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With conservative political forces in disarray following recent allegations of rape and sexual impropriety, Peta Credlin last night added gay sex into the salacious mix. Tony Abbott’s former chief of staff alleged that Liberal staffers held gay sex orgies in Parliament House. Further, she claimed a former minister invited rent boys to his ministerial office. …

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Supporters of Ben Jago mounted a ‘We stand with Ben’ protest outside the Tasmanian Coroner’s office on the weekend. Following the death of Ben Jago’s partner in 2015, the Tasmanian Coroner wrongly denied him his lawful status as next-of-kin. Tasmania’s Supreme Court last week ruled Ben Jago could not bring a discrimination complaint against the …

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The Victorian Pride Lobby is petitioning Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne to crack down on two leaders behind Chechnya’s “gay purge”. Since 2017, authorities in the Russian republic have targeted, detained and tortured numerous LGBTQ people. Human rights groups and media have dubbed the horrific violence Chechnya’s “gay purge”. The Victorian Pride Lobby has …

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Shelley Argent, longtime National Spokesperson for PFLAG+, Australia’s rainbow mum, and one of the country’s most effective LGBTIQ+ activists, has been diagnosed with acute leukemia. Shelley shared the news with friends last night. “Age and other factors rule out effective treatment. Realistically, I may or may not be here at Christmas. Of course, I wish …

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A violent attack on a gay couple in Italy has prompted calls for politicians to speed up the passage of a hate crime law in the country. The gay couple were assaulted at the Valle Aurelia metro train station in Rome in February. Part of the incident was captured on video and shared by local …

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Miles Heffernan says the recent apology from the AFL and Gold Coast Suns to former player Joel Wilkinson illustrates that racial discrimination remains a workplace issue.  Wilkinson previously filed a complaint in the Human Rights Commission over racism. His complaint arose from a 2013 Wacky Wednesday event when two of Wilkinson’s teammates dressed in blackface. …

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Mhelody Bruno’s killer will not serve a jail sentence despite being found guilty of manslaughter. Justice Gordon Lerve found that Ms Bruno died as a result of a ‘consensual sex act’. Mhelody Bruno was holidaying in Australia from the Philippines and due to fly home a week after her death. Mourners honoured Ms Bruno with …

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A man who recently moved to Victoria’s Phillip Island has been left shaken but defiant after neighbours allegedly hurled homophobic slurs and death threats over his plans to paint his house in rainbow colours. Mykey O’Halloran, a professional hair artist, (pictured) moved in to the bungalow on Phillip Island in February. However on Tuesday night …

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A Japanese court has ruled the country’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The Sapporo court ruled that the ban denies same-sex couples the equality guaranteed under the Japanese constitution. LGBTIQ+ activists across Japan declared the court’s decision both a symbolic victory and a step forward. Same-sex couples across Japan are seeking damages in various district courts …

Tasmania Ben Jago discrimination case

Gay Tasmanian man Ben Jago, who was wrongly denied next-of-kin status by the Coroner after the death of his same-sex partner, has lost a Tasmanian Supreme Court case. Ben Jago’s partner of five years, Nathan Lunson, died by suicide in January 2015. After his partner’s death, police and the state’s Coroner failed to recognise Jago …

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Phyllis Papps and Francesca Curtis are many things. Researchers. Writers. Ultra-feminists. Partners. They’re also the first lesbian couple to come out on Australian television, fifty years ago. The two women appeared together on ABC current affairs program This Day Tonight in October 1970. Over five decades later, Phyllis and Francesca are still together and live …

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This year marks 40 years since Victoria decriminalised homosexuality in the state. To mark the occasion, the Australian Queer Archives has released an amazing report listing 100 icons of the state’s LGBTIQ+ history. The report, A History of LGBTIQ Victoria in 100 Places and Objects, covers queer people, places, objects and stories of significance to …

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Longtime Tasmanian transgender rights advocate Martine Delaney has been inducted into her state’s Honour Roll of Women. The award goes to those for “outstanding accomplishments and contribution” to the state. The 63-year-old (pictured above left) is the first trans woman to receive the honour. For many years in Tasmania, Delaney has advocated for trans equality …

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Outback Mardi Gras returned to the wild west last weekend for the second year running at Cloncurry’s Post Office Hotel.  Cloncurry is located in far west Queensland, an hour and a half east of Mt Isa. The Outback Mardi Gras evolved from the Country Crowd float at 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. …

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Queensland LGBTIQ+ accredited aged care residence Arcare Parkwood has brought Mardi Gras celebrations to its residents this week. After a challenging 12 months for elders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Wednesday Arcare Parkwood staff flooded the residence with rainbow colours as part of the celebrations. The team decorated the facility with rainbow flags and …

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Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been urged to ensure the inclusion of gay men and other persecuted minorities in Australia’s new Holocaust museums. Last week, Frydenberg spoke at Hobart Synagogue to announce funding for one such museum in the Tasmanian city. He spoke of the importance of remembering the horrors and atrocities of the Nazi …

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Belgium’s Prime Minister has raised a rainbow flag as the country mourns the violent death of a gay man at the weekend. The victim, named only as David P by Belgian media, was found dead in the early hours of Sunday at a park in the city of Beveren, near Antwerp. Police have arrested three …

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NSW Police have called for witnesses after ABC crime reporter Mark Reddie and others were pelted with eggs by “a car full of idiots” after Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade. Reddie spoke out about the attack on Sunday morning, and reported it to police on Monday. A NSW Police spokesperson said officers were investigating an assault …

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Indigenous Sydney drag performer Felicia Foxx has appeared on a stunning Mardi Gras mural, one of five around the country honouring queer activists and artists. Ahead of Mardi Gras, Instagram partnered with LGBTIQ+ creators and artist to install the five murals Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane to champion each city’s “Rising Heroes”. Felicia appears …

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A gay couple have gotten engaged in a surprise sky-high marriage proposal onboard Virgin Australia’s maiden Pride Flight from Brisbane to Sydney ahead of Mardi Gras. The one-off flight on Friday welcomed over 120 passengers who enjoyed mid-air drag performances, beverages, music as well as “all of the trimmings you’d expect” from a pride celebration. …

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ABC journalist Mark Reddie says he and a group of friends were targeted with eggs by homophobic thugs in Sydney just hours after the Mardi Gras parade. The Sydney reporter tweeted about the sad incident on Riley Street in Darlinghurst in the early hours of Sunday morning. “Walking home with a group of gay guys …

Brisbane Peacocks Mardi Gras Parade 2021

The Brisbane Peacocks proudly represented Queensland at last nights Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2021. The Peacocks joined more than 5,000 people who marched in the parade on behalf of over 100 community groups. This year marked the first time the parade did not take place on Oxford St in the event’s 43-year …

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