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Lesbian Couple Banned from High School Formal in Australia

Hannah

Here's a Constance McMillen deja vu for you.

Hannah Williams and Savannah Supski, a lesbian student couple at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School outside of Melbourne, Australia, were banned from the school formal, the Sydney Morning Herald reports:

A few weeks earlier a teacher had told the year 11 student she couldn't attend the dance with her 15-year-old girlfriend, Savannah Supski. She was asked to bring a male instead. ''It made me very upset. I thought it was unfair so I didn't go,'' she said.

''I put a lot of effort into trying to fix things. I had meetings with principals; looked through the Equal Opportunity Act; all my friends put posters up around the school and the teachers ripped them down. There was an easy solution; they just needed to let me go with my girlfriend.''

Hannah's father, Peter Williams, lodged a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission, alleging the school - Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar in Melbourne - had discriminated against his daughter because of her sexual orientation.

Savannah and Hannah are moving to a new school, where same-sex couples are welcomed at the school formal.

Hannah appeared on an Australian radio show, and gave a great interview about the discrimination.

Listen to her interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Kylie Joins Scissor Sisters at Melbourne Concert

Minogue

Kylie Minogue joined the Scissor Sisters for their concert last night at Festival Hall in Melbourne. Here are some shots from Kevin Tachman.

Watch part of the performance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sportrait: North Melbourne Kangaroos Football Team

Kangaroos

This is what an Australian footballer muscle recovery session looks like in the refurbished fitness complex belonging to the North Melbourne Kangaroos.

Previous sportraits...
Sportrait: Roger Huerta [tr]
Sportrait: U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team [tr]
Sportrait: Matthew Mitcham [tr]
Sportrait: Grady Sizemore [tr]
Sportrait: Dwight Howard [tr]
Sportrait: Carl Edwards [tr]


Thousands Rally for Marriage Equality Across Australia

Melbourne

Cities across Australia saw demonstrations on Saturday after a government panel rejected a proposed marriage equality bill. The rejection occurred the same week the Australian Capital Territory approved civil unions. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has said he will overturn them.

The Courier Mail reports: Equallove "Australian Marriage Equality spokesman Alex Greenwich said strong attendances by more than 2000 people at rallies in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, ACT, Adelaide and Lismore today to launch a national year of action showed positive community support.' I think the bill's rejection has re-energised people's commitment to marriage equality,' he said. He said same-sex marriage could become a key issue in the lead-up to the next federal election. 'The inquiry put on the official record thousands of personal stories about the way marriage discrimination hurts, harms and hinders same-sex couples, their families and the nation - stories we will continue to bring to the attention of politicians and the public,' Mr Greenwich said."

Watch video from the Melbourne demonstration, AFTER THE JUMP...

(image above by flickr user bsolah)

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Australian Student Attacked by School Superviser Over Gay Marriage

A student in Australia has been attacked by a school superviser for promoting a rally in support of gay rights.

Glenwaverley Same Same reports: "The student, Jimmy Y from Glen Waverly Secondary College had been putting up posters all week for the upcoming Equal Love Rally , a gay protest for equal rights in Victoria on November 28. According to Jimmy the posters kept getting ripped down. The culprit was finally caught in the school library, and found to be a teacher. When confronted about posters, the teacher (whose real name is ironically Mr Right) turned around and shouted at the student, 'Faggot Kid! You don’t know what real marriage is!' The confrontation took place in front of other staff and students all of whom began to gather around in support of the student, with some stepping in to diffuse the situation...The National Union of Students (NSU) have been quick to weigh in on the situation, issuing an immediate press release denouncing the actions of the teacher...Same Same also spoke directly with the principal of Glen Waverly Secondary School, Mr Gerry Schiller about the incident. According to Mr Schiller the abusive individual was not actually a teacher at the school, but a former teacher who was present on a temporary and volunteer basis to supervise certain school activities, including assisting the schools chess club."


News: Jennifer Hudson, Nike, Luke Macfarlane, Dorota, Syphilis

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road.jpg Gay mayor of Nyack, NY and member of the Nyack 10, John Shields, won't seek re-election. He's also dropping his affiliation to the Democratic Party. Shields: "I don't think either party is serving the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community."

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road.jpg Puerto Rico Civil Code shifting in committee: "...language that would have given same-sex couples access to all rights available to married heterosexual partners in Puerto Rico will be eliminated and, in exchange, they will only be given a few rights."

road.jpg Proposition 8 kills gay ski week for Utah.

road.jpg Transgender activist murdered in Honduras.

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road.jpg Sexually-transmitted disease rates soar: "Syphilis has increased each year since 2000 -- its rate is up 81 percent -- with gay and bisexual men representing 65 percent of cases, the CDC said. Douglas said many cases are occurring in HIV-positive men who are choosing other HIV-positive men as sexual partners. 'Within that relationship, they are less concerned about the transmission of other conditions. They're not using condoms. They believe that their partner already has got the worst they can get -- they've got an HIV infection,' he said."

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road.jpg Jennifer Hudson to be in spotlight at Super Bowl.

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road.jpg Drunken Golden Globes guest approaches Brad Pitt to tell him he's ugly.

road.jpg New category for trans- and homophobic attacks considered in Scottish parliament: "Creation of a new category of aggravated offence for attacks on gays, lesbians and transgender people would probably result in an initial increase in the number of reported offences, it was claimed yesterday. But they said proposed legislation would encourage more people to come forward and change the climate in the long-term."

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