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HIV Rate Could Hit 50% for Gay and Bisexual Black Men in US

HIV rate for gay, bisexual black men in US higher than any country in world

(Newser) - In 1981, the very first report on AIDS detailed five cases in gay white men. It left out a sixth case: that of a gay black man. The doctor behind the report now says that exclusion "might've made a difference." The HIV rate in gay and bisexual... More »

A First for Ireland: Gay Prime Minister

At age 38, Leo Varadkar will also be the country's youngest ever prime minister

(Newser) - He's the son of an Indian immigrant, he's gay, and he's about to become Ireland's next prime minister. Per the BBC and the Guardian , Leo Varadkar will become the nation's first gay taoiseach, or head of government, as well as the country's youngest ever... More »

Barry Manilow Speaks Out About Sexuality for 1st Time

Yes, he's gay and married to manager Garry Kief

(Newser) - Barry Manilow is gay. If you're thinking, "Wait, I already knew this," you're not exactly wrong; rumors have swirled for years, and his secret 2014 wedding to longtime manager Garry Kief was reported the following year . But the singer never officially came out to fans—until... More »

FBI Has No Proof Orlando Gunman Was Gay: Officials

But nothing has been ruled out yet, per AG Lynch

(Newser) - FBI investigators so far have not turned up persuasive evidence that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was gay or pursuing gay relationships, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation who spoke anonymously to the AP . The FBI began looking into that possibility after media reports last week quoted men... More »

For 1st Time, Miss America Will Have an Openly Gay Contestant

Erin O'Flaherty crowned Miss Missouri

(Newser) - Missouri has its first openly gay Miss Missouri, and she will represent the state at the Miss America pageant later this year, the AP reports. Erin O'Flaherty, 23, was crowned Miss Missouri on Saturday in Mexico, Missouri, and is the first openly gay woman to be named Miss Missouri,... More »

Years After Mysterious Death, 1st Nazi Hunter in Limelight

Prosecutor Fritz Bauer wasn't just Jewish, but a gay atheist

(Newser) - Nearly 50 years after he was mysteriously found dead in a bath tub, two new films are helping to put Germany's first Nazi hunter Fritz Bauer "back where he belongs: in the collective consciousness," reports Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung , via AFP . Both Labyrinth of Lies by Giulio... More »

Someone's Coming Out on The Simpsons?

Smithers, long rumored to be gay, has something to say to Mr. Burns: producer

(Newser) - This is looking to be a groundbreaking season of The Simpsons: Marge and Homer separate , Homer's been diagnosed with narcolepsy , and now "one of the greatest stories of unrequited love in modern popular culture is about to move to a new phase," per the Guardian . To wit:... More »

Gay Veterans: Upgrade Our Discharges to 'Honorable'

After being kicked out of military, gay veterans fight for recognition

(Newser) - Kicked out of their units, rejected by their churches, denied veterans' benefits and job opportunities after being interrogated about the most personal details of their lives. This was the plight of many of the estimated 100,000 gay US service members discharged between World War II and 2011, when the... More »

School Blocks Speech From Gay Valedictorian

And the principal then outed the teen to his parents

(Newser) - The parents of a Colorado charter school valedictorian who was prevented from giving a graduation speech in which he planned to come out as gay say they won't pursue the issue further. The Daily Camera in Boulder reports 18-year-old Evan Young did not participate in a news conference yesterday... More »

Straight Teen Asks Gay BFF to Prom in Bighearted Way

Jacob Lescenski's 'promposal' to Anthony Martinez for a prom 'd8' is gr8t

(Newser) - As a member of the student council at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, Anthony Martinez has helped out plenty with planning for the upcoming prom. But what the gay teen really wanted was a date to the dance, Inside Edition reports. Earlier this week he tweeted (all caps... More »

JK Rowling Schools Fan on Gay Dumbledore

Fan couldn't 'see' the character as gay

(Newser) - JK Rowling is the subject of headlines touting her " perfect ," " brilliant ," " amazing " response to a fan who asked her yesterday, "I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can't see him in that way." Rowling replied : "... More »

Ben Carson: Being Gay Is a Choice, and Prison Proves It

Potential 2016 candidate says straight people leave prison gay

(Newser) - Ben Carson says being gay is "absolutely" a choice and that the evidence to back his claim is prison. "A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight—and when they come out, they're gay," the potential 2016 GOP candidate says in a... More »

Why I Want My Daughter to Be Gay Like Me

For Sally Kohn, being gay has always been 'a gift'

(Newser) - CNN political commentator and mom Sally Kohn is offering an outlook on parenting she says even her friends aren't so sure about: "I'm gay," Kohn writes in the Washington Post , "and I want my kid to be gay, too." Kohn says that despite the... More »

Video Begs Chinese Parents to Reunite With LGBT Kids

'Coming Home' film short goes viral in a society that stigmatizes homosexuality

(Newser) - Fang Chao is a young man who's made his parents proud, getting into one of the best schools in China and always "[playing] the role of 'good child.'" That's how the subtitled narrative for the film short Coming Home begins, before diving more into... More »

Russia Yanks iPhone Statue Over Cook's 'Call to Sodomy'

St. Petersburg not impressed with CEO's decision to come out

(Newser) - If you were still waiting for over-the-top reaction to Tim Cook's announcement last week that he is gay , we present you with Russia: Apparently outraged by the sexual orientation of the CEO of a California-based technology company, a construction company has taken down a six-foot statue of an iPhone... More »

St. Louis Rams Cut Michael Sam

But he could still end up with Rams, NFL sources say

(Newser) - The St. Louis Rams have released Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the... More »

Boy's Organ Donation Rejected Because He's Gay

Family of Alexander Betts Jr couldn't give his eyes away

(Newser) - Alexander Betts Jr's heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs all went to recipients when he died following a suicide attempt last year. His eyes, however, did not—because Betts was gay, the Washington Post reports. "My initial feeling was just very angry because I couldn’t understand why my... More »

Wife Dies After Accusing Hubby of Gay Encounter

Michael Doster is a suspect, says sheriff's office

(Newser) - Michael Doster is suspected of killing his wife after a gay-sex rendezvous at a Florida nude beach—but so far no witnesses have stepped forward in the case, Gawker reports. According to an affidavit, Doster's wife Pamela caught him giving a man oral sex last weekend at a nude... More »

Obama to Sign Orders Protecting Gay Workers

(Newser) - President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested by some religious organizations. Obama's action comes on the heels of the US Supreme Court's recent ruling in... More »

Oldest Known Erotic 'Graffiti' Found in Greece

Phalluses, sexual boasting dating back to 5th century BC leave little to the imagination

(Newser) - Think phallic graffiti art exclusively belongs to the baseless present? Think again. An archaeologist has uncovered what the Guardian touts as the earliest erotic graffiti on the planet, found in Greece—and predating, in one case, even Athens' Acropolis . Since 2011 , Dr. Andreas Vlachopoulos has been directing fieldwork on the... More »

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