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Two Indonesian men flogged in public for gay sex

Two Indonesian men flogged in public for gay sex




Two men, aged 20 and 23, were publicly caned in front of a mosque in Badeh, Aceh, Indonesia yesterday. The two men were arrested after vigilantes broke into their residence, and claimed the pair were having gay sex. Both men pleaded guilty in court and were sentenced to receive 85 lashes of the rattan. Prosecutors […]

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Indonesia arrests over 140 men at a ‘gay party’

Indonesia arrests over 140 men at a ‘gay party’




Indonesian police have raided a gay sauna in the capital of Jakarta and detained 141 men for questioning. The arrests over the weekend come the day before two gay men in the Aceh province are scheduled to be caned for having gay sex. Human rights groups have been campaigning for Indonesia President Joko Widodo to […]

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ACL angry at Queensland police for taking part in IDAHoBiT Day

ACL angry at Queensland police for taking part in IDAHoBiT Day




The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has complained about Queensland Police supporting International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBiT). Wendy Francis, the ACL’s Queensland Director, has said it is inappropriate for police to be seen wearing a rainbow coloured lanyard. Francis said the rainbow lanyard is an endorsement of marriage equality, and “re-shaping” society’s understanding […]

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Tasmanians call on Malcolm Turnbull to speak out on Chechnya

Tasmanians call on Malcolm Turnbull to speak out on Chechnya




Tasmanian human rights advocates are calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to speak out against the detention and torture of gay and bisexual men in Russia’s Chechen Republic. Last night community members gathered in Hobart for a candlelight vigil for those who have been detained, tortured and reportedly killed in the Muslim region of Russia. […]

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Indonesian men will receive 85 lashes for gay sex

Indonesian men will receive 85 lashes for gay sex




Two men in Indonesia’s Aceh province will receive 85 lashes for engaging in gay sex. The punishment, which has been issued under the region’s Sharia law that was implemented two years ago, is 5 more lashes than the prosecution had even asked for. The maximum sentence is 100 lashes. “The defendants are proven to have […]

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Soccer star Abby Wambach marries




US soccer star Abby Wambach has wed her partner Glennon Doyle Melton. Wambach shared the news of her weekend nuptials over Instagram. Wambach is a two time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion. In 2012 she was named FIFA World Player of the Year and she holds the record for the most goals […]

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You can’t stop The Village People

You can’t stop The Village People




Felipe Rose can’t contain his enthusiasm that the Village People are coming to Perth. The original member of the band shares with OUTinPerth what gay life in New York City was like at the time of liberation. Rose, who has been the Indian in the iconic band since it first formed in the 1970’s, said […]

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US lawmaker says there is a “distinction” between “gay people” and “being a human being”




A US politician has sparked outrage by suggesting that there is a distinction between gay people and human beings. In Missouri Republican member Rick Brattin was arguing against an amendment for Senate Bill 43 to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing or public accommodation. The lawmaker argued […]

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Prosecutors call for Indonesian couple to be caned 80 times

Prosecutors call for Indonesian couple to be caned 80 times




  Prosecutors in the Indonesian province of Aceh have called for two men, who were caught having sex by their neighbours, be punished with 80 strokes of the rattan. The two men, aged 20 and 23, were arrested after their neighbours secretly filmed them having sex in the privacy of their own home. They neighbours […]

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Queensland govt to apologise for historical gay convictions




Queensland’s government will today introduce a bill that will see historical convictions of gay men wiped from their records. Both Queensland and Western Australia moved to decriminalise sex between men in 1990, though those convicted under the now obsolete laws still have this reflected on their criminal records. Queensland’s Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured), will offer […]

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