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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has confirmed that pop superstar and LGBITQ icon Cher will headline the official 2018 Mardi Gras Party on Saturday, March 3. Described as the Goddess of Pop and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, Cher’s exclusive Australian performance firmly places this year’s Mardi Gras Party as …

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) scrapped gender on all Queensland licences after complaints from the LGBTI community. TMR stopped recording people’s gender and height for all new and renewed licences in October 2016. It said the changes were necessary to make driver’s and marine licences compliant with new anti-discrimination laws. However, an …

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The producers of the Rocky Horror Show have confirmed that understudy Adam Rennie will replace embattled actor Craig McLachlan during the Brisbane leg of the musical starting next week. Earlier this week McLachlan left the current season of the cult classic musical after multiple women levelled accusations of sexual misconduct against him, all of which …

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Philip Ruddock has said that public submissions to the religious freedom review will be published online and the deadline to submit them has been extended. The former Howard Government minister is heading an expert panel to review “whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom” following the passage of same-sex marriage legislation …

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A landmark court ruling has directed 16 Latin American countries to enact marriage equality. The ruling was handed down by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in San Jose in Costa Rica, to which 20 countries that have signed the American Convention on Human Rights are bound. The judges were responding to a petition …

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The organisers of this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras have been criticised by the original activists, the 78ers, for not “appreciating the pain and damage” suffered by the group. This year is the 40th anniversary of the protest rally on June 24, 1978 that was marred by police violence and arrests but would be looked back …

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Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel will this month induct another distinguished drag queen into the venue’s Queensland Drag Hall of Fame. The Drag Hall of Fame takes pride of place in the Lounge Bar of the Spring Hill venue. This Australia Day Eve, another big local name will be immortalised in it, as selected by Sporties’ directors …

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Centrelink has apologised after a Brisbane mother received an automated message refusing to recognise her same-sex marriage earlier this week. Lorraine Pacey told Fairfax Media she was attempting to apply for a childcare rebate and change her marital status through the Centrelink website, but was refused on the basis that her marriage was not legally …

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State and territory Premiers have been urged to take action to scrap Australia’s cruel “forced transgender divorce” laws as soon as possible. In all states and territories except South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, couples who enter an opposite-sex marriage before one partner transitions are forced to divorce before the trans partner can update …

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Australian drag star Courtney Act has gone viral after sharing her thoughts on the scale of gender and sexuality on the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother this week. Speaking to fellow housemate India Willoughby, Britain’s first transgender TV newsreader, Courtney said: “We know that a lot of people just see us as the same and we …

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