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Warning: distressing content A 30-year-old gay Russian man has publicly identified himself as one of the victims of Chechnya’s so-called “gay purge”. Maxim Lapunov (pictured) is the first to be named and pictured as a victim of the violent campaign of gay persecution in the Russian region that authorities, including president Ramzan Kadyrov, have repeatedly …

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West Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith


Labor has backed Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage bill if the same-sex marriage survey delivers a majority “yes” vote next month. The Labor caucus on Tuesday voted to allow a conscience vote on the bill – which contains protections for religious freedoms demanded by conservatives – should the Australian Bureau of Statistics announce a …

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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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