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More than two-thirds of Australians have returned their forms and cast a vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced on Tuesday they’d received an estimated 10.8 million forms – 67.5 per cent of the total – by last Friday, up from 10 million the previous week. The Equality …

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Federal Defence Minister Marise Payne has rejected calls for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to stop providing gender reassignment surgery to troops. One Nation leader Pauline Hanson used Question Time in the Senate on Monday to ask why the ADF has treated 27 personnel for gender dysphoria in the past five years at a cost …

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A rally for marriage equality will be held this weekend in the Brisbane CBD, as campaigners urge supporters to keep up the momentum until the reform is passed. Supporters will gather in Queens Park, on the corner of George and Elizabeth Street in the Brisbane CBD, from 1pm this Saturday, October 21. “Millions have already …

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Parenthood is dynamic. Just when you think you have it nailed, your child is bound to cartwheel into a baffling new phase of development and turn life on its head. Chris and Sophiaan (pictured, left to right) learned this indisputable truth of family life soon after becoming the foster fathers of an eight-year-old boy. The …

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The city of Orlando, Florida has unveiled a rainbow crossing near the Pulse nightclub in memory of the 49 people killed last year. Over 2,700 people signed a petition requesting the crossing in memory of the victims. The permanent fuxture is part of an interim memorial plan to make the nightclub more welcoming to visitors, …

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UN officials have condemned the recent mass arrests of LGBTI people in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia, saying that the countries’ authorities violated international law by detaining, mistreating and torturing them. About 80 people in Azerbaijan, 50 in Egypt and 50 in Indonesia countries were arrested, spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert …

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A network to help aged health care providers meet the needs of older LGBTI community members will be launched on the Sunshine Coast next week. The LGBTI Community Ageing Network (LGBTI CAN) will officially be launched at the Maroochydore Day Respite Centre on Wednesday, 18th October. LGBTI CAN is a collaboration between aged care and …

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Sam Smith has donated a third of the expected profits from his upcoming Australian concert at the Sydney Opera House to Australia’s same-sex marriage “yes” campaign, before the tickets have even gone on sale. The Grammy-winning British singer will play a one-off show at Opera House’s Concert Hall in January next year, and he said …

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It’s October, and that means it’s charity calendar season. The Australian Firefighters Calendar first started in 1993 to support the Children’s Hospital Foundation with funds for research into childhood burns. Since then, 25 years later, the initiative has raised over $2.3 million for a whole range of Australian charities. Firefighters from across the country get …

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Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Northern Exposure, Queensland’s bear festival that attracts visitors from all over the country each year. BrisBears’ NEX 2017 welcomes bears, cubs, chubs, otters, twubs and their admirers from throughout Queensland and around the country to celebrate masculinity and friendship, and is on again this month from October …

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