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These 200 LGBTIQ Leaders Say No To The Marriage Plebiscite


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A gay Bangladeshi couple seeking asylum in Australia were asked highly personal questions about their sex life by a government official, including whether they swallowed each other’s semen, according to documents released under Freedom of Information. The Bangladeshi men (not pictured), who were seeking protection in Australia on the basis that they were a gay …

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Hong Kong Pride Parade photo

Hong Kong’s top court has given the green light to two legal challenges of the country’s ban on same-sex marriage, in a first for Hong Kong. Two gay men, an 31-year-old activist and a 21-year-old student, are separately arguing that the ban on same-sex marriage violates their right to equality under the Basic Law, the …

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alkyl nitrites

A new lobby group calling for Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration to not criminalise sex aid “poppers” has created a guide for people who wish to have their say on the issue. Last September, the TGA published plans to move alkyl nitrites – the ingredients in inhalant “poppers” – to Schedule 9 of the Poisons Standard, …

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Uniting Church marry same-sex couples postal survey

The Uniting Church of Australia’s landmark vote last year to allow same-sex weddings will not be reversed after an internal backlash, the church’s LGBTIQ network has said. Last September, the Uniting Church became the first major Australian Christian denomination to endorse same-sex marriages, approving two definitions of marriage – one between a man and a …

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Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro has targeted his country’s LGBTIQ community in the first hours of his administration after being sworn in on January 1. Bolsonaro signed an executive order removing LGBTIQ community issues from consideration by the new human rights ministry, the Associated Press reported, and didn’t name a replacement agency in its place. …

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Lismore rainbow crossing vandalised

Locals in Lismore in northern New South Wales have repaired their city’s rainbow crossing after it was defaced with a Bible verse on New Year’s Eve. The crossing was unveiled on Magellan Street in the city centre in December, ahead of local LGBTIQ group Tropical Fruit’s 30th anniversary New Year’s Eve festival. But on December …

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Austria same-sex couple first to marry as marriage equality begins

A female same-sex couple tied the knot shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day in Austria, the first to officially do so after marriage equality became legal in the country on January 1. Nicole Kopaunik and Daniela Paier tied the knot at a late-night ceremony in Velden in the country’s south, public broadcaster ORF reported. …

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Simone Signoret Gloria Swanson

Queensland drag performer Simone Signoret (left) was an unforgettable personality, writes Bill Rutkin Kevin Deane, aka Simone Signoret, passed away a few weeks ago. Although Simone was an unforgettable and flamboyant personality, the exotic exterior masked a shy and complex person. Simone was a generous host, a fabulous cook (best chili con carne ever), a …

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Philip Ruddock

Many LGBTI people breathed a sigh of relief that the Ruddock Review didn’t recommend a roll back of LGBTI human rights. Many were pleased Philip Ruddock said there’s not a lot of evidence of discrimination against people of faith, particularly given how stridently the religious right claimed during the postal survey there was such evidence. …

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The Queensland AIDS Council is excited to be recruiting for the role of 2Spirits Statewide Program Manager. Based in our Brisbane office, the 2Spirits Statewide Program Manager will support the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Sistergirls and Brotherboys in Queensland through a whole of community approach to social …

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