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Wentworth by-election Kerryn Phelps WON

Independent candidate and longtime LGBTIQ rights campaigner Dr Kerryn Phelps has claimed victory in the Wentworth by-election, but counting of postal ballots on Sunday has seen her lead narrow to a less than 1000 votes. On Saturday night, Phelps was on track to defeat Liberal candidate Dave Sharma in the by-election to replace former Prime …

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A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander drag performers will this weekend compete for the coveted title of Miss First Nation 2018. The drag competition, which has been running all week at the Imperial Hotel in Sydney, invites Indigenous drag performers from all over the country to showcase their talents. The pageant was first …

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A new policy to be debated by the Sydney Anglican diocese that would ban same-sex weddings and the promotion of homosexuality and transgender “ideology” in churches has been panned by queer Christians. The policy would confirm that church-owned buildings can only be used for acts that “conform to the doctrines, tenets and beliefs of the …

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In March 1973 a Fortitude Valley nightclub, the Whisky Au Go Go was firebombed resulting in the deaths of fifteen people. Excluding the appalling colonial decimation of Aboriginal populations, the Whisky Au Go Go fire was the worst mass murder in Australian history before the Port Arthur shootings of 1996. Among the people killed that …

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Wentworth by-election Kerryn Phelps WON

Independent candidate Kerryn Phelps has complained to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) about a fake email that claimed she had withdrawn from this Saturday’s Wentworth by-election because she has HIV. Dr Phelps’ campaign manager Darrin Barnett told ABC News he was seeking legal advice on any potential breaches of the law and was considering reporting …

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Experts from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) and the National LGBTI Health Alliance have slammed the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s proposal to ban poppers by placing them in the same category as heroin in Australia. Poppers are an inhalant used recreationally by some in the gay community, giving users a brief head rush while …

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Uniting Network conversion therapy

Uniting Network Australia, the LGBTIQ group within the Uniting Church of Australia, has denounced harmful “gay conversion” therapy and called on other religious organisations to do the same. “Gay conversion” or “ex-gay” therapy is the discredited practice of trying to change sexual orientation using psychological or spiritual means, and it’s been widely condemned by numerous …

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A permanent memorial artwork recognising the victims of gay hate violence in New South Wales has been given council approval and funding. From the 1970s to 1990s, many gay men were assaulted, robbed and in some cases murdered along the coastal walk from Sydney’s Bondi Beach to Tamarama (pictured), including at former gay beat Marks …

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