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UK asylum seekers 'told to prove they are gay or lesbian'

UK asylum seekers 'told to prove they are gay or lesbian' | Gay News | Scoop.it
Gay and lesbian people seeking asylum in the UK to escape persecution abroad are being told they must “prove” their sexuality, a committee has found.
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Two-thirds of under-35s say they support SSM. So why aren’t they voting?

Two-thirds of under-35s say they support SSM. So why aren’t they voting? | Gay News | Scoop.it

“IT’S stuck in my room somewhere,” a 21-year-old Sydneysider, who didn’t want to be named, told news.com.au. “There’s a big pile of letters and it is probably in that.”

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'A final push': 15,000 marriage equality campaigners rally in Sydney

'A final push': 15,000 marriage equality campaigners rally in Sydney | Gay News | Scoop.it

As the marriage equality postal vote campaign enters its last weeks, thousands of "yes" voters took to the streets of Sydney on Saturday afternoon in a final push for votes.

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The simple yes-no question dividing Australia's suburbs

The simple yes-no question dividing Australia's suburbs | Gay News | Scoop.it

Few issues have divided the Australian public in recent times as much as the vote on same-sex marriage.

As of mid-October, almost 11 million people, or about 67.5% of registered voters, had returned their surveys ahead of the November 7 deadline.

 

Recent polls suggest most are saying "yes."

 

Though for some, the only answer will ever be "no."

 

CNN went to two areas of Melbourne, Victoria, where polls show strong support for -- and against -- legislative change.
 
We asked people how they'd be voting and why.
 
Here's what they said.
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Yes leads on votes cast

Yes leads on votes cast | Gay News | Scoop.it

Australians have swung behind the case for same-sex marriage in a strong sign the Yes campaign will prevail in the postal survey on the social reform, with 59 per cent support among those who have already cast their votes.

A special Newspoll shows the Yes campaign has a formidable lead among the millions of Australians who have sent in their postal votes, with only 38 per cent voting No.

Advocates for traditional marriage face a gap so great that they can only succeed by winning three out of every four remaining votes.

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Alex Greenwich and Anna Brown: After the survey, we need a prompt path to legislation

Alex Greenwich and Anna Brown: After the survey, we need a prompt path to legislation | Gay News | Scoop.it
If yes wins, legislation still needs to be passed by parliament. After $120m spent, voters should not stomach any attempts to delay
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Australian Celebrities Speak Out for Marriage Equality

Australia is in the final weeks of its national postal survey on marriage equality. Some of Australia's leading stars of film and television are joining together with GLAAD to encourage all Australians to "Vote Yes!" in this pivotal moment in LGBTQ equality.

 

Millions of Australians still have not yet voted. So, join Hugh Sheridan, Yvonne Strahovski, Luke Hemsworth, Dan MacPherson, Courtney Act, Nicole da Silva, Danielle Cormack, Zoe Ventoura, Lee Jones, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Rick Cosnett, and Harriet Dyer in standing up on the right side of history.

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The marriage campaign has mobilised thousands to fight for equality

The marriage campaign has mobilised thousands to fight for equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

The marriage equality campaign raises larger questions about freedom and equality that will bubble long after the vote

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'Of course, don't be stupid': Athletes join video urging Yes vote on same-sex marriage

'Of course, don't be stupid': Athletes join video urging Yes vote on same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Australian athletes have joined a new video urging people to vote Yes in the same-sex marriage survey, amid ongoing debate about whether sport and politics should mix on the issue.

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I Visited My Neighbours Using The "No" Campaign App And This Is What Happened

I Visited My Neighbours Using The "No" Campaign App And This Is What Happened | Gay News | Scoop.it

Actually none of them were bothered by the "turn by turn directions to your neighbour" map.

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Same-sex marriages could provide 7300 new jobs

Same-sex marriages could provide 7300 new jobs | Gay News | Scoop.it

Same-sex nuptials will create more than 7300 jobs across Australia if the Yes vote prevails, according to an analysis of their impact on the wedding industry.

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How have businesses responded to the gay marriage vote?

