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Vandals have spray-painted a Nazi swastika over a rainbow flag on signage belonging to the LGBTIQ-friendly Metropolitan Community Church in New Farm, Brisbane. The church’s senior pastor Alex Pittaway said the vandals had painted the large grey swastika over the flag on their street-facing sign on Wednesday night. He told QNews Magazine he’d reported the …

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Student Anti-Discrimination Bill

A Senate committee examining a bill to scrap legal exemptions allowing discrimination against LGBT students at faith schools has recommended a further review, continuing the political impasse on the issue. In its report released on Thursday, the government-led committee into the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018, introduced by Labor senator Penny …

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An Instagram account featuring comics depicting gay Muslims’ struggles in Indonesia has been deleted following outrage from authorities in the country. The Indonesian-language comics, posted by user @Alpantuni, depicted a gay protagonist and explores his identity and the bigotry and abuse he faces for being gay in the country. The Ministry of Communications wrote to …

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Brisbane-born pop duo The Veronicas have been announced as the headliners of this year’s Big Gay Day street festival in Fortitude Valley. The event, now in its 19th year, will take over The Wickham on Sunday, March 10 and transform the neighbouring street into an inclusive festival to raise money for six local LGBTIQ organisations. …

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Japanese Same-Sex Couples

Thirteen Japanese same-sex couples have marked Valentine’s Day with the filing historic lawsuits challenging the country’s ban on marriage equality. The lawsuits, filed in Tokyo and other courts around the country by five lesbian and eight gay couples, argue that the law violates same-sex couples’ constitutional right to equality. Japan’s constitution states “marriage shall be …

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Shannon Gabriel

The International Cricket Council has formally charged West Indies player Shannon Gabriel for an alleged homophobic sledging towards England captain Joe Root during a test in St. Lucia this week. During the match, broadcaster stump microphone picked up the conversation which was mostly inaudible but Root’s response to Gabriel could be clearly heard with him …

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Revenge Porn

Queenslanders convicted of sharing “revenge porn” could face jail time after the state government passed laws criminalising the non-consensual sharing of intimate photos. Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said the legislation passed on Wednesday outlawed the “harmful behaviour colloquially known as revenge porn.” But the legislation doesn’t use the term because “we know this conduct is so …

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online dating

Want to find a partner? It turns out that using dating apps is the way to do it, according to a new study that found 65% of new same-sex couples met online. The research, entitled Disintermediating Your Friends, was published last month by a collaboration of sociologists from Stanford University and the University of New …

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