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Church actions forced youth leader Katie James to come out

A former youth leader at a Toowoomba church said the church’s actions forced her to come out to loved ones. The church also pushed her out of her role because she was gay. Katie James told the Toowoomba Chronicle she put her entire heart and soul into her role as a youth leader at the …

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Elderly gay couple forced from Toowoomba home by abuse

An elderly gay couple will sell up and leave their Toowoomba home following homophobic abuse. Bruce Gardiner told the Toowoomba Chronicle that he and husband Derek suffered eight years of abuse, vile comments, rumour spreading and a serious assault. He said the abuse began immediately following a nearby resident becoming aware of the couple’s sexuality. …

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Candlelight vigil for Thomas Coyne at Toowoomba bridge

Friends, former schoolmates and fellow activists as well as members of the Greens and the LGBTIQ+ communities gathered in Toowoomba tonight for a candlelight vigil and bridge lighting in honour of Thomas Coyne. Thomas’ mum Jo spoke movingly of her love for her son and of the great support he was to her in life. …

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Young Toowoomba activist Thomas Coyne killed in car accident

Toowoomba LGBTIQ+ activist and former candidate for the Greens, Thomas Coyne, died in a car accident late Sunday night. Thomas was the sole occupant of a car that rolled several times before hitting a power pole. Emergency services attended the scene and attempted to free Thomas from the wreckage but he died soon after. Thomas …

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LNP shoo-in loses: fear of LGBT+ impact on Qld election

Before yesterday’s meeting to select an LNP candidate for the federal seat of Groom, David van Gend seemed a shoo-in. However, fellow rightwinger Garth Hamilton emerged the winner following the meeting in Toowoomba yesterday. The Toowoomba Chronicle reports the party chose a lesser-known nominee over fears that van Gend’s controversial views on LGBT+ issues would …

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Vintage Gay Panic Defence – The Cooyar Tragedy, 100 years ago

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of The Cooyar Tragedy, perhaps Australia’s first example of gay panic defence. The newspapers of the day gave that name to the murder north of Toowoomba in 1920 of David Frederick Hawes (Fred). The man charged with the murder, Henry Arthur Dale (Harry), pleaded Not Guilty based on what we …

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Advocacy company questions organisation of gay rodeo

The Supportah group of companies today published an open letter to Josh Goyne, ‘the gay cowboy’, concerning a gay rodeo advertised for October. Goyne recently began selling tickets to the rodeo on Eventbrite. Josh Goyne, the gay cowboy Josh Goyne, became known as the gay cowboy after posting videos concerning vilification regarding his sexuality designed …

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Queensland woman vandalises car after ex-girlfriend’s affair with mother

A 22-year-old Toowoomba woman has narrowly avoided jail after she took a baseball bat to a car when she found out her ex-girlfriend was in a sexual relationship with her mother. Last week, the Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard the woman, who can’t be named, went to her estranged partner’s home with a baseball bat on …

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Benjamin Law and Georgie Stone at Toowoomba LGBTIQ event

Author Benjamin Law and trans youth advocate Georgie Stone will be special guests at an upcoming event in Toowoomba to benefit the LGBTIQ community in the region. Rainbow Connections will be a free one-day event promoting regional action on LGBTIQ+ issues, and organisers say it has been designed to help bridge the gap in the …

PFLAG Toowoomba Hosting Special Event For Families And Allies Of LGBTIQ Youth

Peer support group PFLAG Toowoomba is hosting a free information evening next week to benefit parents, families and supporters of LGBTIQ+ young people. The seminar, Supporting LGBTIQ+ youth: keeping our children safe and well,¬†will focus on youth mental health and will hear from two experienced psychologists from the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Olivia Donaghy and …

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