Saturday, January 13, 2018

News and Pop Culture Round-Up

Posted by Shane Smith, Editor, Stonewall Gazette

Why Are Doctors Not Asking Gay Patients Questions About Sexual History?

When a patient goes to see a doctor for the first time, their medical history is often one of the very first things discussed. We’ve all filled out forms or answered questions about our allergies, previous surgeries, and family history of certain illnesses. By having this information, doctors can provide better care for patients. But, talking to your physician specifically about your sexual history and your current habits can be an uncomfortable subject. The LGBTQ+ community in particular faces unique challenges when it comes to both relating to their doctor and also getting the best care possible. MORE

The Indonesian Air Force Won’t Accept LGBT Recruits

The Indonesian Air Force has stated it won’t accept LGBT recruits because it believes that homosexuality is a mental illness. The air force’s stance is not supported by leading medical and mental health bodies. Homosexuality was in fact removed as a mental disorder by the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) in May 1990. MORE

Radio Host James O'Brien Decimates Anti-LGBT Caller With One Question

Discussing homosexuality and religion on his LBC radio show in the UK, host James O'Brien shut down a "Christian" caller named Daniel with just one question. "Just tell me the things that Jesus said about it." MORE

Court Ruling Brings Marriage Equality to the Western Hemisphere

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled that marriage equality should be recognised without discrimination. The court holds jurisdiction over all countries who are signatories to the American Convention of Human Rights, and will see same-sex marriage become legal in a number of Latin and North American nations. The ruling is a result of a motion presented by Costa Rica, who requested the court’s opinion on their obligation to offer property rights to same-sex couples. While the US, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and parts of Mexico already recognise equal marriage, others including Bolivia, Cuba, Honduras, Peru, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic will have to start work on enacting new laws. MORE

Today in 1958: U.S. Supreme Court Issues 1st Ruling Ever On a Gay Issue

One, Inc. v. Olesen 355 U.S. 371, issued today January 13, in 1958, is a landmark United States Supreme Court decision for LGBT rights in the United States. It was the first U.S. Supreme Court ruling to deal with homosexuality and the first to address free speech rights with respect to homosexuality. MORE

Kylie Minogue Shines in Throwback Aussie Comedy, Swinging Safari

Director Stephan Elliot made his mark on the landscape of Australian cinema with his iconic film The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. His latest offering Swinging Safari is an ode to a bygone era of key parties, kitsch and the kind of broad comedy that is the hallmark of his work. Swinging Safari captures the events of a brief moment in time where three families implode, dissolve, and evolve. It’s like opening up a time capsule to a time when handing out birth control pills, KFC buckets and killing pets as life lessons, all counted as good parenting. It stars Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Radha Mitchell, Julian McMahon, Asher Keddie and Jeremy Sims as the parents of the unruly gang of unsupervised teenagers that rule the cul-de-sac. MORE

WATCH - Official Trailer - Swinging Safari

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