It’s not normal to start out with this idea that death is intimately linked to your sexuality

Les Idoles is at the Odéon, Paris, until 2 February.

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Sometimes it takes a true believer to make clear the absurdities of a faith. An Oxford professor’s view on sexuality discredit his church’s doctrine

Professor John Finnis is a devout and learned Catholic legal scholar, who is currently being attacked at Oxford University for his views on sexuality as expressed in a lecture to the Catholic University of Notre Dame, Indiana, in 1994 at the height of the culture wars. By reason of his religious commitments, his language, and indeed his beliefs, are profoundly homophobic. He believes himself to have a privileged access to reality which transcends the mere emotions of those who disagree with him. Homosexual acts, he writes, “cannot really actualize the mutual devotion which some homosexual persons hope to manifest and experience by [them]”. His only defence to the charge of homophobia is that he makes it clear that these strictures apply to everything but vanilla sex within the context of marriage. In this most charitable explanation, he is merely weird. He would not, for instance, ban contraception entirely: it would be allowed, but only for married couples, and it could not be advertised or advocated. That is the burden of the last footnote of his essay and what he argues the American constitution really teaches. Such reasoning is apparently the way to be known as a great legal scholar.

These absurd views are put forward with admirable clarity and precision. He writes much better than the popes whose teaching he expounds. The question is whether these repugnant views should disqualify him from any role in the University of Oxford. That they are wrong goes without saying. They violate our moral sensibilities as deeply as his are violated by the modern world. But will they corrupt the young, to use his own yardstick? Will graduate students leave his occasional seminars convinced that he is right and that their own experience has deceived them?

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Accounts echo those from 2017, when hundreds of men were rounded up and beaten

Two people have been killed and nearly 40 detained in a new crackdown on LGBT people in Russia’s Chechnya region, activists have said. The deaths were reportedly caused by the use of torture by police.

The reports on Monday echo those from 2017, when hundreds of gay men were rounded up by police in Chechnya and subjected to beatings and electric shocks in secret prisons, provoking international condemnation and sanctions.

Related: Victim of Chechnya’s 'gay purge' calls on Russia to investigate

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We’d like to hear what it’s been like since you’ve come out, and what challenges you’ve had to face

The former MP for Winchester and Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Mark Oaten, has said he is comfortable saying he is gay, after leaving politics over 10 years ago when it was revealed that he was paying male sex workers while married.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Oaten said: “I haven’t actually said it until now in an interview. It’s something which is difficult for me to say. It still feels difficult for me to say, but increasingly I’m comfortable and happy about that, and feel in a comfortable place to say that to you today.

Related: Ex-Lib Dem Mark Oaten says he is now 'comfortable with being gay'

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From Freddie Mercury to Queen Anne, awards season is set to be dominated by queer characters played by non-LGBT performers. So is this sexuality’s equivalent of blackface – or is it simply acting?

It is 1992. A young actor named Will Smith, already a famous rapper and sitcom star, is nervous about his first big film role, as a gay con artist in Six Degrees of Separation. It’s a part that requires him to kiss a man, so he calls his friend Denzel Washington, who tells him: “If you don’t feel comfortable about it, don’t do it.” (That’s Washington’s recollection. Less charitable reports have him telling Smith squarely: “Don’t you be kissing no man.”) In the finished film, there is no kiss – at least not in full view of the camera – and Smith later says he regrets not giving his all for fear that it would harm his career.

Being openly gay has done nothing but restrict my career. I live in a cultural ghetto

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Former MP quit politics after tabloids revealed in 2006 he paid male sex workers while married

Mark Oaten, the one-time Liberal Democrat rising star who left politics 13 years ago after it emerged that he had been regularly paying male sex workers while married, has said he is now gay, and living with another man.

The former Lib Dem home affairs spokesman and MP for Winchester, who was standing to become the party’s leader until just before the revelations in 2006, said it had taken him until now to go public with his sexuality.

Related: Coming out later in life: share your experiences

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John Finnis’s views may be odious, but removing the Oxford law professor will only encourage further discrimination

John Finnis is a reactionary. His views are odious. He believes that homosexuality is “never a valid, humanly acceptable choice” and that mass immigration constitutes “reverse colonisation”.

Finnis is also emeritus professor of law and legal philosophy at University College, Oxford. Last week, students launched a petition to have him removed from teaching for his “record of extremely discriminatory views against many groups of disadvantaged people”.

Related: We don’t think John Finnis should teach at Oxford University. Here’s why | Alex Benn and Daniel Taylor

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This isn’t a question of ‘academic freedom’. The law professor’s writings dehumanise many of his students

This week, along with other students, we started a petition to stop Professor John Finnis teaching at Oxford University. As anticipated, the petition has been criticised on the grounds that its proposals would undermine academic and – though Finnis himself says his views are “strictly philosophical” – religious freedom. We were called “snowflake” students who were simply incapable of arguing against opposing views. We believe these criticisms miss the point.

Here are some of the reasons for the petition: in a 1995 paper Finnis sets out that the judgment that homosexual conduct is “evil” can be defended. He draws an analogy between the “copulation of humans with animals” and homosexuality. In a 2011 article, he laments restrictions on the discussion of “the reversibility of sexual orientation or the relation if any between sexual orientation and child-abuse”.

The desire that discrimination be understood more accurately is what drives our call for policy change

Related: Cutting tuition fees will turn universities into vassals of the state | Simon Jenkins

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Millions of voices will be silenced on election day. Voter suppression still occurs all over the country. In Florida alone more than a million people are barred from the polls because of lifetime voting bans.

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