religious exemptions

LGBTIQ organisations Minus 18 and Equality Australia have delivered a 55,000 signature Change.org petition to federal senators calling for students and teachers to be protected from religious discrimination. The petition comes ahead of an Senate vote this week on a Labor bill to scrap exemptions allowing religious schools to discriminate against students on the basis …

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forced transgender divorces

Transgender people in Western Australia will be able to stay married to their partners when they affirm their gender on their birth certificate under legislation passed by the state government on Tuesday. Under the previous law, trans people needed to be unmarried before their birth certificate can be updated, essentially requiring them to make a …

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Australia has locked in a spot in the Eurovision Song Contest until 2023, it’s been confirmed. SBS and production partner made the announcement on Wednesday, ahead of our fifth competitor, Brisbane-born singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, heading to Israel in May. Eurovision executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand said the organisation “couldn’t have imagined quite how popular [Australian] …

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Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been criticised for trying to claim credit for the legalisation of same-sex marriage, despite campaigning against it for years. “When all is said and done, I helped to make the thing happen,” the former prime minister said in a new interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. “I set up …

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sydney gay and lesbian mardi gras

Sydney concert venue City Recital Hall has called for an end to hate after homophobic trolls threatened the venue for hosting a Mardi Gras event presenting a queer “re-imagining” of a traditional mass. The choral work Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite is being held as part of the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi …

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Brazilian Laser Hair Removal

Want to know how to prepare for a blush-free Brazilian? This rather private treatment is one of the most popular among both women and men, and Australian Skin Clinics offer laser hair removal from the face to the toes, and all body areas in between, so we asked the experts. Here’s what you need to …

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Michael Kirby

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby and his longtime partner Johan van Vloten have tied the knot on the 50th anniversary of their first meeting. Kirby, who served as a High Court judge from 1996 to 2009, wed van Vloten at a private ceremony at their Sydney home on Monday, with Kirby’s brother Donald and …

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Tributes have flowed for Patricia Nell Warren, the lesbian author of groundbreaking gay novel The Front Runner, who has died at age 82. The novelist, magazine editor and activist (pictured) is best known for the 1974 book, which centred on the love story between closeted coach Harlan Brown and out runner Billy Sive. The Front …

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senator Janet Rice

Greens senator Janet Rice has said that Labor’s anti-discrimination bill to protect LGBTIQ students could pass the Senate when parliament resumes this week. Rice told a rally organised by Equality Australia in Melbourne on Saturday she believes support from the crossbench could allow Labor’s bill, introduced by Senator Penny Wong, to pass its first hurdle. …

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Australia has chosen Brisbane-born singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke as this year’s Eurovision contender. Miller-Heidke beat nine other Aussie acts to win the selection competition at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in May in Tel Aviv. “I’m totally overwhelmed! This has been a …

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