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Sydney residents have reportedly received homophobic letters signed “Jesus, The Messiah” that say the state’s current drought is a “curse” brought on by marriage equality. One resident, who lives less than 100 metres from Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, found the ominous note in his mailbox. “Do you know why I have dried up your state?” …

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QNews Magazine contributor John Taggart opens up about his experiences in “gay conversion” therapy and explains just why it’s so dangerous. “Homosexuality is not of the Lord,” Father D said quietly. I sat in a prayer circle, holding hands with a Catholic housemate on one side, and Father D on the other. “Help this child …

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Transgender Teenager

A new Australian study has uncovered evidence of a genetic link underpinning gender dysphoria in transgender people. The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, suggests a link between being transgender and changes in genes that process the sex hormones estrogen and androgen. For the study, scientists at Melbourne’s Hudson Institute of …

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Brisbane Broncos captain Ali Brigginshaw sealed her team’s historic victory in the inaugural NRLW Grand Final on Sunday with a post-match kiss with her partner Kate Daly. Brigginshaw told the Brisbane Times the moment with her partner in front of the crowd and TV audience was as much a celebration of their love as a …

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Still from Kenyan lesbian drama Rafiki

Acclaimed lesbian film Rafiki has broken box office records in Kenya after the country’s government temporarily lifted a ban on the film. Rafiki is the first Kenyan film to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, but was banned from release in its home country “due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism …

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The United States has stopped issuing visas to unmarried same-sex partners of diplomats and staff of US-based international organizations, including the UN. The policy means unmarried partners of LGBTIQ staff at the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund must effectively now get married before December 31 or leave the country within …

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LGBT Military

By Noah Riseman, Australian Catholic University The Australian Defence Force (ADF) banned lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel from serving openly until November 1992, and there were restrictions on transgender service until September 2010. Even so, we know LGBT people have always been serving bravely in the ADF. In an ongoing research project with Macquarie University …

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Michael Kirby

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby has said Australia must not accept laws paving the way for discrimination against minority groups in the name of religious freedom, and he is concerned by the delayed release of the religious freedom review panel’s report. Kirby addressed last year’s legalisation of same-sex marriage and the current debate about …

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The first trailer for the upcoming Sir Elton John biopic Rocketman has been unveiled. The film, which the teaser trailer says is “based on a true fantasy”, will explore the singer’s early days at Royal Academy of Music in London and his subsequent rise to pop stardom. Actor Taron Egerton, best known for his role …

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Nash Theatre Ruthless

An all-female cast is taking to the stage at New Farm community theatre group Nash Theatre for the showbiz-centred musical farce Ruthless. The musical follows beautiful and diabolical eight-year-old Tina Denmark, who knows she was born to entertain. Sylvia St. Croix, a slick and overbearing agent, encourages young Tina to audition for the school production …

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