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Melbourne drag performer Frock Hudson was one of the LGBTIQ+ Victorians to get vaccinated at the state’s Pride Centre on Tuesday during a rainbow vaccination blitz. The Victorian Pride Centre in St Kilda has opened a pop-up vaccine hub that’s running until Sunday (October 24). It’s part of the Rainbow Vaccination Week running this week …

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New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has made an LGBTIQ rights pledge after gay MP Alex Greenwich quizzed the leader on his support for tackling discrimination. Perrottet took the top job earlier this month after Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation. The self-described “proud conversative” faced backlash for his views on social issues. Alex Greenwich asked the important …

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The Western Australian parents of a transgender teenage boy have lost a legal appeal to regain custody of him after a court found they’d “verbally and emotionally” abused him over his gender identity. The transgender male, given the pseudonym TM by the courts, first came to the Western Australian Department of Communities’ attention in 2019. …

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Comedian Hannah Gadsby last night fired back after Netflix used her name to defend itself against recent criticism over a Dave Chappelle special. In an angry Instagram post, the comedian let fly at the streaming giant’s chief executive. “I do shits with more backbone.” Homophobic and transphobic content in Dave Chappelle’s The Closer prompted outrage …

Q&A staff

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, …

birmingham gay hate attack

LGBTIQ leaders in UK city Birmingham say a recent spate of homophobic attacks in their Gay Village have appalled and frightened the community. On Sunday, an attacker threw a wine bottle at a gay man’s head after a night in the city’s Gay Village. John-Paul Kesseler (above) said the man attacked him with the bottle …

Stealthing nonconsensual consom removal

The ACT yesterday criminalised stealthing – the nonconsensual removal of a condom during sex. The passage of the legislation makes the ACT the first Australian jurisdiction to explicitly outlaw nonconsensual condom removal during sex. 1 in 5 MSM stealthed A 2018 Monash University survey of patients who attended Melbourne Sexual Health Centre found one in …

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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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Netflix faces backlash following Dave Chappelle declaring ‘I’m team Terf’ in his show The Closer which premiered earlier this week. The comedian made the comments while stating his support for JK Rowling. “They canceled JK Rowling – my God. Effectually she said gender was fact, the trans community got mad as shit, they started calling …

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A man in Victoria who used Grindr to lure another man into a frightening armed robbery in southern Geelong has been jailed. A judge in the County Court of Victoria sentenced Thomas Samas to 95 days in jail on Monday, in combination with a community correction order, the Geelong Advertiser reported. The 23-year-old pleaded guilty …

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Victorian LGBTIQ business organisation GLOBE has caused outrage after nominating the state’s Ravenhall prison for a transgender inclusion honour at their next awards ceremony. The GLOBE Community Awards celebrate achievement within the local LGBTIQ community, with awards given each year to both businesses and individuals. Among the awards is one “awarded to businesses who champion …

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The rage is real as Playboy adorns its cover with a gay man for the first time in the magazine’s history. Donning the famed bunny ears is 23-year-old Filipino beauty influencer Bretman Rock. Only four other males models previously appeared solo on the Playboy cover. The magazine’s late founder Hugh Hefner became the first, followed …

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New South Wales LGBTIQ advocates have reacted to new state Premier Dominic Perrottet, a staunch conservative Catholic, taking the top job. Perrottet become the 46th Premier of New South Wales on Tuesday after a landslide win of the party room ballot for NSW Liberal leadership. The vote came after the shock resignation of former leader …

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A Sydney council will make Coogee Beach’s giant rainbow walkway permanent but some councillors want community consultation because the installation “is a political statement”. The 47 metre curved walkway was installed at the steps of Coogee’s lower promenade ahead of Mardi Gras season in February this year. Since then, the walkway has become a Instagram-ready …

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The true story of how the scenic clifftops at Bondi, Sydney became the epicentre of a series of gay hate murders is the focus of new true crime podcast Bondi Badlands. The podcast investigates the series of violent murders and disappearances in Sydney in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The victims of the crimes …

Tom Daley battled COVID

Olympic gold medallist Tom Daley battled COVID a few months before winning Olympic gold in Tokyo. Paramedics rushed the diver to hospital when he began to struggle to breathe. The British gold medalist spoke of his illness for the first time in an interview with The Times. He told the newspaper he needed months to …

AFL Gay Footballer

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 …

Police and Pride

Brisbane Pride’s recent request that police do not wear uniform during the Pride Rally and March on Saturday caused considerable social media debate about Pride and Police. With two diametrically opposed sides battling it out on social media, it would add nothing to reiterate the arguments made by either side here. However, we did notice …

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Two transgender women have made history in Germany after they were the first to be elected to the country’s parliament. Tessa Ganserer (left) and Nyke Slawik (right) both won seats Sunday while running for the Green Party. In the federal election, the centre-left Social Democrat Party narrowly beat Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union, ending …

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Members of Queensland’s transgender community have honoured PFLAG legend and rainbow mum Shelley Argent’s years of LGBTIQ community activism with a special award. The Australian Transgender Support Association Qld (ATSAQ) has run since 1990. ATSAQ President Gina Mather recently presented the “so very deserving” Shelley Argent with the group’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Gina and …

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Swiss voters yesterday supported Marriage for All — Mariage Pour Tous — with a resounding 64% YES vote. In addition to winning the support of the majority of the electorate, the YES vote also triumphed in all Swiss cantons. The 64% YES vote exceeded the 55% predicted by opinion polls in advance of the referendum. …

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Brisbane Pride has requested that Police officers not march in uniform at this year’s Pride Rally and March. QNews asked Brisbane Pride and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) about the decision. The Brisbane Pride committee said in a statement that they intended the request on uniforms “as an invitation to the Queensland Police Service to …

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