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Alan Jones says Greens "unfaitly blamed"

Alan Jones this morning described the Greens as “unfairly blamed” for the fuel load issue allegedly contributing to the bushfire crisis. Further, he said the government had the responsibility to take action and lead. He told 2GB’s John Stanley that the government had failed. “This was preventable.”  Jones actually turned up as a guest on …

religious discrimination brisbane protest rally religious freedom

Human rights activists will gather at a rally in Brisbane to protest the Morrison goverment’s controversial religious discrimination bill. LGBTIQ advocates last year blasted the draft bill for “immunising bigotry” and “dividing communities”. Now a string of national rallies are planned to condemn the legislation ahead of its upcoming introduction to federal parliament. The Brisbane …

sharia law brunei first gay crime

A Magistrate’s Court hearing on Sunday indicted a man charged with Brunei’s first ‘gay’ crime since the 2019 introduction of Sharia law. The court remanded the man for further investigation. Brunei’s implementation of Sharia law in regard to sexual ‘crimes’ threatened punishments including the death penalty for gay sex. The autocratic Sultan of Brunei later …

LGBTIQ consultation religious discrimination anthony albanese

Some community representatives recently received invitations from Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese to meet with him for LGBTIQ consultation on the Religious Discriminations Bill. The meeting will take place in Melbourne on 30 January. Just.equal spokesperson Rodney Croome said just.equal welcomed the decision. He said the message the organisation would take to Anthony Albanese was …

Belize sodomy law unconstitutional

The Belize Court of Appeal last week upheld a former ruling by the Supreme Court Chief Justice declaring the country’s sodomy law unconstitutional. Previously, Caleb Orozco, an LGBTIQ activist in the Central American country, brought a case against the sodomy law in the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ruled in favour of …

United Methodist Church same-sex marriage

The United Methodist Church, the largest mainline protestant denomination in the US will split over same-sex marriage. In 2019, the church tried to resolve differences between two opposing factions.  One faction agitated for both same-sex marriage and LGBTIQ inclusion while the other opposed those reforms. Despite holding a conference in an attempt to resolve their …

LGBTIQ Indians

LGBTIQ Indian community organisations joined other rights groups on a march through New Delhi yesterday. The march protested the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Critics describe the law as anti-Muslim and claim it also violates India’s secular constitution. Over 1,000 members of India’s LGBTIQ communities joined the protest. The CAA and two other government measures …

queer mafia catherine mcgregor

Catherine McGregor prophesied a backlash against the ‘queer mafia’ in an appearance on Sky News on New Year’s Eve. Out in Perth reports McGregor predicted religious freedom as one of the big issues of 2020. Most of us don’t require a quatrain from Nostradamus to foresee that.  Religious freedom was the issue du jour throughout …

george michael's ex

Family members have banned George Michael’s ex Fadi Fawaz from attending sister Melanie’s funeral according to The Sun. Although Fadi sent condolences after Melanie Panayiotou’s death, the family do not feel ready to forgive. George Michael’s ex Fadi Fawaz Fadi lived with George Michael from 2012 until Christmas Day 2016 when he found the singer …

Grindr date

Kevin Bacon, a 25-year-old Michigan hairdresser disappeared Christmas Eve. He left his home at 5 pm telling his best friend and housemate he had a Grindr date. Later, he texted to let her know he’d be late as he was having fun. Michigan Live reported that when Kevin failed to show for Christmas dinner the …

pflag+

A new website created by Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG+) encourages Australians who want to scrap the Religious Discrimination Bill to make their voices heard. PFLAG+ national spokesperson Shelley Argent forecast a tough battle ahead. “This is a tough new campaign for a tough new year. I’m not interested in tinkering at …

out magazine

Straight-owned OUT Magazine deputy editor Nico Lang quit New Year’s Eve, leaving the magazine without an editor, reports the Los Angeles Blade. Editor-In-Chief Phillip Picardi resigned earlier in December. In his resignation letter, Lang spoke of “straight men who do not have our best interests at heart, who profit off us until they can no …

Canadian survey

A recent Canadian survey to ascertain how comfortable Canadians felt about LGBT people playing significant roles in their lives showed an overwhelmingly positive result. 91.8 percent of those surveyed responded they would be “comfortable” with a gay, lesbian or bisexual neighbour. Also, 87.6 percent were comfortable with the idea of a transgender neighbour. The Canadian …

nigerian conversion therapy

A Nigerian man told the BBC his ‘conversion therapist’ flogged him until he lapsed into unconsciousness. The interview comes five years after former president Goodluck Johnson signed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (SSMPA). Both the man, and a lesbian from the African country, described the practice of Nigerian conversion therapy to the BBC. The SSMPA …

national representative body lgbtiq communities

Australia’s LGBTIQ communities head into the year 2020 with huge achievements in our immediate past. There are also massive challenges in our immediate future. Is it time for a national representative body for Australia’s LGBTIQ communities? Over the last half-century, our communities achieved decriminalisation of homosexuality, some discrimination protections, and marriage equality. We achieved that …

Margaret Court

In her last sermon for 2019, retired tennis player and now pentecostal minister Margaret Court attempted to hit a moonball at Tennis Australia. Court is controversial for her vocal opposition to LGBTIQ rights and same-sex marriage. Previously, Court demanded Tennis Australia formally welcome her to Melbourne Park to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her grand …

same-sex marriages religious freedom

A Texas judge last week launched a class-action suit against the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley launched the action after the commission publicly warned her for refusing to perform same-sex marriages. She claims protection under the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act. While the law does not compel justices of …

openly gay councillors hong kong

The recent Hong Kong municipal elections which swept pro-democracy candidates to power also saw three openly LGBTIQ councillors win in their districts. The South China Morning Post reports that the three become the city’s first openly LGBTIQ councillors. Jimmy Sham Tsz-kit, Kenneth Cheung Kam-hung and Alice Wei Siu-lik join many other young candidates who emerged …

new year honours elton john

The UK reserved the highest accolade in this year’s New Year Honours list for singer and songwriter Elton John. Sir Elton becomes a Companion of Honour. Only 64 people other than the monarch can hold the award at any one time. Elton John received the award for both his achievements in music and his charity …

'abnormal' sexual orientation

Earlier this month, international schools in Indonesia began implementing government regulation to test foreign teachers for ‘abnormal’ sexual orientation. The New York Times published questions from tests some schools required foreign teachers to take. Some questions required either agreement or disagreement with a statement. “I would feel uncomfortable knowing my daughter’s or son’s teacher was …

Andre Afamasaga Folau

In today’s Sydney Morning Herald, former preacher Andre Afamasaga outs himself in support of those hurt by the ongoing Folau saga. Andre speaks of the “LGBTIQ+ people from Pacific Island and Christian communities” as  “unseen casualties” of the controversy. He says, “This saga reveals a homophobia deeply rooted in religious beliefs and cultural values.” Further, …

Iran executed Mohsen Lorestani

Posts from Kurdish social media accounts suggest that Iran executed singer Mohsen Lorestani on 6 December. Although authorities detained the singer in March, news of his arrest only surfaced in October. He appeared in court before the notorious hanging judge Mohammad Moqisseh, infamous for his role in torturing and executing political prisoners as far back as …

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