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commonwealth games


tennis legend Martina Navratilova

Tennis champion Martina Navratilova recently called the participation of transgender women in elite female sporting competitions “insane” and “cheating”. And she’s not alone. Several other prominent women athletes have also used social media, mainly Twitter, to voice their concern about the eligibility of transgender women in sport, including former British swimmer Sharron Davies, double Olympic …

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Theresa May

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called for Commonwealth nations to repeal “outdated” anti-gay laws and said the UK “deeply regrets” its legacy of discrimination against LGBTIQ people around the world. Homosexuality remains illegal in 36 of the 53 Commonwealth countries – including nine that have a maximum penalty of life imprisonment – because penal …

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Tom Daley’s husband Dustin Lance Black has hit out at a Gold Coast supermarket he says wrongly accused him of shoplifting. The Oscar-winning screenwriter is in Australia to support his partner at the Commonwealth Games, and on Wednesday complained on Twitter that he’d been accused of stealing. “OMG! Was just stopped and accused of shoplifting …

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Laurel Hubbard

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has suffered what is likely a career-ending elbow injury at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The New Zealand athlete was reportedly leading with a lift of 120kg in her 90kg-plus class on Monday, but injured her arm after attempting to lift 132kg and was forced to withdraw. Hubbard said …

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The organisers of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games’ Australian-first “Pride House” have announced the timetable of events over the next two weeks. Modelled after a traditional “hospitality house” common at international sporting events, the Pride House will be hosted by the Surfers Paradise venue Rise Bar and Club until the Games wrap up on April 15. …

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Matthew Mitcham

Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham has thrown his weight behind the Australian-first “Pride House” set to launch on the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games. Modelled after a traditional Olympic hospitality house, the Pride House will be a family-friendly space at Surfers Paradise welcoming LGBTIQ athletes, fans, and their friends during the Games. “Whether or …

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Australia’s first ever “Pride House” will launch next week on the Gold Coast ahead of next month’s Commonwealth Games. The Pride Houses are safe, inclusive venues for LGBTIQ people and friends to gather during major sporting events. The Gold Coast Pride House is organised by former AFL player and LGBTIQ advocate Matt Hall and Pride …

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Courtney Act

A special free LGBTIQ-themed concert will form part of the 12-day arts and cultural program at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games next month. Hosted by Australian-born drag superstar Courtney Act (pictured, left), the Sparkle in the Sand event will welcome performers, athletes and speakers onto the Main Stage that will be set up on …

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The first Queensland couple has tied the knot on the first official day of marriage equality. Australia’s same-sex marriage legislation was passed exactly one month ago and while some couples were granted exemptions, today is the first official day of same-sex ceremonies. Queensland athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan timed their vows so they could …

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