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Last week QNews reported on an incident at the Poets Cafe, Montville. During Pride month, as marchers joined Black Lives Matter protests worldwide, and in the midst of the greatest global health crisis for a century, a lesbian couple — both health workers, one black — found themselves rudely ordered out of a cafe in …

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Last Sunday, at the end of Pride month, during the worst health crisis in a century and as the world grapples with racial discrimination through the Black Lives Matter movement, the owner of Poets Cafe in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, chose the moment to demand an inter-racial pair of lesbian health workers leave his cafe …

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Gabon has voted to decriminalise homosexuality, reversing a ban on gay sex put in place last year in the Central African nation. Last year the country legislated a ban on “sexual relations between people of the same sex.” Punishments included six months’ imprisonment and fines of up to five million FCFA ($AU12,440). However, Gabon’s lower …

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The Queens Ball book, launched as a PDF on Saturday, documents the longest-running continuous LGBTIQ+ event in the world. Proceeds from book sales will fund an annual award in honour of Brisbane Queens Ball founder, Dame Sybil von Thorndyke. Scroll down for purchase link Publisher Bill Rutkin OAM said the book will go into print …

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Northern Territory MP Chansey Paech has this week become the country’s first openly gay indigenous speaker of an Australian parliament. Paech (pictured right), the Member for Namatjira, won his seat in the NT Legislative Assembly in the 2016 election. He became the first openly gay First Nations MLA in Australian history. In his maiden speech, …

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Close to a third of Australian same-sex parents struggle to find books for their children that represent rainbow families like theirs, according to new research. Deakin School of Communication and Creative Arts researchers Dr Helen Young, Dr Paul Venzo and Lara Hedberg have surveyed LGBTQI+ parents, guardians and care-givers on their experiences with LGBTIQ-inclusive childrens …

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The LGBTIQ community in the UK town of Reading have paid tribute to the three gay men killed in a mass stabbing attack in a park. James Furlong, Joe Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails (all pictured, left to right) were killed in the attack in Reading in southern England on Saturday evening, UK time. Witnesses said …

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From 1 July, The Pinnacle Foundation invites scholarship applications from LGBTIQ+ students between the ages of 17 and 26 who plan to study full-time education at a public institution of higher education in Australia. The Foundation awards scholarships with the aim of helping LGBTIQ+ youth to thrive and so build our communities. QNews recently spoke …

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LGBTIQ advocates today welcomed a new report giving Tasmania’s gender reforms the all-clear. They also called for the criminalisation of surgical intervention on intersex children. Scroll down for video explainers The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute (TLRI) report says Tasmania’s groundbreaking new gender laws have had a beneficial impact since they were enacted over a year …

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A Melbourne doctor has joined dozens of other medical professional to sign a new declaration calling for changes to Australian gay and trans blood donor policies. Currently, Australia’s Lifeblood donation service refuses male donors who have had sex with men in the past 12 months. In April, the Therapeutic Goods Administration approved a reduction of …

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An Australian former Catholic nun has opened up about meeting her girlfriend in the convent, before homophobic condemnation forced the lesbian couple out of the church. Monica Hingston, who is a second cousin to George Pell, was a nun for 22 years before she fell in love with fellow nun Peg Moran. She told SBS’ …

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Warning: distressing content A gay man bashed in a horrific 1980s Sydney hate crime has alleged a police report at the time said he “deserved” the attack. After murder charges in the 1988 death of Scott Johnson, Sydney man Martin Parker recalled his memories of his own vicious assault in northern Sydney with The Australian. Parker …

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A Brisbane mother and her girlfriend have received jail after a string of “vile and abhorrent” assaults on their three-year-old son. Police found the injured boy with severe bruises to most of his body, as well as abrasions and cuts, the Courier-Mail reported. The women’s abuse and neglect of the three-year-old only came to light …

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Aimee Stephens, Gerald Bostock and Donald Zarda are the three LGBTIQ plaintiffs whose cases prompted a landmark US Supreme Court anti-discrimination ruling. In a major civil rights victory, the court ruled existing laws protect LGBTIQ people from workplace discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Advocates are also celebrating the three …

Sara Hegazy

Following imprisonment, abuse and torture in Egypt, LGBTIQ+ rights advocate Sara Hegazy sought asylum in Canada. Sadly, she died in her home in Canada Sunday, leaving a note asking her family and friends for forgiveness. In 2017, Sara attended a concert by the Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila in Cairo. The band’s lead singer Hamed Sinno …

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has sacked state Labor MP Adem Somyurek from cabinet amid corruption allegations and leaked audio of homophobic, misogynistic and racist tirades. In the recordings on 60 Minutes, the party powerbroker described Young Labor members as “little passive aggressive f—ing gay kids” and gay staffers as “real slimy little f—ers”. “We’ll have …

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President Pierre Nkurunziza promised the citizens of Burundi recently that he negotiated divine protection from the pandemic for the country. Nkurunziza was both murderous despot and born-again Christian. His wife is an ordained minister. She visited Australia last year for the opening of a consulate at Margaret Court’s church. Now, his wife is recovering, and …

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British transgender organisations expressed support for JK Rowling after Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun newspaper featured a front-page story about her ex-husband’s lack of remorse for domestic abuse during their marriage. Trans groups along with MPs and other charities condemned the newspaper for glorifying violence against women. The Sun‘s headline on Thursday read, “I slapped JK …

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A Brazilian tourist will plead guilty to “revenge porn” offences after secretly recording sex with his Sydney lover and posting it on OnlyFans without consent. Police charged Fabricio Da Silva Claudino after he filmed the consensual sex with his Sydney boyfriend at their Marrickville home last July. The former Emirates flight attendant also uploaded several …

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Nik Dimopoulos, the Victorian man wrongly arrested and seriously injured in a bungled police raid at queer bookstore Hares and Hyenas, has sued for compensation. Last May, the events promoter was asleep in an apartment at the bookstore in Fitzroy when he heard intruders’ voices. Unknown to Dimopoulos, the intruders were Victoria Police’s Critical Incident …

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Warning: This article includes the names of Indigenous Australians who have died. Indigenous journalist Narelda Jacobs has warned Australians not to “bury our heads in the sand” about Aboriginal deaths in custody as Black Lives Matter protests sweep the world. Tens of thousands flooded the streets of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane last weekend to …

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ACON and Waverley Council have released shortlisted designs for the planned memorial artwork for victims of historical gay hate crimes in Sydney. The permanent memorial, in Marks Park at Tamarama south of Bondi, will honour victims and survivors targeted in homophobic and transphobic attacks in NSW across decades. From the 1970s to 1990s, attackers targeted …

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