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Istanbul’s Pride march is banned just one day before the event

Istanbul’s Pride march is banned just one day before the event




Istanbul’s Pride celebrations have been cancelled for the third year in a row. The city’s governor cancelled the celebrations which were due to take place in the city on Sunday, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group. The ultra-nationalist Alperen Hearths group had threatened to stop the march if authorities did not cancel it. […]

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More than 100 religious leaders voice their support for marriage equality

More than 100 religious leaders voice their support for marriage equality




More than 100 religious leaders from all major religions in Australia have signed a joint statement calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to legislate for civil marriage equality now. This joint statement, organised by The Equality Campaign,  recognises that civil marriage equality is based on the values of love and commitment and is about ensuring […]

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Malaysian NGO blames gay and transgender people for HIV/AIDS rise

Malaysian NGO blames gay and transgender people for HIV/AIDS rise




A Malaysian non-government organisation has thrown their support behind the country’s health department’s controversial video competition. LGBT rights activists were astounded when the country’s health department launched a competition offering cash prizes for people to make videos that discourage being gay or transgender.  Activist argue that the competition will encourage discrimination and stigma against LGBT […]

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Leo Varadkar will be the next Prime Minister of Ireland

Leo Varadkar will be the next Prime Minister of Ireland




Leo Varadkar is set to become the next Prime Minister of Ireland after his party Fine Gael elected him to be the successor to Edna Kenny. Varadkar will be Ireland’s first Prime Minister who is gay, and the fourth head of state who is known to be same sex attracted. As political commentators had predicted, […]

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Senator Janet Rice: it’s time for Turnbull to act on marriage equality

Senator Janet Rice: it’s time for Turnbull to act on marriage equality




Senator Janet Rice, Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson, has slammed Margaret Court’s most recent comments about marriage equality and trans young people. Senator Rice said its time for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stand up to bigotry once and for all. “I am absolutely shocked. Beyond shocked. To label trans and non-binary children as ‘all the devil’ […]

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Renewed calls for improved LGBTI rights in Thailand

Renewed calls for improved LGBTI rights in Thailand




Taiwan’s decision to embrace marriage equality has encouraged people in nearby countries to step up their calls for change. Thailand’s Justice Ministry has vowed to get behind a bill that will allow for civil unions and remove discrimination. A bill which aims to end discrimination of LGBTI people has been stalled in the parliament for […]

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French AIDS activism film ‘120 BPM’ receives high praise at Cannes

French AIDS activism film ‘120 BPM’ receives high praise at Cannes




A new French film that chronicles thew work of LGBT activists at the height of the AIDS crisis generated high praise at the Cannes Film Festival. 120 BPM is a new film from writer-director Robin Campillo, who previously directed the film Eastern Boys.  The movie has been given positive reviews by Vanity Fair and industry bible […]

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Peter ‘Bon’ Bonsall-Boone dies waiting for marriage equality




Veteran LGBT rights campaigner Peter ‘Bon Bonsell-Boone has passed away after a long fight against cancer. He was 78 years old. The gay rights activist had pleaded with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to address marriage equality before his time expired, a request that made news around the world. The veteran gay rights activist had fought […]

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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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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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