By pro­mot­ing suc­cess­ful LGBTI lead­ers… we are hop­ing to send a mes­sage that in­clu­sion works and en­sures bet­ter out­comes… We know that de­pres­sion and sui­cide rates are sig­nif­i­cantly higher among LGBTI youth… we hope to reach these in­di­vid­u­als and re­as­sure them that they’re great just the way they are.” Robbie Robert­son, the Na­tional Part­ner Spon­sor for Deloitte’s LGBTI net­work, GLOBE, speak­ing as Australia’s 2018 List Of 50 LGBTI Lead­ers is pub­lished.


A man is charged after a gay cou­ple is at­tacked in Syd­ney, Australia leav­ing one vic­tim with a bro­ken arm. The two men, Kurt John­son and Adrian Kalaiziovksi, were set upon after leav­ing their Uber in the city. Po­lice are treat­ing the in­ci­dent as a hate crime.


The Unit­ing Church in Australia says it will al­low same-sex mar­riages to take place in its venues. Once the change in pol­icy is en­acted, it will be the first Chris­tian de­nom­i­na­tion in the country to per­mit gay peo­ple to marry in church.


The Boy Scouts an­nounce it will change its name to Scouts BSA in Fe­bru­ary 2019 to al­low girls and trans youth to join. Scout chiefs say the change her­alds a more in­clu­sive era for the as­so­ci­a­tion. Right-wing crit­ics claim it’s an­other ex­am­ple of a “war on men and mas­culin­ity”.


Po­lice are called to a house in Texas, USA after a gay cou­ple is found dead in an ap­par­ent mur­der-sui­cide. Ben and Rene Ruiz had been to­gether for 20 years but were di­vorc­ing. Their $US1.5 mil­lion home was put on the mar­ket days be­fore their deaths. It’s thought they both died from gun­shot wounds.


Chicago’s LGBTIQ com­mu­nity is out­raged after a man, threat­en­ing to com­mit mass shoot­ings in gay clubs in the city, is “ac­ci­den­tally” re­leased from prison. Shane Sleeper, 31, was be­ing de­tained on charges of state ter­ror­ism and hate crime. Po­lice say he was let go due to an ad­min­is­tra­tion er­ror where ad­di­tional charges were not recorded. At the time of go­ing to press, Sleeper was still on the run.


San Fran­cisco au­thor­i­ties will cre­ate a Leather And LGBTQ Cultural District that will en­cap­su­late the city’s fa­mous leather bars and, once erected, will be the first neigh­bour­hood of its kind in Amer­ica.


Nineties hit­mak­ers the Back­street Boys go vi­ral after dressing up in drag as the Spice Girls. The five guys mim­icked the five girls while per­form­ing on a cruise ship sail­ing around the Caribbean. They say the stunt was a homage to the Girl Power group.


In Italy, two gay porn stars tie the knot 12 years after meet­ing on set at Amer­i­can’s fa­mous COLT Stu­dios. Rug­gero Freddi (porn name, Carlo Masi) who now works as a maths teacher and Gus­tavo Leguiza­mon (porn name, Adam Champ) marry in a ro­man­tic cer­e­mony. The cou­ple say there was chem­istry be­tween them from the word “ac­tion”.


CNN news anchor An­der­son Cooper lets rip at Pres­i­dent Trump in a live rant. The TV pre­sen­ter, who came out in 2012, says: “Don’t you think that it’s kind of sur­real that we are in a place now as a county where we’re, like, ‘Oh, don’t lis­ten to the Pres­i­dent,’ like he’s a crazy per­son on a park bench with an onion tied to his belt, just mum­bling in­co­her­ently?”

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