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A coalition of Australian LGBTIQ groups have urged the federal government to ensure transgender and gender diverse students aren’t left out of law reform protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual students from discrimination at religious schools. Following the leaking of parts of the religious freedom review, it emerged a little-known exemption permits religious schools to discriminate …

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With all the buzz around Opera Queensland’s upcoming production of Don Giovanni, QNews Magazine sat down with rising international opera star, the chiselled 6′ 4″ Scottish-born Aussie baritone Duncan Rock. Rock takes on the title role role in Mozart’s timeless masterpiece for the seventh time in his career, and we asked how a hunky young …

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The hilarious comedy ballet Men In Pink Tights wants to inject a bit of humour into traditional ballet when it comes to Brisbane early next month. Growing up in the United States, Les Ballets Eloell’s artist director Victor Trevino was passionate about ballet and in his early twenties his skills won him a place dancing …

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Gay Conversion Therapies in Australia

More than a dozen LGBT survivors of harmful “gay conversion” therapy have shared their experiences in a new report that claims the dangerous practice remains a “real problem” in Australia’s religious communities. “Gay conversion” therapy describes the discredited practice of trying to change sexual orientation using psychological or spiritual means. The Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice: Responding to …

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Bill Shorten Scott Morrison Composite photo

Federal Labor has announced it wants planned changes to Australian discrimination laws to go further to prevent religious schools from sacking teachers and staff on the basis of their sexuality, as well as students. On Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the federal government would move to scrap a rarely-used federal exemption allowing religious …

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Jessica Mauboy on stage at Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Australians will get to vote to choose our entry in the next Eurovision Song Contest at a special event held on the Gold Coast in February, SBS has announced. SBS and production partner Blink TV will host the national contest Eurovision – Australia Decides to select the artist and the song we’ll be sending to …

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Australia Sydney aquarium gay penguin couple

Staff at a Sydney aquarium have said their first same-sex penguin couple are “absolute naturals” at parenting as they raise a foster egg. Sphen and Magic — known as Sphengic — are two gentoo penguins at the Sea Life Aquarium in Sydney According to staff, the pair developed a strong bond and became inseparable ahead …

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Byron Bay artist John Bortolin Manscapes 2019 calendar

The 2019 edition of the sexy Manscapes calendar by Byron Bay-based artist John Bortolin has been launched as part of this year’s Mental Health Week. The calendar blends regional Australian landscapes and male nude photography, and the project is closely linked to men’s wellbeing. “The calendar is a tribute to some of my friends who …

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Cloudland Melbourne Cup party

The race that stops the nation is just around the corner, and where better to celebrate than at Cloudland in Fortitude Valley? Tickets are now on sale for the venue’s two massive parties they’re holding on November 6, the biggest day on the racing (and fashion!) calendar – Melbourne Cup 2018. This promises to be …

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Gay Conversion Therapies in Australia

By Liam Elphick, Amy Maguire and Anja Hilkemeijer Media outlets on Wednesday reported on leaked extracts of the much-awaited religious freedom inquiry report, which has yet to be released by the federal government. The leaked recommendations give us a clear snapshot into what the review means for religious freedom and LGBT+ rights in Australia. Despite …

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