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Revisit the beginnings of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with ‘Riot’

Revisit the beginnings of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with ‘Riot’

The highly anticipated Australian telemovie Riot will screen on ABC and ABC iview next month. Starring an outstanding line up of Australian talent, headlined by Damon Herriman, Kate Box, Xavier Samuel and Jessica de Gouw, Riot shines a spotlight on Australia’s 1970s Gay Rights Movement and the passionate individuals who were unwavering in their fight for decriminalisation, recognition and […]

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Indonesia jails ten men for taking part in a ‘gay sex party’

Indonesia jails ten men for taking part in a ‘gay sex party’

An Indonesian court has handed down two-year prison sentences to ten men who were charged with breaking the country’s anti-pornography laws. The men were accused of taking part in a ‘gay sex party’ at a Jakarta Sauna. Over 140 men were arrested at the venue earlier this year, most were let off, but ten have […]

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‘Playboy’ founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91

‘Playboy’ founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91

High Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, has died aged 91. The publisher was a larger than life character who will be remembered for appearing his trademark smoking jacket and silk pyjamas. His signature look for decades. Following his death Hefner has been described as a misogynist, but also praised for his commitment to free […]

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New ABC film will show Australia’s fight for gay rights

New ABC film will show Australia’s fight for gay rights

Screen Australia and the ABC have announced production of a new film that will chart Australia’s first steps towards gay liberation. Riot will focus on homophobia in Australia in the 1970s and the events that led to the first Mardi Gras march in 1978. The film will be directed by Jeffrey Walker, and focus on […]

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Journalist Shannon Molloy pressured to quit gay rights group

Journalist Shannon Molloy pressured to quit gay rights group

Journalist Shannon Molloy has quit as a director of the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (NSW GLRL) following a social media campaign criticising his involvement in the organisation. Molloy, who works for News Corp, has written extensively about his personal experiences of homophobia and bullying, and has authored articles supporting the Safe […]

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Policeman killed in Paris was a gay rights activist

Policeman killed in Paris was a gay rights activist

The policeman who was killed by a gunman on the Champs-Élysées this week was a respected gay rights activist who worked with refugees. Xavier Jugelé was killed by a gunman on Thursday in an attack which is being treated as a terrorist incident. He was shot and killed on one of Paris’ most famous avenues. Two […]

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Dustin Lance Black discusses the importance of ‘When We Rise’

Dustin Lance Black discusses the importance of ‘When We Rise’

Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has spoken about the importance of representing LGBTI history to wider audiences ahead of the premiere of his new project When We Rise. The sprawling eight hour long mini-series which premieres of US television in February charts the rise of the gay rights movement from the Stonewall Riots to the modern day. […]

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Singapore bans foreign companies from supporting LGBT events

Singapore bans foreign companies from supporting LGBT events

Singapore has declared foreign companies will no longer be allowed to sponsor events aimed at LGBT groups. The island state’s Ministry of Home Affairs has ruled that events held at Singapore’s Speaker’s Corner can no longer be sponsored by overseas companies. The decision is a hug blow for Pink Dot the annual event that has […]

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Remembering Harvey Milk

Remembering Harvey Milk

Today is May 22nd, Harvey Milk Day – a time to remember the messages and work of the gay rights activist who was assassinated in 1978.  Here’s some quick facts related to the groundbreaking politician. Harvey Milk Day falls on the late activist’s birthday, today he would have been 86 years old. Milk was the […]

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Guy Pearce to play gay rights advocate Cleve Jones

Guy Pearce to play gay rights advocate Cleve Jones

Australian actor Guy Pearce is set to play LGBT rights activist Cleve Jones in a new US mini-series. Jones was an gay rights activist alongside Harvey Milk who also founded the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and led the A National March for Equality in the USA in 2009. ‘We Will Rise’ will be based on […]

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