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Police officer cleared of charges after sharing Dani Laidley photo

A judge has dismissed all charges against a Victoria Police officer who shared a sensitive photograph and information on former AFL coach Dani Laidley with colleagues after her 2020 arrest. Detective Leading Senior Constable Murray Gentner was one of three officers charged after the photos of Laidley within the police station leaked and went viral …

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Art Simone and Nate Byrne join ChillOut Festival’s 25th birthday

Australia’s longest running and largest regional pride festival, ChillOut Festival in Victoria, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. The festival is on every year in Daylesford in regional Victoria, around 108 kilometres northwest of Melbourne. And this year they’re celebrating their 25 Year Silver Jubilee, to celebrate a quarter century of queer country pride. …

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There’s now a giant Progress Pride flag outside Bendigo’s Town Hall

A giant Progress Pride flag mural has been painted outside the Town Hall in the Victorian city of Bendigo ahead of the city’s annual Pride celebrations. The local council and the festival have unveiled the artwork comes ahead of the 17-day festival which starts on March 18. Bendigo Pride Festival director John Richards said the …

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‘Demand that this is the last time’: Councillor’s plea after gay bashings

A local council in Victoria will raise a rainbow flag and has “unequivocally condemned” homophobia following recent assaults on gay men in Melbourne. Three weeks ago, Victoria Police arrested six teenagers accused of assaulting the gay men in parklands in December and January. The group of teenagers allegedly catfished the men on a gay app. …

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‘Shamed’: ADF interrogated gay air force veteran about sexual history

A gay air force veteran has described the devastating toll of the Australian Defence Force shaming him and forcing him out over his sexuality in the early 1990s. Growing up in Daylesford in regional Victoria in the 1980s, Danny Liversidge (above) enthusiastically signed up to join the Royal Australian Air Force. He later passed RAAF …

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Khanh Ong got ‘petty’ revenge on ex-boyfriends after Survivor casting

Australian Survivor star Khanh Ong has revealed a funny and “100% petty” act of revenge on four ex-boyfriends after he was cast on the Channel Ten reality show. The new season of Australian Survivor: Blood vs Water began on Channel 10 two weeks ago. This season, Khanh Ong is competing alongside his sister, Amy Ong. …

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Protesters marched in front of Victoria Police in Midsumma’s Pride March

A group of protesters opposed to police participating in Pride have marched in front of Victoria Police at Midsumma’s Pride March in Melbourne. Midsumma is Victoria’s long-running annual LGBTIQ arts and culture festival. The festival’s 27th annual Pride March took over St Kilda’s Fitzroy Street on Sunday (February 6). Over 10,000 marchers and spectators turned …

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Teenage boys arrested for catfishing and bashing gay men at park

Victoria Police have arrested a group of teenage boys who allegedly lured and assaulted three gay men in Melbourne parklands. The group of teenagers allegedly catfished the men by posing as an adult male with a fake profile on a gay app, police said. They then lured the gay men to a reserve on Harlequin …

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Open letter calls for Victoria Police to stop marching at Pride

More than 100 queer Victorians have signed an open letter urging Victoria Police to not march as an organisation at Midsumma this year. Midsumma is Victoria’s long-running annual LGBTIQ arts and culture festival. It kicked off last weekend and runs into next month. The festival’s annual Pride March is on again on Fitzroy Street in …

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Australian Open 2022 to light up in rainbow for first AO Pride Day

Rod Laver Arena will light up in rainbow colours as the Australian Open 2022 celebrates its first ever Pride Day, in a show of support for the sport’s LGBTIQ+ players and fans. The tennis tournament kicked off in Melbourne on Monday (January 17) and runs until January 30. And on January 24 the inaugural AO …

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