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Bob Brown keynote speaker at Pride Festival launch

Bob Brown keynote speaker at Pride Festival launch | Gay News | Scoop.it

Former Greens leader Bob Brown will join Councillor Vicki Howard and community speakers at the Brisbane Pride Festival Gala Launch.

Brown will be the keynote speaker at this Friday’s event at Cloudland from 6.30pm.

Joining Bob will be community leaders Colin Micale, Jaxxon Chilli, Ricki Menzies, Donna Gaddard, Frank Croucher and Dylan Hoskins.

To officially open this year’s festival and speak on the significance of Pride will be Central Ward Councillor Vicki Howard.

The theme for this year’s festival is True Colours and the Gala Launch promises a great start with entertainment by the Kate Mackie duo.

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Neil Gorsuch Has Gay Friends. Who Cares?

Neil Gorsuch Has Gay Friends. Who Cares? | Gay News | Scoop.it

I have no doubt that Gorsuch’s gay former classmates and clerks genuinely see him as an LGBTQ ally. But the fact remains that these amicable associations tell us virtually nothing about his jurisprudence. A review of his past decisions, on the other hands, reveals a judge who is quite skeptical of LGBTQ claims and hesitant to insist that the government be made to respect LGBTQ people’s dignity. These rulings and writings, while relatively scarce, tell us more about his legal convictions than any personal ties possibly could. And they do not give LGBTQ Americans much cause for optimism.

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Qantas asks staff what equality means to them

Qantas asks staff what equality means to them | Gay News | Scoop.it

Qantas has unveiled its latest work in the lead up to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, posing the question: ‘What does quality mean to you?’, to their staff.

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When ‘The Simpsons’ Came Out of the Closet

When ‘The Simpsons’ Came Out of the Closet | Gay News | Scoop.it

Twenty years ago, filmmaker John Waters showed up on ‘The Simpsons’ and kick-started a gay revolution on TV

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'Really significant step': Consensus report emboldens push for free vote on same-sex marriage

'Really significant step': Consensus report emboldens push for free vote on same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

A fresh parliamentary push on same-sex marriage has become more likely after a cross-party Senate committee reached a broad consensus on refining the government's same-sex marriage legislation.

In a report published Wednesday, senators from the Coalition, Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team took aim at aspects of the Marriage Act changes proposed by Attorney-General George Brandis ahead of the failed same-sex marriage plebiscite.

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Queensland and NT campaign to reverse Indigenous sexual health program cuts

Queensland and NT campaign to reverse Indigenous sexual health program cuts | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) and the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) have launched a joint campaign to reverse federal funding cuts to their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health programs.

The government has announced it will stop funding from June 30 to both QuAC 2 Spirits and the NTAHC Aboriginal Sexual Health program.

Each program represents a longstanding effort to address the disproportionate STI rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland and the NT. The impending cuts are set to draw the programs to an indefinite close.

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Politicians Are About To Get A Lot Of Faxes About Same-Sex Marriage

Politicians Are About To Get A Lot Of Faxes About Same-Sex Marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

In an email to supporters this week, Australia’s Equality Campaign said it had some new tactics up its sleeve for spruiking same-sex marriage to politicians.

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Voters in Coalition seats want free vote on same-sex marriage

Voters in Coalition seats want free vote on same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Voters across a swathe of Coalition seats believe federal government MPs should be given a free vote on same-sex marriage, according to new polling that will embolden Liberal moderates who want Malcolm Turnbull to stare down the party's conservatives and ditch Tony Abbott's plebiscite policy.

As the Prime Minister comes under renewed internal pressure over the issue ahead of Parliament's return on Tuesday, new ReachTEL polling shows nearly 62 per cent of people in seven Liberal and National seats across the country want Coalition MPs to have a conscience vote this year.

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Tiernan Brady on how The Equality Campaign could finally deliver marriage equality

Tiernan Brady, the Director of Australians for Equality and one of the key figures in successfully bringing marriage equality to Ireland takes us through The Equality Campaign.

