News Brief: Japanese City Becomes the Largest to Recognize Same-Sex Relationships

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News Brief Sapporo Becomes the Largest Japanese City to Recognize Same-Sex Relationships

News Brief Sapporo Becomes the Largest Japanese City to Recognize Same-Sex Relationships

News Brief:  Japanese City Becomes the Largest to Recognize Same-Sex Relationships

The Japanese city of Sapporo has become the latest to recognize same-sex relationships.  With a population of nearly two million, it will become the largest in the country to issue formal recognition to same-sex couples.

Earlier this year, the city of Iga began the process of issuing certificates to same-sex couples as did the Shibuya and Setagaya wards in Tokyo.

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News Brief: Porn Star Alexander Gustavo Dead at 31

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News Brief Porn Star Alexander Gustavo Dead at 31

News Brief Porn Star Alexander Gustavo Dead at 31

News Brief:  Porn Star Alexander Gustavo Dead at 31

Adult star Alexander Gustavo was found dead Saturday, December 17 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to his head.

According to a report from Str8UpGayPorn.com, fellow performer Jaxton Wheeler discovered Gustavo’s body in the Las Vegas apartment they once shared.  Wheeler had just returned from a shoot in San Francisco, when he found his friend’s body.

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News Brief: Israel to Begin Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage as an Equal Route to Citizenship

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News Brief Israel Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage as an Equal Route to Citizenship

News Brief:  Israel to Begin Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage as an Equal Route to Citizenship

The spouses of Israelis who have tied the knot in countries where same-sex marriage is legal may soon be able to claim Israeli citizenship at the same speed as straight couples, following an announcement by the country’s attorney general.

Until now, same-sex spouses were forced to wait up to seven years and would generally only be granted permanent residency rather than citizenship.  The process was far quicker for those in straight marriages.  Now the government’s chief legal advisor, Avichai Mandelblit, has issuned an instruction to Israel’s Interior Ministry to now consider applications under the same terms, according to reports.

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News Brief: Full Trailer for Tom of Finland Biopic Drops

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News Brief Tom of Finland Biopic Trailer

News Brief Tom of Finland Biopic Trailer

News Brief:  Full Trailer for Tom of Finland Biopic Drops

The full trailer for Tom of Finland is finally here!

The Finnish film, directed by Dome Karukoski, tells the story of Touko Laaksonen, a World War II veteran whose erotic drawings would become synonymous with the sexual liberation of gay men.

Tom of Finland (1920-1991) is known for his exaggerated depictions of masculinity, which show muscled bikers, uniformed members of the armed services, and workingmen engaged in sexual acts.

The film shows how the postwar oppression of queer people influenced, inspired, and drove Laaksonen’s work in both his native Finland and abroad.  It is set to debut sometime in early 2017.

Watch the trailer HERE.

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News Brief: London Man Receives Life Sentence for Murders of Four Gay Men

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News Brief London Man Receives Life Sentence for Murders of Four Gay Men

News Brief London Man Receives Life Sentence for Murders of Four Gay Men

News Brief:  London Man Receives Life Sentence for Murders of Four Gay Men

A London man, who murdered four gay men he met online, was sentenced Friday, November 25 to life in prison without parole, in a case that has seen substantial criticism of police response.

Stephen Port was convicted of the murders of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth, and Jack Taylor, who were all given lethal overdoses of the drug GHB, London newspaper The Guardian reports.  Additionally, Port was found guilty of several other charges, including drugging and raping other men, who survived.

Port had a fetish for sex with unconscious men, and he testified that he did not intend the drugging of his victims to result in death.  In pronouncing the sentence, Justice Peter Openshaw said he believed Port, but did not find that to be an extenuating circumstance.

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