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ADDED ON: 12/03/2020

Christian couple rejected by foster agency for wanting to change LGBT+ children tell court they were discriminated against

A Christian couple from Australia who were turned away by a foster agency because of their belief that an LGBT+ child’s identity can be changed have appeared in court. Byron and Keira…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2020

South Australia becomes the last state to scrap ‘gay panic’ murder defence

South Australia has abolished "gay panic" as a defence in crimes of violence with state parliament passing legislation to end the "downright offensive" provisions. It's the last state in Australia to do…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2020

Australia’s gay penguin power couple adopts second chick

The gay Australian power couple that took the world by storm two years ago is welcoming a new member of their family in an episode of the fan favorite series. Sphen and…

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ADDED ON: 11/26/2020

New Zealand School Locked Down Over ‘Credible Threat’ To LGBT+ Student Community

New Zealand’s openly gay Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson has shown his support on social media toward a school in the Nation’s Capital that has been sent into lockdown following a “credible…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

Tasmania’s Attorney-General leaves door open to amendments to state’s landmark gender reform legislation

Attorney-General Elise Archer has told a budget estimates committee she will not rule out amendments to Tasmania's landmark transgender reforms regarding birth certificates. State Liberal parties members this month voted at its…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2020

HIV tests to be dispensed through vending machines, in first for NZ

In a first for New Zealand, at home self-administered HIV testing kits will be available for free through 'smart’ vending machines. The machines are a new innovation by the New Zealand AIDS…

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ADDED ON: 11/09/2020

Tasmanian Liberal members vote to repeal transgender laws

Tasmanian Liberal party members have voted in favour of repealing the state’s landmark laws on transgender recognition. At the party’s state conference this weekend party members voted to turn back the laws…

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ADDED ON: 11/03/2020

New Zealand’s Ardern taps LGBT, Maori MPs for trailblazing cabinet

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled what she called an "incredibly diverse" cabinet Monday that includes New Zealand's first openly gay deputy prime minister and a foreign minister with a Maori facial tattoo.…

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ADDED ON: 11/02/2020

New Zealand’s new deputy leader first gay man to hold role

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's new Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson will be the country's first openly gay man to hold the role and is among a team of top…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2020

LGBT Chinese Australians face stigma and disbelief as they search for family acceptance

Wei Zhang describes himself as a true romantic. The Melbourne resident dreams of a long-lasting marriage, just like the one his parents have. "I am a romantic person. So I prefer to…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2020

NEW ZEALAND BEATS UK, ELECTS ‘GAYEST’ PARLIAMENT

The big story out of the New Zealand elections is – yes, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden’s landslide win, but also that the country will get the gayest Parliament in the world. Eleven…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2020

Australia Set to Fully Outlaw ‘Gay Panic’ Defense

The state of South Australia is poised to eliminate the controversial gay defense provision that allows defendants to claim their reaction to a person’s sexual orientation can be considered as a mitigating…

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