Gay music legend Peter Allen’s regional hometown of Tenterfield will later this year hold an entire festival to celebrate its special relationship with the performer. Allen was born in the northern New South Wales town in 1944, and rose to fame in the 1970s and 80s, becoming known for his flamboyant stage persona and lavish …

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Young LGBTIQ people in the Victorian city of Bendigo will celebrate diversity at an inclusive Rainbow Ball event later this year. The Rainbow Ball is being organised by Bendigo Police’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers in conjunction with a number of youth and other community groups, and will be held at Ulumbarra Theatre on September …

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ACT Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris has comitted to banning the dangerous and discredited practice of “gay conversion” therapy. “The ACT government will ban gay conversion therapy. It is abhorrent and completely inconsistent with the inclusive values of Canberrans,” Fitzharris said. “The ACT Government isn’t aware of these practices being undertaken in the ACT, but we …

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Southport Police Station has raised its first rainbow flag on Thursday to mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). IDAHOBIT is recognised internationally to raise awareness of discrimination and prejudice experienced by queer people and events are held to spread messages of acceptance and inclusion. May 17 is the date on …

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Many LGBTIQ young people are reluctant to report hate crimes to police because they fear further discrimination, according to new research. The report, commissioned by Victoria Police and released on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia today, found young queer people were worried their complaints would not be taken seriously, that they would …

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Russia’s justice minister has claimed they couldn’t find any gay people in Chechnya during an investigation into reports of a brutal “gay purge” in the Russian region. Independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta first reported last year that men had been abducted and tortured as part of an alleged “purge,” which has been repeatedly denied by …

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The Victorian government has ordered an inquiry into the “insidious” practice of so-called “gay conversion” therapy. Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy (pictured) has asked the state’s Health Complaints Commissioner to conduct a broad-ranging investigation into the dangerous and discredited practice, which involves attempting to change or suppress a person’s sexuality or gender identity. “We have …

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The Ipswich and Scenic Rim councils in southeast Queensland will be raising rainbow flags on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on Thursday. The International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia falls on May 17 each year, and is marked with community and workplace events that celebrate equality and inclusion. Parents and Friends of …

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The first teaser trailer for the long-awaited biopic of rock band Queen and frontman Freddie Mercury has been released. Rami Malek, the star of TV series Mr. Robot, plays the charismatic Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, set to hit screens later this year. The film, which will be released 27 years after Mercury’s death, is described …

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Hervey Bay’s LGBTIQ community will gather to commemorate this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on May 17. The day is recognised internationally to raise awareness of discrimination and prejudice experienced by queer people and events are held to spread messages of acceptance and inclusion. Community members will wear their most colourful …

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