Thursday, December 7, 2017

Australia Gay marriage approved

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian Parliament voted on Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change.

The federal Parliament has removed the final area of discrimination against gay and lesbian Australians by giving them the right to marry.

In a historic moment of social reform, the House of Representatives voted just before 6pm Thursday to legalise same-sex marriage, paving the way for weddings in the New Year.

As the vote was announced, the public galleries of Parliament, stacked with people who had spent years fighting for equality, and waited all day for the vote, erupted in cheers and applause. Rainbow flags were unfurled and people sang.

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Five lawmakers have registered their opposition to Australia's bill allowing same-sex marriage across the nation.

The bill passed Thursday by a majority that was not challenged, though the five lawmakers' positions opposing the bill were recorded.

The bill changes the definition of marriage from a union between a man and a woman to "a union of two people."

After royal assent and other formalities, the law will likely take effect in about a month.


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The Australian Parliament has voted to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change.

The House of Representatives passed the bill to change the definition of marriage from solely between a man and a man to "a union of two people." The votes were not counted because the majority wasn't questioned.

The Senate passed the same legislation last week 43 votes to 12. After royal assent and other formalities, the law will likely take effect in about a month, with the first weddings expected about a month later.

Amendments meant to safeguard freedoms of speech and religion for gay-marriage opponents were all rejected, though those issues may be considered later.


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Gay rights advocates have celebrated outside Australia's Parliament House in anticipation of same-sex marriage being legalized within hours.

Scores of men and women joined in singing on Thursday ahead of what is scheduled to be Parliament's final sitting day of the year.

The House of Representatives is widely expected to vote to allow same-sex marriage across the nation.

The Senate passed the same legislation last week 43 votes to 12.

The only potential obstacle to the law passing on Thursday would be if marriage equality opponents managed to amend the legislation. The amended legislation would then have to go back to the Senate for ratification.

Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot last month.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Character Just Came Out As Bisexual

The Fox sitcom "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" dropped some big information about one of its characters during its 99th episode Tuesday night: tough-as-nails detective Rosa Diaz revealed that she said: "I'm bisexual and dating a woman".

When co-worker Charles attempts to support her, she brushes him off at first, only to apologize later and say she didn’t think who she dated was anyone’s business.

Diaz’s revelation might surprise some fans, but not Stephanie Beatriz, the actress who plays her. She told Entertainment Weekly there were hints as far back as the first season. (The show is now in its fifth season.)

“There’s a great episodeSeason 1’s ‘The Vulture’] where Jake and Rosa mention Tonya Harding, and Rosa off the cuff says, ‘Yeah, she’s thick,’ as a compliment to Tonya,” Beatriz explained. “Ever since the episode, which was pretty early on, I thought, ‘Oh, Rosa is not heterosexual. She’s much more open to being bi or queer than I would have thought before.’”

I was hyped watching “99,” but I got even more excited after the episode when both Entertainment Weekly and Variety published interviews with Stephanie Beatriz. I’ve been doing this job for ten years and the most consistently frustrating thing is trying to get TV writers to listen and believe me when I explain why something is important, why something is harmful, and what makes gay storylines resonate. It feels like yelling at a wall most of the time. But then there’s Stephanie Beatriz, an openly bisexual woman in the room where TV happens. When she pitched the idea to them about Rosa being bi, they told her they’d actually been planning to pitch that to her anyway. And then they sat down with her and talked about what it’s like to be a bisexual Latina in this world.

Beatriz herself revealed that she identifies as bisexual people on Twitter in July 2016. She became engaged to actor Brad Hoss in October.

Before the current season, Beatriz had planned to suggest her character might also be bisexual, only to find out the show’s writers were on the same page.

“I was really excited about it,” she said. “I hadn’t really seen much of that representation in television that I personally watch. I know it’s out there, but often times it’s written in a specific way. ‘Let’s introduce a gay character and quickly kill them off,’ so you have the ride of the complexity of this amazing character, but also [you do] not necessarily deal with them over the course of our entire show.’”

Beatriz said because her character is already an established part of the show, the writers won’t be able to fall back on other tropes that befall bisexual characters, such as being “hypersexualized and sometimes duplicitous.”

“That’s not to say that every bi character on TV is like that, but … a lot of them are, and that’s disappointing to me as somebody who identifies as bi or queer, because I’m not duplicitous or villainous,” she said.

