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Prominent “no” campaigner and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott is reportedly set to address a US organisation that has been condemned for its extreme, anti-LGBTI views. Abbott will speak to the conservative Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) about his opposition to marriage equality later this month, Fairfax Media reported. According to the Human Rights …

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Scientists say they’ve discovered where in the body the HIV virus “hides” to dodge the immune system’s defences. Researchers at Sydney’s Westmead Institute for Medical Research have reportedly discovered intact HIV residing in the body’s immune cells known as “effector memory T-cells” that are meant to attack infections, including HIV. Associate Professor Sarah Palmer, deputy …

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The LiveAid-style “YesFest” concert planned in Sydney on Sunday, October 29 has sadly been cancelled. The concert was set to feature performances from rocker Jimmy Barnes, Client Liaison, Flight Facilities, Megan Washington, and Killing Heidi. Organisers said in a statement: “YesFest was an ambitious project to pull off in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, …

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A documentary based on the recent “Coming Back Out Ball” for LGBTI seniors is in production. The spectacular event was held at the Melbourne’s Town Hall earlier this month to honour and celebrate the elders as part of the state’s Seniors Festival. “The Coming Back Out Ball is inspired by research revealing that some LGBTI …

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Organisers have hailed Queensland’s first LGBTI and inclusive formal for high school students a success. Held last weekend at the University of Sunshine Coast, the event brought together Year 10-12 students from all over the state for a night of music, entertainment and the opportunity to come together and socialise. Sunshine Coast Pride Network co-chair …

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A new poll has revealed the “yes” vote has a commanding lead in the same-sex marriage postal survey. The latest Newspoll published by The Australian newspaper suggests the “yes” campaign is leading by millions of votes, with 59 percent of the 1,583 respondents reporting a “yes” vote. The “no” campaign have garnered 38 percent of …

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The Greens have criticised the AFL for waiting months to rule out transgender player Hannah Mouncey’s nomination for the Women’s League draft. Mouncey, who began her gender transition in 2015, had been waiting since June to hear before the AFL made the announcement on Tuesday, less than 24 hours before the draft. The AFL said …

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Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey has been blocked from participating in the AFL Women’s League’s 2018 season. The AFL said in a statement it based its decision on the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act, which states athletes can be discriminated against based on their sex “if strength, stamina or physique is relevant.” The draft subcommittee “carefully considered …

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Warning: distressing content A 30-year-old gay Russian man has publicly identified himself as one of the victims of Chechnya’s so-called “gay purge”. Maxim Lapunov (pictured) is the first to be named and pictured as a victim of the violent campaign of gay persecution in the Russian region that authorities, including president Ramzan Kadyrov, have repeatedly …

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West Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith


Labor has backed Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage bill if the same-sex marriage survey delivers a majority “yes” vote next month. The Labor caucus on Tuesday voted to allow a conscience vote on the bill – which contains protections for religious freedoms demanded by conservatives – should the Australian Bureau of Statistics announce a …

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