Increased representation of LGBTI people in domestic violence awareness campaigns is needed to increase reporting of violence in same-sex relationships, a Queensland Police Service LGBTI Liaison Officer has said. In late 2016, Fortitude Valley-based Senior Constable Ben Bjarnesen was the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship, a grant that allows Australians to travel overseas to conduct …

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A new study has warned of just how dangerous it can be for LGBTIQ young people to hide their sexuality. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that 46% of the closeted teenagers reported suicidal thoughts or behaviours, compared to 22% of those who were open about their sexuality. The researchers …

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What do you expect to see when you head to a show featuring talented soul singers, an internationally ranked BeatBoxer, circus performers and dancers? When they are also six fierce and sassy women of colour, you get a night at the theatre that will blow your mind. Hot Brown Honey are here and they are …

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At least one families’ same-sex marriage postal survey forms were among more than four months of mail left undelivered in a postbox in regional Victoria that was neglected by Australia Post. The town of Beechworth in Victoria’s north-east share just two post boxes between its 3,859 residents, the ABC reported, and local residents Joanne and …

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The Northern Territory government has moved to expunge the criminal records of people convicted of consensual homosexual activity prior to decriminalisation in the territory in 1984. Attorney-General Natasha Fyles introduced the legislation to parliament on Wednesday and said it was an important step towards righting past historical wrongs against the territory’s LGBTIQ community. “Across the …

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The cost of PrEP will be slashed from April 1, after the HIV prevention medication is finally listed and subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that has been found to be up to 99% effective at reducing the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people, …

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The Turnbull Government’s religious freedom review has been extended after it received an “unprecedented” number of submissions. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the review, headed by former Howard Government minister Philip Ruddock, had requested the extension because it had receiving more than 16,000 submissions. The panel’s deadline to deliver its report has been pushed …

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Organisers have announced that this year’s Sunshine Coast Pride Festival has been rescheduled for next month. The festival, organised by volunteers from the Sunshine Coast Pride Network, was to be held in late February but had to be postponed due to bad weather. Festival organisers have rescheduled the Fair Day event for Saturday, April 28 …

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Want to pick up a bargain frock or wig for your next drag or performing arts show? Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel will hold another of their successful “Drag Swap Meets” this weekend. There’ll be a wide range of glamorous frocks, fabric, shoes, wigs, jewellery and makeup on offer, as several Queensland drag stars and vendors come …

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Tasmania has elected the state’s first openly lesbian MP to parliament during the state election earlier this month. Labor candidate Alison Standen was elected to the Tasmanian Parliament after standing in the state seat of Franklin. On the campaign trail, Standen said, “Leadership to me is about connection to values; and about courage to stand …

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