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Britain pardons thousands of gay men for sexual convictions. Finally.

Britain pardons thousands of gay men for sexual convictions. Finally. | Gay News | Scoop.it

Britain has pardoned thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of crimes under sexual offence laws which have now been abolished.

The so-called "Turing's Law" named after Alan Turing, the celebrated mathematician who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 for having sex with a man, clears thousands of men of crimes of which they would be innocent today.

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The Future of Queer Cinema

‘Call Me by Your Name’ and ‘Beach Rats,’ which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, are two films that present wholly different takes on gay life.

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Indigenous health program loses funding

Indigenous health program loses funding | Gay News | Scoop.it

An indigenous health program which has been running in Queensland for 21 years is set to close this year when federal funding stops.

The federal health department gave the Queensland AIDS Council a 12-month funding extension to keep the 2 Spirits sexual health program operating.

During that time, the department expected the council to "explore more sustainable funding alternatives".

But the council was told in a letter on Monday no further funding would be available after June 30.

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Government provides funding for Australia’s lesbian and gay archives

Government provides funding for Australia’s lesbian and gay archives | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE federal government has provided funding for the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) to help it digitise the outtakes from a classic documentary about the events leading up to and including Sydney’s first Mardi Gras.

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Netflix Is Reviving Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Hopes It Will Heal America

Netflix Is Reviving Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Hopes It Will Heal America | Gay News | Scoop.it

Are you ready for Netflix to “turn red states pink”? The streaming platform is churning out new programming like there’s no tomorrow, and the streamer's latest revival effort will be an eight-episode reboot of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. In a statement, producers of the reboot spoke of a divided America in need of healing, and the need for a new Fab 5 of style consultants to help “Make America Fabulous Again.” Queer Eye was a breakout hit for Bravo back in the early aughts; it even won an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program in 2004. It’s unknown whether or not the show’s original hosts will be involved in a substantial way — Entertainment Weekly is reporting that they might be in the mix — but surely Carson Kressley will have thoughts on the matter either way.

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The stealth homophobia that’s slowly poisoning us

The stealth homophobia that’s slowly poisoning us | Gay News | Scoop.it

The sprint toward liberalism and equality has made homophobia a dirty word, as it should be – there are very few people, even your most unpleasant, right-wing neighbour or narrow-minded lout, who would actively want to be seen as homophobic. Oh, sure, it’s still happening – LGBT people still get beaten up for no reason and are discriminated against every day – but the official line is that none of this is acceptable. Governments have legislated, perpetrators got punished (eventually) and most overt acts of discrimination have been consigned to history, but this doesn't mean the war is won. Far from it. Better go get your armour. Homophobia and transphobia are still absolutely everywhere, so ingrained into society that they seem like the most natural thing in the world. Nobody – and by nobody I mean straight people primarily, but LGBT people are not beyond turning a blind eye – seems to mind or to care. But if you hand me that torch I’ll shine it into some dark, uncomfortable corners.

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ANZ tells LGBTIQ community to #holdtight in new Mardi Gras campaign

ANZ tells LGBTIQ community to #holdtight in new Mardi Gras campaign | Gay News | Scoop.it

ANZ bank has launched its new work for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with an ad featuring LGBTQI couples and their hesitance to to hold hands in public

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Here's What The Senate Report Into Marriage Equality Means

Here's What The Senate Report Into Marriage Equality Means | Gay News | Scoop.it

The recent Senate report into marriage equality is an important moment in the marriage equality debate for several reasons.

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Same-sex marriage free vote would boost government's popularity – poll

Same-sex marriage free vote would boost government's popularity – poll | Gay News | Scoop.it

New polling suggests 71% of people would look more favourably on the Turnbull government if it allowed a free vote on same-sex marriage instead of holding a plebiscite, including 64% who lean to voting Liberal.

