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Two men in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province are facing a public caning after neighbours caught them having gay sex in their boarding house. CNN Indonesia reported that other residents caught the two men, aged 27 and 28, after the boarding house’s owner noticed one had frequent male guests to his room. Safriadi, the head of …

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Sydney’s world-famous gay penguin dads Sphen and Magic have become doting parents to their second newborn chick during their aquarium’s breeding season. Sea Life Sydney Aquarium said they’ve welcomed several new Gentoo Penguin chicks over the last month. The babies privately hatched in their Sub-Antarctic Zone, with the he oldest arriving mid-October. The youngest’s birth …

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The COVID-19 that paralysed much of the globe since early this year brought death and untold misery to many. But it also brought to light community heroes whose stories bring joy into our lives amidst all the bleakness. One of those is Ryan Sta Maria whose resilience and bighearted nature makes him one of our …

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Social media abuse saw actor Hugh Sheridan hospitalised for mental health treatment during the past week. Previously, an Instagram post led to the postponement of a season of Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring the actor. The Daily Mail reports the backlash over his casting to take on a role some characterise as transgender included …

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Yet again, Byron Bay artist John Bortolin captures a superb collection of beautiful men amid the visual splendour of the Northern New South Wales landscape for the Manscapes Calendar 2021. As in previous years, every calendar purchase supports mental health projects undertaken by QC (Queensland Council for LGBTI Health). Scroll down for video John Bortolin …

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A Christian couple from Perth who believe homosexuality is a sin that people can “overcome” have sued a foster care agency for religious discrimination after they allegedly rejected the couple’s application over their religious views. Byron and Keira Hordyk have accused WA organisation Wanslea Family Services of religious discrimination after the devout Christian couple applied …

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Tasmanians convicted of historical homosexuality or crossdressing offences under repealed state laws should get compensation, a legislative review has recommended. Tasmania was the final Australian state or territory to decriminalise consensual homosexual acts in 1997. The state repealed laws against crossdressing in 2001. State legislation allowing expungement of historical criminal records for gay sex and …

LGBTQIA+ STEMM Day queers in science

Today, Queers in Science holds its annual symposium for LGBTQIA+ people who work in the field of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). Queers in Science tweeted earlier today that LGBTQIA+ STEMM Day celebrates the wonderful work our queer community does to make the world a better place. Queers in Science aims to showcase …

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Brisbane Pride Festival is touting this month’s Fair Day event as Queensland’s first COVID Safe outdoor festival since the pandemic began. Fair Day is on at New Farm Park on November 28. It’s set to be Queensland’s first large-scale event with dancing permitted since March. Organisers expect around 4,000 patrons to attend, under their COVID …

Rainbow Isle

When it comes to LGBTIQ legal rights, Tasmania is another country. The Rainbow Isle enjoys the most robust LGBTIQ human rights protections in Australia. Indeed, the gulf between Tasmanian laws and those in many other states is astonishing. Even more remarkably, Tasmania arrived at this point after coming from well behind. It was the last …

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The latest Grindr scam is a simple rebranding of the previous ‘criminal check’ ruse. That scam probably became less effective over time. So, scammers have now changed the name of the charity supposedly offering criminal checks on potential Grindr hook-ups. The scam previously came to light about a year ago. Grindr users reported receiving messages …

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Almost 42% of LGBTIQ Australians reported having thoughts about suicide in 2019, according to a major new study by La Trobe University. The university released the major study Private Lives 3 on Friday, from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS). The researchers surveyed over 6,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and …

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More than a dozen Aussie stars have joined forces to call for the release of a gay refugee who has spent years inside an Australian detention centre. Author Benjamin Law, Wentworth star Kate Jenkinson, The Project‘s Susie Youssef and Crazy Rich Asians star Remy Hii have joined the campaign #Freedom4Ali. The gay man, known as …

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Sydney gay man Simon Knight was 32 when he was last seen at a hotel on Crown Street, Surry Hills, on the morning of July 21, 2005. The chef (pictured) failed to arrive for work at a Newtown café later that day and police were notified he was missing. However, despite investigations at the time …

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A US gay porn star and his boyfriend working from home in inner-city Sydney are allegedly disturbing their neighbours with “extreme noise”. The couple are reportedly renting on the seventh floor of the stunning Monument apartment complex, located in the rainbow neighbourhood of Surry Hills and overlooking Oxford Street. But as the pair have worked …

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Outrage greeted the revelation in 2018 that staunch advocate for ‘traditional marriage’ Barnaby Joyce cheated on his wife. Tonight, ABC’s Four Corners revealed that Joyce perhaps comprised just the tip of a ‘traditional marriage’ hypocrisy iceberg. Minister Alan Tudge also cheated on his wife during the marriage equality debate.  Four Corners revealed that Tudge conducted …

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A stroke charity which frequently targeted the LGBTIQ+ communities for donations voluntarily revoked its registration with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) on 5 November. On the same day, the founder and then Vice President of the charity posted on Facebook at 8.28 am asking for donations.  QNews reported earlier this year on Stroke …

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A Queensland LNP candidate’s op-ed outlining views on single parent families, Indigenous Australians and the Black Lives Matter movement has been removed from conservative website The Spectator Australia. The federal Queensland seat of Groom, in Toowoomba, will go to the polls for a byelection on November 28. Hamilton (pictured), a mining engineer, won LNP preselection …

election of Joe Biden

For LGBTIQ Australians, the election of Joe Biden in the US provides some valuable lessons from America. 1/ Moral panics ultimately don’t work. Donald Trump tried and failed to win re-election.  In part, his strategy relied on hyping fears that religious freedom is under threat and cruelly discriminating against trans folk. In fact, the percentage …

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Australia went into mourning last night following the death of much-loved entertainer Jeanne Little, renowned for her catchphrase ‘Hello Darlings’. Jeanne’s daughter Katie Little revealed her mother’s death on social media. “My mother has left the earthly plane. This is a huge shock – but I’m so grateful. Love you all my friends. Cheers Mum, …

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The head of the University of Queensland’s law school will step down in January, a year after causing controversy with his comments about transgender students. Since May 2018, Professor Patrick Parkinson has been academic dean of the TC Beirne School of Law. But he’ll leave the role in January, the Brisbane Times reported. Professor Parkinson …

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US voters in Delaware have elected the country’s first openly transgender state senator, Sarah McBride, in one of several big LGBT wins in the US election. McBride, a progressive Democrat and LGBTIQ activist, won her race and will serve as senator from Delaware’s First Senatorial District. After the result was announced, she tweeted, “We did …

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