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Hinch – strip funding from schools that exclude gay staff and students

Hinch – strip funding from schools that exclude gay staff and students

Senator Derryn Hinch has announced that he will move a motion calling for school that turn away gay students or teachers to be stripped of their commonwealth funding. “I will move a notice of motion in the Senate [on] Monday calling for any private school that discriminates against a teacher or student on sexuality grounds […]

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Alex Hawke says there’s nothing controversial in expelling gay students

Alex Hawke says there’s nothing controversial in expelling gay students

Special Minister of State Alex Hawke says there is nothing controversial in proposals to allow religious schools to expel students who are gay, bisexual or transgender. Overnight Fairfax Media published a leaked copy of the Ruddock Review revealing that the report notes there is no imminent threat to religious freedom in Australia.  The report does […]

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Perth Steam Works owner Mike Chester to step away after 22 years

Perth Steam Works owner Mike Chester to step away after 22 years

For the first time in 22 years, one of Perth’s iconic gay venues is on the market. Perth Steam Works’ owner Mike Chester has announced he plans to step away from the business he founded in September 1996. Mike, who turns 60 next February, reflected on more than two decades in business and said the […]

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Review | Just Friends lights up Perth Queer Film Festival’s opening night

Review | Just Friends lights up Perth Queer Film Festival’s opening night

Just Friends | The Backlot Perth | Sept 12 | ★ ★ ★ ★ ½  WA’s third Perth International Queer Film Festival opened with a bang last night, with a jam-packed screening of four short films and an excellent full-length feature from the Netherlands – Just Friends. Of the four shorts that prefaced the film, Australia’s own Papercut […]

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Rising anti-LGBT sentiment in Indonesia is affecting tackling HIV

Rising anti-LGBT sentiment in Indonesia is affecting tackling HIV

Human Rights Watch have warned that rising discrimination against the LGBTI community in Indonesia is having a negative effect on the countries efforts to tackle HIV. “The Indonesian government should recognize that its role in abuses against LGBT people is seriously compromising the country’s response to HIV,” said Kyle Knight, LGBT rights researcher at Human […]

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Worth a Read: Five stories you need to read

Worth a Read: Five stories you need to read

ESPN’s body issue features a same-sex couple for the first time Huffington Post Athletes Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird have appeared in ESPN’s iconic body issue, the first time the magazine has features a same-sex couple. Read the story Throb, Darwin’s gay nightclub comes of age ABC Throb, Darwin’s gay nightclub has celebrated its 18th […]

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Tchaikovsky’s romantic gay love letters revealed

Tchaikovsky’s romantic gay love letters revealed

A new volume of letters written by famous Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky includes letters that reveal his homosexuality. Previous volumes of his letters had excluded correspondence that contained revelations about his homosexuality. It is the first time the letters have been published in English or Russian. The composer who wrote some of the most […]

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Home Affairs warns policy change could bring an influx of fake gay refugees

Home Affairs warns policy change could bring an influx of fake gay refugees

The Department of Home Affairs has warned that a change in policy that makes it easier to accept LGBTI refugees from overseas could see an influx of false claims based on sexuality. The Labor party is expected to debate the issue at their upcoming national conference. Members of the party’s left faction are reportedly going […]

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Tasmanian Labor voice support for gay conversion therapy ban

Tasmanian Labor voice support for gay conversion therapy ban

Tasmania’s Shadow Health Minister has voiced her support for banning gay conversion therapy practices. Sarah Lovell MLC added her name to a petition calling for the practice to be banned, and called on Tasmania’s Liberal government lead by Will Hodgman to show it’s support too. “In a supposedly enlightened and tolerant Australia, it’s difficult to […]

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China dumped from Eurovision broadcast after it censored gay content

China dumped from Eurovision broadcast after it censored gay content

Audience’s in China won’t be seeing this year’s Eurovision final after the local broadcaster censored parts of the semi-finals broadcast. Eurovision has strict rules for broadcasters and one of the big ones is you can’t censor out parts of the performances. When the first Semi-Final aired in China the local broadcaster took out the performance […]

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