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Australian model Jesinta Franklin has backed marriage equality and compared the reform to interracial marriage in a passionate essay. In the essay published by Vogue Australia, Jesinta Franklin pointed out that “only a generation ago” her own marriage to Indigenous AFL player Lance “Buddy” Franklin “could have been opposed or prevented” by racial discrimination. “There …

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An Australian man has opened up about his experiences after his HIV diagnosis in the latest instalment of a short film series calling on people to unite against HIV stigma. In the “Talking About Stigma” film series by Queensland Positive People, Australians living with HIV share their stories of stigma, vulnerability and resilience, to call …

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The country’s peak legal body, the Law Council of Australia, has criticised the same-sex marriage bill proposed by Liberal Senator James Paterson as an “extraordinary and perilous” weakening of Australia’s anti-discrimination laws. On Monday, Senator Paterson unveiled a bill to legalise same-sex marriages but also allow a range of service providers to discriminate against same-sex …

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If Australia returns a majority ‘Yes’ vote tomorrow and tells Parliament it wants same-sex marriage to be legalised it will be up to our politicians to sort it out. So the ABC asked all MPs how they would vote if, as expected, Australia says ‘Yes’. The list below details all the responses the ABC received …

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The winners of this year’s Miss Sportsman Hotel drag contest have been announced. On Saturday night, Queensland drag queen Chocolate Boxx took home the top honours at the contest, which this year had a distinctly Australian flavour with the theme “Stars of the Southern Cross”. After wowing the judges with a performance of Christine Anu’s …

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A Brisbane priest who supports marriage equality has backed Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage legislation and warned a “shameful” new rival bill would “legalise homophobia”. Reverent Dr Peter Catt (pictured) is Dean of St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane and a member of lobby group Christians for Marriage Equality. “Since the beginning of this survey, …

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Conservative Liberal MP James Paterson has released a same-sex marriage bill that would weaken anti-discrimination protections against LGBTI people. Paterson’s draft bill would override state and territory anti-discrimination laws to allow the refusal of same-sex weddings by those holding a “genuine” religious or “conscientious belief” against same-sex marriage, allowing discrimination by private service providers. The …

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Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson has defended false claims he made that primary school children are taught how to masturbate and use sex toys as part of the Safe Schools program. On Saturday, Mr Dickson pledged to “abolish the program” if his party gets elected, adding: “We are having little kids in grade four …

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The announcement of the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey is now just days away. At 9am Queensland time on Wednesday morning (November 15), the Australian Bureau of Statistics will announce the result. Free-to-air channels ABC News and SBS have confirmed they’ll broadcast the outcome live that morning. Regardless of the result, “yes” campaigners …

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Hayley Angell and her wife Lisa Harris have had a magical reunion thanks to British Airways after being forced to live 16,000 kilometres apart due to a family tragedy. Hayley, from Brisbane, had been living in Glasgow with Lisa for 18 months when she received the devastating news that her father was suffering from terminal …

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