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A gay rugby player and his club in the UK are celebrating after he was granted asylum, winning a years-long legal battle against deportation to Kenya. Ken Macharia moved to the UK to study in 2009. Working as a mechanical engineer, he later sought asylum, fearing persecution if he returned to Kenya. This month the …

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Irish police have charged five men with engaging in public sex acts after undercover officers caught them cruising in a department store men’s room in Dublin. A court heard staff at the Marks and Spencer department store in Dublin’s city centre knew the bathroom was a popular gay cruising spot, the Irish Examiner reported. The …

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A Brisbane local has signed up for the World’s Greatest Shave, and her drag queen friends are pitching in to help fundraise for the important cause. The long-running annual event by the Leukaemia Foundation raises money to support those diagnosed with blood cancer. More than 50 Australians are diagnosed each day with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma …

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A same-sex couple in Victoria, Lissa and Kariah Koehler, have called for a “cruel and heartbreaking” IVF law in their state to be changed. The couple are mums to a three-year-old girl, and say they had “hoped and dreamed” to give her a sibling when the time was right. For the last five years, Lissa …

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Queer punters have packed out nightclubs across Britain as Prime Minister Boris Johnson controversially scraps restrictions on “Freedom Day”. Inside London gay club Heaven, a huge countdown on the main stage ticked down to 12am Monday (July 19), the second dancing could legally begin again. And at the stroke of midnight, punters left their tables …

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Police in Atlanta, Georgia have arrested three people on child cruelty charges after they filmed themselves verbally and physically abusing a 12-year-old boy and shaving “gay” into his hair. This week Atlanta Police charged Jordan Jarrode Richards-Nwankwo, 18, Lorkeyla Jamia Spencer, 19, and Brittney Monique Mills, 35, with cruelty to children over the shocking abuse …

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The Noosa Temple of Satan have launched a petition taking aim at the Australian Parliament’s “exclusionary” opening Christian prayers, ahead of the Morrison Government introducing the Religious Discrimination Bill. The Sunshine Coast-based Temple of Satan has made national headlines for their activism and commentary around the controversial legislation. The group held a Satanic Black Mass …

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LGBTIQ+ Jewish advocates have condemned a vandal who carved a swastika and a vile anti-gay slur into concrete in Melbourne. Gardiners Trail is a pedestrian footpath that winds along Gardiners Creek through Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Victorian-based LGBTIQ Jewish group Aleph Melbourne reported to council a vandal’s carving of a swastika and the words “Kill Gays” …

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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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Perth Theatre Trust (PTT) announced today it would allow the Australian Christian Lobby to hire state-owned facilities despite an earlier refusal to hire either the Albany Entertainment Centre or the Perth Concert Hall to the organisation. ACL attempted to book the venues for The Truth of It LIVE show featuring managing director Martyn Iles. However, PTT …

HUREED Uganda

Worldwide, the LGBTIQ+ communities strive for survival, equality, justice and happiness on a daily basis. In Uganda, one organisation continues a daily struggle to assist some of the most marginalised and disadvantaged LGBTIQ+ people in the world. With few resources and no significant international support, HUREED persists to overcome daily challenges that we in the …

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The Australian Christian Lobby has threatened to sue after they were barred from holding a Western Australian event at a publicly-owned Albany venue. The Perth Theatre Trust, a government agency, operates several publicly-owned theatre venues across the state. Last month, the Trust reportedly barred the ACL from hiring the Albany Entertainment Centre or the Perth …

naidoc week

Fresh from one month of visibility and celebration to another! We are now into NAIDOC Week which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is celebrated by all Australians. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We especially have some …

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The Queensland Police Service is investigating a private Facebook group over reportedly sexist, racist and homophobic posts by its officers. The “Defend the Blue” Facebook group is one of several private groups only open to serving and former Queensland police officers. A senior serving Queensland Police officer set up the group last year. It currently …

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Australia’s first purpose-built LGBTIQ+ community hub, the Victorian Pride Centre, is officially open to the community. The Pride Centre, located on Fitzroy Street in St Kilda, is Australia’s largest hub of its type for queer communities. The centre is now housing fifteen of the state’s LGBTIQ organisations and officially opened on Sunday (July 11). At …

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The search for Caboolture woman Amy Schulkins continues six months after her disappearance. Despite extensive ongoing searches, police cannot confirm any sightings since that date. On 30 December, Amy and her wife Rebecca visited Amy’s parents at Fernvale for dinner. On their return home, they enjoyed a few drinks and Amy messaged a friend on …

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The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) has banned a doctor from working in hospitals for at least two years. The decision followed a number of complaints, including the doctor conducting a ‘forcible examination’ of a trans man’s genitals. QCAT undertook the hearing after the doctor appealed working conditions imposed on him by the Medical …

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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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A 29-year-old man who assaulted two teenage girls in March on the night of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is appealing his prison sentence and was granted bail. This week a judge sentenced Double Bay man Jesse Mackenzie (pictured left) to 20 months in prison for his role in the violence in the …

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Police in Spain have arrested three people over the death of 24-year-old gay man Samuel Luiz in a suspected homophobic attack. Luiz, a 24-year-old nursing assistant, died after more than a dozen people attacked him outside a nightclub. Luiz was out with friends in Galicia in northwest Spain in the early hours of Saturday when …

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A Brisbane gay couple whose Aboriginal flag was cut down and stolen from their front yard have vowed to replace it as many times as it’s removed. Brad, who has First Nations ancestry, raised the Aboriginal flag outside his and partner Nick’s home in western Brisbane two weeks ago. Brad told ABC Radio Brisbane they …

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Congregants at a regional New South Wales church have rallied to support a gay couple who are leaving the church over a dispute with clergy over their “unbiblical” same-sex marriage. Peter Sanders was the church organist at St Mary’s Anglican Church in West Armidale in northern New South Wales. He and his husband, who is …

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