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Germany apologises for gay discrimination in the armed forces

Germany apologises for gay discrimination in the armed forces

Germany has formally apologised for decades of discrimination against gay people in their armed forces. The country changed its policy against gay people serving in 2000. A study commissioned the defence ministry found that there was systematic discrimination in the Bundeswehr – the military of West Germany and since 1990 of reunited Germany from 1955 […]

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Germany’s cabinet approve draft bill to ban ‘conversion therapy’ practices

Germany’s cabinet approve draft bill to ban ‘conversion therapy’ practices

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government cabinet have approved a draft bill to ban “conversion therapy” practices that aim to change or suppress an individual’s sexuality or gender. The legislation would outlaw advertising or practice of “conversion therapy”, with providers being fined up to €30,000 for infringement. Prior to approving the bill, the Cabinet […]

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Attacks against LGBTI people rise dramatically in Germany

Attacks against LGBTI people rise dramatically in Germany

New figures released in Germany show the amount of attacks against LGBTI people have almost doubled in the last decade. The country’s interior ministry has reported the growing number of reported attacks, leading to politicians to call for more preventative action to be taken. According to Deutsche Welle in 2013, police recorded 50 attacks on lesbian, gay, […]

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Germany moving towards ban on conversion therapy for minors

Germany moving towards ban on conversion therapy for minors

Reports have emerged that Germany’s government has drafted a bill to outlaw conversion practices being delivered to people under the age of 18. Speaking to Germany’s Deutsche-Welle, Health Minister Jens Spahn said that attempts to convert an individual’s sexuality makes people more ill, not better. The Health Minister, who is also a gay man, said the […]

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I Am My Own Wife: A trans pioneer’s tale of wartime survival

Charlotte von Mahlsdorf’s life may sound like a work of fiction, but her mark on this earth was very real. The focus of Doug Wright’s Pulitzer and Tony Award winning play I Am My Own Wife, von Mahlsdorf was a trans woman, Nazi survivor, antiquarian, entertainer, LGBTI+ pioneer… and murderer. Director Joe Lui caught up […]

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Marriage equality passed in Germany

Marriage equality passed in Germany

Marriage equality has been achieved in Germany. The country’s politicians voted to allow same sex couples the right to marry and adopt children. German Chancellor Angela Merkel surprised many when she changed her position on allowing a free vote earlier this week. While Merkel voted against the change, the majority of her colleagues showed support, […]

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German parliament will vote on marriage equality on Friday

German parliament will vote on marriage equality on Friday

Germany’s parliament will vote on marriage equality on Friday. A bill that will see LGBT couples be allowed to wed, and adopt children, was added to the agenda for Friday’s parliamentary sitting. German Chancellor has Angela Merkel has indicated that politicians in her party will be able to exercise a concience vote, rather than being […]

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Advocates praise Merkel’s support for free vote on marriage equality

Advocates praise Merkel’s support for free vote on marriage equality

Australian marriage equality advocates have celebrated the news that German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants her party to have a free vote on marriage equality. Speaking to media, Chancellor Merkel said she was disappointed by debate on the issue in her party and hopes it is “headed towards a conscience vote.” The leader of Germany’s centre-right Christian […]

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Australian singer Luke Antony shares new video

Australian singer Luke Antony has just released his new tune ‘Separate Ways. The video for the catchy tune features a same sex couple on a romantic adventure, while Antony acts as the stories narrator. Antony is getting ready for a big show, he’s headlining the Munich Pride Festival which attracts about 200,000 people. Antony will […]

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Lyle Shelton compares marriage equality to the holocaust

Lyle Shelton compares marriage equality to the holocaust

Lyle Shelton from the Australian Christian Lobby has compared marriage equality and the Safe Schools Coalition to the rise of the Nazi party in 1930’s Germany and the subsequent holocaust. The ACL boss has defended his writing, arguing that it is not offensive because he does not make a direct comparison. The Christian Lobby Group’s […]

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