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Transgender and gender diverse children and their parents are among a group of advocates who have travelled to Canberra to call on politicians to deliver amendments to anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBTIQ students from discrimination at school. Following the leaking of parts of the Ruddock religious freedom review, it emerged a little-known legal exemption put in …

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Every Australian will soon have a My Health Record — an online summary of their health information — unless they opt out before November 15. Last month, Brisbane LGBTIQ health specialist and QNews Magazine contributor Dr Fiona Bisshop put a series of questions to the Australian Digital Health Agency regarding issues that have arisen around the …

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The team at the Queensland AIDS Council have embarked on a tour of Queensland to consult with the LGBTIQ community about the future of the organisation. QuAC is working on formulating the organisation’s 2018–2021 Strategic Plan, and they recently held community consultation workshops in Cairns and Brisbane. QNews Magazine attended QuAC’s Brisbane workshop on Monday …

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Brisbane Festival Qweens on King

Just a few weeks ahead of the 12-month anniversary of the “yes” vote, Queensland has reached the milestone of 1000 registered same-sex marriages. Marriage equality legislation was passed on December 8 last year but couples had to wait a further 30 days before being able to tie the knot. Since then, there has been an …

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Rodney Croome on Tasmania lgbtiq equality memorial bench

A permanent public memorial to celebrate Tasmania’s LGBTIQ equality movement and those who contributed to it has been unveiled outside the state’s parliament. Tasmanian Lower House Speaker Sue Hickey on Saturday unveiled a new public bench on the lawns of the parliament that has a plaque dedicated to Tasmania’s progress towards LGBTIQ equality. The new …

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Indigenous drag queens Miss First Nation 2018

Indigenous drag performer Lasey Dunaman has won the coveted title of Miss First Nation 2018 at a pageant dubbed the “Olympics for Aboriginal drag queens.” The drag competition, which ran all last week at the Imperial Hotel in Sydney, invites Indigenous drag performers from all over the country to showcase their talents. Lasey (pictured, centre) …

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Wentworth by-election Kerryn Phelps WON

Dr Kerryn Phelps’ likely win in the Wentworth by-election has been welcomed by LGBTIQ advocates. Just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said Kerryn will bring “compassion, common sense and a spirit of cooperation to a polarised parliament.” “Kerryn’s election shows Australians want solutions not in-fighting, [and] progress not dogma,” he said. “We look forward to Kerryn working …

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Donald Trump

The Trump administration is considering stripping transgender people of official recognition by creating a narrow definition of gender as being only male or female and determined at birth, according to a report. The US government is reportedly planning to restrict the definition of gender as immutable for an individual’s lifetime and that would be based …

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Kerryn Phelps celebrating victory in Wentworth by-election against the liberal party

Independent candidate and longtime LGBTIQ rights campaigner Dr Kerryn Phelps has claimed victory in the Wentworth by-election, but counting of postal ballots on Sunday has seen her lead narrow to a less than 1000 votes. On Saturday night, Phelps was on track to defeat Liberal candidate Dave Sharma in the by-election to replace former Prime …

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Ministry of Sound’s Orchestrated rearranges, remixes and reimagines classic dance tracks with a live symphony orchestra and special guest vocalists for a night of pure celebration. The Strings of Life Tour this December sees guest vocalists Sam Sparro, Crystal Waters, Alison Limerick and DJ Groove Terminator join some of Australia’s finest orchestras to perform classic dance hits from …

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