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homophobic attack

In yet another homophobic attack in England, two thugs attacked a lesbian in the city of Sunderland. As Charlie Graham walked to meet friends, two homophobes punched her from behind before throwing her to the ground. Charlie told The Mirror she wanted the photographs of her injuries shared. “[It’s] very important to me for my …

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While religious extremists agitate for legislation extending their religious privilege at the expense of the rights of other Australians, a victim of child abuse is attempting to obtain compensation. Father Michael McArdle wrote in a 2004 affidavit that he made confessions of child abuse 1,500 times over 25 years. Each time, he walked out of …

world's first transgender doll

With world media and anti-trans bigots carrying on like pork chops over the world’s first transgender doll, we call BS. What nonsense won’t they think of next to vilify trans people? Two days ago Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun carried the story. Since then, it took off as a viral sensation, repeated by other news media, …

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Rodney Croome says there must be no deals on discrimination. The movement to roll back discrimination protections is a serious threat we must stand up to. Therefore the LGBTIQ community and its representatives must not make unnecessary compromises.  It must be blocked outright. The LGBTIQ community campaign against the Religious Discrimination Bill is working. As …

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NSW Police have appealed for information as they investigate the suspicious death of Sydney woman Kimberley McRae. Officers found her body in her unit in Coogee at about 10am on Tuesday (January 14), but when she died is unclear. Police later identified her as 69-year-old Kimberley McRae. McRae, who was transgender, lived alone but was …

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The grieving family of Wilson Gavin, who died on Monday after protesting Drag Queen Storytime in Brisbane, have reached out to the LGBTIQ community in a moving statement. The 21-year-old, who was openly gay, was president of UQ’s conservative Liberal National Club. He made national headlines leading the protest at Brisbane Square Library on Sunday. …

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Rainbow Families Queensland has held Drag Storytime sessions at Brisbane City Council Libraries four times over the last two years. However the future of the Drag Storytime events in Brisbane is under threat. Protesters caused inappropriate disruption at the most recent event, at the Brisbane Square Library on Sunday. After the footage of the incident …

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Human rights groups have condemned a mayor in Indonesia for ordering anti-LGBTIQ raids in the wake of Indonesian-born Reynhard Sinaga’s UK rape conviction. This month, a UK court jailed the serial rapist for life after he drugged and assaulted more than 100 men. As a result, the student’s crimes have sparked a homophobic backlash in …

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Rates of HIV diagnoses in Queensland have dropped by more than a third in the last five years, according to new data. Last year, 153 HIV notifications were reported to Queensland Health, compared with 245 in 2014. This is a drop of more than 37 per cent. Experts are attributing the declining rates to increased …

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Sixty percent of the first 200 respondents to an anti drag storytime petition on the Brisbane City Council website do not live in the city. Wendy Francis, Queensland Director of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) set up the petition yesterday. Lyle Shelton promoted the petition on Facebook. When a commenter asked Francis on Facebook about …

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The Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (formerly the Queensland AIDS Council) wishes to express deep condolences at the death of Wilson Gavin in Queensland yesterday morning, following an incident with protests at a Drag Queen Story Time event. Wilson’s death has affected many people who knew him personally and also many other people in the …

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At least four villas in Bali are reportedly under investigation by disapproving Indonesian authorities for allegedly “marketing themselves specifically for the gay community”. Indonesian outlet Coconuts reported authorities were looking into one villa at the Seminyak Beach Resort. The villa marketed itself on Facebook as “Angelo Bali Gay Guesthouse” and attracted local attention for appearing …

drag storytime

Wilson Gavin, leader of yesterday’s drag storytime protest at Brisbane Square Library died by suicide this morning. Whatever his past actions, our entire LGBTIQ communities no doubt offer condolences to his family and also his friends. His aunt described him as a very tormented soul. She said despite his ‘despicable behaviour’ at the library, she …

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Australians have rallied on Twitter around the two Queensland drag queens targeted by right-wing student protesters at Drag Storytime on Sunday. Footage of the incident went viral overnight showing the protesters yelling “drag queens are not for kids” at the Brisbane Council-supported event. Valkyrie explained on Facebook he was “inside during the disruption, calming children …

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In his latest sermon, streamed live on Facebook, Armageddon Izzy, Israel Folau, told a small congregation at his father’s church, “we are certainly living in the last days.” During the sermon, Israel Folau frequently wiped away tears with a tissue. The latest sermon follows one last year in which the former footballer called the bushfires …

Wilson Gavin Brisbane Drag storytime

Wilson Gavin, leader of yesterday’s UQ Liberal National Club protest at a Brisbane drag storytime event, in 2017 characterised drowning out voices by chanting as an ‘attack on free speech’. Wilson Gavin summary Gay — anti-same-sex marriage — anti safe schools — pro-monarchy — anti drag storytime In 2017, Wilson Gavin acted as spokesperson for …

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Earlier today, members of the University of Queensland’s UQ Liberal National Club disrupted Drag Storytime at Brisbane Square Library. The group’s intrusion and loud chanting distressed children and infants in attendance at the Rainbow Families Qld event. Update: Statement from Councillor Vicki Howard, Central Ward: “The group that staged this protest have no affiliation with …

Tsai Ing-Wen Taiwan

Incumbent Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen won re-election earlier today in a landslide victory. The staunch LGBTIQ ally directed an Instagram post to Taiwan’s LGBTIQ communities three days ago. She spoke then of the rainbow flags she saw as she electioneered across the island. “I saw many people holding the rainbow flag 🏳️‍🌈, thank you for …

gay sex video cop

A Gold Coast police officer, currently under investigation for leaking a gay sex video, has been promoted. The senior constable copied the CCTV footage while working at the Southport watch-house. Surveillance cam gay sex video The footage showed a sexual encounter between two men in the watch-house. The police officer shared the copied footage with …

sultan qaboos open secret

As commentators and world leaders pay condolences on the death of Sultan Qaboos of Oman, they ignore the open secret of his sexuality. While lauding his contributions to Middle East peace (whatever that is) and his ability to act as a conduit between warring parties in the region, commentary ignores the repressive regime he ran …

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London gay bar Two Brewers will host a 12-hour fundraising event on 26 January for both the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES), and firefighters in New South Wales. Large numbers of Australian expatriates live in Clapham, the location of the southwest London bar. Seventeen drag and non-drag performers will perform at the event. …

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A WA venue that hired out a function room for a Margaret Court event has donated proceeds to a queer youth counselling group. The tennis star turned minister spoke at a private function on Monday at the Esplanade Hotel in Busselton, south of Perth. The event was hosted by the group Tennis Seniors WA, of …

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