 

The new Galaxy poll, obtained by Guardian Australia, comes as marriage equality returns to the national political agenda. A parliamentary committee is due to hand down its findings on the exposure draft of a marriage bill presented by the government ahead of the failure of the plebiscite.

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Gay MP warns Coalition conservatives: same-sex marriage cannot be ignored

Gay MP warns Coalition conservatives: same-sex marriage cannot be ignored | Gay News | Scoop.it

A former Tory minister who helped bring about same-sex marriage in Britain has a warning for conservatives in the Turnbull government: same-sex marriage cannot be ignored, and it may even be good for you.

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Small businesses back marriage equality

Small businesses back marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

As Liberal Party MPs push for a free vote on same-sex marriage small businesses are also backing marriage equality, according to research released on Tuesday.

The Sensis Business Index Survey conducted in September 2016 found 63 per cent support marriage equality, an increase from 55 per cent in 2015. 

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New push for free vote on same-sex marriage

New push for free vote on same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

The issue of marriage equality has dogged and distracted the Coalition for a number of years now.

And it's about to re-emerge—yet again—as parliament returns for a new year.

A number of Liberal MPs are planning to use a Senate report, due out next week, to up the ante once more for a free vote on the floor of parliament.

It coincides with a new television ad from the Equality Campaign—featuring testimonies from soldiers, nurses, firefighters and surf lifesavers.

There's also new ReachTEL polling out this morning showing voters in a number of Coalition seats believe MPs should be given a free vote in parliament on the issue.

Co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality, Alex Greenwich, says a plebiscite is politically dead.

'All we're doing is asking for MPs to be able to exercise that right [to a free vote], to really be able to vote in support of what their communities want them to vote for so we can all move forward and celebrate this reform'.

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'Betrayal': Conservative Coalition MPs push back on same-sex marriage free vote

'Betrayal': Conservative Coalition MPs push back on same-sex marriage free vote | Gay News | Scoop.it

Tensions within the government over same-sex marriage have erupted again with conservative MPs warning Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that allowing a free vote on this issue would be a "betrayal" of the Coalition's election commitments.

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RuPaul's Drag Race Lego may be coming to a store near you

RuPaul's Drag Race Lego may be coming to a store near you | Gay News | Scoop.it

RuPaul’s Drag Race could soon be immortalised in Lego, thanks to super fan Mark Fitzpatrick.

In a proposal to the Danish toymaker, Fitzpatrick has outlined his dreams to have the glamourous ‘RuPaul’s Brick Race’ produced as an official Lego set.

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Government MPs working to bring same-sex marriage policy to a head over next fortnight

Government MPs working to bring same-sex marriage policy to a head over next fortnight | Gay News | Scoop.it

Liberal Party MPs who support same-sex marriage will push to abandon the government's plebiscite policy over the next fortnight in favour of a free vote on the floor of Parliament, in a move that could divide the Coalition and create a fresh political headache for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Fairfax Media understands Liberal MPs including Dean Smith, Warren Entsch, Tim Wilson, Trent Zimmerman, Trevor Evans and Melissa Price are among those leading discussions on how to advance the issue.

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For Volunteers, The Equality Shop Is A Labour Of Love

When marriage equality is finally achieved in Australia it will be due to the countless and selfless actions of everyday Australians committed to building an equal and inclusive Australia. For more than 10 years, LGBTIQ people and our supporters have been engaged in a labour of love on the path to marriage equality.

The Equality pop-up shop, at 122 Oxford Street, shows a continuation of this spirit of giving and determination. The shop, based on the creative vision of Shane Lloyd, sells a range of merchandise aiming to raise funds for marriage equality and also intends to serve as a community hub. What is particularly remarkable about this shop is that it is entirely staffed by volunteers.

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LGBTI advocates given the Medal of the Order of Australia

LGBTI advocates given the Medal of the Order of Australia | Gay News | Scoop.it

A handful of prominent advocates in Australia’s LGBTI community have been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for their work in advancing diversity and inclusion in the country.

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