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First iPhone 6 Owner Immediately Drops it on Live TV: VIDEO

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As you may have heard there is a new iPhone coming out today worldwide. As stores opened in Australia, the media was there to capture the "iPhrenzy", interviewing the first fanboy to emerge with one of the coveted devices.

Unfortunately, the unboxing didn't go as planned.

Watch what happened, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Transgender Model Andreja Pejić Launches Documentary Kickstarter Campaign - VIDEO

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Supermodel Andreja Pejić, who recently came out as a transgender woman, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a feature-length documentary on her life.

Pejić, an Australian national originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, spent time in a refugee camp near Belgrade during the Bosnian War.

The documentary Andrej(a) “will explore gender politics in-depth around the globe, and the beauty industry and its attitude towards diversity, will be a focal point.”

Writing on Kickstarter, Pejić explains:

“I hope that by sharing my humanity, pain, tears, laughter, joy, and biggest struggles on film, it will shed light on what it means to live as a transgender individual. I have always believed that differences between people should not equal divisions and I simply want to create something that could help build a bridge between my community and the rest of the world.”

Watch Andreja's Kickstarter appeal, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sporting History Made At Gay Rugby's Bingham Cup - VIDEO

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Sporting history was made last week at the launch of The Bingham Cup - the World Cup of gay rugby - in Sydney, Australia.

Two Rugby World Cup-winning Wallabies captains joined senior federal politicians from every major Australian party, the International Rugby Board (IRB) publicly endorsed the event and the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) adopted a range of policies aimed at eliminating homophobia.

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The IRB is believed to be the first major international sporting federation to publicly endorse a gay sporting event.

Other international sporting organisations including world soccer governing body FIFA - which came under pressure following homophobic incidents at this year’s World Cup - were challenged to follow rugby’s lead.

John Eales, the most successful captain in Australian rugby history and a board member of the ARU, said:

“We should commend and celebrate the support around the world to address homophobia and discrimination in sport. There is still a great deal of work to do, but I’m hopefully we’ll soon see a time when athletes at all levels feel comfortable being open about their sexuality and playing the sports they love without fear of discrimination.”

IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper said:

“Rugby recognises sport’s wider responsibility to society and its ability to drive social change. Sport can cross barriers. Sport boosts self-esteem and Sport promotes inclusivity and celebrates diversity. We are proud as Rugby grows across every continent that the sport’s strong values of solidarity, integrity, discipline, respect and passion still make a real difference in modern society.”

Senior Australian federal cabinet minister Malcolm Turnbull, a long-time advocate for LGBT equality, added:

“A person’s sexuality should be completely irrelevant whether they are playing sports or doing anything else in life.  I’m proud Australians are playing such a significant role in highlighting the need for change. We need to continue working proactively to find effective approaches to address homophobia and change sporting culture.”

The tournament, which was won by the Sydney Convicts, is named in honor of rugby player Mark Bingham who is known internationally as one of the heroes of 9/11.

Watch a report on the tournament launch and the official tournament video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Protesters Target Anti-gay World Congress of Families Conference in Melbourne: VIDEO

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The anti-gay, anti-abortion World Congress of Families conference being held this weekend in Melbourne was hit with further setbacks after a wave of some 100 protesters showed up and attempted to block the entrance to the venue.  

The Guardian reports:

Protest2Many speakers, including the American campaigner Angela Lanfranchi, who planned to speak on the thoroughly debunked link between breast cancer and abortion, were unable to get through the gates in their cars. Their path was blocked by protesters holding signs with slogans such as “Our bodies are our property” and “Women are not incubators”.

More than 30 police officers formed their own barrier on the opposite side of the gate in the quiet street of Star Crescent, located in an industrial area. It forced attendees to trickle through the gates one by one as church security struggled to establish whether they had registered. The Monty Python satirical song Every Sperm is Sacred boomed from a sound system organised by protesters.

The paper adds that shortly after the conference began, a protester dressed in white and covered in fake blood stormed the stage inside and began screaming "We don't want your backyard abortions!" She was then dragged away by security as attendees chanted "Pray for her"

Check out a Sky News report on the protest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anti-gay World Congress of Families in Chaos After Politicians and Venues Back Out of Summit: VIDEO

WcfFor the past week or so, the World Congress of Families has been scrambling to find a venue to host its upcoming summit this weekend. Four venues cancled on the virulently anti-gay organization, and for a brief window of time it appeared as if the summit might not be able to secure a location. Luckily for them (and not for anyone else), the group was able to find a Christian organization that agreed with the organization's nutty beliefs and policy positions and offered to host the conference.

Now, however, the organization is struggling to hold onto the Australian politicians who originally agreed to attend the conference, The Guardian reports:

Andrews[Social Services Minister Kevin] Andrews said he pulled out of delivering the opening address after hearing that the rightwing Christian group Catch the Fire would host it.

“Tolerance is a critical value in a western liberal democracy like Australia,” Andrews said in a statement to Guardian Australia.

“It was for this reason that I intended to address the World Congress of Families meeting in Melbourne tomorrow.

“The calls for me not to attend demonstrate the intolerance of the Greens and the left – instead of arguing their case in the public arena they seek to shut down debate.

“Equally, I cannot support intolerance from other quarters. As I have been informed today that the event is now to be hosted by Catch the Fire, I have decided not to attend.”

The founder of Catch the Fire, a controversial evangelical Christian group, is preacher Daniel Nalliah, known for his anti-Islamic and anti-abortion views. He once blamed the Black Saturday bushfires on Victoria’s abortion laws.

Other politicians dropped out after finding out about Catch the Fire's involvement and also after the Australian Senate passed a motion denoucing the WCF and calling on MPs to boycott the conference. 

The new venue location has not been disclosed to the public, but protestors say they plan to demonstrate outside the Catch the Fire headquarters.

Check out news coverage of the controversy, as well as the WCF's reaction to politicians dropping out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Australian MP Books Room In Parliament To Host Anti-Gay Marriage Conference

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Australian Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has booked out the main room of the country’s parliament house so that the anti-gay Australian Families Association (AFA), an organization closely linked to the World Congress of Families (WCF), can hold a conference on “strengthening the family” that “[commemorates] the tenth anniversary of the redefining of marriage as ‘between a man and a woman’ in the 2004 amendment of the Marriage Act,” according to The Guardian:

In past years the organisation has held public events at parliament house. This year’s affair is a private event with all MPs invited to attend. The committee room must be booked by a sitting member. Andrews booked the room for the organisation, but is not attending, a spokeswoman told Guardian Australia.

The AFA conference on Wednesday will hear from a number of speakers on “relationship literacy for youth, strengthening marriages, family-based taxation and the economics of the family”.

The organisation will call for the government to “renew a culture of strong and lasting marriages by educating young people about the benefits of marriage and getting government taxation and support structures right,” the AFA’s national president Terri Kelleher said in a statement 

The affiliated WCF has been struggling to find a venue for its annual conference in Australia having been turned down by four venues in Melbourne


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