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Two local legends have been honoured for more than 30 years of tireless activism for the transgender community at the 2017 Trans Awards in Brisbane on Sunday. Gina Mather and Krissy Johnson from the Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland (ATSAQ) were given the inaugural Community Achievement Award at the night of nights for Brisbane’s trans …

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A bizarre interview with North Queensland MP Bob Katter on the subject of the marriage equality vote is going viral online. Last Wednesday it was announced that 61 per cent of voters were in favour of same-sex marriage, and 38 per cent were against. But in Bob Katter’s electorate of Kennedy, 53.3 per cent of …

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A memorial service to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held in Brisbane on Monday night. The day is recognised around the world every November 20 to honour the moemory of those whose lives were lost to transphobic violence. In Brisbane, all trans and gender diverse people, family, friends and allies are invited …

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A man caught on camera painting over Sydney’s George Michael mural has reportedly been slapped with a graffiti charge. The artwork, depicted the singer and gay icon as “Saint George Michael,” was painted by artist Scott Marsh on a building in Sydney’s inner-west in the weeks after Michael’s death on Christmas Day last year. Video …

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Australian tennis legend Margaret Court is not happy with the resounding “Yes” vote that emerged from the same-sex marriage postal survey. Court, now a Perth-based pastor, caused controversy earlier this year when she said she would boycott Qantas because of CEO Alan Joyce’s support of same-sex marriage. And after the “yes” vote was announced on …

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Some of Australia’s top hockey players have joined with Western Australia’s LGBTI-inclusive hockey team the Perth Pythons to shoot a nude calendar. The initiative is to fundraise for their efforts to combat homophobia in the sport, the team says. “Growing up, I would hear a lot of homophobic slurs thrown around the hockey field,” Perth …

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Few would argue with Trevor Evans’ notion that the resounding ‘Yes’ vote for marriage equality is a “national watershed moment”. As with the entire LGBT community, Evans (pictured), Queensland’s first openly gay Member of Parliament, wants a special Christmas present this year. “This is national watershed moment,” he told Fairfax Media, applauding the 80 per …

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Australian small businesses are set to share in a multi-million dollar same-sex wedding boom, an economist says. ANZ senior economist Cherelle Murphy said the economic benefits of marriage equality related to weddings alone could be $650 million in the first 12 months. According to the 2016 Census, there were nearly 47,000 same-sex couples living together …

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An Sydney octogenerian couple have spoken of their plans to finally marry after Wednesday’s “yes” result. John Challis and Arthur Cheeseman, aged 89 and 85, have been together for five decades and said they’re planning a low-key ceremony for the new year. “Without any fuss, just very quietly,” he told ABC Radio. “We’ll probably go …

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Senators Dean Smith and Penny Wong have delivered emotional speeches as debate gets underway on his same-sex marriage bill. Smith’s widely-supported private member’s bill was introduced to the Senate on Wednesday with the help of a cross-party group of Senators, just hours after it was announced 61.6 per cent of Australians had voted ‘yes’ in …

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