The organisers of the Sunshine Coast Pride Festival have announced they are postponing their Fair Day event that was to go ahead this weekend. Revellers were to gather at Quota Park in Nambour this Saturday (February 24), but the event won’t go ahead due to bad weather. “After our Pride Festival Safety Meeting it is …

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Two marriage equality campaigners have announced they will write a book detailing the history of the campaign for marriage equality over the last decade and earlier. Alex Greenwich and Dr Shirleene Robinson want to chronicle the efforts of the countless Australians who worked towards the reform, and have called for people to contribute their own …

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Former High Court judge Michael Kirby has called for more awareness about elder abuse in the LGBTIQ community. Kirby said that abuse for ageing LGBTIQ people was often psychological, “an abuse of the mind.” “It’s sometimes an abuse of low self-esteem… People who are LGBTIQ have gone through their lives doing a deal with society,” …

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Sydney’s lockout laws will be relaxed for one night for the Mardi Gras’ parade and party next month, the New South Wales government has announced. Liquor and Racing Minister Paul Toole said this would allow revellers to continue to be admitted to venues around the Oxford Street area beyond the state’s usual 1.30am or 2am …

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Thomas the beloved bisexual goose has been laid to rest at his home in Waikanae’s Waimanu Lagoon, north of Wellington. White feathered Thomas, aged about 40, who spent about three decades in the lagoon, had a male black swan called Henry as his life-long mate. They spent about 24 years together before a female black …

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Queensland workers in the domestic and family violence sector will receive extra training in a bid to help them better support LGBTI victims of domestic violence. The Queensland Government has announced $155,000 to go towards the training, to be used to create resources to support the training across the state. “We want to equip frontline …

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Queensland’s historical gay conviction expungement scheme will be up and running before the end of June, the Department of Justice has said. Homosexual sex was decriminalised in Queensland in 1991, but men who were charged for consensual activity under several laws prior to that still hold criminal convictions, affecting their employment and travel. Last October, …

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The Indonesian city of Depok has announced it will set up a taskforce to “limit” the activities of the LGBTIQ community, as the country’s anti-gay crackdown continues. Depok’s deputy mayor Muhammad Idris said the 200-strong force – including police officers, social service workers and religious leaders – was a bid to curb the spread of …

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The Brisbane Queer Film Festival is returning next month with a diverse selection of comedies, documentaries and dramas on offer. From March 8, some of the best queer films from Australia and around the world will screen at the festival’s home at New Farm Cinemas in Brisbane. “The theme this year – ‘We’re all the …

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Comedian Joel Creasey has spoken out about body shaming and unrealistic standards of beauty in the gay community. In a lengthy Facebook post, Creasey expressed his “disappointment” at seeing social media users obsessing over their bodies ahead of Mardi Gras season. “I’ve seen over the past few months on Instagram and social media gay men …

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