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30th anniversary: world’s first same-sex civil unions

October 1 marked the 30th anniversary of the world’s first same-sex civil unions, granted in Denmark. Denmark’s “registered partnerships” gave same-sex couples very similar rights as heterosexual ones, with the exception of adopting or sharing joint custody of a child. The Danish parliament passed the bill by a majority of 71-47 after decades of campaigning …

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Historians search for couple in long-lost 1957 gay wedding photos

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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ABC’s 78ers Telemovie ‘Riot’ Won Big At The AACTA Awards

ABC telemovie Riot has won three awards at this year’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards in Sydney on Wednesday night. The movie depicted the 78ers, the group of original Mardi Gras activists, and their fateful June 1978 march which was violently broken up by police. Fifty-three of the marchers were arrested, …

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World War II letters reveal a forbidden gay love affair

Love letters abounded during World War II as soldiers stationed throughout Europe wrote home to loved ones left behind when they departed for the front. Recently discovered letters tell of a forbidden gay love. One such soldier, Gilbert Bradley, fell in love while on military training and shared hundreds of love letters with his sweetheart. …

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Queensland Mourns 70s Rock Trailblazer Carol Lloyd

Carol Lloyd, the voice of iconic 1970s Queensland band Railroad Gin and one of Australia’s first rock chicks, has died in a Brisbane hospital after a lengthy battle with lung disease. Lloyd battled pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lung, since 2013. The 68-year-old passed away on Monday surrounded by family and holding partner Annie’s …

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Can you help shine a light on our early HIV/AIDS heroes?

A University of Adelaide researcher is seeking to contact the many volunteers during the HIV/AIDS crisis that swept the world during the 1980s and ’90s. “Australia’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic is widely considered to be among the world’s best, but an important part of that time in the nation’s recent history – the contribution …

Marlon Brando and James Dean S&M Relationship

Were Marlon Brando and James Dean in S&M relationship

A salacious new book alleges James Dean and Marlon Brando had a gay S&M relationship. According to the Daily Mail, a friend of James Dean, Stanley Haggert told the book’s authors that the couple (pictured, in a doctored image) had leather-clad, sadomasochistic sex sessions during which Brando was the dominant master and Dean was the …

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