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Pauline Hanson calls for removal of trans children from parents

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Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party has dumped candidate Shan Ju Lin after comments on her Facebook page saying gay people “should be treated as patients” and “need to receive treatments”. Ms Lin was subsequently removed as the endorsed candidate for the seat of Bundamba, The Courier-Mail reported. “Shan Ju, you have not heeded the warnings …

One Nation candidate Shan Ju Lin has suggested in a Facebook post that gay people “should be treated as patients” and “need to receive treatments”. The Taiwanese-Australian is the political party’s candidate for the seat of Bundamba in the upcoming Queensland state election. Screenshots published by The Huffington Post from Shan’s personal Facebook page show …

Tom Ballard Calls for Axing of Queensland's Gay Panic Laws

A number of LGBTI celebrities have joined forces to demand the Queensland government introduce reforms to finally abolish the “gay panic” defence. The partial provocation defence – also known as the Homosexual Advance Defence – has been used by people accused of murder to claim they were provoked by an unwanted homosexual advance. A new …

marriage equality campaign

Ian Thorpe and his partner Ryan Channing have added their support to the campaign to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia. Yesterday, the couple both posted an image of themselves in Sydney sporting T-shirts emblazoned with a multi-coloured map of Australia, overwritten with the word ‘EQUALITY’. Channing, a swimwear model, perched on Thorpe for the playful …

northern territory gay indigenous mp chansey peach

Australia’s first openly gay indigenous politician Chansey Paech used his maiden speech at the opening of the new Northern Territory parliament to share his pride as the face of diversity in the Top End. Chansey Paech said he entered the chamber “eternally proud of who I am and where I come from”. “I own it …

A meeting today between Attorney-General George Brandis and his Labor counterpart Mark Dreyfus has failed to break the stalemate over a same-sex marriage plebiscite. In fact, the meeting barely got off the ground and has since evolved into a blame game across the political divide. Senator Brandis said he had tried to find common ground …

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The Queensland government has finally equalised the state’s ages of consent laws to correct a decades-old discrepancy that discriminated against young gay men. Under the previous laws, the age of consent for vaginal sex was 16 but anal sex, which was still referred to as “sodomy” in the Criminal Code, was illegal until a person …

QLD Govt Same-Sex Couples Adoption

The Queensland Government says it will overturn laws banning same-sex couples from adopting children. Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman (pictured left, centre) said a review of the Adoption Act 2009 found “overwhelming support” to remove the discriminatory laws. “I am proud we are removing one of the last discriminatory barriers that prevents LGBTI Queenslanders from being …

sea of rainbow marriage equality

A sea of rainbow shut down streets on Saturday as thousands of marriage equality supporters marched through Brisbane to protest the proposed plebiscite. More than 2000 people gathered in Queen’s Park to call for a change to Australia’s marriage laws. Several other cities around the nation also held rallies at the same time. Speakers at …

Josh Manuatu

A gay teenager accuses a staffer for Senator Eric Abetz of using his personal Facebook page to publicly humiliate him. Josh Manuatu also used an image of the minor beside a message originally sent to him in a private forum. Joshua, 17, took issue with Manuatu after he went for the jugular of the “PC …

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