Gay men, straight women hit by ‘stealthing’

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A recently released study about a phenomenon in which men intentionally remove a condom during anal or vaginal sex without permission from their partner — which has become known as “stealthing” — has raised legal questions about whether the practice is a form of sexual assault.

HIV prevention experts affiliated with D.C.’s Whitman-Walker Health and the health clinic at the Los Angeles LGBT Center have also expressed alarm that nonconsensual condom removal poses a risk for the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections for gay men.

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After 2 years, Florida court defines sexual intercourse

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) It took two years and three dictionaries, but the Florida Supreme Court finally determined Thursday that “sexual intercourse” isn’t just between a man and a woman.

The question arose during a case in which a man was charged with a third-degree felony for failing to reveal to his male partner that he was HIV-positive. His lawyer argued before the state’s high court in February 2015 that Florida laws were so narrowly defined that “sexual intercourse” didn’t apply to sexual activity between same-sex partners or any activity beyond traditional sex.

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Gay ex-mayor pleads guilty in meth-for-sex case

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge startled onlookers on Monday when she ordered the gay former mayor of Fairfax City, R. Scott Silverthorne, held in jail while he awaits sentencing in June after he pled guilty to one count of distributing methamphetamine.

Silverthorne was arrested last August in a police sting operation after he provided methamphetamine to an undercover detective posing as a willing sex partner in exchange for what he thought would be permission to participate in an orgy with other men at a hotel in Tysons Corner, Va.

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California parolee set for sex reassignment surgery

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)- A parolee is set for sex reassignment surgery nearly two years after her lawsuit spurred California to become the first state to offer the operation to inmates.

A federal judge in April 2015 ordered California to provide the surgery to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, a transgender inmate who was serving a sentence for second-degree murder.

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Gawker.com dies next week, killed by gay billionaire

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NEW YORK (AP) – Gawker.com, the brash New York website that broke new ground with its gossipy, no-holds-barred coverage of media, culture and politics, is shutting down after nearly 14 years, brought low by an unhappy, but deep-pocketed, subject.

The news – appropriately enough, broken by Gawker itself – follows the sale of the site’s parent company to Univision. Founder Nick Denton told staffers Aug. 18 that Gawker.com will come to an end next week. Twitter immediately went berserk in an unholy melange of shock, sadness and Schadenfreude.

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Indonesia’s top court hears case on criminalizing gay sex

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Akarta, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesia’s Constitutional Court is considering whether to make gay sex a crime after accepting a judicial review petition from Islamic activists.

A group calling itself the Family Love Alliance says an existing law that criminalizes sex between adults and minors of the same gender, and which mandates prison sentences of up to 15 years, should be amended to also apply to sexual acts between adults of the same gender.

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UCF to offer course on gender identity

By : Anna M. Johnson
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The University of Central Florida is offering an English course that will explore both the oppressive and supportive role of gender in writing. “Gendered Rhetorics” is being offered as a 3-credit class through the Department of Writing and Rhetoric for the Fall 2016 school term.

“We’ll be looking at a lot of public protests or speeches, acts of resistance that are in films, television shows, music and literature,” Dr. Martha Brenckle, who teaches the course, says. “[The class will study] people that really question this whole idea of ‘gender’ and what it means.”

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Orlando Fringe 2016 Review: Sex with Animals

By : Billy Manes
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Preceded by all of the word-of-mouth any Fringe show could ever hope for, Ryan Good’s one-man show Sex With Animals should have been a disappointment; that is the Fringe way, after all: overstatement pleases crowds, leaves critics wanting. But Sex with Animals isn’t that kind of beast. Good’s toured the show globally, and he is clearly comfortable with everything he’s doing here. What is he doing here? He’s talking about sex and animals and gathering laughs, while, in the larger scheme, he’s talking about human sexuality, humor and humility at the spine of behavioral existence. He’s talking about everything in his life while wearing a lion costume replete with a mane and some furry boots adorning a bodysuit. He’s talking a lot. And, like exhibitionist comedians before him – see, Maria Bamford – he’s doing it at a fascinating and engaging clip.

First off, Sex with Animals is a sociopolitcal statement. The show begins with evangelical hellraiser Pat Robertson making a reference to people having sex with animals, you know, because gay marriage happened. Good, who openly identifies as bisexual and polyamorous – makes the best of that kick-off framing by indulging the audience with all of the sexual deviance that happens between members of various species – tortoises and penguins,  you’re on alert – and explains that, basically, none of us are normal, and if you are, you’re boring. “A worldwide bestiality movement” is mentioned, but that’s not what Good is here for. Keeping his stuffed animal “Shadynasty” on a chair in the corner, he traverses all of the cavities we seek for joy: self-fellation, anal sex, just rubbing up against something and turning into a flower shape. Anything goes, really, and all of it does.

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5.7.16 School’s Out Beach Party ‘Life’s a Beach”

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#SwankSaturdays Presents: School’s Out Beach Party “LIfe’s A Beach” No Cover before 10pm 21+ (18+ Welcomed) Beach wear attire encouraged!

Showtime at 12AM with Roxxxy Andrews, Jade Embers & Divinity Everlasting

$2 wells till 11pm
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Pastor Protection Act headed to FL Senate floor for vote

By : Jamie Hyman
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State senators will vote on the anti-gay and unnecessary Pastor Protection Act March 3, after the legislature approved amendments March 1 that narrow the scope of the bill.

SB 110 purports to prevent religious leaders from being forced to perform same-sex weddings, even though under current laws protecting religious beliefs, clergy can already opt out of marrying any couple they choose, gay or straight.

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Panasonic a pioneer for LGBT rights in Japan

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TOKYO (AP) – For decades, Panasonic Corp. has shaped Japanese corporate tradition – be it morning exercise routines or lifetime employment. But don’t hold your breath waiting for other Asian businesses to emulate its latest policy announcement: Recognizing same-sex partnerships.

Much of Asia remains far behind the West in such attitudes. Panasonic’s move is rare, although bold, and seems unlikely to herald a sea change.

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Sarasota County School Board continues debate on trans-inclusive bathrooms

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Sarasota County School Board heard public opinion yet again on whether to implement new trans-inclusive bathroom policies countywide at the March 1 board meeting.

The community has been divided on the issue since the school board first heard public debate on the subject at the Feb. 2 board meeting. A Feb. 16 workshop left the board divided on whether or not to implement the policy leading to a request from them to hear more public discussion.

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