Jared Polis elected Colorado governor

Colorado Democratic candidate Jared Polis has become the first openly gay man elected to governor of any US state. The five-term congressman (pictured, left) comfortably defeated Republican Walker Stapleton and will succeed incumbent Democrat John Hickenlooper, Vox reported. Polis was open about his sexuality during the election campaign, and often referenced it in his criticism …

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Former Labor leader Mark Latham has joined Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party as its New South Wales state leader and will seek to get elected to the state’s upper house in the upcoming state election. Speaking to Sydney radio station 2GB Latham, alongsider party leader Pauline Hanson, Latham said he joined One Nation so he …

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Anti-transgender stickers spotted in Tasmania have been slammed as a “hateful” response to a debate in the state around changes to birth certificates to benefit trans people. The stickers, shaped like penises and carrying the phrase “Women don’t have penises,” originated in the UK but have come to Australia, spotted by LGBTIQ advocates in Hobart. …

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Ten men have been arrested on suspicion of being gay on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar after police raided a same-sex wedding, according to human rights group Amnesty International. The group said the men were arrested and sex others fled when police raided a party at Pongwe Beach, Zanzibar last Saturday night (November 3). Amnesty …

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Brisbane drag performer Sellma Soul has been crowned this year’s Miss Sportsman Hotel at the venue’s popular annual drag pageant on Saturday night. This year’s competition had a distinctly European flavour with its Eurovision Song Contest theme. After wowing the panel of judges across three rounds, Sellma (pictured above, with 2017 winner Chocolate Boxx) was …

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Michael Kirby

Former high court judge Michael Kirby is planning to marry his longtime partner Johan van Vloten next year, on the 50th anniversary of their first meeting. The esteemed human rights campaigner, who served as a judge the High Court from 1996 to 2009, famously savaged last year’s same-sex marriage postal survey as “unacceptable” and disrespectful …

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Facebook Rainbow

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook are among more than 50 companies to sign a joint letter opposing the Trump administration’s leaked proposal to roll back legal rights and protections for transgender people. Last month, the New York Times obtained a Department of Health and Human Services memo revealing the Trump administration may legally define …

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Gay Conversion Therapies in Australia

More than 1,000 current and former students from Anglican schools have signed an open letter to principals asking them to stop lobbying to keep legal exemptions allowing discrimination against gay teachers. Last week, a group of 34 New South Wales Anglican school principals signed a letter to federal MPs demanding the controversial religious exemption allowing …

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LGBTIQ swim team brisbane sports team

Nine swimmers from Brisbane LGBTIQ team Aqualicious are on the Gold Coast preparing to compete at the eleventh Pan Pacific Masters Games. More than 15,000 athletes from over 30 countries are converging on the coast to compete in more than 40 sports from tomorrow until November 11. Aqualicious president Fernando Claro (pictured) will be among …

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Independent Sydney MP and Equality Campaign co-chair Alex Greenwich has written to the Anglican Church asking for an apology for the LGBTIQ community instead of lobbying for discrimination against gay students and staff in religious schools. Last week, a group of 34 New South Wales Anglican school principals signed a letter to federal MPs demanding …

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