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Ana Brnabic has become the first gay female prime minister of Serbia in a milestone for the nation. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced on Thursday he had nominated Brnabic to succeed him and gave her the mandate to form a new government, Serbian news agency B92 reported. “If elected in parliament, I will run the …

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Federal senators have joined forces to support a motion calling for stronger international action against the persecution of LGBTI people in the Russian republic of Chechnya. The motion, put forward by Liberal Senator Dean Smith and Labor Senator Penny Wong on Thursday, welcomed the Australian Government’s repeated expressions of concern to the Kremlin about the …

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Lismore City Council has voted to strengthen its support for marriage equality by writing to federal politicians calling on them to break the impasse on the reform. The motion, passed by the northern New South Wales local council on Tuesday night, commits them to writing to all Federal MPs and political parties to reiterate the …

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Germany has granted a gay man fleeing persecution in Chechnya a humanitarian visa. The German Foreign Ministry confirmed to the New York Times it had admitted one man, who arrived in the country last Tuesday, on a special visa on humanitarian grounds. Three other men have met with officials at the German Embassy in Moscow, …

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The Australian Government’s call for Russia to conduct a credible investigation into reports of anti-gay persecution in Chechnya has been praised by LGBTI advocates, but they say the government should do more. A spokesperson for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has written to LGBTI group just.equal responding to the group’s concerns that Australia was not doing …

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Irish LGBTI advocates have hailed the election of Ireland’s first ever openly gay Prime Minister. Leo Varadkar was elected leader of governing conservative party Fine Gael by colleagues, party members and local councillors on June 2, replacing predecessor Enda Kenny who in May announced he was stepping down. “If my election today shows anything, it …

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The White House has corrected a photo caption that omitted the name of Luxembourg’s First Gentlemen from a photo of the spouses of world leaders. In a photo op at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) conference in Brussels last week, Gauthier Destenay, the husband of Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, stood alongside US First …

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Australian senator Derryn Hinch wants the federal government to suspend foreign aid to Indonesia after two men were publicly caned for having gay sex. The men, aged 20 and 23, each received 83 canings at a public ceremony in the Indonesian province of Aceh, after neighbours broke down the door of their home, found them …

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More than 68% of Brisbane and the majority of Queenslanders back marriage equality and want the Government to deliver marriage equality, according to new polling. The Reachtel polling was commissioned by advocacy group The Equality Campaign and found in five Liberal and National Coalition seats across metropolitan and regional Queensland there are clear majorities in …

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Read the apology in full below Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has apologised to the LGBTI people convicted under the state’s unjust laws against homosexuality. Homosexual sex was decriminalised in Queensland in 1990, but men who were charged for consensual activity under several laws prior to that still hold the criminal convictions, affecting their employment and ability …

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