The Daily Package
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Bud sex, News Corp and reality show dating

Your Daily Package of newsy and naughty bits from around the world

Why straight rural men have gay sex

A doctoral student at the University of Oregon has published a new study on gay sex between straight rural men. In a phenomenon he calls “bud sex,” he discovered that some straight men see their same-sex sexual encounters as making them even more stereotypically masculine.

Read more at New York Magazine.

North Carolina to drop “bathroom bill”

Republicans in North Carolina have agreed to repeal Bill HB2, a notorious piece of legislation that stripped LGBT people of antidiscrimination protections and forced trans people to use bathrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

Reality dating contestant told to disclose HIV

A gay contestant on a UK reality TV dating show says he was ordered to disclose his HIV status to his blind date before taping. The network ignored him when he pointed out he was undetectable, but eventually relented in the face of a discrimination complaint.

Read more at Gay Star News.

Melbourne festival drops News Corp sponsorship over Nazi cartoon

Melbourne Pride festival Midsumma has cancelled a sponsorship deal with News Corp Australia over anti-gay content in the company’s newspapers. In one editorial cartoon, an artist depicted LGBT activists as Nazi stormtroopers.

Read more at BuzzFeed.

LGBT expert wins second victory at UN

A second bid by African countries to block the appointment of a United Nations special expert on LGBT issues has failed. The new position was created by the UN’s human rights committee.

Read more from the Associated Press.