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Archbishop receives standing ovation for telling supporters of same-sex marriage to ‘leave’ church

An archbishop in Australia received a standing ovation after he asked same-sex marriage supporters to “leave us” in a speech last week. Archbishop Glenn Davies made the comments during his annual address to the Anglican Church’s Sydney synod, The Guardian reports. “My own view is that if people wish to change the doctrine of our church, they should start a new church or join a church more aligned to their views,” Davies said. “But do not ruin the Anglican Church by abandoning the plain teaching of scripture.” Two diocese in...
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Sydney Chosen to Host 2023 WorldPride Festival

Sydney, Australia has been chosen to host the quickly-growing 2023 WorldPride international Pride event that recently took place in New York City. SBS reports: ‘The biennial WorldPride festival – an international promotion of LGBTIQ+ issues via parades, festivals and other cultural activities – will be held over February and March to coincide with the 2023 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Sydney, which will become the first city in the southern hemisphere to host the event, was announced as the successful bidder at a ceremony in Athens on Sunday, beating...

Hunky Australian Firefighters Pose with Rescue Cats for a Purrfect 2020 Calendar: WATCH

Love cats? Love shirtless first responders? You’ve come to the right place. Australian firefighters pose with their rescue kitty friends in a series of pin-up shots for an annual calendar that benefits children’s organizations as well as rescue and therapy animals. That is all. Check out all the kitties from ABC Rescue Qld, AMS Cat Haven and Best Friends Felines in the videos and slideshow below. The post Hunky Australian Firefighters Pose with Rescue Cats for a Purrfect 2020 Calendar: WATCH appeared first on Towleroad Gay News.
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An 84-year-old who survived conversion therapy was banned from volunteering at a retirement community because of her sexuality

An Australian woman was left “devastated” after being told she was no longer allowed to visit residents at an aged care facility on account of her sexuality. The 84-year-old, known only as Malloy, said that she was “horrified” when she was reprimanded by the care facility where she had been a regular volunteer visitor since her partner of 22 years passed away. She received a letter which stated there had been “a number of concerns” from residents, which a nurse manager explained in a subsequent meeting were related to her...
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A mum his suing her son’s five BDSM boyfriends after he died from silicone genital injections

The mother of Australian man Tank Hafertepen who died from silicone genital injections has sued her son’s five BDSM partners for wrongful death. Tank, also known as Jack Chapman, was in a polyamorous master-slave relationship with the sixtet, being a submissive ‘pup’ while Dylan Hafertepen acted as the dominant ‘master’, the Daily Beast reported. As part of the relationship, each pup had to follow Dylan’s orders. To stay in the group, Jack, 29, legally changed his name to Tank six years into the relationship, altered his body shape and even...
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Neighbours’ first trans actress slams Australian prime minister for calling teachers ‘gender whisperers’

Australian actress Georgie Stone has called out prime minister Scott Morrison for comments he made comparing teachers being trained in trans issues to there being “gender whisperers” in schools. Stone, 19, is the first trans actress to star in long-running soap Neighbours and a spokeswoman for mental-health charity Headspace. She was criticising a year-old tweet from Morrison, which said: “We do not need ‘gender whisperers’ in our schools. Let kids be kids,” and linked to a Daily Telegraph article highlighting that teachers were being given training in trans issues to...
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