It’s time! Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament yesterday the legalisation of same-sex marriage was a “momentous social reform” as debate began in the lower house on a private bill passed by the Senate last week. “It’s time for us to get on with it,” Mr Turnbull said. “The Australian people have said yes to …

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Liberal MP Tim Wilson has proposed to his long-term partner Ryan Bolger in emotional scenes in the federal parliament ahead of the same-sex marriage bill’s final vote. “In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands,” Mr Wilson told the parliament. “They are the answer …

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A group of Anglican bishops has split with the church’s hierarchy and urged members of the Lower House to support Senator Dean Smith’s marriage equality bill. The group, headed by the Bishop of Wangaratta, John Parkes (pictured), say Senator Smith’s bill should be approved as it stands. “It preserves the fabric of our anti-discrimination laws, …

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The thousands of Australian same-sex couples who have tied the knot overseas will automatically be recognised as married under Australian law when the same-sex marriage bill comes into effect. Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s amendment bill, currently before the parliament, will scrap the Marriage Act’s ban on recognition of same-sex unions solemnised overseas. The Equality Campaign …

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A Russian football official has insisted that gay fans will not face arrest for waving rainbow flags at next year’s FIFA World Cup, despite the country’s homophobic “gay propaganda” law. FIFA’s anti-discrimination group FARE last week warned that gay spectators at the 2018 event holding hands or waving rainbow flags could face an aggressive response …

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Josh Goyne is a young man on a mission: to raise money for stroke awareness, rehabilitation and treatment. He started his Stroke Support Awareness Australia charity and fundraising bicycle rides at the age of just 16 in a bid to help others affected by the debilitating condition. “I started it in honour of my late …

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A former New Zealand MP has been unwittingly launched to prominence in Japan after a brilliant speech he gave on marriage equality in 2013 suddenly went viral in the country. New Zealand passed marriage equality legislation that year, and MP Maurice Williamson told colleagues at the time: “All we are doing with this [same-sex marriage …

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Thoroughly engaging, immensely poignant, and remarkably evocative, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ functions as both a coming-of-age tale and a love story, likely to surprise viewers as to where it travels on both accounts. Based on the novel by Andre Aciman, and co-penned for the screen by director Luca Guadagnino (‘A Bigger Splash’), James Ivory …

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A candlelight vigil will be held in Brisbane on Friday evening to mark World AIDS Day tomorrow. December 1 is globally recognised as World AIDS Day, and it’s commemorated across the country to remind everyone that HIV is still a health issue, educate everyone on HIV prevention strategies, and to ensure that people living with …

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The Family Court of Australia has delivered a landmark ruling that allows young people with gender dysphoria to undergo hormone treatment without court approval. Australia was the only country in the world that required transgender youth to face court to get approval for their “stage two” hormone treatment, a process with a waiting period of …

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