Oftentimes bi characters are hypersexualized and sometimes duplicitous, and they’re playing both sides, or they’re simply defined by their sexuality and not by anything else. That’s not to say that every bi character on TV is like that, but … a lot of them are, and that’s disappointing to me as somebody who identifies as bi or queer, because I’m not duplicitous or villainous. [Laughs.] At least I try not to be most of the time in my life. And let’s say you live in a place that you don’t know very many bi people, or you haven’t had access to many people that identify as LGBTQ in your life, and you’re gathering information from television — or let’s say you’re a kid who’s still figuring stuff out about yourself and you haven’t come out, and you don’t even know who or what you are and you’re seeing images of parts of yourself reflected in TV — the way other characters respond to a mirror of yourself, those messages are big. And they’re really taken in by all of us. There’s a reason that people sometimes think bi sexuality is not something that’s a real thing, which is so mindboggling to me, but I can see how that might happen if that access isn’t there. How are you ever going to appreciate, I don’t know, the color blue if you’ve never ever seen it, you’re just going to be terrified of this weird thing — there’s this weird mix of green and yellow, and you don’t understand it at all.

Executive producer Dan Goor told Variety that Beatriz’s own choice to come out did influence the plotline.

“That idea was definitely generated by the real life fact that [Beatriz] came out recently as bisexual,” he said. “It felt like an interesting journey for the character to take as well, and a story we were really excited to tackle.”

Viewers will learn more about Diaz’s life away from the police station on next Tuesday’s episode, but Goor said in the short term, the writers will likely have her date different people rather than one significant other.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bisexual rapper Lil Peep died

The 'Post-Emo' rapper come out as bisexual on Twitter in August.

Budding rap artist and fashion trendsetter Lil Peep died on Wednesday of a suspected overdose of Xanax in his tour bus ahead of a performance in Tucson, Arizona.

The musician, whose real name was Gustav Ahr, spoke candidly about being bisexual and about his battles with mental illness. His first full-length album, "Come Over When You're Sober, Part 1," was a confessional project that explored themes of substance abuse, suicide and depression.

His death came a day after he posted a photo on his Instagram with the caption:"When I die, you'll love me."

Sarah Stennett, CEO of First Access Entertainment, who worked with Lil Peep last year, has released a statement confirming the news of his death. "I am shocked and heartbroken," she said.

I do not believe Peep wanted to die, this is so tragic.He had big goals and dreams for the future which he had shared with me, his team, his family and his friends.

Greenesmith said ostracization in predominantly heterosexual spaces and traditional LGBTQ spaces also contributes to bisexual mental health disparities, something corroborated by a recent American University study.

"Bisexual people are often invisible, rejected, invalidated [and] stigmatized in the heterosexual community as well as the traditional LGBTQ communities," Ethan Mereish, an assistant professor at American University and the study’s lead author, told NBC News in a September interview.  "Given that isolation and discrimination, bi people might be experiencing increase factors that might make them more lonely or isolated."

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cardiff vice-chancellor: I'm bisexual

The vice-chancellor of Cardiff University has revealed he is bisexual, saying he fears people like him are "invisible".

And he said: "I wanted to show it was a good thing, to help stop making bisexual people feel invisible."

Colin Riordan, 58, said he never intended to keep his sexuality a secret but decided to come out after he was referred to as the "straight friend" of the university's gay community.

He made his announcement in a monthly email to staff about academic news and campus matters.

Professor Riordan, who has held the job for five years, also kept his sexuality private in his previous post as vice-chancellor or Essex University, but said it was not an intentional decision.

"I never deliberately kept it a secret but I never felt the need to mention it either," he said.

That said, speaking out about his bisexuality dating has not been easy.

"Although this is not a big thing for me, I knew it would be seen as a big thing by others.

"It feels quite exposing, and I knew some people might react badly.

"I don't suppose I'd have done it had I not felt it to be so important."

Reaction to the news, however, has been nothing but positive - with staff emailing him to say it has helped give them courage and think about their own issues.

But perhaps most surprising of all, has been Prof Riordan's own relief.
He said: "Already I feel more myself and that a weight has been lifted. I am now being truly honest with those around me, and there is a certain freedom in that."

More young people in the UK identify as LGBT, Bisexual, disabled and looking for love.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Doctor Who Star Michelle Gomez will be bisexual and have a lesbian affair

According to the Daily Star, stars from the long-running BBC Once science fiction children’s TV show have suggester 35-year-old Jodie’s Doctor could be bisexual.

Michelle Gomez, who plays Missy in the sci-fi hit, dropped a plot spoiler when discussing Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker. Though her casting attracted a backlash – an asinine backlash, we might add – from a vocal minority of Internet users, Jodie Whittaker’s appointment as the Thirteenth Doctor has been hailed as a progressive step in the right direction for Doctor Who.

