Australia's Labor Party Pushes Forward With Anti-Discrimination Bill For Gay Teens

The Australian Labor Party is working to protect LGBTQ students.

Recently, both major parties in Australia were in agreement over creating new anti-discrimination laws so religious schools couldn’t target gay students. Unfortunately, those bipartisan negotiations came to a standstill after the Liberal/National coalition government insisted that religious schools should be able to make students go to church.

According to Australian news site Stuff, the Labor Party has come through with new anti-discrimination legislation anyway.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was the one to propose the new bill, which was celebrated by Labor Party members.

"I'm happy to have a discussion about how we ensure that we preserve the capacity of religious schools to teach the tenets of their faith," Labor Senator Penny Wong told the ABC.

"Nothing in the bill that is being proposed by the Labor Party stops that."

But as the Labor Party rises to protect LGBTQ youth, so too does their opposition. The Senate has decided to delay the vote on the Labor Party’s bill, according to the New Castle Star. In response, Wong stated that this move by conservative politicians was an “outrage.”

"Call an election instead of lying the way you have about this issue," Senator Wong told parliament.

Conservative opposition to the bill claims that it does block religious schools from enforcing rules like students attending chapel. The delayed vote is then allegedly to give room for altering the bill.

"We support it with reasonable amendments to ensure that for example religious schools can provide appropriate rules for the proper conduct of their schools," said Senator Cormann.

While Australian lawmakers have come to yet another standstill, the Labor party is pushing with all its might to protect LGBTQ youth from discrimination. They just have to get over the hurdle of their conservative peers.

A Nigerian LGBTQ Rights Group, TIERS Nigeria, Made A Teen Love Film To Increase Gay Visibility

The first trailer’s out for a Nigerian film that’s focused on ending discrimination in its home country.

TIERS Nigeria: The Initiative for Equal Rights is an LGBTQ rights organization stationed in the West African country. They conduct multiple LGBTQ rights missions such as providing legal assistance, documenting LGBTQ abuse, hate crimes, and discrimination, political engagement to act as LGBTQ citizens’ voice, and creating media to share the lives and trials of LGBTQ people.

Concerning the latter, TIERS Nigeria has created four films to introduce LGBTQ life to the rest of the country. The first three films, Hell or High Water, Everything in Between, and Veil of Silence, were moderate successes. Now, it’s time for the fourth film to arrive.

We Don’t Live Here Anymore is a simple teen romance between two boys.

In Prominence high school, Tolu Bajulaiye and Chidi Egqonuwu, stand at the center of a romantic tale and one full of scandal.

In addition, Nike, Tolu’s mother, is a powerful matriarch who uses every inch of her power to fight the two boys at every turn.

We Don’t Live Here Anymore was directed by Tope Oshin, executive produced by Olumide Makanjuola, written by transgender writer Noni Salma, and stars Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, Funlola Aofiyebi, Katherine Obiang, Funmi Eko, Abiodun Aleja, Francis Sule, Kunle Dada, Temidayo Akinboro, Chris Iheuwa and Omotunde Adebowale.

You can check out the first trailer of the film down below.



Keiynan Lonsdale Released A Music Video Celebrating Young Love

Keiynan Lonsdale has been very busy lately.

The heartthrob who normally runs around on TV’s The Flash has recently made a splash in the pop culture world because of his role in gay teen rom-com Love, Simon. But, acting isn’t all the rising celebrity has on his portfolio.

The actor, who came out as bisexual last year, is also a singer, and he recently released a new lyric video for the song “Kiss the Boy.”

The music video celebrates love between young people. The video shows teenagers (boys and girls, straight, bisexual, and gay) hanging out, kissing, and being all kinds of cute.

Recently, Lonsdale told Billboard that he created the song after being inspired by Love, Simon and The Little Mermaid.

“The teaser for Love, Simon had dropped on YouTube and then for some reason, I don’t know why, the song ’Kiss the Girl’ from The Little Mermaid popped up on my feed,” he said.

