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San Francisco State University conducted a study on the frequency of open relationships among gay couples. In a recent article in the New York Times, they describe the findings:

“The Gay Couples Study has followed 556 male couples for three years — about 50 percent of those surveyed have sex outside their relationships, with the knowledge and approval of their partners.”

The study will be released this month, which will finally shed some light on a topic that I feel has been taboo for too long. The study says that for many of the couples, they have stronger, longer lasting, and more honest relationships as a result. They almost always have rules to play by. When straight people do this kind of thing, people call it cheating or having an affair, whereas in the gay world it doesn’t have such a negative connotation.


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Friday night after having drinks with friends my partner and I walked back home. Our tummies were rumbling and decided to grab something to eat. A Seven-Eleven taquito was our not so glamorous choice, but good enough to ease our hunger. Since we were just a few steps from home we decided to share our greasy choice instead getting our own. Just when we were about to cross the street my partner fed me a bite of this phallic gourmet without noticing two straight boys standing on the opposite side of the street.

These guys, stumbling with drunkenness, asked us for directions. Like good citizens and people we are, we stopped and tried to help them out. We took the time to try to understand what they were saying and where were they going, as they were making no sense. After providing them with directions, just before turning around to keep going we were stopped by a condescending question: “Hey, are you guys gay?” Proud of being who I am and not wanting to hide my sexual preference and being aware that there would be a confrontation I responded: “Yes, we are gay.” The “dude”, as he was called by his friend, started to laugh sarcastically and asked us if we were going to go home to suck each others dicks. His friend, being aware that my partner and I were cold sober and them not even able to keep their sight “straight”, pushed his friend away from us and told him to carry on.

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Mexico City Approves Gay Marriage!

In: Patrick, Politics & Issues

Excellent – an early Christmas present for the gay community! Mexico City is the first city in Latin America to legalize gay marriage, so it’s huge news and a big success! As of right now, gay marriage is only allowed in 7 countries and some parts of the US. In Latin America, some places (parts of Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia) allow civil unions for same-sex couples. The proposed Bill 39-20 calls for a change in the definition of marriage in the city’s civic code – from “the free union of a man and a woman” to “the free uniting of two people”.

The city’s mayor is now expected to sign this bill into law. Of course the Catholic church and conservatives in Mexico City have opposed the movement, but I’m glad to say it’s pretty much a done deal!

“It was approved overall by 39 votes in favor and 20 against, with five abstentions,” declared a spokesman for the bill’s chief sponsor, assemblyman Davi Razu.

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New Contender in 2010 Repeal

In: Nic, Politics & Issues

Previously I had written about two big groups, The Courage Campaign, and Equality California duking it out a l’il’ for a 2012 or 2010 Repeal. In a nutshell, EC said “no let’s bide our time”, and CC was all “let’s go for gold!” Well the first update is that both are now no longer having a hand in any sort of 2010 repeal. Even the Courage Campaign has pulled out before it got pregnant, and is waiting until 2012.

Someone else is stepping up to the plate though, and that guy’s name is Love Honour Cherish. Execute Director John Henning is the guts behind the operation and is going full force on a 2010 repeal, and people are happy about it after criticizing Kors and Jacobs of EC and CC respectively of using the same repeated methods to turn Prop 8 around. Well hopefully Henning has some other tricks up his sleeves, and a fresh perspective on the situation and strategies involved.

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Gay Marriage Defeat In New York State

In: Nic, Politics & Issues

Gay lobbyists in New York had spent over 1 million dollars on their campaign to legalize gay marriage in their state, and it fell short very quickly yesterday.

In this relatively liberal state, the vote of 38 to 24 came as a huge surprise and disappointment to everyone involved. A Marist College poll showed recently that 51% of New Yorkers were in favour of gay marriage, but it seems that the senate was not a true mirror image of what the people really wanted and now everyone is calling “not fair”. Some are also wondering why it had to be held in “secret session” without lead up or warning. It happened very quickly.

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Lawyers Sue Proposition 8!

In: Nic, Politics & Issues

Okay well not quite, but I got your attention. Get this though….!

Ted Olson and David Boies are two very high profile lawyers who are sick of Proposition 8. SO IS EVERYONE ELSE! Well these two worked opposite sides of the Bush vs. Gore campaign and are well known in the American lawyer circles. They’re representing two same sex couples who were denied the right to marry right? Against the law now. Well they’re just being blatant about it and trying to repeal this saying that:

“This unequal treatment of gays and lesbians denies them the basic liberties and equal protection under the law that are guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution”

AMEN BRUTHAS! I can get behind this. This is amazeballs.

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Pledge Allegiance To My @$$?

In: Nic, Politics & Issues

So when I was ten years old I was still playing tag on the playground, avoiding baths, and throwing my controller at the TV every time I lost at WWF Wrestle 2000. I was definitely not standing up for human rights equalities like Will Phillips.

Will hails from Arkansas where, while in class, a substitute teacher told the kids to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance and Will flat out refused. After repeated efforts by the teacher, Will told her to “go jump off a bridge”, and that he would not recite the Pledge until gays and lesbians had the right to marry. Apparently the whole “liberty and justice for all” has Will as irked as everyone should be.

“Because I have many — I’ve grown up with a lot of people and good friends with a lot of people that are gay and I really — I think they should have the rights all people should. And I’m not going to swear that they do.”

Well the Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that it is a RIGHT to Pledge Allegiance, but not a MUST, so really besides telling the teacher to dive head first into deep water, Will didn’t really do anything wrong. Still he was sent to the principal’s office, reprimanded, and his Mother was called. After hearing the story, Will’s Mother asked the Principal to apologize to her son, but the Principal refused (BIG SURPRISE!).

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Our Big Fat Gay Engagement…

In: Reader Submissions

Is marriage political?

Being engaged is exciting – maybe because I never really thought I would get married, maybe because I finally met the right guy, maybe because it’s a new way of perceiving family, maybe because it is such a positive way of looking forward, likely all of the above and more.

Our wedding will be small and informal. Intimate. And personal, like all marriages are. And yet somehow it is also political.

This week, the same week we sent out “save the date” cards, the voters of Maine decided to disallow gay marriage, voters in Washington state voted to protect their new domestic partnership law, and Portugal’s new government announced they would legalize same-sex marriage. So if marriage is on political agendas, I guess marriage is political.

I guess we are pretty advanced — two adult men getting married is legal here in meek and mild Canada. In my non-subjective opinion this is a civil rights issues and should be a right everywhere. Period. And don’t even mention “don’t ask don’t tell”. As Canadians we also have the right to serve in the military. Not that we want to.

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