More than 160 LGBTI organisations, leaders and supporters from around the country have signed a statement calling on the federal parliament to recognise the will of the people and ensure marriage equality is passed by the end of the year. Debate is continuing in the Senate this week around Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage …

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Two of the contentious changes to Liberal senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage bill put forward by Liberal and Greens colleagues have been defeated. On Monday, Liberal senators James Paterson and David Fawcett announced they would introduce five amendments to Senator Smith’s same-sex marriage bill, one of which would have introduced a separate definition of marriage …

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The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney has disputed the “unclear” result of the same-sex marriage postal survey because of the survey forms that weren’t returned. Despite a resounding 61.6 per cent of the Australians who took part in the voluntary survey voting “yes”, Archbishop Anthony Fisher said he isn’t convinced by the 80 per cent turnout. …

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Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has emotionally dedicated a speech on same-sex marriage to a gay childhood friend and other LGBTI young people around the country. “In my small high school, one of my best friends was gay, and he struggled for a long time,” she said. “I remember thinking I never did quite enough to …

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Darwin-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTI support group Black Rainbow has announced a new initiative to help prevent suicide in the community. From December 1, the not-for-profit group will offer small grants to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTI community, as part of their “Preventing Suicide Through A Contagion of Love” …

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Researchers have found that crimes against Russia’s LGBTI community have doubled since the introduction of the country’s homophobic “gay propaganda” law. The law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in 2013, bans the public representation of LGBTI people to children, effectively outlawing pride marches and similar demonstrations across the country. And the law has seen a …

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A series of vile, homophobic letters have been sent to a same-sex couple on the Sunshine Coast. Kirk Muddle and his partner Andrew, who live in Maroochydore, were sent the letters on A4 sheets of paper. The notes suggested that gay people should be “castrated” and that the couple are unable to look after their …

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Gladstone marriage celebrant Judy Whicker says she would be honoured to marry the first gay couple in the region, after the successful same-sex marriage “yes” vote last week. A celebrant for more than 10 years, Ms Whicker told the Gladstone Observer she didn’t think the marriage law postal survey should have happened and the federal …

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An extreme anti-gay group from the US has been lambasted online after opening a conference with a flamboyant, rainbow flag-waving interpretative dance. MassResistance, a group dedicating itself to “confronting the attacks on traditional family, children, religion and society”, began its Teens4Truth Conference with the performance by Florida minister Derek Paul last week. Media outlets around …

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The Canadian government will formally apologise for historical discrimination committed against LGBTI Canadians later this month. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on his Twitter: “On November 28, the Government will offer a formal apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House – for the persecution and injustices they have suffered, and to advance together on …

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