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A Liberal senator has said marriage equality could be legalised by Christmas if a “yes” vote is returned in the postal survey. Education minister Simon Birmingham (pictured, left) told Sky News the government wouldn’t delay the introduction of same-sex marriage legislation. “If the Australian people … have indicated a ‘Yes’ vote, the government will get …

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Australian country music singer John Williamson has added his voice to the “yes” vote for same sex marriage with his new single “Love is the Word”. The singer was inspired to write the song for his grandchildren both in response to the fight for marriage equality and the rise of “hate and extreme nationalism”. “The …

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The Western Australian government will apologise to the LGBTI community ahead of the introduction of legislation to expunge historical gay convictions. On Wednesday, the state’s Premier Mark McGowan will apologise on behalf of the parliament to those convicted because of their homosexuality. The state decriminalised consensual homosexual activity in March 1990 but those prosecuted under …

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The career of England cricket team vice-captain Ben Stokes might quite literally rise from the Ashes. Two gay men have come forward and claimed the all-rounder was defending them from homophobic abuse when he was arrested following an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub. Kai Barry, 26, and Billy O’Connell, 20, told London’s Sun newspaper Stokes …

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A group of lawmakers in Egypt have reportedly unveiled legislation that would make it a crime to be gay – or an ally – in the country. A draft of the legislation was announced with the backing of 15 members of the Egyptian parliament and would explicitly make homosexuality punishable by up to three years …

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Trans youth campaigner Georgie Stone has been named the 2018 Victorian Young Australian of the Year. She made history when, at 10 years old, she became the youngest person in Australia to be granted permission by the courts to take hormone blockers, and has since become a tireless advocate for other transgender young people. Georgie’s …

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Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi has set the stage for a stoush in the parliament over religious exemptions in same-sex marriage legislation. Last week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told News Corp that if a “yes” vote was returned in the postal survey, legislation would “sail through” the parliament and the issue would be dealt with …

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Olympian Ian Thorpe has urged young people to get their completed forms in the mail by Friday to ensure they’re received by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in time to be counted. Thorpe said he was optimistic that the marriage survey would return a “yes” result and was pleased with the turnout, but wants more …

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Today is Intersex Awareness Day – the “I” in “LGBTI” – and Australian advocates are calling for more action on intersex health issues. Intersex people are born with internal or external sex anatomy that doesn’t fit typical definitions of “female” or “male”. Physical variations in intersex people can include chromosomes, internal organs and genitals. Nearly …

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The Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force has stood up for the country’s transgender troops amid a “hysterical” debate over their gender reassignment surgery. Politicians including Pauline Hanson, Cory Bernardi and Liberal MP Andrew Hastie seized on a report by News Corp last week that more than $1 million had been spent on 17 …

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