Don’t miss out on tickets to the annual ATSAQ Christmas party at the Sportsman Hotel in Spring Hill in November! The Australian Transgender Association Queensland (ATSAQ) are holding their annual Christmas luncheon at the venue from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, November 25, hosted by Sporties regular Candy Surprise (pictured, centre). ATSAQ president Gina Mather …

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The High Court will today begin hearing a legal challenge to the validity of the federal government’s postal survey on same-sex marriage. There are two groups of challengers – the first is led by Tasmanian Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, PFLAG’s Shelley Argent and Rainbow Families Victoria’s Felicity Marlowe. The second group is the Human Rights …

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A landmark Australian study has found transgender young people are at high risk for suicide and are approximately 10 times more likely than other young Australians to experience serious depression and anxiety. Trans Pathways, by the Telethon Kids Institute, is the largest ever survey conducted into the mental health of Australian trans youth and the …

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Tributes have flowed for terminally ill British journalist Dean Eastmond, who lost his battle with a rare form of tissue cancer. The 21-year-old had been documenting his cancer battle on Twitter, and last month shared the devastating news that he had only weeks to live. Eastmond has told his Twitter followers that the wish at …

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A petition launched to deregister a doctor who appeared in a TV ad for the same-sex marriage “No” campaign has been taken down for breaching host website CommunityRun’s terms and conditions. Sydney GP Dr Pansy Lai was one of three mothers who appeared in the Marriage Coalition advertisement, voicing concerns about the effects of legalising …

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Singer Troye Sivan has joined the cast of “Boy Erased”, a film adaptation of a memoir about a teenager’s time in a harmful “gay conversion” program. Sivan will star alongside fellow Aussie actors Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in the film, which will be directed by Australian actor-director Joel Egerton. The film will tell the …

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A Canadian charity has reported that they’ve helped 31 gay and bisexual men escape persecution in the Russian region of Chechnya. Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and human rights groups reported in April that gay men in Chechnya were being abducted and violently tortured because of their sexual orientation, prompting global outcry. The Toronto-based charity Rainbow …

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Open Doors Youth Service received the lion’s share of funding to protect the mental health of LGBTIQ community members during the Australian Marriage Law postal survey. As part of a “no-harm” campaign, Queensland Health provided a funding boost to Open Doors Youth Service and also Lifeline, Kids Helpline and Queensland AIDS Council. Of the total …

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A Brisbane priest has joined a new group of Christian same-sex marriage advocates to urge Australians to vote “yes” in the upcoming postal survey. St John’s Anglican Cathedral Dean Dr Peter Catt (pictured), who is part of a new interdenominational advocacy group called Australian Christians for Marriage Equality, said that extending the availability of marriage …

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Early bird tickets are now on sale for Tropical Fruits’ New Year’s Festival, the group’s signature four-day LGBTIQ celebration held in the city of Lismore in northern New South Wales. This year’s theme is “Neon Garden,” and the group’s colourful Street Parade through the CBD of Lismore – known by locals as the Rainbow Region …

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