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George Montague, ‘oldest gay in the village’, dead at 98

George Montague, author of the memoir The Oldest Gay in the Village, died Friday aged 98. Remembered as a popular figure at the annual Brighton Pride, George Montague was also a tireless rights campaigner. George Montague passed away with his husband Somchai Phukkhlai at his side. Before his death, he dictated a message to friends …

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Northern Territory Moves To Expunge Historical Gay Convictions

The Northern Territory government has moved to expunge the criminal records of people convicted of consensual homosexual activity prior to decriminalisation in the territory in 1984. Attorney-General Natasha Fyles introduced the legislation to parliament on Wednesday and said it was an important step towards righting past historical wrongs against the territory’s LGBTIQ community. “Across the …

WATCH: PM Justin Trudeau Apologises To Canadian LGBTI Community

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologised for historical discrimination against the country’s LGBTI community. “This is the devastating story of people who were branded criminals by the government – people who lost their livelihoods, and in some cases, their lives,” Trudeau said in the parliament. “Our laws made private and consensual sex between same-sex …

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Qld men can finally get historical gay sex convictions expunged

Gay Queensland men will now be able to apply to have their historical gay sex convictions expunged from their criminal records. Homosexual sex was decriminalised in Queensland in 1991, but men who were charged for consensual activity under several laws prior to that still hold the criminal convictions. On Tuesday night, the Queensland government passed …

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Tasmania apologises for gay convictions – QLD does nothing

Tasmania may have been the last state to decriminalise homosexuality, but it is making up for lost time on gay convictions. The Apple Isle will become the first state to expunge criminal records of those convicted under former anti-gay laws. It will also formally apologise to all those affected including families and loved ones of …

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LNP backs critical gay law reform

Queensland Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg and Shadow Attorney General Ian Walker announced this morning that the LNP will support, in principle, critical gay law reform in the state. They specified the removal of the ‘gay panic defence’ and the repealing of historical convictions of gay men in Queensland who were charged with engaging in consensual …