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Australian Government Votes Yes to Marriage Equality

The bill to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia has just passed the House of Representatives, with marriage equality set to be brought into law in next month. Subsequently, today marks a historic event in Australian history, a country that has notoriously been slow in making changes to the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to marry, in spite of being a supposedly progressive state. Notably, only four members of the Lower House voted against the passing


LGBT America: It’s Time to Finally Stand Up For More Than Military and Marriage

In America, same sex marriage is legal, gay people can serve in the military and police stations are hiring LGBT cops. However, LGBT people still have high rates of homelessness, drug abuse, survival sex work, hate crime victimization, brutality by police, mental illness, abuse, criminalization and discrimination. These accomplishments help us blend in with straight society, but do not solve the most serious issues that Queer America faces. Day by day, we get ignored, put


Being Religious and Being LGBT+ Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

Ah, yes, religion and the LGBT+ community: two of the most seemingly incompatible communities on the face of the earth. One of the most widely acknowledged stereotypes for religious people is that they are all heterosexual and homophobic because of their religion. Many religious denominations in the public eye claim that their higher power is anti-LGBT+ and that being LGBT+ is unnatural. So, religion is often associated with homophobia. Because of this, it is assumed


The Yogyakarta Principles, an Effort to Protect the LGBTQ+ Community

From Dec. 6 until Dec. 9, 2006, a meeting conducted by groups of human rights experts, such as a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations independent experts, people who were members of the United Nations treaty bodies, activists, judges and academics, was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. They discussed a set of rules which would be able to protect the rights of people in the LGBTQ+ community and make sure that their


First Amendment Defense Act Openly Allows Discrimination To People Who Are LGBTQ+

After the election of President-Elect Trump, Republican leaders have been planning the next four years with the idea of a Republican president and a Republican controlled house. With a majority and the executive branch also Republican, leaders are discussing the kinds of legislation they would have a better chance in passing that were previously denied. On June 17, 2015, Republicans introduced a bill to the House called the First Amendment Defense Act which essentially restricts


An Open Letter to Judge Philpot: Same-Sex Marriage Is Not an “Oxymoron”

Addressing the Francis Asbury Society in Wilmore, Kentucky, earlier this month, Judge Tim Philpot referred to same-sex marriage as an oxymoron, like “jumbo shrimp,” illustrating his poor understanding of both literary devices and the LGBT community. Despite his favor toward same-sex couples in multiple adoption cases, Philpot claimed that the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage last year was “pretty close to insane.” Throughout his nearly half-hour speech before the religious group, he continuously expressed

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