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Warning: graphic content An anti-gay poster emblazoned with a gay slur and claims denigrating same-sex couples’ children has been spotted in Melbourne. The posters, which Twitter user Dan Leach-McGill says he spotted in Heffernan Lane in Melbourne at the weekend, make several claims including stating incorrectly that “92% of children raised by gay parents are …

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The victim of a vicious homophobic attack who was saved by three “angel” drag queens is raising money to replace their wigs, nails and heels that were damaged in the brawl. New Zealand man Ivan Flinn was out in the Sydney gay nightlife hub Darlinghurst earlier this month when he says a group of men …

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Australian Christian Lobby director Lyle Shelton has claimed gay couples aren’t interested in marriage and the same-sex marriage debate is instead about ulterior motives. Shelton, one of the most prominent ‘No’ campaigners, told Sky News on Sunday: “I don’t think this debate has ever been about marriage. “There’s about 47,000 same-sex couples in Australia as …

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A new Facebook page is encouraging Australians to get creative with their mailboxes to show their support during the same-sex marriage postal vote campaign. The organisers of the Drag Mailbox Facebook page have posted photos of some of the mailboxes they’ve dressed up in rainbow colours and covered with words like “Yes” and “Equality”. The …

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An Asia-Pacific spinoff of the popular Eurovision Song Contest has been formally announced. While the format is still in development and is oddly titled Eurovision Asia, organisers say as many as 20 countries will come together each year and compete for a place in a live Grand Final. “Countries from the Asia-Pacific region will be …

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Decision-makers have deferred an approval for HIV prevention medication PrEP to be subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, prompting “frustrated” advocates to call for talks to be fast-tracked. PrEP, short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and also known by its brand name Truvada, is a once-daily pill that has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of …

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Australia’s advertising watchdog has said it will “most likely” not consider complaints about advertisements related to the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey. The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) wrote on its blog: “It is likely that most advertisements discussing or advocating the respective ‘yes’ or ‘no’ cases or participation or otherwise in the survey will be …

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If you put glitter in your envelope responding to the same-sex marriage postal survey you risk invalidating your vote, officials from the Australian Bureau of Statistics have warned. Some marriage equality supporters on social media have encouraged voters to tick “yes” during next month’s postal survey on the issue and include glitter in the envelope. …

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UPDATED A group of Indigenous transgender women on the remote Tiwi Islands are concerned about remote Australians’ ability to participate in the upcoming marriage equality postal survey. Shaun Kerinaiua, one of the Tiwi Sistergirls, said having to enrol to vote on the Australian Electoral Commission website presents a barrier for some Indigenous people. “I think …

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Queensland-born actress Margot Robbie has gotten behind the “yes” vote for marriage equality in next month’s postal vote on the issue. The Wolf of Wall Street and Suicide Squad actress took to her Instagram to remind all of her Aussie followers to enrol and have their say, no matter where they are in the world. …

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