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Two men have spoken out about an alleged crackdown on the LGBTI community in the European country of Azerbaijan. One of the men, who remained anonymous, said he was detained for nine days and tortured. “They gave me electric shocks,” he said in an interview with Radio Free Europe. “They beat me with a stick …

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Respected Aboriginal elder Harold Hunt OAM has given his support to the marriage equality “yes” campaign. In a new video by the Equality Campaign, the 91-year-old says he’s faced discrimination as an Aboriginal man, and wants to see all Australians treated equally. “I’ve experienced racism all the way through… I was treated as different because …

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QNews is excited to announce that the winners of our “Yes” Campaign video competition will be revealed in Brisbane this Saturday. During the same-sex marriage postal survey, we asked entrants to create a 30 second video on their mobile phone explaining to family and friends what a “yes” vote means to them. All entries will …

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The City of Sydney has passed a motion allowing same-sex couples free council venue hire for their weddings for 100 days after the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The city’s halls, parks and facilities would be available to the couples at no charge but other expenses such as catering would still be the couples’ responsibility, Fairfax …

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One of the founding members of Brisbane’s LGBTI-inclusive water polo team, the Brisbane Tritons, has been appointed Diversity and Marketing Officer of the state’s peak body Water Polo Queensland (WPQ). Jeremy Archer (pictured) was the club’s first president when the club was created two years ago with the support of the Brisbane Barracudas team and …

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Brisbane’s first queer high school formal will be held next month, after the success of the Sunshine Coast’s inaugural rainbow formal earlier this month. Around 70 students attended the rainbow formal at Sunshine Coast University (pictured), organised by the Sunshine Coast Pride Network and inspired by similar events in Byron Bay and Melbourne. In November, …

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Almost three quarters of eligible Australians have voted in the same-sex marriage postal survey, the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimate said on Tuesday. The ABS estimated that 74.5% of enrolled Australians – 11.9 million people – had returned their survey forms by last Friday, up from 67.5 the previous week. “With form scanning now well …

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Australian actor Michael Caton has called on Australians to vote “yes” in the marriage equality postal survey, saying the issue is about allowing everyone in our country to be treated equally before the law. Caton, best known for his roles in Packed to the Rafters and the classic film The Castle, paid tribute in a …

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has “listened carefully” to criticisms and reversed its decision to appoint Zimbabwe tyrant Robert Mugabe as a Goodwill Ambassador. The WHO had named Mugabe as a Goodwill Ambassador following a proposal from director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who praised Zimbabwe for its commitments to public health. Dr Ghebreyesus had …

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A Sydney bride and groom were reportedly left fuming after a rally against same-sex marriage was held outside the cathedral where they wed on Saturday. A crowd of around 500 people gathered outside St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday afternoon, preparing to march through the CBD. The couple told the ABC they’d had “no idea” the …

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