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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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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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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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Grandmother and doctor Kerryn Phelps features in a new TV advertisement that hits back at the ad released this week by same-sex marriage “no” campaigners. The “no” ad, created by the Coalition for Marriage and first aired on Tuesday, attempted to conflate marriage equality with sex education in schools and has been widely criticised as …

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New Farm community theatre group Nash Theatre is bringing the campy and big-hearted play La Cage Aux Folles to Brisbane, and Ross Waghorn – better known as Sportsman Hotel drag star Wanda D’Parke – is taking on a lead role. In the play, St Tropez nightclub owner Georges and professional drag star Albin are thrilled …

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Queensland Health has granted four non-government organisations a slice of $338,000 in funding to protect the mental health of LGBTI community members during the upcoming Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Minister for Health Cameron Dick said the funding would provide assistance in managing any increase in demand for services. The one-off funding has been allocated …

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The first TV advertisement promoting a “no” vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey has been criticised as “deliberately misleading”. The ad, produced by the Coalition for Marriage and authorised by Marriage Alliance spokeswoman Sophie York, was released online and aired on TV on Tuesday evening. The ad attempts to conflate the legalisation of …

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