How have businesses responded to the gay marriage vote? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Mo Works' Samantha Tran examines the brands that have supported the vote yes campaign

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Here's Why The Marriage Equality Polls Show The Race Is Far From Over

Here's Why The Marriage Equality Polls Show The Race Is Far From Over | Gay News | Scoop.it

Yesterday the Australia Bureau of Statistics revealed over 9 million Australians had already returned their marriage equality postal surveys. According to ABS estimates, that means 57.5 percent of eligible voters have taken part in the survey.

The relatively high turnout has already been welcomed by some marriage equality activists, who were initially worried the postal process might dampen participation. But the turnout figure estimated by the ABS is quite different to what we’ve seen in the published polls in the past few weeks, which suggests polling companies are struggling to accurately estimate community engagement on the survey. And that could have consequences in terms of projecting whether the Yes or No side is going to win.

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Jim Obergefell: Vote for marriage equality and shame your parliament into doing their duty

Jim Obergefell: Vote for marriage equality and shame your parliament into doing their duty | Gay News | Scoop.it

I want Australians to experience the joy that comes with taking a principled stand as a people. It’s time to prove that a ‘fair go’ isn’t just words

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City of Sydney to grant gay couples free weddings if same-sex marriage legalised

City of Sydney to grant gay couples free weddings if same-sex marriage legalised | Gay News | Scoop.it

Gay couples - but not straight ones - will be able to marry for free in some of the City of Sydney's most prominent buildings and parks, in a move that will outrage the progressive council's conservative critics.

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The Golden Age of Gay Podcasting

The Golden Age of Gay Podcasting | Gay News | Scoop.it

When Kathy Tu and Tobin Low’s podcast “Nancy” came out via WNYC earlier this April, it was announced by way of a two-minute prologue promising “a show about all things LGBTQ and beyond.” But it wasn’t going to be “‘Will and Grace’ the podcast,” and it wasn’t going to be your average gay pop culture show. Low and Tu made that clear from the start. “Nancy” was going to be a show about “the experience of living as a queer person,” as Low later told TIME magazine, ”and not about the idea of queerness.”

 
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How The Sunshine State Is Doing Its Share For The Rainbow Cause

How The Sunshine State Is Doing Its Share For The Rainbow Cause | Gay News | Scoop.it

This week, we wanted to turn the focus on what has been happening in Queensland, a state close to both our hearts. We wanted to consider how the campaign has been connecting with people in a region that is seven times the size of Great Britain with more than four million residents.

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Labor To Support Dean Smith's Marriage Bill If 'Yes' Vote Is Returned

Labor To Support Dean Smith's Marriage Bill If 'Yes' Vote Is Returned | Gay News | Scoop.it

Labor says the bill strikes an acceptable compromise on religious exemptions — but the party still has a conscience vote.

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‘Heart-warming’ stories of support come out of Tamworth marriage equality debate

‘Heart-warming’ stories of support come out of Tamworth marriage equality debate | Gay News | Scoop.it

The bush might be more conservative, but its tradition of standing up for others is shining through.

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Righting the wrongs of Queensland’s homophobic past — Government to allow to clear unjust convictions

Righting the wrongs of Queensland’s homophobic past — Government to allow to clear unjust convictions | Gay News | Scoop.it

Today the Queensland Parliament passed a law that will provide a way for people to have convictions for consensual same-sex activity removed from their criminals records.

 

Lee Carnie, a Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the Criminal Law (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill 2017 will help repair the harms caused by convictions leftover from when homosexual activity was illegal. 

 

“We welcome the Queensland Government’s important step to help people whose love was criminalised by unjust laws. It’s not only a symbolic win, it will also remove practical barriers imposed by these unfair convictions. This will allow people to move on with their lives. It’s great news, well done to all involved,” said Carnie. 

 

With the new law Queensland joins Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT in providing a system for people to clear their records of unjust convictions.

 

Emile McPhee, Executive Director of the LGBTI Legal Service, said removing the convictions can assist to repair the lifelong trauma these people have endured.

 

“The goal of those reforms is to ensure that individuals affected by those convictions or charges no longer need to disclose them in any circumstances and to go some way towards repairing the significant and lasting harm that these have had on Queenslanders,” said McPhee.

 

Phil Browne, Convenor of the Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group said that it was important to recognise the lasting impact and suffering caused by the historic laws.

