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Two Men Found Guilty in Perth, Australia Gay Bashing Murder


Two men in Perth, Australia have been found guilty of murdering gay man Warren Batchelor (right) in a vigilante attack, reports ABC.

A_160315genwarren1_1ahabtl-1ahac7cDaniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor fatally bashed 48-year-old Batchelor at Middle Swan Reserve in November 2013. Mr Batchelor had been having a sexual encounter with another man in a public toilet when the attack took place.

Prosecutors described the murder as a vigilante attack designed to rid the area of gay men.

Both Jones and Taylor denied fatally injuring Batchelor who was king hit, punched and stomped while on the ground, then hit with a pole. He died two days later in hospital.

Taylor's lawyer said it was Jones who struck the victim with the pole and denied that his client injured the victim. He added that Taylor had done "stupid" things such as taking a knife to the toilet, but did not plan to kill anyone.

Jones' lawyer claimed his client did not injure the victim and was not in the toilet at all.

A statement issued by his family described Warren as "a kind, loving and caring man” who they miss every day.

Australian Sponsor of Marriage Equality is the Target of Letter Warning That He'll Be Shot

Senator love letter

Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm is the sponsor of Australia's marriage equality bill and in recent days has been pushing for a debate and vote.

Above is a letter the senator allegedly received from someone so threatened by equality that they warn him:

"The moment you legalize your filthy practice I would advise you to leave Australia in a hurry. There will be a curse on you and your family. Someone should give you a blast of shot gun. Preferably in the stomach you filthy animal."

(h/t Storey Institute)

Sweden's Eurovision Entrant Claims Gay Sex Is 'Not Natural': VIDEO


In the least gay decision in a prolific 60 year history, a singer who thinks gay sex is “not natural” has been selected to represent Sweden in this year's Eurovision, reports Pink News.

Måns Zelmerlöw (above left) was forced to apologize last year after saying “it isn’t equally natural for men to want to sleep with one another”. He also said that gay people should not have children.

Zelmerlöw later said in a statement:

“I want to apologize to all who take offense. I believe and hope that the vast majority know that I respect differences and all forms of love.”

Hmmmm…someone doesn’t want to get booed off the stage in May but it’s probably too little too late.

Meanwhile, Australia is taking part this year to celebrate the gayfest’s 60th anniversary. Last year, 3 million Australians tuned in to watch Conchita Wurst win with “Rise Like A Phoenix.”

Watch Zelmerlöw's very gay performance of “Heroes” on the Swedish National Song Contest along with Guy Sebastian (above right) doing Australian shoe-in entry “Tonight Again,” AFTER THE JUMP...

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Australian Anti-Gay Marriage Ad Warns Parents to 'Think of the Child' - VIDEO


A new ad by the anti-gay Australian Marriage Forum is warning viewers that "so-called marriage equality forces a child to miss out on a mother or a father." 

Australian LGBT news outlet samesame reports that the ad has already aired on certain channels, but AMF is furious the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) has refused to air the aid during tonight's broadcast of Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade highlights. 

GendAustralian Marriage Forum lobby group President Dr David van Gend, who appears in the ad simply billed as a ‘family doctor’, explained in an email to his supporters yesterday: “Our ad was booked and paid for to be shown tomorrow night during the SBS delayed broadcast of the Parade – but only yesterday our agent received this message from SBS management:

“We choose not to run this TVC for the Marriage Forum during the Mardi Gras telecast.”

“No explanation,” says a rankled van Geld. “As I see it, this is a case of censorship by a public broadcaster of even the mildest expression of ‘unacceptable opinion’ on same-sex marriage. That is a disgrace.”

Watch the ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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 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."


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