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City of Vincent drops its Relationship Register

City of Vincent drops its Relationship Register

The City of Vincent Council has announced it is to discontinuing it’s Relationship Declaration Register. The council says in the wake of changes to the nation’s marriage laws it’s register is no longer needed. “In 2012 we established Western Australia’s first Relationship Declaration Register enabling couples, regardless of sexual orientation, an opportunity to formally recognise […]

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Claims of bullying at Melbourne’s LGBTI radio station JOYFM

Claims of bullying at Melbourne’s LGBTI radio station JOYFM

Melbourne’s JOYFM says it is taking claims of a bullying culture at the station seriously, but it’s not always possible to keep everyone at the volunteer based station happy. Yesterday a letter from a group of past and current members of the station was distributed to the station’s membership calling for an emergency special Annual […]

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Treasurer Scott Morrison applauds Israel Folau’s “strong character”

Treasurer Scott Morrison applauds Israel Folau’s “strong character”

Treasurer Scott Morrison has applauded rugby player Israel Folau’s stance against gay people saying it showed “strong character”. Folau has dominated news headlines for the last fortnight after he posted a message on social media saying God would send gay people to hell unless they repent for their sins. The comments upset Rugby’s major sponsor […]

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Case against former Katter party candidates thrown out of High Court

Case against former Katter party candidates thrown out of High Court

The High Court has dismissed an appeal by an LGBTI rights activist who was seeking to sue a former Katter Party candidate over homophobic remarks. Garry Burns has pursued former Katter Party candidates Tess Corbett and Bernard Gaynor through the legal system for five years, the case leading all the way to the High Court. […]

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Israel Folau threatens to quit rugby over beliefs about gay people

Israel Folau threatens to quit rugby over beliefs about gay people

Rugby star Israel Folau has told supporters that he offered to quit playing rugby following criticism of his statements suggesting gay people are headed “to hell”. Yesterday the controversial player posted an lengthy article outlining why he had posted a comment to social media saying that God would send gay people to hell unless they […]

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What’s next? The long road ahead for trans rights in WA

What’s next? The long road ahead for trans rights in WA

The LGBTQIA+ community is asking: what’s coming now that we’ve won marriage equality? Among other things, expect proper trans rights and protections to be put in place. Finally. Despite how desperately Turnbull wanted to claim marriage equality as his (and the Liberals’) win, it was ours. The LGBTQIA+ community braved the queerphobic storm and made it […]

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Hunt denounces conversion therapy, defends “freedom of speech”

Hunt denounces conversion therapy, defends “freedom of speech”

Health Minister Greg Hunt has raised concerns about “freedom of speech” while being questioned about his views on gay conversion therapy this week. Speaking with Patricia Karvelas on Radio National, the conversation quickly turned from discussing The Greens’ newly announced policy to legalise cannabis use for all adults to freedom of speech and the Victorian […]

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Theresa May: Britain ‘deeply regrets’ colonial era laws against homosexuality

Theresa May: Britain ‘deeply regrets’ colonial era laws against homosexuality

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told a gathering of Commonwealth leaders that Britain deeply regrets its colonial era laws that outlawed homosexuality, and wants to help other nations change their laws. Thirty six of the 53 Commonwealth Nations still have laws that outlaw homosexuality, most of them were introduced during British colonisation. Today at […]

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Israel Folau outlines his beliefs, responds to criticism in new column

Israel Folau outlines his beliefs, responds to criticism in new column

Aussie Rugby star Israel Folau has published an article in response to backlash to his recent social media comments, where he said gay people would go to “hell” if they didn’t repent for their sins. In an essay for Players Voice, the Wallaby begins by stating that he believes others lives are not his to judge. […]

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Gay men in Aceh will no longer be caned in public

Gay men in Aceh will no longer be caned in public

The Indonesian province of Aceh has announced it will no longer cane men accused of being gay in public, instead the punishments will be conducted within the prison. Last year two men when caned 83 times after they pleaded guilty to having gay sex. While homosexuality has never been illegal in Indonesia, the Aceh provide […]

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