Australian children with gender dysphoria will no longer require court approval to undergo surgery if they have parental and doctors’ permission, in a landmark ruling by the Family Court of Australia. The Family Court made the ruling in the case of a 16-year-old boy, known under the pseudonym Matthew, who sought the court’s consent to …

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Queensland LGBTIQ counselling service Diverse Voices has a position vacant for a bookkeeper and project support worker. Diverse Voices’ mission is to provide an anonymous peer-to-peer teleweb counselling service supporting the LGBTIQ community and aiming to make useful referrals, improve the mental health and overall wellbeing of those who contact the service. Since 2013, Diverse …

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New Zealand LGBTIQ rights activists have called on the New Zealand government to reconsider compensation for men whose lives were “wrecked” by their historical gay sex convictions. Last year, former justice minister Amy Adams apologised to the gay men who were convicted for engaging in consensual sex prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1986. …

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An Australian man living with HIV has opened up about his experiences after his HIV diagnosis in the latest instalment of a short film series calling on people to unite against HIV stigma. In the video, José opens up about his HIV diagnosis 22 years ago, his relationship with his longtime partner Carlos and his …

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Two Tasmanian gay men have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000 in a bid to thank long-term equality advocate, Rodney Croome, for his decades of service to Australia’s LGBTI community. The two men said they first met Rodney in 1988, who at the time had founded the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group, fighting …

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LGBTIQ health advocates are mourning the death of pioneering HIV researcher and Kirby Institute director Professor David Cooper. Credited with diagnosing some of the first cases of HIV in Australia, Professor Cooper passed away at age 69 on Sunday after a short illness. He was appointed the inaugural director of the Kirby Institute – then …

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A newspaper has been slammed for deleting a reference to a man’s husband from his mother’s obituary. Texas newspaper The Olton Enterprise published the obituary for Brenda Light in its February 23 edition, but edited the family’s original tribute. The obituary read, “Those left to cherish her memories include her son, Barry Giles, and his …

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Comedian Rhys Nicholson has shared that a homophobic thug recently threatened to “bash him to death” on pubic transport in Melbourne. The 27-year-old opened up about the incident in a post on his Twitter account, recalling that on Friday night he’d been catching a train, when he noticed four men board. “I was sitting on …

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Pam Ann – the high-flying alter-ego of Australian comedian, writer and producer Caroline Reid – has announced a new tour of Australia. In her new show Flight Attendant Star, Pam will select a group of air hostie wannabes from the audience and put them through a series of challenges to see if they have what …

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Eight LGBTIQ-identifying Australians have shared their stories in a new series of powerful videos created by fashion brand Levi’s. Among them is rising Brisbane hip-hop performer Miss Blanks (pictured), who is transgender. “As a trans woman of colour, what equality means to me is being able to live my most authentic self, free from any …

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