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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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It’s October, and that means it’s charity calendar season. The Australian Firefighters Calendar first started in 1993 to support the Children’s Hospital Foundation with funds for research into childhood burns. Since then, 25 years later, the initiative has raised over $2.3 million for a whole range of Australian charities. Firefighters from across the country get …

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Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Northern Exposure, Queensland’s bear festival that attracts visitors from all over the country each year. BrisBears’ NEX 2017 welcomes bears, cubs, chubs, otters, twubs and their admirers from throughout Queensland and around the country to celebrate masculinity and friendship, and is on again this month from October …

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A conservative Anglican bishop from Western Australia is threatening to abandon the registration of marriages if the postal survey returns a “yes” vote and there “aren’t enough” religious protections. Bishop of North West Australia Gary Nelson said that if religious protections fell short, the diocese would have to withdraw from providing all marriage approvals. He …

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Colton Haynes has opened up about his struggle with depression and anxiety in an important message on World Mental Health Day. The American Horror Story actor took to his Instagram on Tuesday to post a photo of himself to Instagram and wrote to his followers: “This is a photo I took of myself about a …

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Queensland’s LGBTI and inclusive water polo team the Brisbane Tritons are inviting everybody to their Open Day in Fortitude Valley next week. The event will be held on Sunday, October 22 at the Valley Pool on Wickham Terrace for anyone who’s interested in joining the club. “Come along, bring your togs, jump in and give …

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, one of the key conservative backers of the same-sex marriage postal survey, has said even though he personally voted “no” he expects the “yes” vote will win. “My judgment is the ‘yes’ vote will get up and [it will be] a win for the ‘yes’ vote. That’s my judgment of what …

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Several Australian celebrities overseas have filmed a video with high-profile US LGBTI advocacy group GLAAD urging Australians to vote ‘yes’ in the postal survey on marriage equality. The stars, which include Hugh Sheridan, Danielle Cormack, Luke Hemsworth, Daniel MacPherson and Courtney Act, all back the “yes” vote in the video. “I’m encouraging you to pick …

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