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Kay Clifton, Miles Heffernan, Kym Rake, Catherine Black and Jamie Gardner-Hudson at today’s inquiry. ir claims

Miles Heffernan, Director of Industrial Relations Claims appeared before the Queensland wage theft inquiry today. Representing four clients who had their wages stolen Industrial Relations Claims are seeking a better system of enforcement and an easier way for victims to recover what they’re owed. Chef Catherine Black, former medical centre manager Kay Clifton, truck driver …

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By Joanna McIntyre, University of the Sunshine Coast As a term and concept, “transgender” is now firmly embedded in common parlance and popular consciousness. In Australia in the last few weeks alone there have been major news stories about transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey; Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s comments regarding “gender whisperers”; and the University of …

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Eight Brisbane same-sex couples have tied the knot in a history-making public ceremony kicking off both the Brisbane Festival and Brisbane Pride Festival last weekend. One of the couples who took part in the event is Christian Leatherbarrow and Brad Hicks, who said “I do” on stage dressed in drag at the Qweens on King …

Trans Health

A new national, peer-led organisation for trans advocacy and support has begun campaigning for transgender equality in Australia. Trans Health Australia, previously known as a Facebook information and news group, will now provide a national forum and campaign for rights of trans and gender diverse communities throughout Australia. Someone is joined by journalist Jesse Jones, …

Brisbane’s Open Doors Youth Service has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Suncorp’s Community Giving Program. Open Doors’ Jelly Beans program was started in 2010 and is a social support group designed for transgender, gender variant and gender queer young people, aged under 24. General Manager Pam Barker said Open Doors was very grateful to …

State and territory Premiers have been urged to take action to scrap Australia’s cruel “forced transgender divorce” laws as soon as possible. In all states and territories except South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, couples who enter an opposite-sex marriage before one partner transitions are forced to divorce before the trans partner can update …

RUOK?

RUOK? That simple question will be on the lips of thousands of Australians today. Each year on the second Thursday in September people are urged to connect with family, friends and colleagues to help anyone who may be struggling with life’s problems or mental health issues. According to ABS data, 3027 people died by suicide …

Sean Foster

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has alleged his godson Sean was punched after objecting to a man using gay slurs and tearing down rainbow flags put up in Brisbane to support marriage equality. Rudd posted a photo of Brisbane musician Sean Foster bleeding from a cut to his forehead to his Instagram, writing: “So many …

Mr QLD Leather 2017

The winners of BootCo’s annual Mr Queensland Leather and Queensland Leather Boy competitions for 2017 have been crowned. Scott Lovegrove won the title of Mr QLD Leather at the Brisbane leather community group’s annual Corium leather and kink dance party on September 9. Nick Michael was the winner of Queensland Leather Boy 2017, also presented …

Queensland Suicide Rates

Community events have been held throughout Queensland to mark World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme for the day (officially Sunday, September 10) was “Take a Minute, Change a Life”, aimed at emphasising the importance of having a supportive conversation with someone if you are concerned about their well-being. The increasing suicide rate is alarming, with …

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