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A 73-year-old woman’s poignant poem about using gender-neutral pronouns has gone viral on Twitter. The poem, fittingly titled “They”, was written by the elderly aunt of Theo Nicole Lorenz (pictured), a non-binary writer and artist from Minnesota. “My 73-year-old aunt wrote a poem about my pronouns in her church writing group and it’s the sweetest …

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Iconic Townsville gay bar the Sovereign Hotel has been put on the market for sale or lease. Peter Haines and Steve Jebb have owned the venue for 20 years, and originally bought it because the region lacked a permanent meeting place for the LGBTIQ community. The couple, who have been together for 32 years, told …

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Same-sex attracted women have higher alcohol and mental health problem rates than heterosexual women but many do not access treatment, a new Australian study has found. The University of Melbourne-led study of 521 same-sex attracted women found that 70 per cent of those aged 18-25 reported problematic alcohol use that exceeded national guidelines, but only …

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Gay and bisexual men who use drugs while having sex are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV, hepatitis C and other STIs, a new study has found. The study, published in the medical journal HIV Medicine, reviewed information from 1,840 gay and bisexual men who used two sexual health clinics in London between 2014 …

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The Department of Home Affairs has said a push to make seeking asylum easier for LGBTIQ refugees could lead to “large numbers” of refugees pretending to be gay. The department’s warning was in response to a call from the federal Labor Party to make it easier for asylum seekers to meet the test for LGBTIQ …

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Former Australian Christian Lobby director and high-profile “no” campaigner Lyle Shelton will run for a Queensland Senate seat at the next federal election. Lyle Shelton quit as managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby in February to join the Australian Conservatives, after leading the unsuccessful “no” campaign in the marriage postal survey last year. Shelton …

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Teenage trans activist Georgie Stone has been named the Pride Ambassador for the AFL’s upcoming Pride Game in Melbourne. The 18-year-old, who is this year’s Young Victorian of the Year, said she’s proud to support her team and their commitment to inclusion. “I have been a St Kilda fan pretty much for as long as …

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A Tasmanian man is crowdfunding to raise money to help preserve his home state’s queer history. Robert Thompson said his involvement in the queer community spanned forty years and he began the GoFundMe campaign to help him document Tasmania’s queer scene, particularly during the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. “The focus on much Tasmanian and indeed …

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