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One Nation’s NSW leader Mark Latham has slammed a Drag Queen Story Time event promoting inclusion and diversity as “inappropriate”. Latham took aim at city council libraries in Kogarah in Sydney’s south and Erskineville in the inner-city for hosting the events. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, he demanded Education Minister Sarah Mitchell issue a directive …

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A police officer who was repeatedly denied a transfer to the same city as her female partner has lost her discrimination claim against the Australian Federal Police. Detective Sergeant Kathryn Richens claimed the Australian Federal Police discriminated against her due to her relationship with female officer Senior Constable Emma-Kate McPherson. She had sought more than …

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Magnum has copped backlash for an ad that seemingly compares the “guilty pleasure” of eating their products to gay people being jailed. The ad, which appeared on Spotify in the UK, features a voiceover from a man who can’t hug his partner for fear of prison time. He tells listeners: “A hug for my boyfriend. …

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LGBTIQ advocates have lashed The Australian newspaper for “appalling” coverage of transgender issues in a new “Gender” section on its website. Headlines in the new section include “They’re castrating children”, “Transgender project ‘out of balance’”, “Sex not a matter of belief”, and “Corrupting kids’ thinking”. “Medicalisation of gender is dividing our society and abusing our …

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A new study out of the US has suggested that traditional gender stereotypes are causing some men to dodge efforts to be environmentally-friendly. According to Pennsylvania University Professor of Psychology Janet K. Swim, men can be unwilling to perform environmentally friendly tasks if they perceive them as “gendered”, such as using reusable shopping bags. “There …

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Anti-transgender group Binary Australia are sending hundreds of schools information packs for parents to “protect” children from “radical transgender indoctrination”. Binary director Kirralie Smith announced the plan to combat “transgender speakers, de-gendering language, pronoun police, explicit sex education programs and inappropriate library books” in schools. Smith plans to distribute the packs to 500 P&C groups …

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A conservative politician in Hungary has called for a boycott of Coca-Cola after an ad campaign included images of same-sex couples hugging and kissing. The ads have slogans like “zero sugar, zero prejudice” and are cashing in on Budapest’s week-long Sziget Festival. This year the festival has the theme of “Love Revolution”. But the ads …

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A Republican politician from Ohio is facing calls to resign after blaming gay and transgender people for the latest mass shootings in the US. Candice Keller is a Republican state representative from Ohio. She took to her personal Facebook page to write the vile, now-deleted rant, circulated widely online. “After every mass shooting, the liberals …

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A former deputy mayor of a Sydney council must pay compensation after vilifying a gay neighbour in a dispute over a rainbow flag. Inner West councillor Julie Passas’ former neighbour, Daniel Camensoli, took the dispute to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The row began on November 15, 2017, just hours after the announcement of …

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Prominent LGBTIQ Australians have joined a campaign pressuring Qantas to stop forced deportations of asylum seekers from Australia. The Department of Home Affairs uses Qantas to transport asylum seekers between detention centres and for involuntary deportations. But refugee advocates say the Australian system for assessing asylum claims for asylum doesn’t meet international standards and Qantas …

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One of the organisers of a “Straight Pride” rally in California has been called out by her estranged gay son. Mylinda Mason (pictured, left) is one of the organisers of a Straight Pride rally set to take place in Modesto, California, later this month. But her son, Matthew Mason, has said he wants the local …

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Australian bookseller Angus & Robertson has apologised for selling books promoting harmful ‘gay conversion therapy’ and pledged to remove the titles from their online store. It follows an Equality Australia petition calling on retailers, including Angus & Robertsons and Dymocks, to remove the books. Among the books found up for sale were titles by the …

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Pro-equality rallies planned for around the country will oppose religious legal exemptions and LGBTIQ discrimination in the name of “religious freedom”. On Saturday, August 17, a Brisbane rally will be held in Queens Gardens from 1pm. Organisers Equal Love Brisbane said the rally will call on the Morrison government not to “further entrench and broaden …

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Josiah Folau, Israel Folau’s cousin, agreed to discontinue his employment with St Gregory’s College in Campbelltown yesterday. Following Israel Folau losing his job with Rugby Australia for condemning homosexuals to hell, his cousin apparently did the same for Catholics. In addition to his job at St Gregory’s, Josiah Folau also sometimes preaches at the Truth …

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Equality Australia have launched a petition calling on Australian booksellers to remove titles promoting harmful LGBTIQ “conversion therapy”. The group’s call comes after Amazon recently agreed to remove “conversion therapy” books from sale in their online store after an 80,000-signature petition. Now Equality Australia are petitioning Australian retailers to follow suit. “Angus & Robertson and …

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Sydney visual artist Scott Marsh has unveiled a mural depicting disgraced former archbishop George Pell just metres from the Vatican in Rome. The mural shows the disgraced former Vatican treasurer in a prison tracksuit and being stalked by a black, satanic figure. Initially, Marsh painted the artwork, titled Prey, near St Mary’s Cathedral where Pell …

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British LGBTIQ news outlet Gay Star News has sadly closed down. The company has entered insolvency after seven years’ trading and around 20 staff have lost their jobs, the BBC reported. Founders Tris Reid-Smith and Scott Nunn confirmed the news in an open letter, explaining the “problem has been entirely financial.” “It has always been …

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The Chinese owner of Grindr will proceed with an initial public offering (IPO) of the app, after a US national security panel dropped opposition to the plan. In March, the US government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) opposed Beijing Kunlun Tech Co’s (BKT) continued ownership of the gay dating app. The …

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Police have made an arrest after a woman hurled homophobic abuse at a London pride parade. Twitter user Yusuf Patel posted video of the incident, showing a woman wearing a niqab yelling at people, including one man draped in a rainbow flag. In the video, the woman shouts, “God created Adam and Eve, not Adam …

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A religious leader in Cyprus claims homosexuality is transferred to a fetus if the expectant parents “enjoy” anal sex during the mother’s pregnancy. Church of Cyprus bishop Neophytos Masouras made the bizarre claims while speaking at a primary school last month, Cyprus Mail reported. “It [homosexuality] is a problem, which is usually transmitted by parents …

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US historians and LGBTIQ advocates are searching for the couple pictured in a 1950s gay wedding ceremony after long-lost photos resurfaced. The photos were developed in a Philadelphia chemist sometime in 1957. They show the two men kissing, flanked by groomsmen and cutting their wedding cake in an apartment. The black and white snaps of …

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Police in London have charged four teenagers with a hate crime for assaulting a lesbian couple who refused to kiss on a London bus. The couple were left beaten and bloodied by the teens’ late-night attack on May 30. Melania Geymonat, one of the women, later described the harrowing ordeal on Facebook. She wrote that …

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