national coming out day

Today is National Coming Out Day, a celebratory day marked every October 11 for more than 30 years. To “come out” to someone is to tell them you’re LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer), and it can be a scary thing. You never know how someone could react to the information you want …

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LGBTIQ Homelessness youth. Homeless person lies on the concrete in stock photo

Today is World Homelessness Day (October 10), a day to spotlight the issue of homelessness in our community. Today, an estimated 116,000 Australians, and 20,000 in Queensland, will sleep rough, couch surf or sleep in temporary lodgings. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported homelessness increased by 14% between the 2011 and 2016 censuses. And sadly …

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international lesbian day historical march

International Lesbian Day, held on October 8, is a day for lesbians the world over to come together to celebrate lesbian herstory, diversity and culture. The day is recognised annually and is a great opportunity for women, families and friends to come together, connect, celebrate and raise awareness about the importance of community. We don’t …

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Uber Driver taxi rideshare discrimination

A US study has found that Uber and other rideshare app users who appear LGBTIQ are cancelled on by drivers more frequently than other passengers. The researchers looked at bias faced by people of colour on such apps. Previous studies suggest this includes longer wait times and more frequent cancellations. After previous studies, some apps …

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mattel gender neutral dolls creatable world barbie

Mattel has launched a new line of gender-nonconforming dolls designed to “keep labels out and invite everyone in”. Unlike Mattel’s Barbie and Ken, the new “Creatable World” line of dolls come with a variety of accessories to encourage more creative play for children. The doll kits consist of a young doll with no gender-identifying features …

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gareth thomas hiv

Former Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas has hit out at a UK tabloid reporter who disclosed his HIV status to his parents before he did. The former Wales captain, who came out as gay in 2009, took to Twitter last weekend to reveal he is living with HIV. “I want to share my secret with …

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australian christian lobby religious discrimination bill shelley argent israel folau

Israel Folau will be a keynote speaker at an upcoming Australian Christian Lobby conference next month. The ACL have announced the former rugby star will address the group’s Sydney conference on October 19, which is titled “Not Ashamed”. “Not Ashamed is an event to equip Christians to grow in our knowledge of truth, especially in …

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Nasa astronaut anne mcclain lesbian

A NASA astronaut’s ex-wife has accused her of identity theft while in orbit on the International Space Station, which could be the first crime in space. Anne McClain and her partner Summer Worden are in the midst of a divorce. According to the New York Times, the two women have been involved in “a bitter …

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