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The Victorian government has ordered an inquiry into the “insidious” practice of so-called “gay conversion” therapy. Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy (pictured) has asked the state’s Health Complaints Commissioner to conduct a broad-ranging investigation into the dangerous and discredited practice, which involves attempting to change or suppress a person’s sexuality or gender identity. “We have …

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The Ipswich and Scenic Rim councils in southeast Queensland will be raising rainbow flags on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on Thursday. The International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia falls on May 17 each year, and is marked with community and workplace events that celebrate equality and inclusion. Parents and Friends of …

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Hervey Bay’s LGBTIQ community will gather to commemorate this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on May 17. The day is recognised internationally to raise awareness of discrimination and prejudice experienced by queer people and events are held to spread messages of acceptance and inclusion. Community members will wear their most colourful …

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Australian drag superstar Courtney Act has joined the New Zealand AIDS Foundation for a new campaign raising awareness of HIV treatment and “undetectable viral loads” in people living with HIV. According to the latest research, people living with HIV who are on successful treatment are incapable of passing HIV on to their sexual partners if …

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The authors of a new book immortalising the history of Brisbane’s long-running Queens Birthday Ball have asked for community contributions. After its humble beginnings at a house in Mt Tamborine, the Queens Birthday Ball has become the longest-running continuous gay event in the world, held in Queensland every year since 1962. Involved in the book’s …

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Four out of five Australians oppose laws that allow gay, lesbian and transgender students and teachers to be expelled or fired by religious schools, according to a new poll. The YouGov Galaxy poll, commissioned by LGBTI advocacy group Just.equal, found that 82% opposed existing exemptions in anti-discrimination law that allow the expulsion of gay and …

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A number of events are planned for Cairns to mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), on Thursday, May 17. “IDAHOBIT is a day to acknowledge the discrimination and violence experienced by LGBTIQ people locally and around the world,” Ben Dawson from QuAC North Queensland said. “The day is also …

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The Brisbane Hustlers gay and inclusive rugby team are making their final preparations to compete in the 2018 Bingham Cup in Amsterdam this June. The Bingham Cup is also known as the world championships of gay and inclusive rugby. The tournament was inspired by 9/11 hero, Mark Bingham, who was on Flight 93 which crashed …

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By Jason Garrick Izzy, enough. On April 2, you told the world that God’s plan for homosexuals was eternal damnation. On May 8, you told the world that with “great love” the LGBTIQ community needs to “repent or perish”. The historical figure we know as Jesus taught us to live life with compassion. Yet, it …

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Queensland education minister Grace Grace has hit out at the state LNP opposition for calling a resource teaching high school students about gender diversity “sinister and destructive”. The Courier-Mail reported last month that Mitchelton State High School has been using the “Genderbread Person” resource as part of its health studies curriculum. The resource explains gender …

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