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Adelaide’s first gay rugby team make their debut

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A gay rugby player and his club in the UK are celebrating after he was granted asylum, winning a years-long legal battle against deportation to Kenya. Ken Macharia moved to the UK to study in 2009. Working as a mechanical engineer, he later sought asylum, fearing persecution if he returned to Kenya. This month the …

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Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) disciples watched in awe on Saturday as Southport Tigers King Israel Folau made his debut. However, the park footy Messiah failed to inspire converts, scoring just one try. Israel Folau debuted for the Tigers with a purr rather than a roar. “I was just happy to blow the cobwebs out,” said …

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Sources within the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) say the proposed return of Israel Folau to Rugby League has prompted the most ferocious backlash in the organisation’s history. Brisbane’s Courier-Mail reports that the gay and lesbian community bombarded the QRL with complaints in recent days. Previously, Folau’s billionaire backer Clive Palmer threatened legal action against the …

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In an ad on the front page of today’s Courier-Mail, billionaire Clive Palmer calls for the return of Israel Folau to rugby league. The paper reports the pair will front a joint press conference today where they will announce plans for a Folau rugby league comeback. Update Later today, Palmer pledged at the press conference …

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Queer Newsweek video news this week takes a humorous look at the ins and outs of the Gladys Berejiklian affair and yet other bonking Aussie pollies. Also, we talk to Eammon Ashton-Atkinson, the filmmaker who made Steelers: The World’s First Gay Rugby Club. Then, DocQ joins us to talk about public toilets and we finish …

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Channel Ten news reporter Eammon Ashton-Atkinson is used to telling stories. But he’s never told one as personal as in a new documentary, on the world’s first gay rugby club. The King’s Cross Steelers were born in a UK pub in 1995 when a group of friends discussed the idea of creating a gay rugby …

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South Australia’s first gay and inclusive rugby team the Adelaide University Sharks has set its sights on the Bingham Cup after making their debut at the weekend. Last year Adelaide University Rugby, the state’s oldest rugby club, launched the first gay and inclusive male rugby team. And on Saturday, the team made it onto the …