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Edith Windsor, the woman of small stature but largely responsible for attaining marriage equality in the United States, has died aged 88 – but her legacy will forever live on. In 2013, Windsor’s Supreme Court case struck down the Defence of Marriage Act, granting same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time. This was …

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RUOK? That simple question will be on the lips of thousands of Australians today. Each year on the second Thursday in September people are urged to connect with family, friends and colleagues to help anyone who may be struggling with life’s problems or mental health issues. According to ABS data, 3027 people died by suicide …

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Grave concerns have been raised over the privacy and security of people’s votes in the same-sex marriage postal survey. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has warned voters not to post pictures that reveal the unique barcode printed on each survey form because it could jeopardise the results. Images of forms, with and without barcodes, have …

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Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has alleged his godson Sean was punched after objecting to a man using gay slurs and tearing down rainbow flags put up in Brisbane to support marriage equality. Rudd posted a photo of Brisbane musician Sean Foster bleeding from a cut to his forehead to his Instagram, writing: “So many …

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is one of 24 Coalition MPs to sign a statement urging Australians to vote “yes” in the same-sex marriage postal survey. The Guardian reported the statement is signed by Liberal and National MPs and senators including cabinet ministers Simon Birmingham, Christopher Pyne, George Brandis, Kelly O’Dwyer, Darren Chester, Greg Hunt, Josh …

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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has donated $1 million to the ‘Yes’ campaign cause for marriage equality in Australia. That amounts to 4% of his latest annual income, reportedly $25 million last year alone, including salary and bonuses. To put that in perspective, the average adult wage is $61,420.40, 4% of which would equate to a …

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Audiences will see a familiar face in Brisbane theatre group Nash Theatre’s upcoming production of La Cage Aux Folles. Ross Waghorn, who performs as drag queen Wanda D’Parke (pictured, right) will star in the iconic musical, which follows nightclub owner Georges and drag queen Albin. “It’s set in St Tropez in the South of France. …

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With the same-sex marriage debate in full swing, on Monday night Q&A raised the question of whether marriage has any place in society at all. With rising divorce rates, should we discontinue our focus on marriage and instead focus on relationships and commitment? Philosopher AC Grayling said the legal institution of marriage is very sexist …

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The winners of BootCo’s annual Mr Queensland Leather and Queensland Leather Boy competitions for 2017 have been crowned. Scott Lovegrove won the title of Mr QLD Leather at the Brisbane leather community group’s annual Corium leather and kink dance party on September 9. Nick Michael was the winner of Queensland Leather Boy 2016, also presented …

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Community events have been held throughout Queensland to mark World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme for the day (officially Sunday, September 10) was “Take a Minute, Change a Life”, aimed at emphasising the importance of having a supportive conversation with someone if you are concerned about their well-being. The increasing suicide rate is alarming, with …

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