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NSW Health warns of likely local transmission of monkeypox

NSW Health has issued a warning for people to be on the lookout for monkeypox symptoms after 11 confirmed cases in the state, including two possible cases of local transmission. Monkeypox is a rare viral infection previously associated with travel to Central and West Africa. However, several countries that are not endemic for the virus …

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Torres Strait gay man Elijah Manis wins NAIDOC award for activism

Torres Strait gay man Elijah Manis is among the winners of this year’s national NAIDOC Week Awards, announced at a ceremony on Narrm Country (Melbourne) at the weekend. Announced at the start of NAIDOC Week this week, the awards recognise and celebrate Indigenous Australians’ excellence and achievements. Elijah Manis (pictured above) is from the Kulkalgal …

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Iran executes gay man on ‘sodomy’ charges, activists say

Iran has executed a gay man after a “sodomy” charge, according to human rights groups. The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) claimed that 10 inmates were executed in Rajai Shahr Prison, in the northern city of Karaj, on June 29. Among them was Iman Safari-rad, whom activists say was likely sentenced to death for …

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Gay conversion therapy ban needed after Christian rehab scandal

LGBTIQ advocates have urged the Western Australian government to comprehensively ban dangerous gay “conversion therapy” after a Christian rehab facility’s residents were allegedly given gay “exorcisms”. In WA, a state parliamentary inquiry is looking at shocking allegations of abuse and mistreatment at the Esther Foundation women’s rehabilitation centre in Perth. The centre, which had links …

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Switzerland’s first gay couples have legally tied the knot

A lesbian couple together for 21 years were among the first to tie the knot as Switzerland’s same-sex marriage laws finally begin. Laure and Aline got legally married on Friday morning (July 1), the first day their country’s same-sex marriage laws coming into effect. The Swiss government first announced plans to legalise “marriage for all” …

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Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law has started, and it’s already grim

LGBTQ teachers in Florida have been instructed to conceal their identities and remove rainbows from schools as Florida’s hateful Don’t Say Gay legislation comes into effect. Republican governor Ron DeSantis (pictured above) signed the contentious legislation into law in March. It bans classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten to grade 3 …

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Love is Halal: German mosque flies rainbow flag for Pride

A Berlin mosque yesterday unfurled a rainbow flag to mark Pride celebrations in Germany. Berlin’s culture minister and other dignitaries attended the ceremony at the start of Germany’s Pride month. Many worshippers at the Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque also wore stickers saying ‘Love is Halal’. The ceremony occurred just a week after a radicalised Islamist shot …

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Finnish PM defying homophobic Putin has two mums

Dying or not, poor little rich man Vladimir Putin can’t take a trick. His invasion of Ukraine turned out not the stroll in the park he apparently anticipated. And his aggressive warmongering united much of the world against him. Now traditionally neutral Sweden and Finland are set to join NATO. Even worse for the bigoted …

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WNBA champion Brittney Griner appears in Russian court

American basketball champion Brittney Griner has appeared in Russian court for day one of her trial. The lesbian WNBA star has been in Russian custody since February — only days before Russia invaded Ukraine. Griner was arrested at Moscow airport on February 17, she had flown to Russia to play in the Russian league during …

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Stephen Bates MP – a seismic shift in Aussie politics

The 2022 federal election saw a seismic shift in Australian politics. Voters embraced progressive politicians, electing increased numbers of the Greens, including Stephen Bates in Brisbane, and the new Teal independents. Post-election, conservative pundits attempted to make hay out of the decreased Labor vote. But that ignores that all three usual parties of government — …

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Uncle Jack Charles asked to prove Aboriginality

One of Australia’s most celebrated First Nations elders has been asked to prove his Aboriginality. Actor, musician, activist, gay man, and respected elder Uncle Jack Charles said he received a phone call demanding proof of Aboriginality prior to receiving an $80,000 instalment under the Stolen Generations Reparation scheme. The Wiradjuri, Boon Warrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, …

