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In March 1973 a Fortitude Valley nightclub, the Whisky Au Go Go was firebombed resulting in the deaths of fifteen people. Excluding the appalling colonial decimation of Aboriginal populations, the Whisky Au Go Go fire was the worst mass murder in Australian history before the Port Arthur shootings of 1996. Among the people killed that …

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A permanent memorial artwork recognising the victims of gay hate violence in New South Wales has been given council approval and funding. From the 1970s to 1990s, many gay men were assaulted, robbed and in some cases murdered along the coastal walk from Sydney’s Bondi Beach to Tamarama (pictured), including at former gay beat Marks …

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Matthew Shepard composite photo courtesy of Matthew Shepard Foundation

Twenty years ago this week, Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left to die in a vicious hate crime in rural Wyoming. Shepard’s tragic death would become a symbol for anti-gay violence, and now the 21-year-old’s parents have announced they’ve finally found a safe home for their son’s ashes. His remains will be interred at …

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Sydney homophobic graffiti bash a gay

Police are investigating after a man was caught spray-painting a homophobic message on a Sydney building, calling for violence against gay people. Laura Hunter and April Long were travelling through the inner-city Sydney suburb of Alexandria on Sunday morning when they saw the man kneeling down and spray-painting the brick wall. The pair confronted the …

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Depressed young person

A 40-year-old man has faced court over the alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old boy he met on Grindr. According to police, Sydney man Moud Nuri and the boy met through the app on Friday, September 28. Police said the pair engaged in conversations, including the exchanging of images and personal details, and made plans …

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Gay Sydney

A long-awaited New South Wales parliamentary inquiry has been announced to examine gay hate crimes in Sydney over four decades, including the murders of 88 gay and transgender people, 30 of which remain unsolved. A cross-party committee will look at crimes between 1970 and 2010 and investigate the NSW Police and criminal justice system response …

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Human Rights Law Centre people

The Human Rights Law Centre has called on the Victorian Government to establish a Hate Crimes Act to provide legal protection for LGBTIQ people. The HRLC has released a report, a year on from the marriage equality postal survey, to highlights the negative impact of hate speech and hate crimes during the survey on the …

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Fifteen countries have come together to press Russia on what the country is doing to stop the persecution of gay men in the Russian region of Chechnya. Independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta first reported last year that men had been abducted and tortured as part of an alleged “gay purge,” which has been repeatedly denied …

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Greens Senator Janet Rice Malaysian

The Australian Greens have called on the federal government to raise concerns with the Malaysian government about the oppression and persecution of the country’s LGBTIQ community. Earlier this month, two Malaysian women were fined and sentenced under the country’s sharia law to a caning in the country’s north for having sex with each other. Recently, …

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Grindr blackmail

A Melbourne man has admitted that he demanded another man he met on Grindr pay him $1300 in return for not telling the victim’s girlfriend. Timothy Ruge allegedly demanded that the victim meet with him and hand over the money at Southern Cross station in the Docklands area in March this year, Melbourne Magistrates Court …

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