 

“Despite the Legalisation of Gay Sex Act 26 years ago, people with these convictions for consensual activity remain convicted criminals. They haven’t been able to apply for certain jobs or travel to certain countries. They may have endured public arrests leading to being fired, shunned by family and friends, kicked out of accommodation, named in newspapers, and even feeling they were run out of town,” said Browne.

 

For those who have died with their convictions active, the reforms present an opportunity for families to restore dignity and respect to their memory and name.

 

Peter Black, Vice-President of the Queensland AIDS Council, said the old laws not only impacted upon the individuals convicted for consensual sexual activities, but also contributed to a political climate that sought to marginalise the LGBTIQ community. 

 

“These wounds run deep, which is why it is vital that any expungement scheme be advertised and accessible to a particularly vulnerable cohort of people who have lived through decades of criminalisation, discrimination and stigma,’ said Black.

 

While consensual homosexual activity was decriminalised on 29 November 1990, convictions for those offences remain on people’s records today. These offences need to be disclosed even decades later when applying for a BlueCard, government and other positions (such as a police officer), or a visa to travel overseas.

 

The Human Rights Law Centre has been proud to work alongside a coalition of LGBTI community organisations which have been lobbying for these reforms for many years — including the LGBTI Legal Service, Queensland AIDS Council, Caxton Legal Centre, Brisbane Pride, Community Legal Centres Queensland and the Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group.

 

Case study: Alan’s story

One man convicted under Queensland’s old laws was Alan Raabe who was convicted of sexual assault in 1988 after he made an overture to a plain clothes police officer at a well know gay beat.

 

“Being a criminal offence of a sexual nature, I had to abandon any hope of gaining teacher registration in Queensland. I had studied to gain a qualification, but was advised not to proceed with even an application for registration,” said Raabe.
 

For interviews or further information please call:

Tom Clarke, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0422 545 763

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'I've seen it all': LGBTI elders come back out at the ball

'I've seen it all': LGBTI elders come back out at the ball | Gay News | Scoop.it

In the midst of Australia’s same-sex marriage survey, a glorious night in Melbourne celebrates those who came of age when being ‘in the closet’ was all but compulsory

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Almost all major Australian newspapers say Yes to marriage equality

Almost all major Australian newspapers say Yes to marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Australian newspapers are almost exclusively in support of a "yes" vote in the same sex marriage postal survey, publishing editorials in favour.

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Drink up for marriage equality

Drink up for marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

WHAT more can you do after voting YES in the postal survey to support marriage equality?

Drink a beer.

Yes, entrepreneur James Grugeon launched his latest “craft beer with a conscience’’ on Wednesday night at the Collective Kitchen & Bar in the Brisbane CBD.

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Same-sex marriage: 'We must get along'

Same-sex marriage: 'We must get along' | Gay News | Scoop.it

There's still five weeks before the ballot closes, but already around 9 million people — or nearly 60 per cent of all voters — have returned their same-sex marriage postal survey forms to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

That's already higher than the proportion of Americans who voted in last year's presidential election.

The early turnout may vindicate Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's decision to push ahead with a non-compulsory vote on legalising same-sex marriage.

But Yes campaigners say its confirmed their worst fears that the ballot would trigger intimidation and bullying and that it would divide communities.

Yet advocates on both sides of the debate say they are determined to reach out to communities to engage in civil conversations in the weeks that remain.

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Brisbane’s moving response to SSM

Brisbane’s moving response to SSM | Gay News | Scoop.it

WHEN the cast of the hit musical Kinky Boots asked one of their Brisbane audiences if they wouldn't mind staying back after the show to help them make a video in support of the ‘Yes’ campaign for marriage equality the support was overwhelming.

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Using a tropical paradise to promote marriage equality

Using a tropical paradise to promote marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

LGBTI Australians have used their tropical home as the perfect backdrop for a heartwarming video about marriage equality.

 

Residents of Cairns in far north Queensland shot the cute video on a beach to encourage people to vote ‘yes’ during the country’s postal survey on marriage equality. The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey asks Australians if they think the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriage.

 

The video was shot by the Cairns LGBTI Alliance and features ‘yes’ supporters holding handmade signs. The group then forms a human ‘yes’, a giant rainbow flag is rolled out, under which everyone runs excitedly.

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