The Commission for Human Rights and Minorities in Brazil's lower house of Congress, led by evangelical pastor Marco Feliciano (pictured) of the Social Christian Party, has approved a bill that would lift a prohibition on psychologists to perform gay conversion therapy, the AP reports:
The measure approved Tuesday seeks to lift a prohibition on psychologists treating homosexuality that was established by the Federal Psychology Council. The ban has been in effect since 1999.
"In practice, (the initiative's) result would be that a person over 18 years of age, responsible for his actions, who is homosexual and wants to reorient his sexuality, can be attended by a psychologist," said lawmaker Joao Campos, a member of the evangelical bloc of Brazil's lower house.
Feliciano had tried for weeks to put the "gay cure" initiative before the commission but had failed as opponents maneuvered to block a vote. The initiative was passed Tuesday amid a low turnout by commission members.
The psychologists' council is against the measure , which must pass through other committees. Brazil's first out gay lawmaker Jean Wyllys does not expect it will make it to a full Congressional vote.
Posted Jun. 19,2013 at 7:59 AM EST by Andy Towle in "Ex-Gays", Brazil, News |
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Cher returned to the stage after a 12 year absence on last night's finale of The Voice, singing her new single "Woman's World". And Cher wouldn't be Cher, of course, without a magenta bird headdress.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Of course, we'll see her sing this track again when she hits the stage at NYC Pride's 'Dance on the Pier' though we expect that headdress will have grown into an entire flock.
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Posted Jun. 19,2013 at 7:34 AM EST by Andy Towle in Cher, Music, News, The Voice |
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A new poll released today from Ipsos on behalf of Reuters
shows a majority support for marriage equality in developed nations:
"73% of those in 16 countries support some form of legal recognition
of same-sex couples – 52% support full marriage equality and 21%
support some form of legal recognition but not marriage. The survey...finds
that 14% are opposed to same-sex couples having any kind of legal
recognition while 13% are unsure.
The survey was conducted with a sample of 12,484 adults aged 18-64 in
the following 16 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada,
France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland,
South Korea, Spain, Sweden and United States."
Reuters notes the poll's findings as pertaining to adoption:
"Nearly 60 percent of people
polled thought gay couples should have the same rights as heterosexuals
to adopt children and 64 percent thought same-sex couples were just as
likely to raise children successfully."
Views on same-sex marriage appear to be closely linked to knowing someone who identifies as LGBT:
"Opposition to legal recognition
or marriage of gays was highest in Hungary, South Korea, Poland and
Japan, where 37 percent of people said they were unsure about how they
"'What is common to Hungary, South Korea
and Poland is that by and large they are the countries that have the
lowest percentage of people who report having a relative, a colleague,
or a friend who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender,' said [Nicolas] Boyon [an Ipsos senior vice president].
Three out of 10 people
questioned said their attitude towards gay marriage had changed in the
past five years, although they did not say how. Support for same-sex
unions was highest among adults who had a relative, friend or colleague
who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)."
The poll also found a correlation between support for same-sex marriage and involvement in social media and religion. Those with a penchant for social media were more likely to be in favor of marriage equality when compared with those who were not as active online. Conversely, those who identified with a religion were far less likely to support legal equality for gay couples.
Interestingly, in Argentina, where gay marriage is legal, only 48 percent supported same-sex marriage.
the United States, the poll found 42 percent in support of same-sex
marriage and an additional 23 percent favoring another form of legal
recognition for same-sex couples. These numbers are somewhat lower than the most recent Gallup poll which put support for marriage equality at 53 percent nationwide
Posted Jun. 19,2013 at 7:10 AM EST by Sean Mandell in Gay Marriage, Gay Rights, News, Polls |
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BY SAM GREISMAN
A look back at today's top stories
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Join us (for a special price) as Towleroad is honored by the Stonewall Community Foundation tomorrow night.
The Daily Show's Samantha Bee sat down with some of the poor beleaguered anti-gay Christian souls who have had to suffer the pain of being bullied and totally puts them in their place. Intolerant religious right-wingers are also all upset that Chipotle is super into sodomy. In Idaho a very wise GOP official is rightfully concerned that if gays aren't legally discriminated against, then they will show up to work in "tutus".
The Russian Parliament continues to demonstrate it's hatred of the LGBT community as it has now banned same-sex foreign couples from adopting Russian children. A Councilwoman in Dallas is outraged that an HIV prevention billboard would present gays as "acceptable" and one of the Duggar children is going to make bigotry his new profession.
Ari Ezra Waldman looks at gay rights after the SCOTUS decision, specifically what happens with civil unions and domestic partnerships.
Russell Brand stopped by the zoo that is MSNBC's Morning Joe and brilliantly cut the hapless talking heads down to size. None other than gay super icon Cher is slated to perform at New York's Pride Dance on the Pier event. After a lifetime of practicing, Zachary Quinto was finally able to charm Barbara Walters.
Steve Carell and Kristin Wiig's new shoe line is set to be the newest trend in fashion. With So You Think You Can Dance revealing its Top 20 dancers tonight, we take a look at 10 classic SYTYCD performances. Also the "prancercise" lady's 15 minutes aren't up yet.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
How many of these amazing moments do you wish you could have seen in person?
Posted Jun. 18,2013 at 11:08 PM EST by Sam Greisman |
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The ever-shirtless Cazwell (of 'Ice Cream Truck
' fame) and Luciana released their latest single 'Guess What?' today.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP
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Posted Jun. 18,2013 at 9:45 PM EST by Julian Ward |
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ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)
Fire Island Party
dated 'Aug 02 1982' (on the reverse)
unique gelatin silver print
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm.)
Executed in 1982.
Estimate: $2,000 – 3,000
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Coinciding with the celebration of Pride this month, Christie's has announced an online-only auction of 200 photographs, prints and drawings by Andy Warhol that focus on the male nude. The pieces are available to bid on now through June 27 online (warning: link work-unfriendly).
"Throughout his career, Warhol depicted male nudes through photography or drawing, often using gay underground culture as his backdrop. His visual explorations of the complexity of sexuality and desire chronicle the momentous changes within the gay community in the late 20th century,when many young men were flocking to urban centers such as New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans from their suburban and rural hometowns. With the anonymity of the city came the opportunity for a subculture that was both self sustaining and self defining. Warhol himself moved from Pittsburgh to New York in the summer of 1949, and witnessed first hand both the blossoming of the gay community in the 1970s and the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic that battered the community in the 1980s."
Check out a few more images of works (a preview exclusive to Towleroad) that are up for auction AFTER THE JUMP...
Continue reading "Andy Warhol's Summer Portraits Up for Auction at Christie's: PHOTOS"
Posted Jun. 18,2013 at 9:15 PM EST by Sean Mandell in Andy Warhol, Art and Design, Fire Island, Gay Pride, Keith Haring, News |
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