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The Queensland Government has put out a call for nominations for the state’s LGBTI Roundtable for 2017. The Roundtable will comprise ten representatives from around the state who will discuss issues impacting on Queensland’s LGBTI community and provide feedback on government policies, strategies and programs, Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said. She encouraged nominations from diverse …

same-sex marriage plebiscite

Liberal Senator Dean Smith has confirmed he is drafting a marriage equality bill in a bid to pass the reform before the next election. “The bill is important because it will allow the Liberal Party to revisit the issue of marriage once and for all before the next election,” the openly gay senator told Perth’s …

dykes

Facebook’s guidelines to censor hate speech have resulted in lesbians being blocked and banned for referring to themselves as “dykes”. Liz Waterhouse, who runs the blog listening2lesbians with her partner Lisa Mallett, wrote in a post that they first noticed women being banned on the social network earlier this year. Waterhouse posted screenshots of removed …

New Zealand MPs have delivered emotional speeches as the country’s parliament apologised to men convicted for homosexuality. Historical Gay Convictions Justice Minister Amy Adams (pictured) moved a motion apologising to gay men convicted of consensual sex before homosexuality was decriminalised in 1986 “and recognise the tremendous hurt and suffering those men and their families have …

Melbourne LGBTI activists are planning a mass same-sex wedding next month to protest Australia’s ban on marriage equality. Equal Love Melbourne has invited same-sex couples to get married at the public ceremony, which will be held at the State Library of Victoria on August 26 following a marriage equality march through the city. It will …

gay couple has gotten "illegally married"

A gay couple has gotten “illegally married” outside Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne over the weekend. Ron Van Houwelingen and his partner of thirty years Antony McManus got hitched at a rally outside the arena protesting comments made by the venue’s namesake, tennis legend Margaret Court, against marriage equality and transgender people. Attendees also drew …

Broken Heel Festival

Two of the drag stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race are set to head to outback New South Wales for this year’s Broken Heel Festival. CoCo Montrese and Alexis Michelle (pictured, below) will join a lineup of Australian entertainers bringing drag performances, cabaret, comedy and live music to the now-annual festival. Local drag stars Philmah Bocks …

marriage equality

Local LGBTI advocates have welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s suggestion she would grant her conservative MPs a conscience vote on marriage equality. Merkel said this week she had taken note of other party’s support for same-sex marriage and would allow her MPs a free vote, The Washington Post reported. “I would like to lead the …

The HIV Foundation Queensland is looking for gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men

Do you want to be a part of history and help to end HIV in Queensland? The HIV Foundation Queensland is looking for gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men who are over 18 years of age and living in Queensland to complete a short anonymous survey on a recent campaign to …

Liberal Senator Dean Smith has said a free vote on marriage equality

UPDATED Liberal Senator Dean Smith has said a free vote on marriage equality should be held in the federal parliament in August, on the two year anniversary of the government’s defeated plebiscite. “I think the evidence is very, very clear. It will be hard to readopt the plebiscite,” he told HuffPost Australia on Monday. “We’re …

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