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LGBTI Australians

Victorian Nationals MP and Turnbull government minister Darren Chester says he’s voting “yes” in the same-sex marriage postal vote because he wants young LGBTI Australians in rural areas to feel more accepted. “I think it does send a strong message of acceptance,” Chester told HuffPost. “We have rates of self-harm and suicide among young regional …

Sunshine Coast Pride Network

The Sunshine Coast Pride Network is planning to hold Queensland’s very first Rainbow Formal for LGBTIQ students and their friends in October. Sunshine Coast Pride Network co-chair Fiona Anderson, who is organising the event, said the group were inspired by the success of inaugural Fancy Formal in Byron Bay last year, and the ongoing popularity …

HIV Treatment

Queensland Positive People (QPP) and HIV Foundation Queensland (HIVFQ) have announced the continuation of the Queensland HIV Emergency Treatment Fund. The fund was established to provide emergency funding for HIV-related treatment and services to people living with HIV in Queensland, who are experiencing financial hardship and have exhausted all other avenues of support, and it’s …

anti-gay posters

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for respectful campaigning on same-sex marriage and urged Australians to support each other during the debate on the issue. Graphic anti-gay posters and pamphlets denigrating LGBTI people were reportedly spotted last weekend in Melbourne and Sydney. In a heated interview on Tuesday, 2DayFM host Em Rusciano told Mr Turnbull …

Anti-Gay Melbourne

An anti-gay poster emblazoned with a gay slur and claims denigrating same-sex couples’ children has been spotted in Melbourne. The posters, which Twitter user Dan Leach-McGill says he spotted in Heffernan Lane in Melbourne at the weekend, make several claims including stating incorrectly that “92% of children raised by gay parents are abused.” just.equal spokesperson …

homophobic attack

The victim of a vicious homophobic attack who was saved by three “angel” drag queens is raising money to replace their wigs, nails and heels that were damaged in the brawl. New Zealand man Ivan Flinn was out in the Sydney gay nightlife hub Darlinghurst earlier this month when he says a group of men …

Lyle Shelton

Australian Christian Lobby director Lyle Shelton has claimed gay couples aren’t interested in marriage and the same-sex marriage debate is instead about ulterior motives. Shelton, one of the most prominent ‘No’ campaigners, told Sky News on Sunday: “I don’t think this debate has ever been about marriage. “There’s about 47,000 same-sex couples in Australia as …

drag mailbox

A new Facebook page is encouraging Australians to get creative with their mailboxes to show their support during the same-sex marriage postal vote campaign. The organisers of the Drag Mailbox Facebook page have posted photos of some of the mailboxes they’ve dressed up in rainbow colours and covered with words like “Yes” and “Equality”. The …

PrEP

Decision-makers have deferred an approval for HIV prevention medication PrEP to be subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, prompting “frustrated” advocates to call for talks to be fast-tracked. PrEP, short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and also known by its brand name Truvada, is a once-daily pill that has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of …

Same-Sex Marriage support Marriage Equality

Australia’s advertising watchdog has said it will “most likely” not consider complaints about advertisements related to the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey. The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) wrote on its blog: “It is likely that most advertisements discussing or advocating the respective ‘yes’ or ‘no’ cases or participation or otherwise in the survey will be …

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