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Veteran LGBTIQ activist Peter de Waal has spoken of his disappointment in former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the one year anniversary of the “yes” vote for marriage equality. The majority “yes” vote was announced on November 15 last year, and same-sex marriage finally passed through the Australian parliament last December. Since then, 5420 same-sex …

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Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) have called on the federal government to release the recommendations put forward by the religious freedom review headed by Philip Ruddock. The review panel’s report was handed to the government on May 18 but Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the federal government will take time to review …

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Australian tennis great Margaret Court has won this year’s Golden GLORIA award for comments deemed to be the most homophobic in the last 12 months. The GLORIAs — the Gay and Lesbian Outrageous, Ridiculous, and Ignorant Awards — are organised by New South Wales Greens MP Penny Sharpe, and highlight the year’s the worst anti-LGBTIQ …

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The Victorian Government has urged the Turnbull Government to help states crack down on the dangerous and discredited practice of “gay conversion” therapy in Australia. The practice involves people suppressing or attempting to change their sexuality, and Victorian Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said the fact that it was difficult to track and regulate shouldn’t …

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said people were “very mean” to Cher after she took a controversial photo with him at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras earlier this month. The singer, who headlined the Mardi Gras afterparty, subsequently apologised to fans after some criticised her for posing for the snap. Turnbull told radio …

Magda Szubanski has slammed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for his speech on same-sex marriage earlier this week, urging him to tone down his “gloating”. The actor and comedian said on Tuesday that she thought the prime minister’s speech the day before was inappropriate following the negative experience many LGBTI people had during the same-sex marriage …

government plebiscite marriage equality

Marriage equality advocates have called for LGBTI representation on the review of religious freedom in Australia announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. On Wednesday, Turnbull likely cleared the way for same-sex marriage legislation to be passed by Christmas with the separate review into “whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom”. The …

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been urged by LGBTI advocates to take stronger action to stop the horrific violence against LGBTI people in Chechnya. Russian media and human rights groups say at least 100 men have been detained and violently tortured because of their homosexuality in secret prisons in Chechnya, with several men reportedly dead. …

government plebiscite marriage equality

Sources claim Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will ask Labor MPs to block the Government plebiscite on marriage equality. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday introduced the bill to parliament. If passed, it would establish the non-binding public vote for February 11 next year. The plebiscite will see voters asked: “Should the law be changed to …

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The first openly gay Liberal senator Dean Smith states that he won’t vote for the marriage plebiscite. Additionally, Mr Smith described the idea of a plebiscite to Fairfax Media as ‘abhorrent’. The gay Liberal senator also said he would cross the floor or abstain from voting for the legislation enabling the public vote. “As a lifelong …