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The contemporary pop-rock musical Bare is set to make its Brisbane debut at the upcoming queer arts festival MELT. The production tells the story of a group of high school students grappling with their sexuality at a Catholic boarding school in the early 2000s. While they’re being taught to repress their feelings, Peter and Jason …

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Toronto police have charged alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur with an eighth murder, as investigators comb through cold cases looking for more possible victims. Bruce McArthur was arrested on January 18 in connection with the disappearances of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman, two men who went missing from Toronto’s local gay district the Gay Village. …

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Wallabies star Israel Folau has put God and his Christian beliefs ahead of his career, offering to walk away from his Australian Rugby Union contract. Folau was heavily criticised for a post on Instagram two weeks ago in which he said God’s plan for gay people was “HELL”. He reinforced those comments in a column …

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Advocates have called on allies within the Victorian Liberal party to stand up against homophobic and transphobic motions put forward by conservatives for debate at the party’s upcoming state conference. On Monday, Victorian Liberal state president Michael Kroger (pictured) intervened to scrap a motion endorsing the practice of dangerous and discredited “gay conversion” therapy in …

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Chinese social media giant Sina Weibo has backed down from a controversial ban on online content “related to homosexuality” after outrage from the country’s internet users. The company, which is the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, said on Friday that for the next three months it would be removing photos, videos, text and comics “with pornographic …

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Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst has opened up about her HIV status after being allegedly blackmailed by her ex-boyfriend. The glamorous Eurovision Song Contest winner revealed in a moving German-language Instagram post she had “been HIV positive for many years.” “This is actually irrelevant to the public, but an ex-boyfriend is threatening to go public …

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A new national, peer-led organisation for trans advocacy and support has begun campaigning for transgender equality in Australia. Trans Health Australia, previously known as a Facebook information and news group, will now provide a national forum and campaign for rights of trans and gender diverse communities throughout Australia. Founder Melody Moore is joined by journalist …

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Author Jay Carmichael will release his debut novel Ironbark later this month. He recently spoke with QNews Magazine about his inspirations, and what motivates him as a writer. Waaia, the town in Victoria I grew up in, had about 70 people in the township, and a few hundred more scattered across the farmlands that stretched …

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A gay student at the Australian National University in Canberra was forced to leave his dormitory after someone sent him homophobic, threatening letters over several months. ABC News reported that after the first-year student moved into the ANU college, Ursula Hall, at the beginning of last year, the vandal scrawled “faggot” repeatedly across the door …

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Two AFL Women’s League players from the Fremantle Dockers have announced their engagement. Team captain Kara Donnellan proposed to her partner Ebony Antonio in Bali, where the couple are sharing post-season downtime with friends and teammates, Fairfax Media reported. “Oooop there it is… I finally gave in and put a ring on it!” Donnellan posted …

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