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‘Lesbian, atheist’ Saudi sisters were denied protection visas

The two Saudi sisters mysteriously found dead in Sydney were worried they were being followed and were earlier denied protection visas they applied for on the basis of their sexuality and religion. Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24, and Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23, (both pictured) moved to Australia in 2017. NSW Police found them dead in their …

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Saudi sisters found dead may have feared persecution over sexuality

A Sydney woman has claimed she met two Saudi sisters – later found dead – earlier this year at a queer event at which they discussed LGBTQ+ persecution in Saudi Arabia. Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24, and Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23, were found dead in their beds in the Sydney apartment. NSW Police said the women …

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Police officers cop official warning not to strip at gay nightclub

London’s Metropolitan Police has warned officers they’ll be “spoken to” if they strip naked in a gay nightclub’s competition while off duty. Long-running queer nightclub Heaven in Charing Cross is home to the iconic G-A-Y night. Each Thursday, the nightclub hosts its X-rated Porn Idol stripping competition. Prizes up to £1,000 are on offer to …

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Gay hate crime victims remembered at Bondi ‘monument of healing’

Hundreds of people gathered at the weekend for an emotional ceremony to launch Bondi’s memorial to gay and transgender hate crime victims in Sydney. From the 1970s to the 1990s, gay and transgender people were targeted in hate crimes across Sydney and NSW. Many were assaulted or killed, including along the Bondi coastline and Marks …

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Police’s shocking response to queer woman after sexual assault

Two male Queensland Police officers told a queer female victim of rape she “wasn’t the kind of woman who gets assaulted” and there was “nothing they could do,” when she went to them for help. The woman is one of over 100 Queenslanders to share her story with an inquiry by the state’s Women’s Safety …

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‘Un-Christian’: Police officer under fire for LGBTIQ comments

A Victoria Police officer’s history of online comments allegedly disparaging the LGBTIQ community has been revealed as he faces internal disciplinary action for a second time. The Age has published veteran police officer Sergeant Bruno Staffieri’s comments, as the force’s internal watchdog investigates the officer, who’s served in the force for 35 years. Last month, …

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Scott White sentenced to 12 years jail for Scott Johnson’s 1988 murder

A NSW Supreme Court judge has sentenced Scott White to 12 years jail for murdering gay man Scott Johnson in 1988. On Tuesday, Justice Helen Wilson sentenced Scott Phillip White to a maximum of 12 years and seven months for killing the American mathematician at a gay beat at Sydney’s North Head. White received a …

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Police officer cleared of all charges for taking Dani Laidley photo

An ex-Victoria Police officer who took a photo of former AFL coach Dani Laidley in custody has had all criminal charges against him dismissed. In May 2020, Shane Reid was a senior constable in Victoria Police. He took a mobile phone photo of Laidley inside St Kilda police station as two officers interviewed her following …

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NSW Police apologises to 78er ejected from Mardi Gras Parade

NSW Police have apologised for ejecting a 78er from the Mardi Gras Parade earlier this month in an incident organisers slammed as an “appalling” breach of protocol. Barbara Karpinski (pictured inset) was seated in the stands at the SCG as a spectator on the night (March 5). Karpinski was one of the original Mardi Gras …

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Mardi Gras furious after NSW Police booted 78er from Parade venue

The head of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has said he’s “appalled and angry” that NSW Police ejected a 78er spectator from last weekend’s Parade because of her pro-Ukraine poster. The 2022 Mardi Gras Parade returned to the Sydney Cricket Ground last Saturday night. Barbara Karpinski was seated in the stands as a spectator …

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