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Police are offering a $1 million reward for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for the death of American mathmetician Scott Johnson, 30 years after he died as a result of a gay hate attack. On December 10, 1988, the body of the 27-year-old Sydney-based American National was found at the base …

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A new state government campaign is helping raise awareness of domestic and family violence within the LGBTIQ community and deliver advice and information on where to go for support. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said domestic and family violence “doesn’t discriminate; it can happen to anyone.” “Research shows that …

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Volunteers are the backbone of the Queensland LGBTIQ community. The volunteers at Diverse Voices have provided confidential peer-based counselling in Queensland since 1984, and the team had their tireless efforts honoured at a recent appreciation dinner, writes Gai Lemon. It is a wonderful thing to know that you can count on some people to go …

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Queensland doctors have launched a survey in a bid to uncover the extent of dangerous “gay conversion” therapies still going in the state. Dr Fiona Bisshop from Fortitude Valley’s Holdsworth House and and Gold Coast sexual health specialist Dr Stuart Aitken set up their Gender & Sexuality Conversion Therapy Survey to gather people’s current experiences …

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Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been urged to meet with transgender youth and their families after he said same-sex schools should be able to turn away trans students. On Wednesday, the Nationals MP weighed in on the debate around legislation to prevent discrimination against LGBT students, telling Sky News any law change should …

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A 69-year-old man who tried to legally reduce his age by 20 years because he identified as 49 has had his request rejected by a Dutch court. Dutch television personality Emile Ratelband asked a court in the Netherlands to formally change his date of birth from 1949 to 1969, claiming he identifies as a much …

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LGBTIQ advocates have said the Coalition’s proposed amendments to protect LGBT students from discrimination in religious schools could make things worse, as action on the issue is delayed until the new year due to political deadlock. Prime Minister Scott Morrison proposed a conscience vote on Wednesday – the second last sitting day of parliament for …

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A Queensland research team are set to make HIV testing kits available in two Brisbane vending machines in a pilot program to increase testing rates. Experts estimate a majority of people with HIV (89%) are aware of their status but there are still a proportion of those who don’t know they have HIV. Knowing your …

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