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Australian church leader Reverend Josephine ‘Jo’ Inkpin has described her joy after becoming the first openly transgender person inducted into a mainstream church. Originally from the UK, Rev Inkpin (pictured) has served within the Anglican Church in Australia for over 20 years. In 2017, she came out as transgender while head of the Anglican Church …

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Twenty years ago this week, the world’s first same-sex marriage legislation officially came into effect in the Netherlands. The country’s House of Representatives passed the same-sex marriage bill 109 votes to 33 on September 12, 2000. The Senate followed suit a few months later. The landmark marriage laws granted same-sex couples the same legal rights …

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A Sydney lesbian couple has been arrested for allegedly committing three armed robberies in one night while armed with an axe, a hammer, and knives. Police arrested and charged Eleanor Ashford, 23, and Sarah Canceri, 23, with stealing money and cigarettes from three different gas stations in the Sydney area over a two-hour period last …

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Queensland Liberal Senator Amanda Stoker has come under fire for her views on transgender issues after Prime Minister Scott Morrison appointed her Assistant Minister for Women. Senator Stoker received the new role in Scott Morrison’s cabinet reshuffle on Monday, amid a series of ongoing scandals around the treatment of women. But the Queensland Senator’s past …

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A South Australian man is facing years in prison after luring an elderly man on Grindr and torturing him for four hours in an alleged vigilante attack. 21-year-old Charlie Michael Edward Caire found the victim on Grindr before capturing him and torturing him in Murray Bridge in February 2020, The Advertiser reported. Prosecutor Ben Sturn …

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A New South Wales man convicted of the manslaughter of Filipina trans woman Mhelody Bruno has been sentenced to 22 months in jail after initially avoiding prison in a sentencing error. A Wagga Wagga District Court judge initially sentenced Rian Ross Toyer on March 19 for Mhelody Bruno’s manslaughter. Bruno fell unconscious when Toyer choked …

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Australia’s Red Cross Lifeblood donation service has apologised to a gay man on PrEP who was incorrectly told he could donate while taking the medication. From January 31, men who have sex with men (MSM) and some trans donors are permitted to give blood if they haven’t been sexually active for three months. The new …

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A bipartisan parliamentary committee has called on the New South Wales government to appoint a judge to re-examine dozens of potential historical gay hate murders in the state. The parliamentary inquiry was established in September 2018 to examine a string of historical gay and transgender hate crimes between 1970 and 2010. The committee’s report, not …

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The managing committee of the McIvers Ladies Baths in Sydney has been ousted by members in the wake of the pool’s recent transphobia controversy. McIver’s Ladies’ Baths in Coogee came under fire in January after announcing only trans women who had undergone surgery could use the ocean pool, devastating some frequent trans patrons. The heritage-listed …

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A New South Wales man convicted for the death of Filipina trans woman Mhelody Bruno will be re-sentenced after avoiding jail for her manslaughter. Rian Ross Toyer, a former corporal in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), was sentenced last Friday (March 19) for the manslaughter of Mhelody Bruno in September 2019. Bruno fell unconscious …

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