The Australian Conservatives party has said they will work to repeal the country’s “yes” vote on marriage equality. The new spokesperson for Senator Cory Bernardi’s party, former Australian Christian Lobby head Lyle Shelton, told Sky News the party’s policy was “to support the natural family.” “I would expect over time we’d want to see marriage …

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Indonesia’s Ministry of Health has moved to declare homosexuality a “mental disorder,” as lawmakers debate a popular bill that would criminalize homosexuality in the country. The Ministry announced it would add homosexuality to a list of mental disorders in a new medical guide it planned to publish, according to local media reports. The guide is …

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Two regional Western Australian cities are planning to hold their very first LGBTI festivals in the coming weeks. The small WA town of Margaret River, three hours south of Perth, will hold its inaugural “Margi Gras” celebration next weekend. The free festival event will be held at Margaret River Cultural Centre Lawns on February 10, …

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The Australian Water Polo League’s annual Pride Cup event will return to Brisbane next month. The Pride Cup was first held in Melbourne two years ago to promote inclusion and diversity in national water polo, and last year was hosted by our local LGBTI-inclusive team the Brisbane Tritons for the first time. Local team the …

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Marriage equality campaigners have revealed the shocking extent of the anti-gay abuse they received during last year’s marriage law postal survey. In a submission to a Senate inquiry looking at the process of the postal survey, including the government’s protections against offensive material and behaviour, The Equality Campaign included numerous examples of the abusive messages …

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Long-running Australian soap Home and Away will introduce a gay character later this year. Actor Ray Meagher, who plays the Channel Seven soap’s iconic character Alf, has teased in an interview that a new gay male character is on the way. Asked whether he’d like to see a gay character introduced to Home and Away …

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“I now declare you partners, soul mates and lovers for life.” Christine Forster and Virginia Edwards thought it might never happen – but it did, in Sydney on Friday. And sitting in the front row was Christine’s brother, former prime minister Tony Abbott, who spent years campaigning against same-sex marriage. Christine and her long-term partner …

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Australian drag star Courtney Act has won the 21st series of the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother in a landslide, winning 49% of the vote out of the five finalists. Leaving the house dressed in a gold mini dress and with her pink hair in a high ponytail, Courtney told host Ema Willis: “I don’t know …

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Australian Christian Lobby head Lyle Shelton has quit the organisation to pursue a career in politics at the next federal election. Shelton (pictured), one of the most high-profile “no” campaigners in last year’s marriage postal survey, announced on Saturday he was stepping down after five years as the ACL’s managing director to contest a seat …

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As the Hustlers swing into pre-season preparation, QNews Magazine talks to some senior members about life in Brisbane’s gay-inclusive Rugby team. It hasn’t been the hottest of Brisbane summers, but the humidity is typical. Even now, in the cooling sunset, the air weighs heavy. My ambling stroll is enough draw a little sweat as I …

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