A new campaign calling for transgender law reform across the country has been launched by the Human Rights Law Centre and Australian Marriage Equality. With the #MyIDMyIdentity campaign, the groups are calling on several state and territory governments to remove “unnecessary barriers” that prevent trans and gender diverse people from obtaining accurate identity documents. HRLC …

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A regional Victorian drag performer is encouraging every Australian to have an important conversation with their loved ones about organ donation. Victorian man Max Primmer underwent a kidney transplant in March 2012 after a calcium build-up in his bladder caused sudden, total kidney failure. Max was on dialysis for for four hours a day, three …

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Bisexual men

Young bisexual men are the least likely to be open about their sexuality among their peers, according to a new Australian survey. The survey of 11,000 young people by radio station triple j suggested that gay men aged between 18 and 29 are more than twice as likely to have “come out” as their bisexual …

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Victorian government

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services’ Pride Network has backed a new campaign encouraging people to use gender-neutral language, including pronouns like “they” and “them” instead of “he” and “she”. The department is promoting the first Wednesday of every month as “They Day,” with staff given the option to wear stickers with their …

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My Health Record stock photo supplied by federal government

Police and government agencies will not be able to access a person’s My Health Record data without a court order under law changes proposed by the federal government. Medical records will be stored on a national database under the controversial federal government scheme, to be viewed by patients, GPs, specialists, pharmacists and hospital staff, with …

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An octogenarian gay couple from Sydney have opened up about married life and companionship after recently tying the knot. Graeme and Brian, both 84, recently married after a chance meeting last year at the Mature Age Gay group in Sydney. “I’ve been a member of the group for 25 years, since it first started,” Brian …

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A new mural greeting patrons to the Sportsman Hotel pays tribute to the iconic Brisbane gay venue’s history. The mural was unveiled last month to coincide with the 57th Queens Ball Awards, and depicts two leather-clad men alongside Queensland drag queens Vollie LaVont and Mandy Moobs surrounded by a rainbow ribbon, below the words “Sporties …

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The man who vandalised a mural of George Michael with black paint in the Sydney suburb of Erskineville has been found guilty of malicious damage. Ben Gittany was caught on video saying “I’m defending my religion” as he damaged the seven-metre tall artwork last November, just days after the result of the marriage postal survey …

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More football teams are being encouraged to hold their own LGBTIQ-inclusive Pride Cup matches after Queensland’s first was hailed a success last Saturday. The initiative sees footy teams don rainbow colours to celebrate inclusion and diversity in sport and send a message to LGBTIQ players and fans that they’re welcome and accepted. The Robina Roos …

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LGBT Legal Service are offering assistance to Queensland men with gay sex convictions

Alan Raabe, the Queensland man who became the face of the campaign to expunge the state’s historical gay convictions, may be ineligible to have his own expunged, his lawyer says. Homosexual sex was decriminalised in Queensland in 1991, but men who were charged for consensual activity under several laws prior to that still hold the …

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