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Technology’s Rainbow Connection Print E-mail
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Written by New York Times   
Sunday, 20 July 2014 03:56


Silicon Valley’s Embrace of the Gay and Lesbian Community.

SAN FRANCISCO — If it weren’t for the one naked guy, the furries with their articulated ears and the small gaggle of leather-clad members of the Society of Janus, this city’s 44th annual Pride parade in June could have been easily be mistaken for a technology conference. Every big company in the city and Silicon Valley — Netflix, Facebook, Google, Apple — each offering its own take on gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual pride, lined up along Spear Street before joining the one-mile parade route on Market Street.

Netflix’s contingent marched carrying a blown-up poster featuring the women of “Orange Is the New Black,” with the slogan “Break Out the Pride.” The biotech giant Genentech’s group wore T-shirts proclaiming “Pride Is in Our Genes.” Facebook’s impossibly young employees wore shirts that announced “Pride Connects Us” and branded spectators with rubber stamps that read “Like,” with the familiar thumbs-up icon.

And cannily tapping into both L.G.B.T. pride and World Cup fever was Google, whose hundreds of gay and lesbian employees (internally known as Gayglers) and their allies marched beside a glittering soccer-ball float while clapping thunder sticks and wearing soccer jerseys promoting YouTube’s #ProudToPlay campaign.

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LGBT social-sim game Print E-mail
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Written by Alexander Thatcher | FUSE Editor   
Saturday, 19 July 2014 08:04


It’s no secret that more users than the young, white, straight, American male plays video games here in 2014. Whether or not that means that Atari’s latest mobile game Pridefest is a good fit for the next generation of gamers is another subject entirely. Today ATARI adds more detail to their social-sim game which has players "create and launch their very own personalized pride parade."

This game sets you in a world where you need to keep your city "happy and vibrant." To do this, you’ll need to collect parade and festival supplies, earn and unlock quests, and more through a series of tasks.

• Design and launch a pride parade with flotillas, mascots, decorations, and entertainment.
• Create vendors, attractions, and consumable items to score points.
• Solve challenges and quests, unlock abilities and supplies, build happiness in your city.

Once the game takes off, you’ll be able to chat with real-life friends, meet new friends, and visit each others cities. There you’ll find the ability to travel about with your own customized avatars "bedecked in clothes and jewelry."

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Crash kills AIDS researchers heading to Melbourne Print E-mail
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Written by SMH   
Friday, 18 July 2014 02:41


About 100 of the 298 people killed at the Malaysia Airlines crash were heading to Melbourne for a major AIDS conference, conference attendees have been told.

Delegates at a pre-conference in Sydney were told on Friday morning that around 100 medical researchers, health workers and activists were on the plane that went down near the Russia-Ukraine border, including former International AIDS Society president Joep Lange. Health researcher Clive Aspin, who is attending the pre-conference, said the news had hit everyone hard, coming 16 years after AIDS research pioneer Jonathan Mann also died in a plane crash.


"Yet again, we're devastated by a similar tragedy," he said. "It's going to be a very sombre mood at the conference in Melbourne, especially for those of us who have been coming to these conferences for many years."

Organisers of the International AIDS Conference, due to begin in Melbourne on Sunday, have not released numbers, but did confirm expected attendees were among the dead.
Judge Overturns Gay Marriage Ban In Florida Keys Print E-mail
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Written by Huffington Post   
Friday, 18 July 2014 01:59


US: MIAMI (AP) — A judge in the Florida Keys has overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after a legal challenge by six gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens.

The ruling was issued Thursday by Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia and applies only to Monroe County, which covers the Keys. The lawsuit contended that the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2008 violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. The judge says licenses could be issued starting Tuesday Attorney General Pam Bondi and ban supporters argued that the referendum vote should be respected and that Florida has sole authority to define marriage in the state. The Florida amendment defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

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Tom Daley Named Sexiest Man In The World Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 July 2014 01:17


Tom Daley Named Sexiest Man In The World By Attitude Magazine. Okay, we'll take it.

Openly gay Olympic diver Tom Daley nabbed a huge honor this week when Attitude Magazine named him the sexiest man in the world for the second year in a row on their list of the Hot 100 Sexiest Men. Last December, Daley opened up in a YouTube video about his relationship with another man, but did not use the label "bisexual" or "gay." This past April the athlete spoke out again and claimed he is "a gay man now."


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Pope Francis: '2% of Catholic Clergy Are Pedophiles' Print E-mail
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Written by Mashable   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 05:17


Pope Francis revealed that 2% of the Catholic clergy, including priests, bishops and cardinals, are pedophiles. Francis made the statement in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica published Sunday. He said his colleagues presented him with "reliable data" that indicates pedophilia within the Church is at 2%.

"This finding should reassure me, but I must tell you that I do not [find it] reassuring at all," said Francis, according to a Google translation. "I find this situation intolerable and I intend to tackle it with the seriousness it requires."

The pope also called pedophilia a "leprosy" infecting the Church. There are currently 414,313 Catholic priests worldwide, according to the latest Vatican statistics. Of that total, there would be close to 8,300 pedophiles currently in the Church. Francis held his first meeting last week with victims who were sexually abused by members of the Catholic clergy. Six victims from Ireland, Britain and Germany met the pope at the Vatican, after attending his private morning mass.

"Before God and his people, I express my sorrow for the sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you. And I humbly ask forgiveness," Francis said at the time. "I beg your forgiveness, too, for the sins of omission on the part of church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse made by family members, as well as by abuse victims themselves."

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Singapore libraries to destroy copies of gay penguin book Print E-mail
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Written by The Guardian   
Monday, 14 July 2014 04:55


The book 'And Tango Makes Three' tells the story of two make penguins raising a baby chick in Central Park zoo.

Row erupts as information minister backs decision to pulp all copies of book about male penguin couple following complaints.

State-run libraries in Singapore have deemed a children's book about two male penguins raising a baby chick inappropriate and are to destroy all copies following complaints the content was against the city-state's family values. The country's information minister Yaacob Ibrahim has said he supports the decision to pulp all copies of the book along with two other titles after the National Library Board (NLB), which runs 26 public libraries in Singapore, pulled them from the shelves.

The books are 'And Tango Makes Three', about a male-male penguin couple in the Central Park zoo; 'The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption', which involves a lesbian couple; and 'Who's In My Family: All About Our Families'.

"The prevailing norms, which the overwhelming majority of Singaporeans accept, support teaching children about conventional families, but not about alternative, non-traditional families, which is what the books in question are about," Ibrahim said. "Societies are never static, and will change over time. But NLB's approach is to reflect existing social norms, and not to challenge or seek to change them."

The decision triggered an online petition and an open letter to spare the books with thousands of signatures collected. Some are calling for a boycott of the libraries and their events.

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