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Postal Vote PSA

Ian Thorpe and his boyfriend Ryan Channing are hoping to get as many Australians enrolled to vote in favour of same-sex marriage as possible. In a cute PSA created by Australian Marriage Equality, Thorpie reminds everyone that they can update their details faster than speedo-clad Ryan can swim two lengths of the pool. “Every Australian …

Sunshine Coast Pride Network

The Sunshine Coast Pride Network is planning to hold Queensland’s very first Rainbow Formal for LGBTIQ students and their friends in October. Sunshine Coast Pride Network co-chair Fiona Anderson, who is organising the event, said the group were inspired by the success of inaugural Fancy Formal in Byron Bay last year, and the ongoing popularity …

HIV Treatment

Queensland Positive People (QPP) and HIV Foundation Queensland (HIVFQ) have announced the continuation of the Queensland HIV Emergency Treatment Fund. The fund was established to provide emergency funding for HIV-related treatment and services to people living with HIV in Queensland, who are experiencing financial hardship and have exhausted all other avenues of support, and it’s …

drag mailbox

A new Facebook page is encouraging Australians to get creative with their mailboxes to show their support during the same-sex marriage postal vote campaign. The organisers of the Drag Mailbox Facebook page have posted photos of some of the mailboxes they’ve dressed up in rainbow colours and covered with words like “Yes” and “Equality”. The …

PrEP

Decision-makers have deferred an approval for HIV prevention medication PrEP to be subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, prompting “frustrated” advocates to call for talks to be fast-tracked. PrEP, short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and also known by its brand name Truvada, is a once-daily pill that has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of …

Same-Sex Marriage support Marriage Equality

Australia’s advertising watchdog has said it will “most likely” not consider complaints about advertisements related to the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey. The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) wrote on its blog: “It is likely that most advertisements discussing or advocating the respective ‘yes’ or ‘no’ cases or participation or otherwise in the survey will be …

Marriage Survey Envelope

If you put glitter in your envelope responding to the same-sex marriage postal survey you risk invalidating your vote, officials from the Australian Bureau of Statistics have warned. Some marriage equality supporters on social media have encouraged voters to tick “yes” during next month’s postal survey on the issue and include glitter in the envelope. …

HIV stigma

Queensland Positive People has launched a new series of short films calling on people to unite against HIV stigma. In the four films, Australians living with HIV share their stories of stigma, vulnerability and resilience, to shine a light on how the virus is often perceived and to call on the community to tackle that …

Tiwi Sistergirls

UPDATED A group of Indigenous transgender women on the remote Tiwi Islands are concerned about remote Australians’ ability to participate in the upcoming marriage equality postal survey. Shaun Kerinaiua, one of the Tiwi Sistergirls, said having to enrol to vote on the Australian Electoral Commission website presents a barrier for some Indigenous people. “I think …

marriage equality

Queensland-born actress Margot Robbie has gotten behind the “yes” vote for marriage equality in next month’s postal vote on the issue. The Wolf of Wall Street and Suicide Squad actress took to her Instagram to remind all of her Aussie followers to enrol and have their say, no matter where they are in the world. …

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