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Canada lifts blood ban for gay and bi men, trans donors

Canada lifts blood ban for gay and bi men, trans donors

Canada will be ending its ban on blood donation for gay/bi men and trans folks, moving away from a forced abstinence period for most queer potential donors. The nation joins Greece, the UK, Brazil, Iceland and a growing number of countries around the world moving towards individual risk assessment rather than a blanket ban on […]

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Report names top five most accepting countries for LGBTI+ people

Report names top five most accepting countries for LGBTI+ people

Research from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that the average levels of acceptance for LGBTI people and their rights have increased globally since 1980. The report names Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Canada are the top five most accepting countries, and all have significantly increased their levels of acceptance since […]

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Trans athletes Laurel Hubbard and Quinn make Olympic history

Trans athletes Laurel Hubbard and Quinn make Olympic history

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has made history as one of the first transgender athletes at the Olympics. Hubbard’s quest for Olympic gold has come to a sudden end though, she failed on all three of her snatch lifts, eliminating her before the clean and jerk round. As she did not have a successful lift in the […]

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Advocates welcome Canada’s proposed ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Advocates welcome Canada’s proposed ‘conversion therapy’ ban

LGBTIQ advocacy group just.equal has welcomed Canada’s move toward criminalising LGBTIQ conversion practices. Earlier in March, a Bill was introduced in Canada’s Parliament that would effectively ban practices designed to change or suppress a person’s sexuality or gender across the country. The amendments, introduced by Canada’s Attorney General David Lametti and Minister for Diversity, Inclusion […]

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Canada proposes national ban on ‘conversion therapy’ practices

Canada proposes national ban on ‘conversion therapy’ practices

A Bill has been introduced in Canada’s Parliament this week that would effectively ban practices designed to change or suppress a person’s sexuality or gender across the country. The amendments, introduced by Canada’s Attorney General David Lametti and Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Youth Bardish Chagger, would expand on province-based bans to criminalise ‘conversion therapy’, […]

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Court ruling brings marriage equality to the western hemisphere

Court ruling brings marriage equality to the western hemisphere

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled that marriage equality should be recognised without discrimination. The court holds jurisdiction over all countries who are signatories to the American Convention of Human Rights, and will see same-sex marriage become legal in a number of Latin and North American nations. The ruling is a result of […]

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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau will apologise to LGBTI citizens for past injustices

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau will apologise to LGBTI citizens for past injustices

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his government will make a formal apology to LGBTQ2 citizens for past injustices. “On November 28, the Government will offer a formal apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House – for the persecution & injustices they have suffered, and to advance together on the path to equality & […]

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Olympic pole vaulter Shawn Barber comes out

Olympic Pole Vaulter Shawn Barber has declared he’s out and proud. The athlete posted the declaration to his Facebook account thanking his friends and family for their support. “Gay and proud! Thank you to my parents for being such a great support. I continue to grow as a person and have a great support group. […]

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Perth Comedy Fest: DeAnne Smith is here to pay you out

Perth Comedy Fest: DeAnne Smith is here to pay you out

Self-described gentleman elf DeAnne Smith is bringing her award nominated comedy back to our shores for the Perth Comedy Festival. The out comic blends a sharp wit and unexpected punchlines to take on the big issues, such as homophobia, sexism and of course, the Presidential elephant in the room. Smith tells OUTinPerth her new show […]

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Tim from Big Brother comes out

Big Brother’s Tim Dormer has opened up about his bisexuality and revealed he’s happily in love in a same-sex relationship. The popular TV personality first came to national attention when he won the reality TV show Big Brother back in 2013. He later made a TV documentary with housemate with Ben Zabel about dealing with mental […]

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