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The Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) will in the future be known as the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (QC). This follows a membership vote and approval at the 2019 Annual General Meeting tonight. Consultation QuAC conducted community consultation amongst our communities across the state in advance of the change. The consultation sought community feedback on …

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US fast food chain Chick-fil-A has announced a revamp of their charity donation program after years of protests from LGBTIQ activists. The popular US-based fast-food chain has faced years of criticism for its donations to anti-LGBTIQ organisations. The company’s foundation had previously donated millions to campaigns to stop same-sex marriage in the US. Chick-fil-A now …

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A British gay couple who named themselves their country’s “first gay dads” have split and one has fallen in love with his daughter’s ex-boyfriend. Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 50, has ended his 32-year relationship with husband Tony and has fallen for Scott Hutchison, who is 25 years old. Barrie and Tony made world headlines as “Britain’s first …

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A University of Auckland study has revealed same-gender attraction is far more common among New Zealand women than men. The results released last week revealed the 2014/15 study collected data from over 10,000 people aged between 16-74. The researcher’s reports covered heterosexual sex, heterosexual behaviour, sexual orientation as well as contraception, pregnancy planning, and STI’s. …

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Community members, activists and allies have celebrated the annual Trans Community Awards, the night of nights for Brisbane’s trans, gender diverse and non-binary community. Each year, the event recognises the achievements of activists, groups, events and allies for the local trans, gender diverse, non-binary, brotherboy and sistergirl communities. At the awards ceremony at the Sportsman …

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Israel Folau has been slammed for linking the deadly bushfire crisis to the legalisation of same-sex marriage and abortion in a new sermon at his church. The sacked Wallabies player told his controversial Truth of Jesus Christ Church on Sunday the bushfires that have claimed six lives and destroyed hundreds homes are God’s punishment for …

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Two gay Saudi journalists who fled their homeland after Saudi authorities outed them, face an unlimited stay in Australian detention. The two journalists discreetly lived together in the Saudi capital Riyadh. By necessity, they kept their relationship secret in a country that punishes homosexuality with the death sentence. The men have been together for 16 …

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There’s a program of events planned all over the state for World AIDS Day Queensland 2019. On the 1st of December each year, we pause to reflect on our progress in the fight against HIV. We remember those we lost and commit to supporting those still living with HIV today.  It is also a time …

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A gay penguin couple at a Netherlands zoo have stolen an egg from another family and are trying to hatch it. The pair are two gay male African Penguins at the DierenPark Zoo in the city of Amersfoort. Zookeepers suddenly discovered them nesting an egg alongside heterosexual couples. “The gay couple are looking after the …

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2020 is fast approaching and with a new decade, comes new challenges, and new opportunities to again tackle some of the challenges that have remained with us from the past. QuAC has been actively working to create change for our communities for over 30 years, and we are ready to step in to the next …

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Microsoft has announced a new game featuring a transgender male lead character, a rarity in high-profile titles, is heading to the Xbox. Developer DONTNOD Entertainment announced the “true-to-life narrative adventure” Tell Me Why at Microsoft’s X019 event in London. The game is set in small-town Alaska. Twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan will “use their extraordinary …

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A man has sued his boss for discrimination after he allegedly slashed his worker’s salary to bring his pay into line with “other females” after learning he was gay. Two weeks after joining New York events company Eventique, worker Wesley Wernecke opened up about his sexuality and told colleagues he was gay. However, boss Henry …

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New York drag queen Pissi Myles made an unexpected appearance at the first public impeachment hearing against Donald Trump in Washington DC. Political broadcaster C-SPAN showed footage of Pissi’s entrance to the building. A security guard could be seen checking her towering blonde wig with a metal detector. An NBC reporter also tweeted a photo …

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The Australian Capital Territory’s Chief Minister Andrew Barr, our first openly gay government leader, has married partner Anthony Toms. The couple tied the knot at a “small family ceremony” on Wednesday at the historical Longworth House in Anthony’s hometown of Newcastle, New South Wales. Barr posted to Instagram a collage of wedding snaps. The ACT …

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The New South Wales parliament has backed a motion from Mark Latham to honour the sporting career of controversial tennis legend Margaret Court. The One Nation NSW leader moved the motion in the state’s Legislative Council on Wednesday, with MPs voting for it. The motion celebrates her achievements, recognises the upcoming 50th anniversary of her …

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The New South Wales parliamentary inquiry into four decades of gay and transgender hate crimes has reopened and will hear from regional communities next year. The inquiry, the first of its kind in Australia was launched last year. In February, the committee recommended further investigation into suspected anti-gay homicides across the state. In 2020, the …

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The High Court of Australia this morning granted leave for convicted child abuser George Pell to appeal against his Victorian convictions. Justices Gordon and Edelman gave Pell’s lawyers leave to appeal to the full court ‘as on an appeal’. As a result of that, the full bench of the court will hear the substantive arguments …

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Courageous sailor Sabreena Lachlainn wants to inspire her community by becoming the first transgender woman to sail solo around the world. She says she hopes to join the ranks of female sailing legends such as Australia’s own Kay Cottee and Jessica Watson with the incredible voyage. “Sailing solo non-stop around the world is probably the …

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Police in Uganda have arrested around 120 LGBTIQ people in a raid on a bar known as a safe haven for the queer community in the African country. The raid happened at the RAM Bar late on Sunday night in Uganda’s capital Kampala, during a weekly LGBTIQ gathering at the venue. Armed police herded bar …

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Former High Court judge Michael Kirby has said the Morrison government’s “unbalanced” draft religious discrimination bill will lead to “intolerance and hostility” in Australian society. In a letter to the Australian Law Journal, Kirby said the bill was born of “hostile religious assertions of a minority of conservative politicians” after same-sex marriage passed in 2017. …

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At 1988’s Third National Conference on HIV/AIDS, a group of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) outed themselves as positive. This was undoubtedly a brave action at a time of massive social stigma. Consequently, a national coalition emerged from that group. They decided to establish PLWHA groups across Australia. The Queensland representatives, Reg Carnell and Bill …

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Two hundred students at a California Catholic school staged a walkout to support a lesbian classmate after staff allegedly threatened to out her to parents. Senior student Magali Rodriguez said she’s one of two openly LGBTIQ students at Bishop Amat Memorial High School. The other student is her girlfriend. The pair started dating and they …

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