Comedian Tom Ballard’s talk show Tonightly has been axed, the ABC has announced. The ABC said in a statement that Tonightly With Tom Ballard wouldn’t be renewed and will air its last episode on September 7. Host Tom Ballard said that it had been “an honour and a privilege” to host the show, “even though …

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Indonesia's Aceh province

Two women in Malaysia have been sentenced to six lashes with a cane after they were arrested for having sex with each other. Police arrested the women, aged 32 and 22, in April for trying to have sex in a car in the state of Terengganu, in the country’s north-west, Pink News reported. Police accused …

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Conchita Wurst

Turkey’s boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest will reportedly continue next year because of the competition’s inclusion of LGBTIQ performers. The country has not participated since 2012, and Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) boss Ibrahim Eren said the country was unlikely to compete in 2019. “As a public broadcaster we cannot broadcast live at 9pm, …

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Mick Fuller

A group of ’78ers have heard New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller deliver an apology for the police violence that marred the original Mardi Gras march on June 24, 1978. That night, the marchers held a celebratory parade that was violently broken up by police. Fifty-three of the marchers were arrested, beaten and publicly …

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Ruby Rose has been cast as Jewish lesbian superhero Batwoman

Actress Ruby Rose has deleted her Twitter account after copping backlash over her casting as DC superhero Batwoman. Last week it was announced the 32-year-old would play the character in an upcoming crossover episode featuring characters from superhero shows The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl on US network The CW. Batwoman, real name …

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Neighbours david and aaron wedding

Long-running soap Neighbours has given fans a glimpse of gay couple David and Aaron’s upcoming same-sex wedding in a new video released online. The couple got engaged in scenes that screened in May and the new video shows the characters celebrating before David and Aaron (played by Matt Wilson and Takaya Honda) walk down the …

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Managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby Martyn Iles

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has launched a petition calling on federal Labor not to ban the harmful practice of “gay conversion” therapy. The anti-transgender petition, which now has 19,000 signatures, hits out at Labor over the consultation draft of the party’s platform, set to be debated at their national conference in December. The draft …

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Supporters hold up a banner during a pride march in San Jose in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional and discriminatory. The court ruling gives the Central American country’s lawmakers 18 months to change the current law. President Carlos Alvarado, who supports same-sex marriage, welcomed the ruling and said he wanted to ensure no Costa Rican person faced discrimination …

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A homeless person lies on the concrete in this stock photo

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has called for “epidemic levels” of homelessness in New South Wales to be treated as a state of emergency. Greenwich said the number of people with no fixed address in New South Wales had risen by 37 per cent since the 2011 Census. Research shows the issue disproportionately affects gay, …

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The Brisbane Tritons inclusive water polo team hold up their banner at the opening ceremony of the Gay Games 2018 in Paris, France

A contingent of Aussie athletes were among the 10,000 sportspeople converging on Paris last weekend for the opening ceremony of this year’s Gay Games. Among the Brisbane sportspeople attending this year’s Games are players and coaches from the inclusive water polo team the Brisbane Tritons, attending the competition for the first time. Tritons President Sean …

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