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Samson Bonkeabantu Brown Gillette trans man

A new Gillette ad features a trans man shaving for the first time. Gillette put the ad to air on 23 May. It features Canadian Samson Bonkeabantu Brown and his father. Posting on Facebook, Samson said he wanted his father involved because of his support. In the ad, the young man discusses growing up and …

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Kenyan HIgh Court, law reform

The Kenyan High Court today ruled that colonial-era laws criminalising same-sex relations are constitutional. Currently the laws allow for up to fourteen years jail for anal sex and five years for non-penetrative sex. The petitioners asked the court to declare the laws unconstitutional. In rejecting the petition, Justice Roselyne Aburili dismissed judgments in favour of …

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university of the sunshine coast usc pride network

The University of the Sunshine Coast is offering a $1,500 bursary to a  LGBTIQ student to aid their studies. USC say the grant will recognise a student’s efforts contributing to an inclusive culture on campus. It will provide financial support to a LGBTIQ student and demonstrates a commitment to promoting greater campus understanding. The Sunshine …

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taiwan gay couple same-sex marriage legalised weddings taipei

More than 100 same-sex couples in Taiwan are set to marry as the country’s same-sex marriage legislation comes into effect. Taiwan made history last week when it became the first Asian nation to legalise same-sex marriage. Local authorities said more than 150 same-sex couples were scheduled to register marriages in Taipei on Friday. The city …

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pauline hanson one nation truck fire

Pauline Hanson from One Nation claimed earlier this week that a left-wing activist torched a vehicle plastered with her face. The activist who attacked the One Nation billboard truck then apparently fled into the night. However Tasmanian Fire Service investigators say a discarded cigarette probably caused the conflagration. Police said there is no evidence of …

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susan cottrell mcc brisbane religion

When evangelical Christian mum Susan Cottrell’s daughter came out as gay, she faced a devastating choice between her LGBTIQ child or her non-affirming church. Despite gains made legally for LGBTIQ people, it is tragically common for them to still face family rejection, particularly in religious families. The Texas mum of five (pictured) became vice president …

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LGBTI Equality Rodney Croome Coalition Government transgender rights

Rodney Croome is a long-time LGBTI equality advocate. As a strategist in numerous campaigns for equality, Rodney says our community can still make change and meet threats under the re-elected coalition government. I won’t sugar coat the election result: Australia has the most socially and religious conservative government in a generation. Many leading Liberal moderates …

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sunshine coast lloyd copper

Family and friends are mourning the death of Sunshine Coast LGBTIQ advocate Lloyd Copper last week. The University of the Sunshine Coast journalism student (pictured above left) is being remembered as a generous and passionate activist for LGBTIQ equality who always put others first. But Lloyd’s sister Mary said he was harshly bullied at school …

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Bond actor, Grindr, Eric Michaels, chemsex

James Bond actor, Eric Michels, died after an injection of chemsex drug GHB administered by a fraudster who targeted men on Grindr. Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told the Old Bailey court that 25-year-old Gerald Matovu used the Grindr app to target gay men for robbery. Matovu injected the actor with GHB then photographed his credit …

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Pete Buttigieg Don Boys gay sex

In an obscene rant against Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay man to run for the US presidency, an Indiana Republican made up his own facts. Don Boys quoted unsourced statistics and tarred Buttigieg by association with niche sexual activity. Boys, a former Republican member of the Indiana House, wrote a blog post titled, Pete, …

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sellma soul brisbane drag queen the voice australia

Brisbane drag queen Sellma Soul has appeared on The Voice Australia and impressed coach Boy George with her blind audition. The 25-year-old drag star performs full-time at the Beat Megaclub in Fortitude Valley. She appeared in the Channel 9 singing competition’s third round of blind auditions on Tuesday night. Sellma took to the stage to …

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canterbury crusaders rugby team

New Zealand rugby team the Canterbury Crusaders have denied players were involved in an alleged homophobic incident at a restaurant in South Africa last weekend. South African local Alexandros Paterimos made the allegations on Instagram on Sunday. He alleged the players “physically intimidated” and mocked them with “homophobic slurs limp wrist gestures and adopted high …

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muhlaysia booker transgender woman dallas texas murder

Transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker, whose brutal assault was caught on video last month, has been found murdered in Dallas, Texas. Police found the 23-year-old transgender woman dead from a gunshot wound early on Saturday morning (May 18). Dallas police responded to a call about a shooting shortly before 7am. They later found Booker “lying facedown …

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israel folau sponsor asics instagram

Israel Folau has said he is considering all his options after declining the opportunity to appeal his sacking by Rugby Australia. A panel found him guilty of a high-level breach of the player code of conduct over his social media posts. Rugby Australia confirmed on Friday Folau’s contract would be terminated after he failed to …

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dutee chand india athlete sprinter

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has revealed she is in a same-sex relationship with her “soulmate”, making her the first openly gay sportsperson in India. The 23-year-old told India’s Sunday Express she has been in a relationship with a woman from her village in east India. She said she was encouraged to come out after India’s …

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Clive Palmer's United Australia Party flasher

A Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party volunteer allegedly exposed himself at a polling station yesterday. Police spoke to the flasher at the Bankstown Public School soon after the incident. The 67-year-old man allegedly exposed himself in front of three women and a man. Police alleged the man committed the act after a dispute at the …

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Trevor Evans

The 2019 federal election saw the return of the LNP’s Trevor Evans as Member for Brisbane. Evans originally won the seat in 2016 against a gay Labor candidate. Indeed, that election marked the first time both major parties stood openly gay candidates in the same electorate. Last week, Trevor Evans spoke to QN Magazine about …

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Nita Green Senate 2019 election

While we wait for the 2019 federal election results, we can confidently predict one outcome. Another member of the LGBTIQ communities will enter the Australian Senate. Queensland’s Nita Green becomes Senator Nita Green. Nita heads Labor’s Senate ticket in Queensland. That makes her win a certainty for election with Labor expected to pick up at …

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Two youths marching in a pride parade with a rainbow flag and a 'born this way' banner

The Australian Association of Social Workers has called on the next federal government to ban harmful LGBT “conversion therapy” in a message on IDAHOBIT. The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia is recognised every year on May 17. It’s the day in 1990 that homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organisation’s International …

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Taipei Pride Festival in Taiwan same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s parliament has passed same-sex marriage legislation in a historic first for Asia. The country’s government passed legislation on Friday allowing same-sex couples legal marriage rights, including in areas such as taxes, insurance and adoption. Ahead of the vote, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said, “Today, we have a chance to make history and show the …

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queensland police service lgbti officers ben bjarnesen

The Queensland Police Service has released a new video following the day-to-day work of three QPS officers who are also members of the LGBTIQ community. The 15-minute “One step better” video builds on the QPS’ 2017 video “It gets better” which shared powerful personal stories of QPS staff coming out as LGBTIQ at work. The …

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victoria police Homophobic Harassment homophobia

Warning: distressing language Homophobic and transphobic threats and jokes are still tolerated by some in Victoria Police ranks including senior officers, according to a new report released on Friday. The report, by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, found a lack of trust in internal reporting processes and “poor management responses” hindered LGBTIQ …

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