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Australian Gambling Service Pseudo-Apologizes For Taking Bets On Bruce Jenner's Post-Transition Name

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Sportsbet, one of the largest Australian online gambling websites, has come under fire for taking bets on whether or not Bruce Jenner is actually planning to come out as transgender. In an event billed as "Bruscilla, Queen of the Kardashians?" Sportsbet invited its users to take bets on what Jenner’s name might be post-transition.

“With rumors intensifying that Bruce Jenner has undergone a sex change, online bookmaster sportsbet.com.au is giving punters (betters) the chance to have a punt on what name he/she will choose,” the site said in a tweeted-out press release. “Zoey is leading the charge at $7.50 ahead of the much more extravagant selection of Chastity at $9.00, while a grandma name (he is 65) such as Agnes is a $11 chance.”

Though the backlash from trans advocates was swift, Sportsbet has stood behind its decision to turn Jenner’s personal life into a gambling in event. Jenner, Sportsbet representatives explained to the Star Observer, is a public figure whose career is built around interest and speculation from the public.

“Bruce Jenner is doing a TV interview where he will reveal his name and we are betting on the result of this revelation,” Sportsbet explained, saying that it was fully behind whatever decision Jenner eventually makes. “At no stage was it our intention to offend anyone with this market and if it has we of course apologize for that.”

“Sportsbet are clearly engaging in emotional vampirism of the very worst kind,” said Kelley Glanney head of the Carmen Rupe Memorial Trust. “[A] corporation publicly mocking members of a historically-persecuted and still highly-marginalized minority for the sole purpose of driving sales for their online gambling products is simply not acceptable in a civilized 21st century society.”

 


Australian Premier Leads Gay Pride Parade, Vows Support for LGBT Rights

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Daniel Andrews became the Premier, the leader of the Australian state government, late last year in December. In the month since his election, Andrew has made a name for himself after being the first Victorian Premier to openly endorse LGBT equality by leading a local gay pride parade along with about half of the Victorian cabinet. Andrews wanted to make a statement, he explained, making clear his and his cabinet’s commitment to the fight for Australian LGBT rights.

"That's something that's critically important to me and my Government,” he said. “This is a new government and we have different priorities and equality is not negotiable. My view is a person's gender identity or sexual orientation has nothing to do with their capacity to be a loving and caring parent.” 

Currently gay couples living in Victoria are able to enter into domestic partnerships with one another that give them many of the same social benefits enjoyed by straight married couples.

"Gay marriage, marriage equality, is an issue for the Federal Parliament following the High Court decision,” said Martin Foley, the Minister for Equality. “But the Victorian Government has made it clear that it will be calling on the Federal Parliament to stand up and support marriage equality."


Dashcam Captures Narrow Miss As Wind Storm Topples Trees on Australian Highway: VIDEO

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Check out this footage of a driver's incredibly narrow miss as wind storms battered a small country highway in Victoria, Australia late last month.  Be sure to also take note of the cars on the other side of the road and how close they come to disaster too.

And if you listen carefully, you can even hear what might possibly be the car's passenger casually telling the driver to "stop" just before the trees topple. I can think of a few other four letter words that I might have shouted out in that situation though.

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LYNX Hair Ad Encourages Guys to Kiss the Boy of Their Dreams: VIDEO

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In a new Australian ad for LYNX Hair, our hero is told that because his hair won't always look as good as it does now - before a life, a wife and possibly kids - he should go out and kiss the hottest girl (or boy).

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Sam Smith and His New Boyfriend are Lovers on Holiday in Boatload of Instagram Pics: PHOTOS

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British singer Sam Smith, who was coy about his new relationship in an interview last month in which he confirmed that he was dating an extra from his "Like I Can" music video, spent the holidays with his special guy, a dancer named Jonathan Zeizel.

Smith shared a boatload of photos of Zeizel and friends on a trip to Sydney, Australia and a lush resort area. The two appear smitten with one another after sharing their first selfie (above) last month, and not concerned about going public with it.

The cheeky Instagram shots include one in which Smith and Zeizel recreate the iconic scene from Titanic, captioned, "I'm flying Jack, I'm flying..."

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Gay Coming-of-Age Aussie Drama 'Subject To Change' to Premiere Next Year: VIDEO

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A new Aussie drama pilot from Daniel Mercieca and Rory Delaney called Subject to Change featuring two gay leads is set to debut in festival screenings in 2015 with a chance for a TV pick-up by the end of the year. The show is a coming-of-age narrative set in the working class suburb of Hedley, Australia and focuses on three close friends (neat freak Ben, tomboy Karly and drama queen Evie) who must face complex and difficult emotions while growing up in suburbia.

Mercieca, producer and film director of the pilot, created the show to introduce new, positive role models who grew up in surbubia instead of major cities in Australia where pride flags and "wear purple" days are frequent. Mercieca personally funded 75 percent of the production costs of the film and is seeking further donations for the project.

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