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Postal Vote Survey

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released a sample of the voting form it will send out from today for the same-sex marriage postal survey. There is little on the survey form other than the question itself: Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? More than 16 million voters are …

Thousands have gathered in Brisbane to march in support of same-sex marriage. Flooding the city streets with rainbow flags and “yes” signs. The crowd, which organisers said was the largest ever to gather at a Queensland marriage equality rally. Packed into Queens Park on Sunday afternoon ahead of a march through the CBD. Jess Payne …

SSM campaign

A new video from Australian Marriage Equality encouraging Australians to talk to their relatives about same-sex marriage is a real tearjerker. In the video a woman named Lisa, who is in a relationship with a woman named Hayley, calls her grandma to talk to her about something she’s never talked about before: same-sex marriage. “It’s …

LGBTI Hate Crimes

The number of hate crimes against British gay, lesbian and bisexual people has risen by 78 per cent in four years, new research from UK group Stonewall has found. The proportion of gay, lesbian and bisexual people who have experienced a hate crime rose from nine per cent in 2013 to 16 per cent in …

Same-Sex Marriage Postal Survey

The High Court of Australia has ruled that the month’s same-sex marriage postal survey is constitutional and will go ahead as planned. The Australian Bureau of Statistics will begin mailing out survey forms with the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” from September 12, with all 16 million forms …

ATSAQ Christmas party

Don’t miss out on tickets to the annual ATSAQ Christmas party at the Sportsman Hotel in Spring Hill in November! The Australian Transgender Association Queensland (ATSAQ) are holding their annual Christmas luncheon at the venue from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, November 25, hosted by Sporties regular Candy Surprise (pictured, centre). ATSAQ president Gina Mather …

Dean Eastmond

Tributes have flowed for terminally ill British journalist Dean Eastmond, who lost his battle with a rare form of tissue cancer. The 21-year-old had been documenting his cancer battle on Twitter, and last month shared the devastating news that he had only weeks to live. Eastmond has told his Twitter followers that the wish at …

Dr Pansy Lai

A petition launched to deregister a doctor who appeared in a TV ad for the same-sex marriage “No” campaign has been taken down for breaching host website CommunityRun’s terms and conditions. Sydney GP Dr Pansy Lai was one of three mothers who appeared in the Marriage Coalition advertisement, voicing concerns about the effects of legalising …

Chechnya

A Canadian charity has reported that they’ve helped 31 gay and bisexual men escape persecution in the Russian region of Chechnya. Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and human rights groups reported in April that gay men in Chechnya were being abducted and violently tortured because of their sexual orientation, prompting global outcry. The Toronto-based charity Rainbow …

Dr Peter Catt

A Brisbane priest has joined a new group of Christian same-sex marriage advocates to urge Australians to vote “yes” in the upcoming postal survey. St John’s Anglican Cathedral Dean Dr Peter Catt (pictured), who is part of a new interdenominational advocacy group called Australian Christians for Marriage Equality, said that extending the availability of marriage …

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