Thousands of people have marched in the first-ever gay pride parade in the Mississippi city of Starkville after local officials initially tried to block it. Despite widespread support, including from the city’s mayor Lynn Spruill, the Starkville Board of Aldermen voted 4-3 last month to deny parade organisers a permit to host the event. But …

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Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham has thrown his weight behind the Australian-first “Pride House” set to launch on the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games. Modelled after a traditional Olympic hospitality house, the Pride House will be a family-friendly space at Surfers Paradise welcoming LGBTIQ athletes, fans, and their friends during the Games. “Whether or …

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An Australian-born, Los Angeles-based entertainment reporter has revealed in an emotional post on Facebook that he has been living with HIV for a decade. Schmid, who works for ABC News in the US, opened up about his decade-long struggle over whether to disclose his HIV status, saying he’d been encouraged by media colleagues to keep …

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A community BBQ is planned in Brisbane to mark the International Trans Day of Visibility this weekend. Since 2009, March 31 has been recognised around the world as the Trans Day of Visibility, with an aim to celebrate the diversity of the transgender community and raise awareness of the work still needed to end the …

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Celebrities including Matt Bomer, Neil Patrick Harris, and Kristen Bell have bought out entire cinema screenings of gay drama film Love, Simon and giving the tickets away for free. Love, Simon is the first major studio movie to focus on a gay teen romance, following high school student Simon Spier who is struggling with his …

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US LGBTIQ advocates have blasted the Trump administration’s new policy banning most transgender people from military service. On Friday evening, the White House announced in a memo that transgender people “with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria” requiring medication, surgery or other treatment would be disqualified from military service “except under certain limited circumstances,” …

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Community group Lesbians Incorporated is offering grants of up to $1000 each for projects around the country that support lesbians or queer women. Lesbians Inc is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that advocates for and supports all lesbians and queer women including those who are transgender, non-binary, bisexual, queer or asexual. Since 2000, the group has …

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LGBTIQ audiences have seen more and more honest representation of themselves in theatrical media as of late, and with cinematic titles like Moonlight and Call Me By Your Name earning recognition outside of the community, Love, Simon arrives just in time for there to be a transition into mainstream cinema. Detailing the titular teenage Simon’s …

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British pop star Will Young was made to re-record tracks by music executives because his voice sounded “too gay”. Young told The Telegraph he only found out when he was in the studio to lay down his hit single Leave Right Now, which went to number one and sold more than half a million copies …

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Australia’s first ever “Pride House” will launch next week on the Gold Coast ahead of next month’s Commonwealth Games. The Pride Houses are safe, inclusive venues for LGBTIQ people and friends to gather during major sporting events. The Gold Coast Pride House is organised by former AFL player and LGBTIQ advocate Matt Hall and Pride …

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