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These 200 LGBTIQ Leaders Say No To The Marriage Plebiscite


Drag queen Courtney Act

Australian drag star Courtney Act has been announced as one of performers competing to represent us in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Courtney will be one of ten performers to take part in our inaugural Eurovision selection show, which will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 8 and 9, …

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Labor leader Bill Shorten

The Australian Labor Party has decided against criminalising the dangerous practice of “gay conversion” therapy in a policy proposal at their national conference this week. In its draft platform, the party originally had a policy that “opposes the practice of so-called conversion and reparative therapies on diverse sexuality and genders and seeks to criminalise these …

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A New South Wales man has been jailed for impersonating a police officer and extorting money from a man he met on gay hookup app Grindr. Jayson Hastie contacted the victim on Grindr using a fake profile under the name of ‘Alex’ and spent two weeks exchanging sexually explicit messages and phone calls with him, …

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Coming out at work Suportah

LGBTIQ Australians have been invited to share their views and experiences of sexual harassment at work in a new survey that will inform a national inquiry into the issue. The survey was started by the LGBTIQ Legal Service, part of the St Kilda Legal Service in Victoria, and survey responses will form the Centre’s submission …

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Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert MP

Federal Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert has said the federal government should intervene to stop state governments from making sex markers optional on birth certificates, but transgender advocates say the MP has misunderstood the legislation. Last month, Tasmania’s lower house passed legislation that would make the displaying of sex markers on birth certificates optional. The data …

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Nationals MP Andrew Broad

Nationals MP Andrew Broad has resigned from the government frontbench after a magazine alleged he met a woman through a dating website for “sugar daddy” arrangements and met with her while on an official government trip overseas. The allegations were published in New Idea magazine, who quoted a woman who claimed to have exchanged text …

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Marriage equality campaigner Peter Black

A year on from the historic “yes” vote, campaign group Australian Marriage Equality has received one of the country’s top human rights awards. The Human Rights Awards honour the contributions of advocates in government, law, the media, business, and organisations. The Australian Marriage Equality group received the Community Organisation Award at a ceremony in Sydney …

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Philip Ruddock

The head of the religious freedom review, Philip Ruddock, has said the review panel found “very little hard evidence” of religious discrimination in Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison released the review’s long-awaited report and the government’s response on Thursday. Ruddock told ABC Radio on Friday that the review panel had heard from a wide range …

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Andrew Barr gay blood donation

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has said he will call for federal Labor to change the party’s platform on restrictions preventing gay men to donate blood at the party’s national Labor conference this weekend. Australia has a 12-month deferral period on donating blood for men who have sex with another man in the last 12 …

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Anxious same-sex couples in Brazil are rushing to get married before the inauguration of right-wing president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who has described himself as a “proud homophobe”. Bolsonaro has a long history of homophobic and misogynistic comments, including equating homosexuality to pedophilia and proclaiming he would rather his son die than be gay. As a result, …

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