This week, we take a look at how plans to impose a blanket crackdown for Sydney CBD’s nightlife precinct could affect the businesses and revellers of LGBTI-friendly Oxford St.  We also have an in-depth look at the quirky world of roller derby, feature a variety of opinion pieces on the topic of LGBTI asylum seekers, and feature the latest on Midsumma and Mardi Gras. As a bonus, online we report on a 4-year-old writing an adorable letter to PM Tony Abbott urging him to legalise marriage equality, and how NoH8 is coming to Australia and have set their sights on Kylie Minogue.

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4-year-old to PM Abbott: “let boys marry boys and girls marry girls”

SABRINA Franco has proven that age is no barrier in Australia’s quest towards marriage equality.

The four-year-old, who lives in western Sydney, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week urging him to allow same-sex couples to marry | Read more

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Queer runnings for Aussie bobsled team

BOTH of Australia’s men’s and women’s bobsleigh teams at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will fly the flag for LGBTI rights following a landmark sponsorship deal | Read more

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Social media debate over Oxford St lockout plans

BARS and clubs in Sydney’s LGBTI-friendly Oxford St precinct will soon have to turn away patrons from 1.30am each night and cease alcohol trading by 3am as part of new measures to curb alcohol-related street violence | Read more

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Local organisations step in to save pride march party

THE Pride March after party at St Kilda’s Catani Gardens in Melbourne has been saved thanks to an 11th-hour intervention by local tourism and business groups following a community outcry at its initial cancellation | Read more

 

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Pressure grows for inquiry into Sydney’s gay-hate killings

COMMUNITY pressure is mounting for an inquiry into historical gay-hate crimes that has left a trail of countless victims and a cloud hanging over NSW Police almost four decades later.

Last week, Sydney state independent MP Alex Greenwich joined the family of Scott Johnson – an American believed to have been murdered at clifftops near Manly Beach in December 1988 – to urge the NSW Government to allow the Ombudsman to commence an investigation into links between scores of attacks on gay men across Sydney from the late 1970s onwards | Read more

 

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LGBTI concerns over review into national school curriculum

ADVOCATES have raised concerns over the Federal Government’s planned review into the national school curriculum following the appointment of an educator with a history of criticising LGBTI people to co-lead it | Read more

 

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Porn star Brent Corrigan-turned-actor Sean Paul Lockhart speaks

 

IT’S been four years since his last gay porn movie, and the now-actor formerly known as Brent Corrigan has landed a leading role in a new movie.

Using his real name Sean Paul Lockhart, the American former gay porn star stars in psychological gay thriller Truth, which was recently released online and available to download through video-sharing website Vimeo | Read more

 

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Woman addresses obvious lesbian whisper

The team behind Facebook page Have A Gay Day have posted this letter written by a lesbian addressing her “Observant” neighbour who quite rightly so pointed out that she was indeed a lesbian | Read more

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