“I was like, ‘Oh, that’s so funny. I wonder if I can do a cover of that song, but change it to about a boy?’ It didn’t work, but I was thinking about the Love, Simon trailer and I was really happy. Eventually, I got the hook, ’If you wanna kiss the boy/ Then you better kiss the boy right now.'”

“Kiss the Boy” will be a part of Keiynan Lonsdale’s upcoming album. Until that comes out, you can watch the music video down below.


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This Gay Musical Short-Film Has A Surprising Production Story

How the Moon Fell from the Sky and Nobody Even Noticed is a film to watch out for.

How the Moon Fell from the Sky and Nobody Even Noticed is a musical short film about high schoolers, by high schools, and for the rest of the world.

The story follows two friends, Benji (played by Petere Carroll) and Ruben (played by Nick Trivisonno), who decide to make a film together for fun. That decision then starts them down a journey towards a messy love dynamic and a new perspective on life.

What’s even more great about the film is that it was created entirely by high school students.

Director Chirsitina Xing created this film with the help of many of her schoolmates. That means, the script was written by a high schooler (Jack Fossett), the dances were choreographed by a high schooler, the production's crew was made up of high schoolers, and even music was orchestrated by high schoolers.

What was originally a dream project by high school students later gained funding on Indiegogo, and now has the chance to reach our screens.

The 40-minute film by Interlochen Arts Academy students from Interlochen, Michigan will be released online on June 29th. In the meantime, check out the first trailer for the movie down below.

This Fragrance Commercial About A Closeted Gay Teen Has An Adorable Twist

Back in December, we introduced you to the Lip Balm commercial from Thailand that had a fun and surprising gay twist.

Then last week, we shared with you how Amsterdam-born clothing brand SuitSupply released a campaign celebrating gay love.

Now, we're here to share with you that another company, this time for a fragrance product, is also into gay themed advertising.

Filipino clothing brand Bench/ sells many products under the sun. From men’s and women’s clothing to makeup, hair products, and even fragrances.

It’s the latter that’s getting our attention though, because Bench/ decided to produce a commercial for their So In Love Body Spray.

The advertisement shows a teenage boy living a double life. At home with dad he puts on the perfect persona for his father. He wears a baseball cap backwards, talks with a gruff voice, and talks about dating girls. But when he’s at school with friends, he lets his true personality flow.

But as the commercial’s title asks, “How Long Can You Keep A Secret?”

New Study Says Parents Are Slacking On Having "The Talk" With Gay Teens

A new study says parents are slacking on having “the talk” with their gay children.

A research team led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, or more commonly known as Penn Nursing, conducted a study to look into sex discussions between parents and gay/bisexual/queer males.

The team tried to explore how parents talk to their sons who identify as gay, bisexual, or queer. They interviewed GBQ men between the ages of 15 and 20 in order to understand the boys’ perceptions on how sex talk with their parents happened, how they think the parents handled it, and how effective the talks were in the boys’ sex lives.

The study found that for this demographic, sex talk with parents rarely happens. If it does, its usually based on straight sex unless the boy came out at an early age. If the boy has, the talk is usually based on stereotypes and stigmas associating GBQ men with a higher risk of STDs.

Ironically, because of this lack of or poorly treated sex talk, GBQ ended up exhibiting riskier sex habits.

Ultimately, the study emphasizes the parent’s, and health care provider’s, responsibility and role in the upbringing of a youth’s sexual expression.

"The growing information on how sex communication occurs between parents and LGBTQ children can ultimately help families and health care providers address this population's health outcomes through inclusive sex communication," says the study's senior author Dalmacio Flores, PhD, ACRN, Postdoctoral Fellow in Penn Nursing's Department of Family and Community Health. "Supporting parents' capacity to address the needs of their LGBTQ children through inclusive sex communication has the potential to minimize risk behaviors before these youths leave the confines of the home."

The study is set to be published in a future issue of the Journal of Adolescent Research. That said, you can read the study online here before it comes out in physical copy.