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Scientists in the US are developing a new saliva test that may be able to detect HIV faster and more reliably than current oral tests. The test, being developed by researchers at Stanford University, is reportedly able to detect the virus as soon as two weeks after exposure. A recent preliminary study, published in the …

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Indonesian police have raided beauty salons in Aceh province and shamed a group of transgender hairdressers. The women had their heads shaved and were forced to wear men’s clothes in what police say was part of their “coaching” to behave like “real men”. Local Police Chief Ahmad Untung Surianata told the BBC: “We are holding …

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A new support group for LGBTIQ people in the Redlands on Brisbane’s bayside is meeting for the first time next month. Since 2000, the Bayside Initiatives Group (BIG) in Capalaba has supported mental health consumers throughout the Redlands by offering one-on-one and group peer support and providing a welcoming sanctuary where members can feel safe …

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A Russian same-sex couple who claim to have had their marriage recognised in the country through a legal loophole have been charged with “intentional damage to passports or negligence” by authorities. Eugene Wojciechowski and Paul Stotzko wed in Denmark earlier this month and returned home to Russia, where their Danish marriage certificate and passports were …

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Champion boxer Anthony Mundine has caused outrage after claiming same-sex couples are “confusing to society”. As Channel Ten announced Mundine would be parachuted into the new season of reality series I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here as camp leader, Mundine spoke to Fairfax Media about his thoughts on gender, sexuality and religion. On …

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Victoria’s Pride Centre is a step closer to construction with the unveiling of a concept design for the proposed multi-storey building in St Kilda. The Victorian Pride Centre will be a hub and permanent home for 10 major LGBTI organisations including radio station JOY FM, the Victorian Aids Council and the Australian Lesbian and Gay …

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Revamped Gold Coast gay hotspot MP’s Nightclub has opened its doors for the first time in seven years. MP’s, short for Meeting Place and located on Orchid Avenue in Surfers Paradise, relaunched on Australia Day Eve with a night of entertainment from DJ’s and local drag talent. Brisbane-born drag queen Vanilla Foldher (pictured above right) …

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Two more local drag icons have been immortalised in the Sportsman Hotel’s Queensland Drag Hall of Fame. Local legends Betty Nature and Trixie Onassis (pictured, left to right) were both inducted into the Hall of Fame in front of a huge crowd at a ceremony at the venue on Australia Day Eve. Host Vollie LaVont …

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Following a major serve from tennis legend Serena Williams, American player Tennys Sandgren has apologised for a gay club tweet he wrote in 2012. “Stumbled into a gay club last night … my eyes are still bleeding #nooneshouldseethat,” he wrote at the time. The apology came after Williams called on Sandgren to apologise for discriminatory …

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First Nations people will lead this year’s historic Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in March. The organisers of the First Nations float say their inclusion highlights their proud Indigenous history and their present day fight for equality. As Mardi Gras celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, this year also marks the 30th anniversary …

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