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Nex Benedict

Calls to LGBTQ+ crisis hotline increase 300% after death of Nex Benedict

In the wake of the death of nonbinary student Nex Benedict, LGBTQIA+ youth in Oklahoma are seeking help from crisis hotlines, according to new data from the Rainbow Youth Project. On February 7, Nex, who had previously been bullied at school, told police they were beaten by three classmates in the girls bathroom at Owasso …

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Commissioner Karen Webb apologises over hate crimes

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb today apologised to the families of gay hate crime victims in response to the findings of the Special Commission of Inquiry into LGBTIQ hate crimes.  The inquiry investigated the suspicious deaths and unsolved murders of LGBTIQ people in NSW from 1970 until 2010. Justice Sackar of the Supreme Court of …

Nex Benedict

What we know about the death of nonbinary student Nex Benedict

16-year-old nonbinary student Nex Benedict died after allegedly being beaten by three classmates at their school in Owasso, Oklahoma.  According to text messages shared with Fox23, Nex told a family member that they got “jumped” at school and ended up in the hospital emergency room. Nex told the family member they’d been getting bullied by three …

O’Shae Sibley

O’Shae Sibley honoured – suspect in custody

Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered earlier to celebrate the life of O’Shae Sibley, stabbed to death in a likely hate crime, attacked for voguing to Beyoncé’s Renaissance. A suspect is now in custody. “Action for O’Shae Sibley tonight,” tweeted Jabari Brisport, “Vogue is an act of resistance.” O’Shae Sibley Professional dancer and choreographer, 28-year-old O’Shae …

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Shaneel Lal’s home broken into in suspected hate crime

Trans activist, writer and model, Shaneel Lal, has taken to Instagram to reveal that their home was broken into in what they are suspecting is a targeted hate-crime.  After leading the protest against anti-trans campaigner Posie Parker in Auckland earlier this year, founding the Conversion Therapy Action Group, becoming the first trans winner of the …

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Hate Crime Inquiry examines Wendy Waine murder

The NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into LGBTIQ hate crimes yesterday heard evidence about the 1985 murder of Sydney trans woman Wendy Waine. Popular drag performer Wendy Waine appeared regularly at Pete’s Beat on Oxford Street. She also did occasional guest appearances at the world-famous Les Girls. Counsel assisting the inquiry Kathleen Heath described Wendy …

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Scott White sentenced to 9 years for death of Scott Johnson

After a long and arduous legal process, the long-awaited trial of Scott White, the prime suspect in the murder of Scott Johnson, reached its conclusion yesterday, with White receiving up to 9 years in prison. Just hours after the NSW Supreme Court found Stanley Bruce Early guilty for the murder of Raymon Keam in 1987, …

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‘I have no sympathy’: Justice finally to be served for Scott Johnson

After thirty-five years, justice may finally be served for Scott Johnson, the gay man who was tragically found dead at the base of a cliff in Sydney’s Manly in 1988. Scott Phillip White is once again scheduled to be sentenced for the manslaughter of Mr. Johnson. Despite already previously being sentenced for murder and pleading …

Church speaks out against attacks on LGBTQI+ during WorldPride

Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of NSW and the ACT, Rev Simon Hansford has spoken out against the recent attacks on the LGBTQIA+ communities of faith during WorldPride. In his statement, he condemned the attacks and expressed the Church’s solidarity with the affected communities. The message comes after an incident last week …

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Bigots attack Rainbow Stairs at Pitt St Uniting Church

Bigots yesterday harassed an elderly parishioner as she painted Rainbow Stairs at the Pitt St Uniting Church in Sydney. They returned later to deface the stairs. Reverend Josephine Inkpin of Pitt St Uniting posted to Twitter: “We will repaint.” Earlier today, she posted an image of the repainted stairs. A video posted to Instagram yesterday …

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