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Former Aussie Olympian Ji Wallace has embarked on an expedition along the historic Kokoda trail to challenge the stigma around living with HIV. Wallace, who won silver for Australia at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and publicly revealed his HIV status in 2012, partnered with the HIV Foundation Queensland last November to lead the 96-kilometre …

Pioneering LGBTI activists Peter De Waal and the late Peter Bonsall-Boone are among the Australians to receive prestigious Order of Australia honours on the Queen's Birthday

Pioneering LGBTI activists Peter De Waal and the late Peter Bonsall-Boone are among the Australians to receive prestigious Order of Australia honours on the Queen’s Birthday today. Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove announced on Monday the names of the 891 Australians honoured in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours list. Peter De Waal and his late …

Players from the Queensland University of Technology Hockey Club will wear rainbow socks to promote diversity in sport

Players from the Queensland University of Technology Hockey Club will wear rainbow socks to promote diversity in sport when they compete this Saturday. QUT Hockey Club President Amy Ryan said the female players on the university’s top women’s team, known as the Ibis Army, would proudly don the rainbow socks during the match to support …

LGBTI advocates URGES TURNBULL FOR ACTION ON CHECHNYA

The Australian Government’s call for Russia to conduct a credible investigation into reports of anti-gay persecution in Chechnya has been praised by LGBTI advocates, but they say the government should do more. A spokesperson for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has written to LGBTI group just.equal responding to the group’s concerns that Australia was not doing …

Grindr

Real-life conversations from gay hookup app Grindr are at the centre of a new campaign to call out HIV stigma from within the LGBTI community. HIV Foundation Queensland partnered with Queensland Positive People (QPP) for the “Real Conversations of Grindr” campaign, which began as a filmed social experiment involving revellers at the Brisbane Powerhouse’s queer …

Queenslanders

More than 68% of Brisbane and the majority of Queenslanders back marriage equality and want the Government to deliver marriage equality, according to new polling. The Reachtel polling was commissioned by advocacy group The Equality Campaign and found in five Liberal and National Coalition seats across metropolitan and regional Queensland there are clear majorities in …

Drag Swap Meet

Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel has hailed their first “Drag Swap Meet” a success. On Saturday, May 20, bargain hunters turned out to see the wonderful array of glamorous frocks, fabric, shoes, wigs, jewelery and makeup on display at the inaugural event. Several local drag stars and vendors sold, bought and swapped items as the money raised …

Brisbane Tritons

Two coaches who work with the LGBTI-inclusive water polo team the Brisbane Tritons have had their efforts recognised at the Australian LGBTI Inclusion Awards. Tritons coach Mel Rippon and Brisbane Barracudas coach Damien Hicks (pictured) received the Inclusive Coach awards at the inaugural awards ceremony, held in Sydney on May 19 by LGBTI health organisation …

AMA Marriage Equality

The country’s peak medical body, the Australian Medical Association (AMA), has called on the federal parliament to legislate for marriage equality and end the “protracted and damaging” public debate over the reform. AMA President Dr Michael Gannon (pictured, left) has written to both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to urge a …

Darebin Council

Victoria’s Darebin Council has raised a rainbow flag over their city hall to show solidarity with the LGBTI community, and they’ve said it will stay up until marriage equality is made legal. Mayor Kim Le Cerf said Darebin councillors voted earlier this week to raise the flag over Preston City Hall on the International Day …

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