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Queensland Police Service (QPS) LGBTI Liaison Officers in the Brisbane policing region have launched a new service allowing community members to contact them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As part of the QPS’ LGBTI Liaison Program, a number of personnel are dedicated liaison officers, able to provide support and assistance to LGBTI …

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sydney man steve spencer

A Sydney man has become the second gay Australian to contract HIV while taking prevention medication PrEP. Steve Spencer returned a positive diagnosis in December during one of his regular sexual health tests, a requirement for people taking the pre-exposure prophylaxis pills. “It was a surprise and a shock,” the 27-year-old told ABC News. “I …

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Timothy Ruge Grindr blackmail

A Melbourne man has avoided jail time after he blackmailed and extorted money from an engaged Grindr user he threatened to “out” to his fiancee. On Friday, Timothy Ruge was ordered to serve a 24-month community corrections order and complete 220 hours of unpaid community work by a Victorian County Court judge, 9 News reported. …

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Gay conversion therapy survivor Chris Csabs wants his appearance on upcoming SBS documentary Christians Like Us to spark conversation. The new two-part “social experiment” sees ten Australian Christians with vastly different beliefs live under the same roof for a week to confront controversial topics ranging from clerical sexual abuse and abortion to conversion therapy and …

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brisbane mum rj miles

One of the great delights of editing an LGBTIQ magazine is exposure to many of the wonderful and varied voices that comprise our communities. Regular QN Magazine contributor RJ Miles (pictured) — lesbian, wife, mother, author and educator — is one of those voices. What drove your passion for teaching? In 2009, I was 19 …

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AIDS Candlelight Memorials

All Brisbane residents have been invited to come together this Friday for a memorial service to honour the victims of last week’s terror attack in Christchurch. Brisbane Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced a vigil for the victims of the shooting would be held at King George Square, outside Brisbane City Hall, from 5pm this Friday …

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transgender flag

Domestic and family violence affects all communities including transgender people and, just as it affects all people, the laws regarding domestic and family violence in Queensland, protect all people. Domestic and family violence is about power and control. It can involve physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse. The abuse need not be physical. Crissie* was …

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Transforming Tasmania

A group named the Tasmanian Coalition for Kids fighting the progression of legislation to benefit Tasmania’s transgender and gender diverse community has been accused of fearmongering ahead of this week’s Upper House debate on the laws. The Tasmanian Coalition for Kids is made up of the Catholic Archdiocese of Hobart, the Catholic Women’s League, members …

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Tasmania Ben Jago discrimination case

A gay man is crowdfunding to take the Tasmanian Government to court over discrimination he experienced after the death of his partner. Ben Jago’s partner of five years, Nathan Lunson, died by suicide in January 2015, and at the time Jago was told by Tasmania Police and the coroner’s office that he would not be …

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Botswana lgbt homosexuality decriminalisation

By Andrew Novak, George Mason University Botswana’s High Court is considering a challenge to the provisions of the penal code criminalising consensual same-sex relations in the country. It will hand down its judgment in June. The challenge raises similar legal issues as the one pending at the Kenya High Court, which is due for a decision in …

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Transgender flag colours brisbane story bridge

A community BBQ in Brisbane is being planned to celebrate the International Transgender Day of Visibility at the end of the month. Since 2009, March 31 has been recognised around the world as the Trans Day of Visibility, with an aim to celebrate the lives and achievements of the transgender community and raise awareness of …

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Mark Latham and Australian conservatives greg walsh

One Nation’s New South Wales leader Mark Latham and Australian Conversatives candidate Dr Greg Walsh have been slammed for advocating at a political forum that transgender youth be prevented from transitioning. Dr Walsh said allowing children diagnosed with gender dysphoria to take puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones is “an incredibly dangerous route”. “There are lots …

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Katter's Australia Party senator Fraser Anning

More than 1.1 million people have signed a petition calling for Queensland Senator Fraser Anning to be removed from parliament for vile comments he made hours after the Christchurch mass shooting. Senator Anning said that he was opposed to violence of any form but “what [the shooting] highlights is the growing fear within our community, …

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Milo yiannopoulos

Immigration Minister David Coleman has denied Milo Yiannopoulos an Australia visa over the right-wing troll’s “appalling” comments on the Christchurch mosque shooting. After the Department of Immigration initally recommended he be banned on character grounds, reports emerged that Coleman had intervened to grant Yiannopoulos the visa. Several Liberal MPs including Tim Wilson and One Nation …

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big gay day 2019 hero shot

The Wickham Hotel and Big Gay Day have announced that this year’s festival has raised $40,000 to be distributed to six local LGBTIQ organisations, with over 2,800 people at this year’s event. Last Sunday (March 10), the event again took over the venue and its neighbouring street in Fortitude Valley, transforming it into an inclusive …

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Ireland PM leo varadkar meets with us vice president Mike Pence

Gay Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar has delivered a powerful message of anti-discrimination in front of notorious anti-LGBTIQ US Vice President Mike Pence. Varadkar was joined by his partner Matt Barrett for the first time at an annual function at Mike and Karen Pence’s residence to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. The Irish Taoiseach spoke at …

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Greens senator Janet Rice

The Australian Greens have announced a suite of LGBTIQ policies in the lead-up to the federal election, which will be held before the end of May. The policy platform, unveiled on Friday by the party’s LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice and Victorian Greens candidate Adam Pulford, cover discrimination, health, homelessness, and conversion therapy. Rice said …

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tennis legend Martina Navratilova

Tennis champion Martina Navratilova recently called the participation of transgender women in elite female sporting competitions “insane” and “cheating”. And she’s not alone. Several other prominent women athletes have also used social media, mainly Twitter, to voice their concern about the eligibility of transgender women in sport, including former British swimmer Sharron Davies, double Olympic …

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syringe medication injection drug

A monthly injection to treat HIV has been found to work just as well as daily pill regimens in two initial trials. The results of two trials by company ViiV Healthcare were presented at an HIV research conference last week and showed the injectable antiretroviral treatment, a combination of drugs cabotegravir and rilpivirine, was just …

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The biennial survey, conducted by ACON and the University of Sydney

Young LGBTIQ women in New South Wales are reporting experiencing high or very high levels of psychological distress, according to new research from the periodic Sydney Women and Sexual Health Survey (SWASH) released this week. The biennial survey, conducted by ACON and the University of Sydney, collected data from nearly 1300 participants in 2018, ranging …

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Casey dellacqua birth baby boy

Retired Australian tennis champion Casey Dellacqua has welcomed a baby boy, her third child. The 34-year-old shared the happy news on her Instagram account, revealing she and partner Amanda Judd named their newborn son Jesse James. “Bursting with joy and our hearts are so full with the safe arrival of our beautiful son Jesse James …

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Cardinal George Pell convicted

Disgraced Catholic Cardinal George Pell has been sentenced to six years in jail for the “brazen and forceful” child sexual abuse of two choirboys in the 1990s. A jury convicted Pell, 77, in December of orally raping a 13-year-old choirboy and molesting another while he was Archbishop of Melbourne at St Patrick’s Cathedral in late …

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