Beauty queen Esma Voloder can make a world of difference. The reigning Miss World Australia has voiced her support for marriage equality, saying she believes being Australian means respecting and accepting everyone. “I think it is Australian culture to have acceptance and these are the things we should continue to focus on and continue to …

A tiny island has just made a huge decision – to legalise same-sex marriage. The change in law on the Channel Island of Alderney was voted through at a States meeting this week. There are approximately 2000 people who live on the island, which is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a British Crown dependency. …

Men’s magazine Playboy has broken new ground with a nude transgender centrefold in its November issue. Ines Rau, a French fashion model who was featured nude in a 2014 issue of Playboy, is the first transgender model to appear as a centrefold in the magazine’s 64-year history. Rau hopes it will pave the way for …

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A network to help aged health care providers meet the needs of older LGBTI community members will be launched on the Sunshine Coast next week. The LGBTI Community Ageing Network (LGBTI CAN) will officially be launched at the Maroochydore Day Respite Centre on Wednesday, 18th October. LGBTI CAN is a collaboration between aged care and …

Jackie Chan’s estranged daughter Etta Ng has declared her love for social media influencer Andi Autumn. Etta, 17, posted a photo on Instagram in front of a rainbow flag, with the simple caption, “#lgbtqai #lgbt #lesbian #androgynous.” After breaking the news, Etta, who lives in Hong Kong, admitted she was ‘speechless’ at how much support …

Gay cops deserve the “same rights as everyone else”. That’s the now public view of Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton, who has thrown his support behind same-sex marriage. “We think (same-sex marriage is) probably something that should’ve happened a while ago,” Mr Ashton told 3AW radio. “We’ve got a lot of officers that identify …

A host of Australia’s top artists will band together for a benefit concert in support of marriage equality. The LiveAid-style gig, titled YesFest, will be held at Sydney’s Spotless Stadium on Sunday, October 29. Jimmy Barnes will be a special guest along with Client Liaison, Flight Facilities (DJ), Heaps Gay DJs, Jack Colwell, Kirin J …

Residents of a remote Arnhem land community have burned about 50 same-sex marriage postal vote survey forms because they misunderstood the question. Residents of the Aboriginal community of Ramingining, where most people speak Djambarrpuyngu over English, believed the survey was asking them whether or not a man should be “compelled” to marry another man. Australian …

If it’s not gay, then it’s not gay. That’s the theme of a brilliant 30-second ad launched by New Zealand LGBT charity group Rainbow Youth, which aims to stop people using the word “gay” with a negative connotation. The TV ad refers to a small change people can make in their daily lives to become …

Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley says she is under internal party pressure to publicly declare her support for same-sex marriage, even though she is voting against it. Senator Polley (pictured) told The Australian newspaper she had been warned by Labor colleagues her views could lead to her being “responsible for losing the next federal election”. …

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