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The Greens have criticised the AFL for waiting months to rule out transgender player Hannah Mouncey’s nomination for the Women’s League draft. Mouncey, who began her gender transition in 2015, had been waiting since June to hear before the AFL made the announcement on Tuesday, less than 24 hours before the draft. The AFL said …

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Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey has been blocked from participating in the AFL Women’s League’s 2018 season. The AFL said in a statement it based its decision on the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act, which states athletes can be discriminated against based on their sex “if strength, stamina or physique is relevant.” The draft subcommittee “carefully considered …

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Warning: distressing content A 30-year-old gay Russian man has publicly identified himself as one of the victims of Chechnya’s so-called “gay purge”. Maxim Lapunov (pictured) is the first to be named and pictured as a victim of the violent campaign of gay persecution in the Russian region that authorities, including president Ramzan Kadyrov, have repeatedly …

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West Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith


Labor has backed Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage bill if the same-sex marriage survey delivers a majority “yes” vote next month. The Labor caucus on Tuesday voted to allow a conscience vote on the bill – which contains protections for religious freedoms demanded by conservatives – should the Australian Bureau of Statistics announce a …

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More than two-thirds of Australians have returned their forms and cast a vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced on Tuesday they’d received an estimated 10.8 million forms – 67.5 per cent of the total – by last Friday, up from 10 million the previous week. The Equality …

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Federal Defence Minister Marise Payne has rejected calls for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to stop providing gender reassignment surgery to troops. One Nation leader Pauline Hanson used Question Time in the Senate on Monday to ask why the ADF has treated 27 personnel for gender dysphoria in the past five years at a cost …

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A rally for marriage equality will be held this weekend in the Brisbane CBD, as campaigners urge supporters to keep up the momentum until the reform is passed. Supporters will gather in Queens Park, on the corner of George and Elizabeth Street in the Brisbane CBD, from 1pm this Saturday, October 21. “Millions have already …

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Parenthood is dynamic. Just when you think you have it nailed, your child is bound to cartwheel into a baffling new phase of development and turn life on its head. Chris and Sophiaan (pictured, left to right) learned this indisputable truth of family life soon after becoming the foster fathers of an eight-year-old boy. The …

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The city of Orlando, Florida has unveiled a rainbow crossing near the Pulse nightclub in memory of the 49 people killed last year. Over 2,700 people signed a petition requesting the crossing in memory of the victims. The permanent fuxture is part of an interim memorial plan to make the nightclub more welcoming to visitors, …

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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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