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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 student from Northern Ireland whose university graduation clashed with a major local rally for marriage equality has unfurled a rainbow flag on stage to show her support. The student, named Ciara Cinnamond, explained on Twitter: “Nothing was stopping me from making a statement on the same day thousands marched for equal marriage.” Ciara told …

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New Zealand’s parliament will on Thursday issue a formal apology to men with historical convictions for gay sex. Local media reported Justice Minister Amy Adams will move the apology tomorrow during the first reading of a bill, introduced to Parliament in late June, that would allow men charged with consensual homosexual activity under old laws …

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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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Heartbreaking stories of Queensland men unjustly prosecuted simply for being gay have been told, as the state moves toward wiping the men’s criminal records. Homosexuality was decriminalised in Queensland in 1991, and a cross-party committee in state parliament is currently examining a bill that would allow the 464 people who were convicted of consensual gay …

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Victorian author Jacqui Tomlins is crowdfunding to help her self-publish a children’s book featuring two same-sex parents and their children. Tomlins has so far raised $5500 on Pozible to fund “The Curse of Grandma Maple,” her book about kids Connor and Sam who venture out into the Canadian wilderness “I’ve published books with mainstream publishers …

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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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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marched with his LGBTI constituents again in this year’s Toronto Pride Parade. The photogenic leader wore a rainbow maple leaf on his cheek and rainbow socks as he marched down the street, joined by wife Sophie Grégoire and their children as he high-fived and shook hands with onlookers. “We celebrate …

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The number of same-sex couples in Australia has increased by 42% in the past five years, according to the latest census. According to data from the 2016 census released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Tuesday, the number of same-sex couples who were together on census night was 47,000. This figure is 42% …

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