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Elder at anti-gay church charged after Grindr sting

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LGBTIQ advocacy group just.equal have called for a national bill of rights to protect the LGBTIQ community from discrimination.

Magic Mike actor Matt Bomer has opened up about his experience coming out as gay to his religious parents in Texas. The 39-year-old told Out Magazine: “I was raised in a conservative Christian household. We weren’t even allowed to watch ‘secular’ television, anything that was deemed not proper for Christians. “I really view my life …

When a large wooden cross appeared chained to a gate on Gay Street in New York’s Greenwich Village on Good Friday, the street’s residents got out their rainbow paint. The cross’ owner returned over the next week to chain the cross to different parts of the street, but the locals decided to come together to …

Bride and Prejudice

The gay man whose parents rejected his wedding invitation on Channel Seven reality show Bride and Prejudice recently married. But in the heartbreaking finale of the series Chris’ parents refused to give him their blessing. They also refused to attend his big day. The show followed Chris and partner of three years Grant as they …

The ACT government has rejected calls from Australian Christian Lobby to remove rainbow flags flying in Canberra because they’re too political. In a video posted to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s social media last Tuesday, Mr Barr said Canberra is Australia’s most LGBTI friendly city and the ACT aimed to be inclusive. “We want to …

A Sikh community leader has told the Australian Senate that marriage equality “will destroy the whole human race”. Bawa Singh Jagdev, the secretary of the National Sikh Council of Australia, also suggested that gay men should refer to their relationships as “homo unions”. “What the proponents of the bill are proposing and supporting is against …

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The Law Council of Australia, the peak body for the legal profession, has said that controversial “religious exemptions” in the government’s draft marriage equality bill go too far and should be removed. A draft marriage equality bill was released by the Government last year as part of its failed plebiscite on the issue, and the …

A new cross-denominational group will collect signatures from Australian Christians for an apology to LGBTI people to “address the harm” caused to them by the church. Equal Voices have explained in detail on their website why Christians have “an increasingly urgent need” to apologise to LGBTI people for “the harm done in the past by …

Individual Christians – not organised religion – should have the right to decide whether they support same-sex marriage. That’s the view of the Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, who believes that should a plebiscite (public vote) be in favour of same-sex marriage, the church must accept it as “part of the landscape”. “We …

Iran recently executed a secondary school pupil and gay Iranian teenager convicted of raping another boy. A court found Hasan Afshar, 19, guilty of “lavat-e be onf” – forced male to male anal intercourse. The court refused the teenager legal representation during his two-month trial in early 2015. “Homosexual conduct” remains illegal under Iran’s Sharia …

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