“Now we have a got a female Doctor so there is going to be girl on girl,” Michelle teased in a chat with the Daily Star.

We know that Doctor Who has featured LGBT storylines in the past, given Pearl Mackie’s character Bill Potts fell head over heels for a female alien before they set off to explore the cosmos together. Even still, the framing of the Daily Star’s report itself is lewd from top to bottom, and there’s a very good chance Gomez’s quote about “girl on girl” isn’t sexual whatsoever and has instead been lifted out of context. Because let’s face it: the Daily Star isn’t exactly known to be a bastion of journalistic integrity.

The most recent series of the show already broke down LGBT barriers by having the first ever lesbian companion of The Doctor with Pearl Mackie ’s character Bill Pots. In closing, when asked about the possibility of a bisexual doctor, Mackie chimed in during the Star’s interview and noted: “It is Doctor Who. Never say never.”

Despite rumours producers wanted to cast a man as the next companion, Michelle’s comments suggest they will continue with a woman in the role.

A lesbian love story is set to send ratings through the roof.

And Michelle seems to be behind the idea of a bisexual people fronting the show.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Charlize Theron says she ‘Just Loved’ Playing Bisexual On The Big Screen

Charlize Theron says she ‘Just Loved’ Playing Bisexual On The Big Screen

It’s turning out to be a boffo summer for powerful women on the big screen, with “Wonder Woman” smashing box-office records worldwide. Early buzz around “Atomic Blonde,” starring Charlize Theron, suggests the spy thriller is poised for similar success.

The movie, which comes out in a few weeks, sees Theron kick ass while playing agent Lorraine Broughton, further shattering stereotypes which were already reeling from the awe-inspiring Wonder Woman.

Plus, instead of hooking up with male co-star James McAvoy, as dictated by heteronormative movie tradition, she has sex with another female spy, played by Sofia Boutella.

But the female empowerment motif is just one aspect of the film that excites Theron. In a new interview with Variety, the 41-year-old Oscar winner said she was thrilled to step into the role of top-level MI6 spy Lorraine Broughton, in part because the character is bisexual ― and unapologetically so.

“I just loved it,” Theron said of shooting a steamy love scene with co-star Sofia Boutella, who plays Delphine, another female spy. “For so many reasons: My frustration of how that community is represented in cinema, or lack thereof. And also, it made perfect sense. It just suited her.”

Lorraine’s sexuality, Theron added, allowed the character to break the mold in terms of female representation in film as a whole.The first reason, she said, was her “frustration of how that community is represented in cinema, or lack thereof. “And also, it made perfect sense. It just suited her,” Theron continued. “It just felt there was a way through that relationship and the fact that it was a same-sex relationship to show a woman not having to fall in love, which is one of those female tropes.

She continued,The actor and producer also promised that the film would not shy away from displaying the lesbian love scene properly, saying: “James Bond doesn’t have such hot you-know-what. “I loved that we didn’t hide under the sheets.”

Theron, who is an outspoken LGBTQ rights advocate, has previously explored same-sex relationships on screen. The star picked up an Academy Award for her portrayal of real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was by varying accounts a lesbian or bisexual women, in 2003′s “Monster.”

“Atomic Blonde,” which also stars James McAvoy and John Goodman, hits theaters July 28.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hundreds of thousands gather for LGBT rights in Madrid

Hundreds of thousands of people marched for LGBT rights in the WorldPride parade in Madrid on Saturday.

The rally was led by all of Spain’s major political parties, both left and right, who carried a large banner that read “For LGBTI Rights All Over the World.” Behind them came a slow-moving mass of people decked out in rainbow flags and colorful outfits, dancing to music under the southern European sun.

The march included several groups from other countries, including the United States and Britain, as well as groups ranging from rural lesbians to gay and lesbian police officers.

Since its inception in 2000, World Pride is held once every several years in major cities across the world to promote rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)communities.

Over 10 days, the Madrid festival has hosted events ranging from a global human rights conference to a race in which men sprinted along a central street in towering three-inch heels.

Madrid World Pride coincided with the 40th anniversary of the first LGBT pride protest in Spain.

Politicians from across the political spectrum walked ahead of the parade, passing through the Spanish capital which was decked out in rainbow flags to mark the occasion.

“Madrid wants you to remember, and to never forget, that whoever you love, Madrid loves you,” Madrid's Mayor Manuela Carmena wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

The parade took place amid heavy security measures, with a massive police presence throughout Madrid.

The next World Pride will take place in New York in 2019, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall demonstrations, when members of the gay community protested against violent treatment at the hands of the police.