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The European country of Malta has voted to legalise marriage equality in its parliament. The country’s marriage laws will be changed to replace words such as “husband” and “wife” with the gender-neutral “spouse,” and the terms “mother” and “father” were also made gender-neutral, the BBC reported. Only one of 67 parliamentarians in the staunchly Catholic …

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The Queensland Government has put out a call for nominations for the state’s LGBTI Roundtable for 2017. The Roundtable will comprise ten representatives from around the state who will discuss issues impacting on Queensland’s LGBTI community and provide feedback on government policies, strategies and programs, Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said. She encouraged nominations from diverse …

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News Corp’s Daily Telegraph newspaper has copped a backlash for appearing to list being same-sex attracted as a health problem in its Wednesday edition. The article was headlined “Fat chance of being healthy” and “Young Aussies only have themselves to blame” and reported on the findings of a New South Wales Government report on young …

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West Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith

Liberal Senator Dean Smith has confirmed he is drafting a marriage equality bill in a bid to pass the reform before the next election. “The bill is important because it will allow the Liberal Party to revisit the issue of marriage once and for all before the next election,” the openly gay senator told Perth’s …

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Facebook’s guidelines to censor hate speech have resulted in lesbians being blocked and banned for referring to themselves as “dykes”. Liz Waterhouse, who runs the blog listening2lesbians with her partner Lisa Mallett, wrote in a post that they first noticed women being banned on the social network earlier this year. Waterhouse posted screenshots of removed …

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New Zealand MPs have delivered emotional speeches as the country’s parliament apologised to men convicted for homosexuality. Justice Minister Amy Adams (pictured) moved a motion apologising to gay men convicted of consensual sex before homosexuality was decriminalised in 1986 “and recognise the tremendous hurt and suffering those men and their families have gone through.” “Many …

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Melbourne LGBTI activists are planning a mass same-sex wedding next month to protest Australia’s ban on marriage equality. Equal Love Melbourne has invited same-sex couples to get married at the public ceremony, which will be held at the State Library of Victoria on August 26 following a marriage equality march through the city. It will …

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A gay couple has gotten “illegally married” outside Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne over the weekend. Ron Van Houwelingen and his partner of thirty years Antony McManus got hitched at a rally outside the arena protesting comments made by the venue’s namesake, tennis legend Margaret Court, against marriage equality and transgender people. Attendees also drew …

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Two of the drag stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race are set to head to outback New South Wales for this year’s Broken Heel Festival. CoCo Montrese and Alexis Michelle (pictured, below) will join a lineup of Australian entertainers bringing drag performances, cabaret, comedy and live music to the now-annual festival. Local drag stars Philmah Bocks …

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Local LGBTI advocates have welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s suggestion she would grant her conservative MPs a conscience vote on marriage equality. Merkel said this week she had taken note of other party’s support for same-sex marriage and would allow her MPs a free vote, The Washington Post reported. “I would like to lead the …

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