BIll Shorten has announced Labor will block legislation to set up a plebiscite on marriage equality.
It is inevitable that Australia will, in the not-too-distant future, allow two people to marry regardless of their gender. But which prime minister will get to claim this as their legacy?
An asylum seeker from Uganda covers his face with a paper bag in order to protect his identity at a pride parade in Boston.
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Only by listening to local LGBT activists in hostile environments can the West stand up for human rights worldwide.
Taking marriage equality to a plebiscite gives legitimacy to hatred and violence against the LGBTI community.
A bomb threat delivered to LGBTIQ radio station Joy FM this week highlights how divisive, dangerous and ugly the same-sex marriage plebiscite campaign could become.
Fiona Nash said she understood the suicide rate in Ireland went down during the referendum to legalise same-sex marriage.
Regardless of whether the suicide rate went down, it is far too blunt an instrument to measure the potential distress same-sex marriage debates cause for those in the LGBTI community.
Twenty countries in our region have laws criminalising sex between consenting males.
Our inward focus on marriage equality means Australia is largely absent from efforts to increase respect for LGBTI people in our region.
The pathology lies in society discriminating against transgender people, not in transgender people themselves.
Poor mental health in transgender people is primarily the product of social stigma and violence. This counters the view that being transgender is itself pathological.
The strongest resistance to the United Nations resolution to promote LGBTI rights came from Muslim and African states. Many of these countries still criminalise same-sex relationships.
Officers attend the scene in Orlando.
Times are changing ... but far too slowly.
LNP MP George Christensen has been vociferous in his opposition to the Safe Schools program.
The damaging polarisation around queer issues in Australian politics is out of step with community sentiment.
The silence of President Joko Widodo amid a growing sense of clear and present danger to Indonesia’s LGBT population is troubling.
The recent anti-gay comments by Indonesian public officials may inspire militant Islamists with a propensity for violence to physically harm LGBT people.
Australia detains asylum seekers in a country that criminalises homosexuality.
Western leaders and activists should show humility and allow themselves to be guided by local organisations if they wish to be effective in promoting same-sex rights.
Despite challenges, Indonesia’s LGBT community continues to fight for its rights.
A recent onslaught against gays and lesbians in Indonesia shows a fresh wave of moral panic over homosexuality in the world's most populous Muslim country.
Opening the Scottish Queer International Film Festival: Dyke Hard.
At a time when queer culture is big business in mainstream film and television, two dedicated film festivals have appeared in Scotland this year. Here's an explanation.
Marriage is now the yardstick by which genuine acceptance of homosexuality is measured.
Opponents of same-sex marriage have turned the debate into one that is about far more than just extending the term "marriage" to already existing long-term relationships.
Persecution based on a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex variation is recognised as a legitimate ground for seeking refugee status.
It is estimated that there are 175 million LGBTI persons living in persecutory environments worldwide. Only around 2500 asylum claims founded on sexual orientation or gender identity are successful annually.
Australians are surprisingly bad at thinking about the place of religion in society.
Australia has an apparent conflict between religious freedom and sexual anti-discrimination legislation. It is particularly prominent in three areas: marriage, education, and social service provision.
Young LGBTI students go to university hoping that they would be accepted, but are discriminated against instead.
LGBTI students at South Africa's universities are living double lives to protect themselves from heterosexual students who ridicule and attack them.
Australian Navy, Army and Air Force personnel marched in record numbers at the 2015 Mardi Gras, led by senior Defence officers – a stark contrast to the way gay veterans were treated in the past.
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On Anzac Day 1982, five gay veterans tried to lay a wreath at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, but were turned away by the Shrine Guard and the state RSL president. This year, that won't happen.
The new governor of Oregon: Kate Brown
Oregon has been a pioneer state for LGBTQ elected officials – against a background of fierce ideological battles.
The LGBTI community has unique needs that are often overlooked during the response and recovery stages of a natural disaster event.
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Speaking with: Scott McKinnon.
When natural disasters strike, the impact varies significantly across different social groups, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities are poorly accounted for in disaster…