Australians are being warned to consider potential privacy issues with the new digital My Health Record system as the three-month opt-out period for the scheme begins. People’s medical records will be stored on a national database under the federal government scheme, to be viewed by patients, GPs, specialists, pharmacists and hospital staff. The records will …

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Workplace discrimination against LGBTIQ teachers in New South Wales is relatively widespread and taking a toll on their psychological wellbeing, according to new research. Of the just-over 1000 LGBTIQ teachers who participated in the study conducted by Western Sydney University and the NSW Teachers Federation trade union, 42 per cent of them reported experiences of …

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Two men accused of having gay sex have been publicly caned 87 times each in the Indonesian province of Aceh. On Friday, Aceh officials staged the public canings of the two men and 13 others in front of a crowd of 300 people who jeered during both of their punishments, CNN reported. Aceh is the …

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Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper has been criticised after publishing a transphobic slur in a headline over the weekend. The newspaper was reporting actor Scarlet Johansson withdrawing from the film Rub & Tug, following a backlash against her casting in the role of a transgender man. The Sunday Telegraph published the story in the early edition …

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Same-sex couples will be allowed to wed in the Uniting Church of Australia after the denomination’s national body agreed to a policy change on same-sex marriage that will allow ministers the option of conducting them. The church will now have two equal views on marriage to show the “diversity of Christian belief” among its members …

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The newly-relaunched Rainbow Families Queensland are planning a group camping weekend for same-sex parents and their children in January. Rainbow Families Queensland convenor Holly Zwalf said there would be activities for all ages, a place to swim, campfires, music and more at the campsite in the Gympie region. She said camping sites, powered sites, onsite …

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SBS is filming a new series of documentary TV series Marry Me, Marry My Family and they’re encouraging same-sex couples to apply. The show’s first season, screened earlier this year, profiled couples whose marriages meant uniting several often-clashing cultures. The show explores what happens when people from two different cultures exchange vows, and how the …

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Christine Anu is an iconic voice in the Australian music scene. Originating from Queensland, she’s known for everything from her classic hits “My Island Home” and “Party” to her extensive time on the national stage. Most recently, she took to the stage for the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and …

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PFLAG Toowoomba have welcomed the announcement of a new program from counselling service Lifeline aimed at improving the mental health of the Darling Downs LGBTIQ community. Lifeline Darling Downs CEO Derek Tuffield said the organisation had applied for and secured a $40,000 grant to pioneer the “Leading The Change” program. “It’s a conversation that’s long …

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A gay couple from Nimbin are among a group of Australian farmers to take part in a nude charity calendar to raise money and awareness for rural mental health. The Naked Farmer campaign was started in 2017 by Victorian grain and sheep producer Ben Brooksby (pictured above, left) to get people talking about farmers’ health. …

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