Youth mental health organisation headspace has released a video reminding young LGBTIQ people they need to look after themselves amid the negative elements of the marriage equality debate. Developed by a team of young people at headspace, the video offers four simple messages: 1. Look after yourself 2. Look after others 3. Connect with the …

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Bodo Mende and Karl Kreile have become the first same-sex couple to get married in Germany. In June, German lawmakers voted to legalise same-sex marriage, and the couple’s wedding at Schoeneberg district town hall in Berlin on Sunday was the first since the new law came into effect. Kreile and Mende first met in 1979 …

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Indonesia is set to pass a law that would ban the portrayal of LGBTI characters in television shows. The Jakarta Post reported widespread support in the country’s House of Representatives for the new broadcasting bill, which includes a ban on any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender “behaviour” on TV. All shows, including advertisements and documentaries, …

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Warning: nudity Did you miss them? It’s October already – that means the boys from Warwick Rowers are already stripping down to promote their annual fundraising calendar. The rowing team from Warwick University stripped off and produced their very first nude calendar in 2009 as a way of raising money for their sport. The calendars …

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By Hannah Robert, La Trobe University and Fiona Kelly, La Trobe University Opponents of marriage equality often say that married and de facto couples already have the same rights. To what extent is this true? And, in legal terms, how much do the differences matter? In an opinion piece last week, former prime minister Tony …

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Actor Tom Cruise has reponded to a viral rumour about wearing a “prosthetic butt” in one of his movies. It all began last month, when Twitter user Swizz Keats shared a screengrab of Cruise’s backside in a scene from 2008 World War II drama Valkyrie. In the tweet, he wrote: “hello, please, i present the …

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Controversial comedian Kathy Griffin won’t be shying away from her recent run-in with US President Donald Trump during her upcoming Australian tour. The US comedian and actress Kathy Griffin has a reputation for skewering celebrities and in May, a photo of her holding up a model of Mr Trump’s bloodied, severed head caused an international …

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Music icon Sir Elton John has made a heartfelt call for Australia to vote for marriage equality as he prepares for two concerts in north Queensland. The star posted a photo of his 2014 wedding to husband David Furnish to his social media accounts and wrote that Australia should embrace the reform as an “expression …

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The 38-year-old man Tasmanian Police have charged with headbutting former prime minister Tony Abbott has said the incident had “nothing to do with marriage equality.” On radio station 3AW on Thursday, Abbott alleged he was walking from the office of a Tasmanian newspaper to his hotel in Hobart when a man wearing a “vote yes” …

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Five mental health groups have joined forces in the campaign for marriage equality, claiming up to 3000 youth suicide attempts a year could be prevented by a “yes” vote. Mental health service providers have reported the divisive same-sex marriage postal survey campaign has led to a spike in demand for their services. The five groups …

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