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Labor MP’s gay gaggle gaffe
Senior New Zealand Labor MP Damien
O’Connor has vented his frustration with his
party’s scandals and infighting, calling the
Opposition a “gaggle of gays”. O’Connor was
commenting on the party’s selection process
for candidates in the lead-up to the November
26 election, and said the list was dominated by
“self-serving unionists and a gaggle of gays”.
His comments have been branded homophobic
by gay groups. Political pundits say it will do
little to help the party win office, with Labor
slumping to 30 per cent on a two-party
preferred basis in the polls. Labor has had its
share of scandal. In March, chief whip Darren
Hughes, resigned following claims an 18-year-
old man was sexually assaulted at Hughes’
home. In 2005, another senior Labor MP called
the party’s female members a bunch of “front
US study reveals millions
A new study has revealed nearly nine million
adults in the US identify as lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender, around 4 per cent
of the population.
The Williams Institute of the UCLA School of
Law study examined five American and an
additional four international population surveys,
and also found women are far more likely to
identify as bisexual. Around 11 per cent of the
population acknowledge some same-gender
sexual attraction, and regardless of sexual
orientation, 19 million American adults have
had same-gender sex.
Tell us who you are, Australia
Victorian lesbian and bisexual women are urged
to tell-all in confidence about their lives in an
online survey. Private Lives 2 is the follow-up
to Australia’s largest survey ever completed
in 2005, with more than 5000 participants.
The survey is run by Gay and Lesbian Health
Victoria in partnership with the Australian
Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La
Trobe University, and aims to provide crucial
information about our health and wellbeing to
improve health services for our community.
The survey takes only 20 minutes to complete.
Iconic lesbian crooner k.d . lang has taken a che eky
swipe at rising pop stars during her promotional tour
to Australia , calling Justin Bieber a “lesbian”. When
a sked on stag e during a promo concert in Melbourne
for ABC Radio about the future of Canadian
musicians, lang said there was a g roundswell of
“Look at Justin Bieber. He’s a Canadian. A
Canadian lesbian. Why do you think he’s so
popular ?” Lang performed with band The Sis Boom
Bang, with whom she recorded her new album,
Sing It Loud. After a rendition of The Little River
Band’s ‘R eminiscing ’, lang admitted Australia is her
number one market. She said if she had a choice to
do any other Australian covers it would be ‘ Waltzing
“But I’d do it with an S&M feel to it,” she joked.
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Legislation to allow altruistic surrogacy for all
people, regardless of marital status or sexual
orientation has progressed to a second reading
stage in the House of Assembly. The Surrogacy
Bill 2011 being g uided by Attorney-General,
David Bartlett, is designed to be inclusive, but
predominantly protect the interests of children.
“Informal surro gacy arrang ements do take place
in Tasmania , whether some people like it or not.
That’s the reality. Regulating those arrangements,
and bringing them into the open, is the best way to
protect the rights of the children involved,” he said
If the law is passed, commercial surrogacy will
remain illegal, with only reasonable medical and
other related expenses passed on. All parties will
also be re quired to underg o counselling .
MPs can request changes, which Bartlett
said would be considered. “However, this
legislation is rightly designed to remove
discrimination, whether based on sex, marital
status, or sexual orientation. The Government
will not accept any changes that compromise
the equality and fairness of the legislation, for
all Tasmanians,” he said.
The bill is likely to reach the Upper House
within a month.
hope for Tas
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