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Study Asks, 'Has The Beard Trend Made Beards Less Attractive?'


In a study of 1,453 bisexual or heterosexual women, researchers at the Australian University of New South Wales found that the more women were exposed to images of bearded men, the more likely they were to find clean-shaven men more attractive, and vice-versa.

The women were shown 36 images of men’s faces — “the first 24 pictures were exclusively of bearded or clean-shaven men, while the final twelve offered up a mix of facial hair styles.” As they viewed each picture, they were asked to rate each man’s attractiveness on a scale of four to negative four.

In a classic case of supply and demand, the women who saw lots of beards found themselves more attractive to men without them.

Head researcher Professor Robert Brooks said that men who grew beards to be more sexually attractive may have lost their allure as facial hair became more popular among other guys. “We may well be at peak beard,” he quipped.

But if you're a bearded man not trying to attract a female, please carry on just as you are, you bearded wonders.

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A Daughter Deals With Her Dad's Gender Transition In '52 Tuesdays': VIDEO


52 Tuesdays is a feature-length drama about 16-year-old Billie and her father James who is undergoing a female-to-male gender transition. For some reason, Billie’s time with her dad is limited to Tuesdays only and in a unique filmmaking rule Sophie Hyde shot the film only on Tuesdays over the course of a year with the entirely non-professional cast receiving scripts one week at a time and only of the scenes that they act in.

Thus, the film acts as a realistic chronicle of James’ transformation and the effect it has on those around him. James will be played Del Herbert-Jane, a gender non-conforming actor who is not trans, but welcomed the opportunity to explore the film’s themes.

52 Tuesdays — which marks Sophie Hyde’s directorial debut — snagged her the best directing award in the World Cinema Dramatic category of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Students Confront Australian PM Abbott: 'Why Are You So Against Legalizing Gay Marriage?' - VIDEO


High school students from the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts (a school in the suburbs of Sydney) confronted Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a question and answer session on Friday about his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Asked one student, to wild cheers from the others:

"Why are you so against legalizing gay marriage?"

Abbott replied:

"Well look, I’m not against people having a wonderful relationship, I’m all in favor of people having loving, permanent relationships, but I guess it’s a definitional thing."

To which another student shouted, to more wild cheers:

"There's a lot of gay people in our school. I have a lot of gay friends, and it’s sad to think that they can’t get married just because they’re attracted to the same sex!"

Abbott, knowing he was defeated, moved on:

"I'm getting a clear message alright. Let's have a bloke's question."

Watch (questioning starts at around 2:30), AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Marry Me' Video Provides a Happy Ending for Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras: VIDEO


Elvis Di Fazio directed this heartwarming video created for the closing act of 2014 Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras which gives gay and lesbian Australian's a glimpse at a hopeful equal future.


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Katy Perry Does the Australian Weather Forecast: VIDEO


Katy Perry offered her help with the Australian weather forecast on a morning show down under, but seemed to get its cities confused with places in a Harry Potter novel.


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United States, EU, Australian Diplomats Issue Joint Denunciation of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Law

Diplomats from the European Union released a statement denouncing Uganda's anti-gay law.

MuseveniStatement below:


We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned and disappointed about the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

We strongly believe that all humans share common indivisible rights. The Anti-Homosexuality Law contradicts this universal principle and the Ugandan commitment to protect the fundamental human rights of all of its citizens.

We would like to remind the Government of Uganda of its constitutional and international human rights obligations. Having ratified the African Charter of Human and Peoples' Rights, as well as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Uganda is obliged to guarantee the human rights infringed by the Anti-Homosexuality Law.

Signed by:

Urban Andersson, Ambassador of Sweden
David Angel, Canadian High Commissioner
Alison Blackburne, British High Commissioner
Dónal Cronin, Chargé d'Affaires of Ireland
Stefano A Dejak, Ambassador of Italy
Scott H. DeLisi, U.S Ambassador
Klaus Dieter Düxmann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany
Dan E. Frederiksen, Ambassador of Denmark
Sofie From-Emmesberger, Ambassador of Finland
Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, Ambassador of Norway
Alain Hanssen, Ambassador of Belgium
Alphons Hennekens, Ambassador of the Netherlands
Simone Knapp, Head of Office, Austrian Embassy Development Cooperation
Sophie Makame, Ambassador of France
Gisli Palsson, Chargé d'Affaires a.i of Iceland
Kristian Schmidt, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union
Geoff Tooth, Australian High Commissioner


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