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child abuse convictions George Pell appeal Cardinal George Pell convicted

Australia’s most senior Catholic George Pell has been found guilty and is facing prison time for sexually abusing two choirboys in the 1990s. Pell has been found guilty of orally raping one child and molesting another while he was Archbishop of Melbourne, ABC News reported. Pell’s victims were two 13-year-old boys who attended the prestigious …

Australia gay conversion Religious Discrimination Act

A fifth of gay, lesbian and bisexual British people who have tried to change their sexual orientation have attempted suicide, according to a study of harmful “gay conversion therapy” in the UK. It ran during December 2018 and attracted over 4600 responses, of which a tenth (458) stated they had personal experience of attempting to …

MCC Brisbane swastika vandalism

Vandals have spray-painted a Nazi swastika over a rainbow flag on signage belonging to the LGBTIQ-friendly Metropolitan Community Church in New Farm, Brisbane. The church’s senior pastor Alex Pittaway said the vandals had painted the large grey swastika over the flag on their street-facing sign on Wednesday night. He told QNews Magazine he’d reported the …

conversion therapy Student Anti-Discrimination Bill Religious Freedom Review christian schools faith schools

A Senate committee examining a bill to scrap legal exemptions allowing discrimination against LGBT students at faith schools has recommended a further review, continuing the political impasse on the issue. In its report released on Thursday, the government-led committee into the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018, introduced by Labor senator Penny …

Equality Australia CEO Anna Brown

LGBTIQ organisations Minus 18 and Equality Australia recently delivered a petition to federal senators calling for the protection of students and teachers from religious school discrimination. The petition comes ahead of a Senate vote this week. The Senate will vote on a Labor bill to scrap exemptions allowing religious schools to discriminate against students. Currently, …

sydney gay and lesbian mardi gras

Sydney concert venue City Recital Hall has called for an end to hate after homophobic trolls threatened the venue for hosting a Mardi Gras event presenting a queer “re-imagining” of a traditional mass. The choral work Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite is being held as part of the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi …

David Matheson

Former “gay conversion” therapy practitioner David Matheson has expressed regret for taking part in the practices, and said he acknowledges the damage it’s done to the LGBTIQ community. Before coming out as gay on Facebook last week, Matheson was a high-profile “gay conversion” leader in the US, whose publications were used world to subject LGBTIQ …

Prime minister Scott Morrison religious discrimination religious freedom laws

Equality advocates have called on the federal government to link allocation of public funding to faith-based schools with the removal of legal discrimination against LGBTIQ students and teachers. The fresh call from advocacy group just.equal comes after the Sydney Morning Herald reported this week that the Catholic Schools sector would receive more than $4.1 billion …

US Clerk Kim Davis 'Owes $225000 To Same-Sex Couples She Denied Marriage Licenses'

Former Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis may have to pay over $225,000 USD to the same-sex couples who sued her for refusing to grant them marriage licenses after the US Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling 2015. The couples successfully sued the state for Davis’ actions, and in 2017 a district court judge ruled that the …

Anna Wintour Margaret Court

Fashion icon Anna Wintour has slammed tennis legend Margaret Court and Prime Minister Scott Morrison for their views on LGBTIQ rights. Delivering a keynote speech at the Australian Open Inspirational Series in Melbourne, the Vogue editor-in-chief questioned whether the tennis star’s name should be on Victoria’s Margaret Court Arena. Court, who is now a pastor, …

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