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A Canadian charity has reported that they’ve helped 31 gay and bisexual men escape persecution in the Russian region of Chechnya. Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and human rights groups reported in April that gay men in Chechnya were being abducted and violently tortured because of their sexual orientation, prompting global outcry. The Toronto-based charity Rainbow …

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Open Doors Youth Service received the lion’s share of funding to protect the mental health of LGBTIQ community members during the Australian Marriage Law postal survey. As part of a “no-harm” campaign, Queensland Health provided a funding boost to Open Doors Youth Service and also Lifeline, Kids Helpline and Queensland AIDS Council. Of the total …

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A Brisbane priest has joined a new group of Christian same-sex marriage advocates to urge Australians to vote “yes” in the upcoming postal survey. St John’s Anglican Cathedral Dean Dr Peter Catt (pictured), who is part of a new interdenominational advocacy group called Australian Christians for Marriage Equality, said that extending the availability of marriage …

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Early bird tickets are now on sale for Tropical Fruits’ New Year’s Festival, the group’s signature four-day LGBTIQ celebration held in the city of Lismore in northern New South Wales. This year’s theme is “Neon Garden,” and the group’s colourful Street Parade through the CBD of Lismore – known by locals as the Rainbow Region …

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Kinky Boots is one of the best, best musicals I’ve seen in a very long time. Usually on an opening night, the audience is very staid – I think I saw the governor’s car there – and a few other people in the audience were very reserved. But at the end of the show, they …

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Grandmother and doctor Kerryn Phelps features in a new TV advertisement that hits back at the ad released this week by same-sex marriage “no” campaigners. The “no” ad, created by the Coalition for Marriage and first aired on Tuesday, attempted to conflate marriage equality with sex education in schools and has been widely criticised as …

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New Farm community theatre group Nash Theatre is bringing the campy and big-hearted play La Cage Aux Folles to Brisbane, and Ross Waghorn – better known as Sportsman Hotel drag star Wanda D’Parke – is taking on a lead role. In the play, St Tropez nightclub owner Georges and professional drag star Albin are thrilled …

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Queensland Health has granted four non-government organisations a slice of $338,000 in funding to protect the mental health of LGBTI community members during the upcoming Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Minister for Health Cameron Dick said the funding would provide assistance in managing any increase in demand for services. The one-off funding has been allocated …

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The first TV advertisement promoting a “no” vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey has been criticised as “deliberately misleading”. The ad, produced by the Coalition for Marriage and authorised by Marriage Alliance spokeswoman Sophie York, was released online and aired on TV on Tuesday evening. The ad attempts to conflate the legalisation of …

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Singer Pink has delivered an emotional speech about self-image and gender fluidity at the MTV Video Music Awards last weekend. At the ceremony, the singer performed a medley of her hit songs and accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, honouring her career. On stage, the 37-year-old shared a story about her six-year-old daughter Willow, …

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