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Wentworth by-election Kerryn Phelps

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Kerryn Phelps has complained to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) about a fake email that claimed she had withdrawn from this Saturday’s Wentworth by-election because she has HIV.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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Man Jailed HIV self lubricating Condom

A team of US scientists say they’ve created a self lubricating condom that they hope will increase the rates of safe sex. The scientists at Boston University have developed a compound that can be applied to the latex of a condom that also holds a thin layer of water. They used it to create a latex …

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transgender

A coalition of Australian LGBTIQ groups have urged the federal government to ensure transgender and gender diverse students aren’t left out of law reform protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual students from discrimination at religious schools. Following the leaking of parts of the religious freedom review, it emerged a little-known exemption permits religious schools to discriminate …

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A senior Australian Muslim leader has said gay teachers are “mentally ill” and “contradict nature” amid the debate about whether religious schools should be allowed to sack LGBT staff. The debate around religious exemptions in Australian law has ramped up after the recommendations into Philip Ruddock’s religious freedom review were leaked last week. Sheik Taj …

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Cairns Tropical pride rainbow crossing

LGBTIQ Australia descended on North Queensland over the weekend for this year’s Cairns Tropical Pride. The festival kicked off with Friday night’s Community Heroes Awards, hosted by festival headliner Matthew Mitcham at the Tanks Arts Centre. The Pat O’Hara Award for Lifetime Achievement was accepted by Dave Weston on behalf of his late partner Brendan …

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