Jailed Gay Holocaust Survivor Wolfgang Lauinger in Germany

He’s 99 not out, but Holocaust survivor Wolfgang Lauinger has been bowled over after being denied compensation. Lauinger was forced to spend at least five months of 1950 in prison, detained because of a homophobic 1871 law which became strictly enforced under the Nazis. Earlier this year, Germany’s cabinet backed a bill to clear men …

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HIV researchers and advocacy groups want Australia to fast-track the approval of home-testing kits as part of the effort to reduce the spread of the virus. The kits have been available online for several years but have yet to be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. New research has found the kits could be especially …

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Deputy state coroner Elaine Truscott has delivered an open finding at the inquest into the death of Matthew (Matt) Leveson. Leveson, 20, went missing in 2007 and was last seen leaving ARQ nightclub in Sydney with his boyfriend, then 45-year-old Michael Atkins. Matt’s parents, Mark and Faye Leveson, who the inquest was told believe Atkins …

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A group of Anglican bishops has split with the church’s hierarchy and urged members of the Lower House to support Senator Dean Smith’s marriage equality bill. The group, headed by the Bishop of Wangaratta, John Parkes (pictured), say Senator Smith’s bill should be approved as it stands. “It preserves the fabric of our anti-discrimination laws, …

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death of gay man Scott Johnson near Sydney

It’s taken three inquests and almost 30 years but a coroner today found that 27-year-old American mathematician Scott Johnson’s death in 1988 was the result of a gay hate attack. The finding vindicates his family’s enduring belief that he was targeted during Sydney’s notorious wave of homophobic crime in the 1980s. Johnson’s naked body was …

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Enoggera was “bowled over” by a Christmas Extravaganza drag show earlier this month. Lucy Lockjaw and Carla M’World headlined the night with a “risque” show at the Enoggera Bowls Club on November 11. Joined by a troupe of “ladies” they performed in front of an almost full house. Bowls club officials reportedly said the show …

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“There is nothing wrong with you.” That’s the moving message Attorney-General George Brandis sent to young gay Australians today in a heartfelt speech supporting same-sex marriage in the Senate. Brandis said the passage of the bill will “demolish the last significant bastion of legal discrimination against people on the grounds of their sexuality”. “At last, …

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A series of vile, homophobic letters have been sent to a same-sex couple on the Sunshine Coast. Kirk Muddle and his partner Andrew, who live in Maroochydore, were sent the letters on A4 sheets of paper. The notes suggested that gay people should be “castrated” and that the couple are unable to look after their …

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South Coast Baptist College has defended its decision to dismiss a relief teacher because he revealed he was in a same-sex relationship. OutinPerth revealed that Craig Campbell had lost his position at the school in Rockingham, Western Australia. Campbell had to deal with suspicion about his sexuality after colleagues and students questioned a photo on …

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The federal government’s Leader of the House Christopher Pyne has vowed that MPs won’t be leaving Canberra until same-sex marriage is legalised. The Turnbull government has cancelled a sitting week for the House of Representatives to allow the Senate to finish debating the same-sex marriage bill before it goes to the Lower House. The Lower …

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