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Australian drag star Courtney Act has landed a late-night talk show in the UK. The RuPaul’s Drag Race runner-up and Celebrity Big Brother winner will host the show, tentatively titled The Courtney Act Show to be screened on the UK’s Channel 4. The network said the project will be the world’s first ‘Dragazine’ show and …

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LGBTIQ authors are encouraged to put pen to paper and submit their short stories to this year’s OutStanding LGBTIQ Short Story Competition. Applications are now open to professional and amateur writers alike from across Australia and New Zealand to write stories no more than 750 words for the competition. “Entries have to relate to the …

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A New Zealand police officer has surprised his boyfriend with a marriage proposal at his graduation ceremony from the police academy. Constable Erik Meechan from Hawke’s Bay took the opportunity during the ceremony to surprise partner Matty Judd, interrupting proceedings to ask him to step forward. Judd with their with he and his partner of …

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More must be done to address rising rates of HIV transmissions among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or Australia’s goal of ending new HIV transmissions by 2020 could be at risk, researchers say. New research published in the Medical Journal of Australia shows rates of new HIV transmissions among Indigenous Australians have risen by …

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By Paula Gerber, Monash University It has been six months since Australia declared that marriage is no longer an exclusively heterosexual institution. In that time, approximately 2,500 same-sex couples have been married, with NSW having the most weddings, closely followed by Victoria and Queensland. Many more couples, who married overseas before marriage equality was achieved …

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Prime Minister Theresa May has lifted a 10 Downing Street ban on veteran LGBT activist Peter Tatchell. Since the creation of Downing Street LGBT Pride receptions a decade ago, Tatchell was banned from attending by three prime ministers – Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron. “Despite my 51 years of campaigning, and my role …

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Labour MP Tamati Coffey believes it’s time for New Zealand to create a ministerial portfolio for rainbow affairs. “I personally think that we need a minister in government that’s actually in charge of rainbow issues,” he said during a Facebook Live interview with Newshub Nation. “In Canada I know they’ve got a minister that’s in …

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has unveiled a three-storey high art installation to celebrate the event’s 40th anniversary. June 24 marked 40 years since the first ever Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebration-turned-protest, and last Friday Mardi Gras and City of Sydney on Friday unveiled 40 Years of Love, a vibrant inflatable art …

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