Australia

Grindr on the App Store. (CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images) An elderly man in Australia was lured by a 21-year-old via Grindr and subjected to hours of torture with a “horrifying array of weaponry”. Charlie Michael Edward Caire pleaded guilty at the District Court of South Australia to multiple crimes, including false imprisonment, aggravated blackmail and
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Kylie Minogue (L) and RuPaul. (Getty/WOW) In today’s much-needed and truly welcomed distraction from the unrelenting chaos of the coronavirus and climate catastrophe, among many more ongoing or impending disasters, Kylie Minogue is appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race. At least, fans are convinced. Minogue, who invented humanity’s ability to listen to music, is currently isolating
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Production begins this week for RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under. (Instagram/ michellevisage) RuPaul’s Drag Race is officially going Down Under, and RuPaul and Michelle Visage have already been confirmed as judges. An Australian spin-off was first announced in August 2019, when ITV’s Australian production arm confirmed that it has secured the local rights for the show. Rumours
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Toxic masculinity damages men mentally, physically and socially. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty) Toxic masculinity is harmful, limiting, outdated and should be scrapped in favour of a healthier view on what a “man” is, Australians say. Researchers at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation found that, overall, men tend to enforce and care more about masculinity than women, spilling
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Andy Murray spoke out against Margaret Court (Jordan Mansfield/Morgan Hancock/Getty) Andy Murray has joined calls for the Margaret Court Arena, home of the Australian Open, to be stripped of the controversial athlete’s name, as her homophobic values are at odds with “what tennis stands for”. Margaret Court, 78, has faced heavy criticism for her offensive
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Ellen DeGeneres. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic) The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been pulled by one of Australia’s top television channels after former and current staff made explosive allegations about the show’s on-set culture. Channel Nine has stopped airing DeGeneres’ long-running chat show following weeks of controversy surrounding alleged misconduct from top producers. The television channel is instead airing re-runs
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The Christian employee used pornography as a coping mechanism for work stress (Stock photo: Envato Elements) A worker at an anti-gay Christian group has been awarded compensation after stressful working conditions drove him to watch pornography and suffer a stroke. Michael Bowker, 47, was the office national officer for Family Voice Australia, a Christian lobbying
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Dr Caroline Norma will appear on a panel discussing “the major concerns around the proposed [conversion therapy] ban”. (CarolineNorma76/ Twitter) Students are revolting at an Australian university after a lecturer signed up to be a panellist at a “unscientific and dangerous” gay conversion therapy forum. Dr Caroline Norma is a lecturer in the School of
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The ‘genderbread person’ helps children to understand the differences between gender and anatomy (Genderbread.org) A high school has dropped an LGBT+ educational tool after a transphobic mother complained it was targeting “vulnerable children” like her own transgender son. The school in Australia showed 15-year-old students an image of the ‘genderbread person‘, a well-known teaching resource
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Movie theaters in Australia are aiming to re-open in July, the National Association of Cinema Operators said late Tuesday local time. Cited by local media, the org said it was “enthusiastic about the prospect” and “is hopeful of conditions enabling it to do so in July.” Oz cinemas began to partially shutter in mid-March, amid
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Security guards patrol the grounds at an immigration detention centre in Sydney, Australia in 2005. (Ian Waldie/Getty Images) A gay Pakistani couple who fled to Australia have been granted a temporary reprieve after asylum courts initially said their sexuality was “implausible”. Both asylum seekers appealed after their applications for permanent protection visas were rejected, and
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Sam Smith at the KIIS FM’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball on December 6, 2019. (JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty) Sam Smith was as gracious as you’d expect when a TV presenter messed up their pronouns in a recent interview. The non-binary pop star goes by they/them pronouns, but was entirely forgiving when the Australian talkshow host Carrie Bickmore accidentally
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This zookeeper delighted viewers at home with an impromptu fan dance (Twitter/@dariennelake) An Australian zookeeper has won worldwide fame by dancing away the coronavirus blues with a snap of his rainbow fan. Australia’s Melbourne Zoo has restricted visitor numbers to just 2,000 people a day to allow for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. With
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