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A northern NSW man faced court today over threats to members of the ABC’s Q&A staff. The man threatened to kill Q&A staff over the show’s support and the ABC’s coverage of the LGBT community. David William Wonnocott pleaded guilty to making the threats in Tweed Heads Local Court. Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy said Wonnocott, 47, …

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In the lead up to National Coming Out Day on 11 October, Monash University academic Professor Paula Gerber says we need to “raise awareness and change attitudes.” “Having laws that protect LGBTIQ from discrimination is just one piece of the jigsaw puzzle.” First celebrated in 1988, National Coming Out Day celebrates the power of visibiity. …

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Where Are All The Gay AFL Players? The 2021 Olympics was a huge moment for LGBTQ+ sports, with at least 186 openly LGBTQ+ athletes in attendance. This, alongside Carl Nassib of the Las Vegas Raiders’ recent announcement that he is gay, has sparked questions about AFL players who are gay or bisexual.  While LGBTQ+ rugby …

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Without a doubt, smoking still stands as one of the leading causes of premature death for many patients. Some start smoking by using it as a coping mechanism, but there are also those who begin smoking as a choice. Either way, not all smokers would expect to reach the point of being too dependent on …

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We asked an expert — jab or job? Can Australian employers insist on workers receiving a COVID-19 vaccination? The answer — so far — in most cases, no. Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously described jab or job as a decision for individual businesses. “Decisions to require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees will be a matter for …

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Around 5 million Australians know someone who has died by suicide during the past 12 months of the pandemic, new research has found. The findings from new Suicide Prevention Australia research, officially released on Friday (September 10), which is World Suicide Prevention Day. In the past 12 months, one in four (25%) Australians say they …

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Singer-songwriter Alex Lahey has penned an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling for financial support for the “overlooked” COVID-hit arts and entertainment sector. The New South Wales government announced at the weekend the entire state would enter lockdown due to the spread of the virus. On Monday, the Victorian government extended Melbourne’s lockdown …

QNews proudly announces the launch of our newest media platform — the QNews App. QNews publisher Richard Bakker said the migration to mobile apps and mobile-friendly websites was a long-established trend. “Over the last few years, smartphones and tablets revolutionised the way readers access news. As we go to press with this issue of QNews …

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Ex-Home And Away actor Mat Stevenson has symbolically adopted his transgender daughter Grace Hyland’s best friend Belle Bambi, after Belle claimed her own father rejected her after she transitioned. Grace Hyland, 20, and Belle Bambi, 23, are both transgender and longtime friends. The pair have thousands of followers each on social media platform TikTok. And …

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NSW Police today charged Hillsong founder Brian Houston with concealing historic child sex abuse by his father. The police charges follow a two-year police investigation. The charges related to allegations Houston failed to report information relating to the sexual abuse of a young male in the 1970s. Houston’s father Frank Houston faced multiple allegations of …

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Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce this morning joined calls for quarantine flasher and far-right British media celebrity Katie Hopkins to leave the country. Reminiscing about his role in the Johnny Depp Scottish Terrier saga, the Beetrooter said Hopkins should “Pack your bongo and get out of the country.” Katie Hopkins video at end of …

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Sandra Pankhurst, the subject of Sarah Krasnostein’s book The Trauma Cleaner, has died in Melbourne. Aged in her late 60s, Sandra suffered from a pulmonary condition before her death. Sarah Krasnostein’s award-winning biography bought Sandra Pankhurst’s amazing story to the public in 2018. Sandra described herself as a transgender woman “adopted into an abusive family, forced …

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TikTok this year celebrates NAIDOC Week by highlighting the diverse cultures and people of Australia’s Indigenous community. TikTok’s dedicated NAIDOC Week Hub is a week-long programming initiative to elevate First Nations creators and content. Among the highlights, Jessica Mauboy will perform live while there’ll be a spotlight on proud Gamilaroi and Dunghutti Sistergirl Felicia Foxx. …

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Playboy last week spent $443,000,000 to buy lingerie and sex toy company Honey Birdette. Eloise Monaghan and then-girlfriend Janelle Barboza founded the label in Brisbane in 2006. Eloise Monaghan said the inspiration for the brand came from her first-ever visit to a Brisbane sex store. Out shopping for a hen’s party gift, she encountered a …

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released new data showing gay, lesbian and bisexual Australians trust police, the justice system and the healthcare system less than straight folk. The ABS spent four months last year conducting their General Social Survey for 2020. From June to September, they surveyed a range of Australians on a variety …

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Are you a Christian who is attracted to people of the same gender as yourself? Would you like to participate in a study aiming to understand your experience of Christianity? This study aims to explore the impact of Christian positions on homosexuality on people’s beliefs about their own sexuality. It will ask questions about your …

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Nearly half of Australians wouldn’t date someone who openly identifies as bisexual, the ABC has found in its new Australia Talks survey. For the big survey, the ABC reached out to 60,000 Australians to get their opinions on all sorts of topics. Hosts Annabel Crabb and Nazeem Hussain presented the results in a TV special …

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Hobart civic dignitaries joined LGBTIQA+ community representatives last month to unveil street art celebrating Tasmania’s LGBTIQA+ history. Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds, and former Lord Mayor Rob Valentine, joined members of the LGBTIQA+ communities for the unveiling of a signal box painted by local artist Katelyn Geard. Scenes commemorating significant milestones in LGBTIQA+ Tasmanian history …

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Australia’s blood donation authorities should follow the lead of their UK counterparts and lift blanket bans on gay men donating blood, LGBTIQ advocates say. On Monday, the UK began new blood donation rules assessing the risk of donors individually. The new policy replaces blanket restrictions on gay and bisexual men. Under the rules, male donors …

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Greens senator Janet Rice has lashed “ridiculous” blood donation rules affecting Australian transgender women with male partners. In Australia, our Lifeblood donation service makes men who have sex with other men wait three months after sexual activity to donate blood. Transgender men and women must also wait three months after sex with a male or …

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New Australian research has found alarming rates of homophobic language and harassment in schools, with students reporting teachers rarely intervene. Jacqueline Ullman is an Associate Professor in Adolescent Development, Behaviour and Wellbeing at Western Sydney University. Her new study Free2Be … Yet? surveyed Australian high school students identifying as LGBTQ+ diverse. The report surveyed 2,376 …

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The right to live a life free from domestic violence and abuse is a person’s most basic human right. But for many LGBTQ people, it is sadly not a reality. More than half of LGBTQ people will experience some form of domestic, family or intimate partner violence or abuse in their lifetime. But most victims …

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