Archbishop of Brisbane Phillip Aspinall has joined the crusade to have Queensland’s “gay panic” murder defence abolished. Speaking after his Easter Sunday mass, Dr Aspinall (pictured) said he supported Catholic priest Father Paul Kelly in his calls for the Homosexual Advance Defence to be removed from Queensland common law. The defence means a murder charge …

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South Sydney and Kiwis hooker Issac Luke is under investigation by the NRL integrity unit after posting a homophobic slur on Instagram. Luke, responding to taunts from Bulldogs fans, wrote: “Get off my page you lil poofters.” A last-minute penalty gave the Rabbitohs an 18-17 win in Friday night’s controversial game. Bulldogs fans hurled bottles …

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Same sex marriage in Ireland will be decided on by referendum on May 22 and with fears that older generations may not be as welcoming of marriage equality as younger generations, a ring your granny campaign has been launched. The idea was spearheaded by a group of students who filmed themselves calling their grandparents asking …

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence has been forced to overhaul the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act which sparked outcry with claims that it discriminated against the LBGT community. Now for the first time in Indiana’s history, it has enacted protections based on sexual orientation. The revised legislation — which will take effect July 1 — …

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A penny for your thoughts? Not so for gay artist Christoff Gillen who was fined 6000 pennies for chalking his thoughts on the pavements in Belfast City Centre. Gillen wrote the word “love” about 200 times as his artwork wended its way towards Ulster University’s art college campus. While his road to the art college …

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The Sportsman Hotel will unveil their newly renovated downstairs bar this weekend at a grand champagne opening to be held on Easter Sunday. Formally known as the Mineshaft, the downstairs area will also be given a new name to go along with its new look. The new bar will now be known as ‘Nellie’s Bar’ …

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Boundary-pushing Canadian electro artist Peaches is coming to Australia. The transgressive singer, whose real name is Merrill Nisker, has announced a string of Australian club sideshows along the east coast and Perth in May to complement her regional performances  at the  Groovin The Moo Festival. Peaches will play the Hi-Fi in Brisbane on  May 6, …

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Now we have heard a lot of strange arguments against same-sex marriage in recent years, but we think that Irish Senator Fidelma Healy Eames’ recent claim that marriage equality would lead to Mother’s Day being banned just about takes the cake. Ahead of Ireland’s same-sex marriage vote in May, Healy Eames took to twitter to …

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A controversial religious freedom law in the US state of Indiana has paved the way for open discrimination of gay people. Protests have already sprung up in the streets of capital Indianapolis, with critics claiming the Religious Freedom Restoration Act could give businesses such as restaurants a legal loophole for refusing to serve gay men …

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Referee Nigel Owens has received a face-to-face apology from the teenager who sent him a homophobic tweet after England’s recent Six Nations game with France. Edryd James, 18, apologised to Mr Owens for the offence he had caused at a meeting held at Carmarthen Police Station. The Swansea University student is suspected of posting: “Your …

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