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Queensland’s LGBTI and inclusive water polo team the Brisbane Tritons are inviting everybody to their Open Day in Fortitude Valley next week. The event will be held on Sunday, October 22 at the Valley Pool on Wickham Terrace for anyone who’s interested in joining the club. “Come along, bring your togs, jump in and give …

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, one of the key conservative backers of the same-sex marriage postal survey, has said even though he personally voted “no” he expects the “yes” vote will win. “My judgment is the ‘yes’ vote will get up and [it will be] a win for the ‘yes’ vote. That’s my judgment of what …

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Several Australian celebrities overseas have filmed a video with high-profile US LGBTI advocacy group GLAAD urging Australians to vote ‘yes’ in the postal survey on marriage equality. The stars, which include Hugh Sheridan, Danielle Cormack, Luke Hemsworth, Daniel MacPherson and Courtney Act, all back the “yes” vote in the video. “I’m encouraging you to pick …

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A Brisbane man has reconciled with his high school sweetheart in an episode of SBS’ reality series “Look Me In The Eye”. Hosted by Ray Martin, the often emotional series explores what happens when two estranged people come face-to-face — without saying anything — and spend five minutes looking each other in the eye. On …

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The word “no” appeared in the sky above Melbourne on Tuesday. A skywriter wrote the word a number of times above the Melbourne CBD about 12:30pm. A group opposing same-sex marriage claimed responsibility for the stunt and are reportedly the same activists who crowdfunded to pay for the words “Vote No” to be written in …

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An Anglican rector has blasted the decision of his church’s Sydney diocese to donate $1m to the postal survey “no” campaign in a passionate open letter. Archbishop Glenn Davies (pictured) announced the donation on Monday, telling the church that “removing gender from the marriage construct” would have “irreparable consequences” for society. “I believe that a …

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Gay Queensland men will now be able to apply to have their historical gay sex convictions expunged from their criminal records. Homosexual sex was decriminalised in Queensland in 1991, but men who were charged for consensual activity under several laws prior to that still hold the criminal convictions. On Tuesday night, the Queensland government passed …

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Gay cops deserve the “same rights as everyone else”. That’s the now public view of Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton, who has thrown his support behind same-sex marriage. “We think (same-sex marriage is) probably something that should’ve happened a while ago,” Mr Ashton told 3AW radio. “We’ve got a lot of officers that identify …

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has announced that an estimated 10 million Australians have returned their same-sex marriage postal survey forms. The ABS announced that of the 16 million survey forms sent out to eligible voters, by last Friday an estimated 10.0 million (62.5 per cent) survey forms – an increase of 800,000 forms …

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A gay Sydney man who was viciously attacked by a man hurling homophobic slurs has written about his frustration that his attacker is able to vote in the “degrading” same-sex marriage postal survey. In an emotional post on Facebook that’s been shared more than 4,500 times, Josh Smith (pictured) recounted the “completely unprovoked” attack that …

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