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A landmark court ruling has directed 16 Latin American countries to enact marriage equality. The ruling was handed down by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in San Jose in Costa Rica, to which 20 countries that have signed the American Convention on Human Rights are bound. The judges were responding to a petition …

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The organisers of this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras have been criticised by the original activists, the 78ers, for not “appreciating the pain and damage” suffered by the group. This year is the 40th anniversary of the protest rally on June 24, 1978 that was marred by police violence and arrests but would be looked back …

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Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel will this month induct another distinguished drag queen into the venue’s Queensland Drag Hall of Fame. The Drag Hall of Fame takes pride of place in the Lounge Bar of the Spring Hill venue. This Australia Day Eve, another big local name will be immortalised in it, as selected by Sporties’ directors …

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Centrelink has apologised after a Brisbane mother received an automated message refusing to recognise her same-sex marriage earlier this week. Lorraine Pacey told Fairfax Media she was attempting to apply for a childcare rebate and change her marital status through the Centrelink website, but was refused on the basis that her marriage was not legally …

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State and territory Premiers have been urged to take action to scrap Australia’s cruel “forced transgender divorce” laws as soon as possible. In all states and territories except South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, couples who enter an opposite-sex marriage before one partner transitions are forced to divorce before the trans partner can update …

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Australian drag star Courtney Act has gone viral after sharing her thoughts on the scale of gender and sexuality on the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother this week. Speaking to fellow housemate India Willoughby, Britain’s first transgender TV newsreader, Courtney said: “We know that a lot of people just see us as the same and we …

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India could be on the verge of legalising homosexuality after the country’s top court agreed to re-examine the country’s law banning gay sex. The Indian Supreme Court will review the validity of Section 377 of India’s penal code which bans “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal” and has …

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Thailand’s health ministry has issued a warning over a new “penis whitening” procedure that’s reportedly popular among gay men in the country. A Facebook video by Lelux Hospital’s Skin and Laser clinic detailing the treatment, which breaks down melanin in the skin using lasers, reportedly went viral online with more than 19,000 shares in two …

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The first Queensland couple has tied the knot on the first official day of marriage equality. Australia’s same-sex marriage legislation was passed exactly one month ago and while some couples were granted exemptions, today is the first official day of same-sex ceremonies. Queensland athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan timed their vows so they could …

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Local gay rugby team the Brisbane Hustlers are holding their 2018 Open Day this weekend. The event will be held on Saturday, January 13 in New Farm Park in Brisbane from 3:00pm. If you’ve thought about playing Rugby Union but weren’t sure where to begin, the team says the Open Day is the perfect event …

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