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Former Big Brother contestant Tim Dormer has opened up about he and fiance Ash Toweel’s recent engagement party. Tim told Who magazine he plans to marry his partner Ash Toweel next year and spoke about his joy at see his conservative parents enjoy themselves at the couple’s recent bush dance-inspired engagement party. “It was a …

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Russia has banned the Warwick Rowers’ annual nude calendar and the group suspects its because it violates the country’s homophobic “gay propaganda” law. The rowing team at Warwick University in the UK began shooting the nude calendars in 2009 to raise money for their team. As the calendar grew in popularity, the team used profits …

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He’s 99 not out, but Holocaust survivor Wolfgang Lauinger has been bowled over after being denied compensation. Lauinger was forced to spend at least five months of 1950 in prison, detained because of a homophobic 1871 law which became strictly enforced under the Nazis. Earlier this year, Germany’s cabinet backed a bill to clear men …

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Austria’s Constitutional Court has ruled that from 2019 the country’s same-sex couples will have the right to marry. Under existing laws, LGBTI Austrians have been able to enter into civil partnerships since 2010 but the country’s definition of marriage included “different sex” partners only. Those existing laws will end on December 31 next year, unless …

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Magda Szubanski has slammed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for his speech on same-sex marriage earlier this week, urging him to tone down his “gloating”. The actor and comedian said on Tuesday that she thought the prime minister’s speech the day before was inappropriate following the negative experience many LGBTI people had during the same-sex marriage …

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LGBTI Australians have reported a shocking increase in the amount of verbal and physical harassment during the postal survey campaign, according to new research. The Australia Institute and the National LGBTI Health Alliance have released the preliminary findings of a survey of 9,500 LGBTI Australians, as well as friends and family, as debate continues on …

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A rainbow waterfall of fireworks at Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras and the “yes” vote on same-sex marriage. Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the technicolour display – in bright red, yellow, green, blue, purple and silver – would cascade off the Sydney Harbour Bridge to send …

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Labor MP Linda Burney has paid tribute to her late son Binni during a powerful speech on same-sex marriage. Burney, Australia’s first female indigenous MP, explained her longstanding support for marriage equality to colleagues in the parliament on Tuesday. “I have never had a second thought. It seemed so obvious to me,” she said. Her …

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HIV researchers and advocacy groups want Australia to fast-track the approval of home-testing kits as part of the effort to reduce the spread of the virus. The kits have been available online for several years but have yet to be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. New research has found the kits could be especially …

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Deputy state coroner Elaine Truscott has delivered an open finding at the inquest into the death of Matthew (Matt) Leveson. Leveson, 20, went missing in 2007 and was last seen leaving ARQ nightclub in Sydney with his boyfriend, then 45-year-old Michael Atkins. Matt’s parents, Mark and Faye Leveson, who the inquest was told believe Atkins …

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