australia post

At least one families’ same-sex marriage postal survey forms were among more than four months of mail left undelivered in a postbox in regional Victoria that was neglected by Australia Post. The town of Beechworth in Victoria’s north-east share just two post boxes between its 3,859 residents, the ABC reported, and local residents Joanne and …

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Human Rights Law Centre

The Northern Territory government has moved to expunge the criminal records of people convicted of consensual homosexual activity prior to decriminalisation in the territory in 1984. Attorney-General Natasha Fyles introduced the legislation to parliament on Wednesday and said it was an important step towards righting past historical wrongs against the territory’s LGBTIQ community. “Across the …

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Rupauls drag race

The upcoming tenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race is almost here. This season will have 14 queens, including returning season nine contestant Eureka O’Hara who was forced to bow out of the competition last year early for medical reasons. Which one of them has the right amount of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to become …

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The cost of PrEP will be slashed from April 1, after the HIV prevention medication is finally listed and subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that has been found to be up to 99% effective at reducing the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people, …

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The Turnbull Government’s religious freedom review has been extended after it received an “unprecedented” number of submissions. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the review, headed by former Howard Government minister Philip Ruddock, had requested the extension because it had receiving more than 16,000 submissions. The panel’s deadline to deliver its report has been pushed …

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Organisers have announced that this year’s Sunshine Coast Pride Festival has been rescheduled for next month. The festival, organised by volunteers from the Sunshine Coast Pride Network, was to be held in late February but had to be postponed due to bad weather. Festival organisers have rescheduled the Fair Day event for Saturday, April 28 …

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Want to pick up a bargain frock or wig for your next drag or performing arts show? Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel will hold another of their successful “Drag Swap Meets” this weekend. There’ll be a wide range of glamorous frocks, fabric, shoes, wigs, jewellery and makeup on offer, as several Queensland drag stars and vendors come …

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MP Alison Standen

Tasmania has elected the state’s first openly lesbian MP to parliament during the state election earlier this month. Labor candidate Alison Standen was elected to the Tasmanian Parliament after standing in the state seat of Franklin. On the campaign trail, Standen said, “Leadership to me is about connection to values; and about courage to stand …

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transgender

Australian children with gender dysphoria will no longer require court approval to undergo surgery if they have parental and doctors’ permission, in a landmark ruling by the Family Court of Australia. The Family Court made the ruling in the case of a 16-year-old boy, known under the pseudonym Matthew, who sought the court’s consent to …

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Judges Gavel

New Zealand LGBTIQ rights activists have called on the New Zealand government to reconsider compensation for men whose lives were “wrecked” by their historical gay sex convictions. Last year, former justice minister Amy Adams apologised to the gay men who were convicted for engaging in consensual sex prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1986. …

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