Transgender AFL player Hannah Mouncey’s sporting future has become a political football. Mouncey, who has played in the ACT women’s league after beginning her gender transition in 2015, met with league officials last week as they contemplate her latest application to play in Victoria. Mouncey arrived at AFL House in Melbourne seeking answers about her …

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“I now declare you partners, soul mates and lovers for life.” Christine Forster and Virginia Edwards thought it might never happen – but it did, in Sydney on Friday. And sitting in the front row was Christine’s brother, former prime minister Tony Abbott, who spent years campaigning against same-sex marriage. Christine and her long-term partner …

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Australian drag star Courtney Act has won the 21st series of the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother in a landslide, winning 49% of the vote out of the five finalists. Leaving the house dressed in a gold mini dress and with her pink hair in a high ponytail, Courtney told host Ema Willis: “I don’t know …

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Canada has made its national anthem gender-neutral after a bill to change the lyrics passed the country’s Senate. Instead of “True patriot love in all thy sons command,” the line in O Canada will now read: “True patriot love in all of us command”. Introduced by the late Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger (pictured), the bill …

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Pictures of same-sex couples have been censored from a booklet promoting a Catholic event in Dublin which will be attended by the Pope. Pope Francis is expected to attend the World Meeting of Families event in August, a meeting of Catholic activists and preachers that is a keystone in the Church’s global agenda. The booklet …

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South Florida residents Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray have become the first same-sex couple to be legally married at sea on a major cruise line. They tied the knot aboard Celebrity Cruises’ 2850-passenger liner Celebrity Equinox in a ceremony officiated by the vessel’s captain, Dimitrios Manetas. “There are only so many firsts in life, and …

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Indonesian police have raided beauty salons in Aceh province and shamed a group of transgender hairdressers. The women had their heads shaved and were forced to wear men’s clothes in what police say was part of their “coaching” to behave like “real men”. Local Police Chief Ahmad Untung Surianata told the BBC: “We are holding …

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Following a major serve from tennis legend Serena Williams, American player Tennys Sandgren has apologised for a gay club tweet he wrote in 2012. “Stumbled into a gay club last night … my eyes are still bleeding #nooneshouldseethat,” he wrote at the time. The apology came after Williams called on Sandgren to apologise for discriminatory …

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A couple’s dream to marry in 25 countries around the world has sadly come to a premature end. Dutch artist Julian Broom passed away yesterday. A simple post on her wife Fleur Pierets’ Facebook page read: “Julian P. Boom 18.11.1977 – 22.01.2018”. It was accompanied by a moving YouTube video montage of photos and film …

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An HIV positive man can now pursue his dream of becoming a commercial pilot. Anthony (not his real name), from Glasgow, said he was elated that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has now reversed a decision not to grant him a medical certificate. As QNews reported last month, he was hoping to become a pilot …

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