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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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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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Meet Anjimile, a queer artist from Boston who makes beautiful tunes

Meet Anjimile, a queer artist from Boston who makes beautiful tunes

Boston local and queer artist Anjimile recently released a new track Golden Hands. Anjimile chatted to OUTinPerth about music, upcoming projects, life in Boston as an artist, activist and non-binary trans* person of colour. How would you identify to encompass all of you to people who may not have necessarily heard of Anjimile before? My […]

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Chinese social media giant backs down on plans to censor gay content

Chinese social media giant backs down on plans to censor gay content

Chinese social media site Sina Wiebo has scaled back its plan to censor gay images and cartoons following a backlash from millions of users. On Friday the twitter-like Chinese social media site announced it would be deleting content and accounts that featured gay content. The site said that it would be deleting posts which contained […]

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Health department has no plans to find replacement hormone for trans men

Health department has no plans to find replacement hormone for trans men

The federal Health Department has no capacity to seek out a replacement hormone treatment for transgender men after popular drug Primoteston was removed from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The Department of Health, through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), previously announced that from February 1st they will no longer subsidise Primoteston, the most common form of medical transition […]

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WA government announces funding boost to LGBTI Health

WA government announces funding boost to LGBTI Health

The Western Australian government has announced it will be providing $120,000 for the development of a LGBTI health strategy. Co-ordinated through the Department of Health, the strategy will provide a framework to raise awareness of the specific health and mental health challenges of LGBTI people. The funding will be used to engage relevant stakeholders and […]

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Renewed calls for WA to update anti-discrimination laws

Renewed calls for WA to update anti-discrimination laws

Advocates for Western Australia’s LGBT community have launched a campaign to repeal the last piece of anti-homosexual legislation under State law. They are calling on the McGowan Government to close a loophole in the State’s Equal Opportunity Act which allows private schools to sack LGBTI teachers, expel LGBTI students and refuse to enrol children from […]

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Ian Thorpe urges people to return their marriage survey forms

Ian Thorpe urges people to return their marriage survey forms

Olympian Ian Thorpe has urged people to vote ‘yes’ in the marriage equality survey and get their completed forms in the mail by Friday to ensure they make it back to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in time to be counted. Thorpe said he was optimistic that the marriage survey would return a ‘yes’ result […]

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Cory Bernardi argues that marriage legislation should not be rushed in

Cory Bernardi argues that marriage legislation should not be rushed in

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi has argued that any legislation to allow same sex marriage will have to be carefully considered by the parliament, and may take some time before it could actually become law. Last week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull restated his belief that if the marriage postal survey returned a ‘yes’ vote, the […]

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