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‘We won’t go back’: Brisbane abortion rights rally after Roe v Wade

Activist group Equal Love Brisbane are hosting an abortion rights rally in the Brisbane CBD on Friday night (July 1) in response to the US Supreme Court overturning  Roe v Wade. The top US court’s decision overturned the landmark 1973 ruling recognising abortion as a constitutional right, ending 50 years of legal precedent. On Friday …

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NZ Police officer speaks out after Pride police car sparks backlash

A New Zealand police officer has doubled down after a photo of a rainbow police car received “hateful” comments.  On Tuesday, Senior Constable Bryan Ward posted an image of himself in front of NZ Police’s rainbow police car. The rainbow police car was launched in 2018 for Pride Month. At the time, Police Commissioner Mike …

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Man pleads guilty to homophobic attack on New Zealand queer church

A man has pleaded guilty to an anti-Semitic and homophobic attack on a queer church on New Zealand’s West Coast. Queer poet and artist Sam Duckor-Jones created the pink church- Gloria- as a public artwork. On June 2, vandals scrawled homophobic and anti-Semitic messages on the church. Additionally, one of the messages included a Biblical …

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Former Dubbo mayor charged over alleged historical rape

Former Dubbo mayor Ben Shields has been charged over an historical alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old man 19 years ago. NSW Police said they arrested the 41-year-old (pictured) early on Tuesday morning and took him to Dubbo police station. Police later charged him with sexual intercourse without consent and possessing a conversation obtained by …

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US man shares his experience with monkeypox in candid PSA

A man who caught monkeypox in the United States has documented his experience with the virus in a viral TikTok. Since an unusual outbreak started in May, there have been more than 3,400 cases and one death in over 50 countries where the virus is not endemic. Those cases are predominantly in Europe and many …

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Pride Month heartbreak as this gay flamingo couple splits up

A Pride Month post by a US zoo has ruffled feathers online after they announced a gay flamingo couple named Freddie Mercury and Lance Bass had split up. Denver Zoo in Colorado has a 75-strong flock of both Chilean and American flamingos. Among them are Chilean flamingo Lance Bass and American flamingo Freddie Mercury. The …

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New Zealand ‘conversion therapist’ vows to continue despite ban

A New Zealand Christian counsellor has vowed to continue offering LGBT “conversion” therapy to queer people to “repair and reawaken their heterosexuality” despite the country’s national ban. “Conversion therapy” refers to debunked and dangerous practices attempting to change or suppress a person’s sexuality or gender identity. New Zealand passed a bill outlawing the practices in …

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Lesbian kiss in a Sydney school play has Mark Latham in a spin

A Sydney private school is coming under fire from angry parents over a lesbian kiss in a Shakespeare production, with Mark Latham raising the issue in parliament. The gender-bending “SHEkspeare” performance featuring a female Romeo passionately kissing Juliet was performed at Campbelltown Performing Arts High. Following the performance, parents raised their complaints with NSW MP …

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Conversion therapy report subject to church ‘misinformation campaign’

The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute has responded to an article criticizing its report on conversion therapy.   A recent article in the Tasmanian Catholic Standard has received backlash from LGBTQIA+ advocates. The article claimed that the TLRI’s report on conversion therapy would “force” medical professionals to affirm transgender patients. The article went on to say …

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Stampede after NYC Pridegoers ‘mistake fireworks for gunshots’

A false alarm caused a stampede at an NYC Pride event in a New York City park after hundreds fled after mistaking the sounds of fireworks for gunfire. A huge crowd of Pridegoers gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday, hours after the city’s Pride March fireworks, police said. Videos on social media showed hundreds …

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Brisbane sex-on-premises venue Club 29 moves out of 20-year home

Brisbane sex-on-premises venue Club 29 will throw its last parties at its 20-year home before the men’s cruise club closes its doors and moves out. For two decades, the gay venue, also known to locals as Number 29, has operated seven days a week at 29 McLachlan Street in Fortitude Valley (above). But this month, …

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