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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 …

Grandmother and doctor Kerryn Phelps features in a new TV advertisement that hits back at the ad released this week by same-sex marriage “no” campaigners.

Grandmother and doctor Kerryn Phelps features in a new TV advertisement that hits back at the ad released this week by same-sex marriage “no” campaigners. The “no” ad, created by the Coalition for Marriage and first aired on Tuesday, attempted to conflate marriage equality with sex education in schools and has been widely criticised as …

LGBTI Mental Health

Queensland Health has granted four non-government organisations a slice of $338,000 in funding to protect the mental health of LGBTI community members during the upcoming Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Minister for Health Cameron Dick said the funding would provide assistance in managing any increase in demand for services. The one-off funding has been allocated …

same-sex marriage postal survey

The first TV advertisement promoting a “no” vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey has been criticised as “deliberately misleading”. The ad, produced by the Coalition for Marriage and authorised by Marriage Alliance spokeswoman Sophie York, was released online and aired on TV on Tuesday evening. The ad attempts to conflate the legalisation of …

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