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Call for state leaders to pressure PM on marriage equality

Call for state leaders to pressure PM on marriage equality




LGBTQIA+ advocates are calling on Australia’s state and territory leaders to put pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for a free vote on marriage equality in federal parliament. Each of the nation’s current state leaders have voiced their support for marriage equality in Australia, with a number state parliaments (including WA) passing motions urging the federal […]

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Graham Richardson no longer favours plebiscite, calls for free vote

Graham Richardson no longer favours plebiscite, calls for free vote




Political commentator Graham Richardson has declared he no longer supports the idea of a plebiscite on marriage equality. The respected retired politician says Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should just schedule a free vote on the issue. Writing in The Australian, Richardson said the recent controversy over Margaret Court comments had convinced him that Australia would be […]

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Turnbull on Margaret Court: Celebrate her achievements not her opinions

Turnbull on Margaret Court: Celebrate her achievements not her opinions




Tennis superstar Martina Navratilova has called for Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena to be renamed following its namesake’s renewed statements against marriage equality. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has responded to the suggestion arguing that the religious leaders’ achievements in sport deserve to be honoured. Yesterday Court, one of Australia’s most successful tennis players, wrote a ‘letter […]

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Cannes Film Festival jury protest gay/bi persecution in Chechnya

Cannes Film Festival jury protest gay/bi persecution in Chechnya




Members of the jury at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival have taken a visible stand against reports of violence towards gay and bi men in Chechnya. The jury of six arrived at the annual event, bearing signs adorned with pink triangles and slogans like ‘No More’ and ‘Silence = Death’ on the red carpet. The […]

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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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Australian Medical Association backs marriage equality

Australian Medical Association backs marriage equality




The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has added its voice to the many groups calling on the Turnbull government to legislate for marriage equality. Today the AMA will issue a new policy statement declaring that excluding same-sex couples from marriage has significant mental and physical health consequences and contributes to high suicide rates among LGBTI people. The […]

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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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Former PM John Howard says Turnbull should hold the plebiscite

Former PM John Howard says Turnbull should hold the plebiscite




Former Prime Minister John Howard says he is sympathetic to the views of the man who threw a pie in the face of QANTAS boss Alan Joyce. Howard suggests Malcolm Turnbull should honour his promise to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality. Speaking at a forum earlier this week Howard said the man who waited behind […]

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Activists detained in Moscow while attempting to deliver Chechen petition

Activists detained in Moscow while attempting to deliver Chechen petition




Activists in Russia attempting to deliver a petition calling for an investigation into human rights abuses in The Chechen Republic were detained by authorities who deemed the delivery of the petition an “unauthorised protest”. The five Russian activists were attempting to deliver the petition with over two million signatures to the Prosecutor General’s Office in Moscow […]

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Dying man writes to Malcolm Turnbull pleading for marriage equality




Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice today hand delivered a letter to the Prime Minister, written from a dying man, Peter ‘Bon’ Bonsall-Boone, and his partner, Peter de Waal. The letter is a copy of their original, sent several weeks ago, and asks the PM to make their wish – marriage equality – come true, […]

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