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supreme court of tasmania anti-gay flyers discrimination james durston rodney croome

Tasmania’s Supreme Court has fined a man who refused to publicly apologise for distributing anti-gay flyers. James Durston distributed the flyer titled “Homosexuality stats” in the Hobart suburb of Sandy Bay in 2013. The flyers said “homosexuality should not be tolerated” and claimed scripture rejects homosexuality as “utterly abominable”. The anti-gay flyers made false claims …

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equality australia religious discrimination bill lgbtiq

More than 50 Australian LGBTIQ groups have released a joint statement calling for an “affirming” Religious Discrimination Act. The statement backs “protections from discrimination for people of all faiths, and for people who don’t hold religious beliefs.” But new laws must not sanction new forms of discrimination against others, it adds. “As members of LGBTIQ+ …

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£50 bank of england alan turing

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney announced yesterday the selection of Alan Turing for the new £50 note. Imagery depicting Alan Turing and his work will feature on the new polymer note expected to enter circulation by the end of 2021.  While renowned for his WWII work devising code-breaking machines, Turing also played a pivotal …

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israel education minister rafi peretz gay conversion therapy

Israel’s Education Minister Rafi Peretz has said he believes debunked “gay conversion therapy” can work, sparking backlash. Peretz, an Orthodox rabbi and leader of an ultranationalist party, made the comments in an interview with Israel’s Channel 12. “I think that it is possible to convert [a person’s sexual orientation],” he said, according to BBC News. …

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ryan williams homophobia gay bashing

Ryan Williams from Lancashire England posted this photo of himself to Facebook last night. “I never thought in my life that I would get beaten up for being GAY!” he said. We don’t know the circumstances of the violent physical attack on this young man. It certainly bears the hallmarks of a gay bashing. What …

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gus kenworthy gay olympian

After gay Olympian Ian Thorpe and partner Ryan Channing split two weeks ago, now comes news of the break up of Gus Kenworthy and Matt Wilkas. Indeed, Olympians perhaps suffer from a four-year itch with both relationships ending after an Olympic interval. A rep for the couple described the split as amicable to PEOPLE Magazine. …

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attorney general christian porter religious freedom review scott morrison

The government’s religious discrimination laws “aren’t intended” to interfere with state laws protecting LGBT people, Attorney-General Christian Porter says. Porter told the Guardian his bill “is not intended to displace state law nor will it import specific provisions of international law.” The Attorney-General is still working on the bill, and his statement comes after concerns …

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indonesia prison lgbt gay lesbian overcrowding

An Indonesia prison chief wants to isolate gay and lesbian prisoners to avoid “transmission” of homosexuality. Officials in the country this week complained that the country’s cramped same-sex prison cells had sparked a rise in “deviant” sex between inmates. “If sexual deviations are found in either male inmates or female inmates, we will take the …

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trans gender diverse rally

Victorian trans and gender diverse people and friends will rally this Sunday July 14. The rally will celebrate the trans community and also call on the Parliament to pass law reform. Activists are calling for parliament to amend the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 in Victoria. Specifically, they want easier access to correct …

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gay christian iranian Mehdi Shokr Khoda iran

The Swedish Migration Board yesterday ordered a gay Christian Iranian teenager to leave Sweden. Despite the well documented persecution of both Christians and gays in Iran, the board rejected 19-year-old Mehdi Shokr Khoda’s application for asylum. Mehdi Shokr Khoda and Christianity Mehdi fled Iran in 2017. He converted to Christianity in Stockholm and subsequently underwent …

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uswnt megan rapinhoe

The US Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) won their fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup Sunday. On Wednesday after the team returned home, New York honoured the women with a ticker tape parade in the Canyon of Heroes. Co-captain Megan Rapinoe delivered a speech on behalf of the USWNT to the cheering crowds. Scroll down for …

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father rod bower gosford anglican church

New South Wales Anglican priest Father Rod Bower has been heckled on camera for his contribution to the religion freedom debate. The outspoken priest’s signs are well-known throughout Australia for his uncompromising messages on social issues and politics. Appearing on ABC’s 7.30 program on Wednesday night, Fr Bower was filmed replacing his recent church sign …

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northern ireland marriage equality uk same-sex marriage united kingdom

British MPs have passed legislation that may finally bring marriage equality to Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK and Ireland where same-sex marriage is still illegal. The UK government passed marriage equality in 2013. Ireland legalised same-sex marriage in a 2015 referendum, becoming the only country in the world to …

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joseph nikolosi amazon conversion therapy

Online retailer Amazon last week banned books by Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, ‘the father of conversion therapy’. Nicolosi authored some of the best known books on the pseudoscience of changing sexual orientation and gender identity. However, Amazon withdrew the books from sale permanently after a change.org petition amassed over 82,000 votes. According to the 2019 National …

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religious freedom bill israel folau australian christian lobby

A Guardian Essential poll reveals only 38% of Australians support a religious freedoms bill as currently proposed by right wing elements of the federal government. Since the federal election and the Israel Folau controversy, politicians and the Australian Christian Lobby launched petitions for federal action. 64% of people surveyed in the poll agreed with the …

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megan rapinoe world cup nike i believe

An epic new ad from Nike features Megan Rapinoe. It celebrates the US women’s soccer team World Cup win over the Netherlands on July 8. However, the ad gives perhaps as much prominence to the subjects of equal rights and equal pay as the game itself. Scroll down for vid Nike aired the ad almost …

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nivea

Outrage greeted news two weeks ago that a Nivea representative said “We don’t do gay at Nivea,” in response to an ad proposal. He made the statement when rejecting an image that showed two male hands touching. The Nivea rep was apparently unaware that one of the ad agency executives on the call was gay. …

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london pride pride in london

London was awash with the colours of the Rainbow Saturday afternoon as some 600 groups marched in London Pride. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered to make it the biggest and most diverse Pride in London ever. Celebrities like Sam Smith and Sir Ian McKellen joined the marchers. Launching the parade, Mayor of London Sadiq …

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kevin spacey heather unruh groping

The son of former television news presenter Heather Unruh who alleged Kevin Spacey groped him, dropped his civil action against the actor this week. The alleged victim filed papers on 3 July to voluntarily dismiss the suit. The court dismissed the case ‘with prejudice’. The accuser therefore cannot refile later. The man previously sought unspecified …

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varanasi india same-sex wedding

A same-sex wedding between two cousins took place in the Indian holy city of Varanasi last week. Despite India not allowing same-sex weddings, the couple refused to leave until a priest married them. Apparently concerned by the prospect of arranged marriages, the two women travelled to Varanasi from their home town. They wanted their relationship …

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five husbands vodka utah mormon

Utah-based Ogden’s Own Distillery in the Mormon heartland released the polygamy-themes  Five Husbands vodka to celebrate Pride month in June. The limited edition bottle features five muscular men in denim cut-offs each holding onto a large rooster in front of their crotch. The Utah Pride Festival announced Five Husbands Vodka as the official liquor of …

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serial sex offender Brendon Quintin Webb perth

Perth magistrate Richard Bayly  sentenced serial sex offender Brendon Quintin Webb to almost four years jail on Friday after he pleaded guilty to 17 counts of indecent assault. Webb picked up young intoxicated men from Perth nightclub districts. He then assaulted the men sexually and filmed the abuse on his mobile phone. Webb used a …

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