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How a lawyer's sex work side hustle turned into something much more

Mitch has always been open to new ideas. So when someone suggested sex work, the early-career lawyer decided to try it as a 'side hustle'. It turned into something more.
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What does it mean to be asexual?

In recent years, we've seen a burgeoning social movement for the acceptance of asexuality. Despite this, it remains widely misunderstood, writes Jennifer Power. 
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'You just took it': The inside story of DFAT's treatment of LGBT staff over the decades

In a new book by a former Australian diplomat, the stories and struggles of LGBT workers in Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are documented.
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Senate inquiry hears from advocates pushing for sexuality framework in NDIS

Kyle Montgomery became a quadriplegic following a mixed martial arts accident five years ago and is speaking up about the challenges of maintaining a sex life for those living with a disability, as advocates call for support from the NDIS.
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India's top court declines to legally recognise same-sex marriage

The country's chief justice says making such a law is the domain of parliament.
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A journalist threatened to out Anton Enus. This is what happened

Anxiety about coming out. Name calling. Feeling you can't be your true self at work. Three LGBTQIA+ journalists discuss some of the hurdles they've experienced in their careers.
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How this Australian couple navigates sex and intimacy after cancer

When John and Wilma tried to reconnect physically after surviving cancer they say it took some experimentation.
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Ballarat attracts weekly anti-trans demonstrations, but the community fights back

Ballarat is witnessing anti-trans demonstrations on a weekly basis but trans supporters say the protesters do not represent the regional city.
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The final season of Sex Education has arrived. Here's everything you need to know before saying goodbye

The British sex comedy has portrayed the teenage experience with nuance and humour. Here's everything you need to know before pressing play on the final season.
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Ammar didn't dare dream about a relationship in Iraq. Now in Australia, he's about to start a family

Ammar knows firsthand how tough life can be for Iraq's LGBT community, but soon it could get a whole lot worse as the Iraqi parliament mulls a proposed law to punish same-sex relationships with death.
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Another glitter-filled event in the bush but organisers face 'serious decisions' about drag queen festival's future

With only a small team working behind the scenes to run the Broken Heel Festival, all of who have other business commitments to consider, exact details for 2024's event are yet to be confirmed.
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'I don't regret it at all': Transgender content creator claims Channel 7 used her photos without consent

An Australian transgender content creator has spoken out after her before and after transition photos were used in a preview clip for Channel Seven's program Spotlight, in an episode about children who regret transitioning, without her consent.
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Jerusha has some bad experiences on dating apps — now she's trying to change people's attitudes

As a study reveals that non-disabled people are reluctant to date people with a disability, these women say they just want to be seen for who they are. 
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'A bridge too far for local government': Bid fails to remove sex education book from Yass Council library

Yass Valley Council in New South Wales has voted down a motion to remove sex education book Welcome to Sex, co-authored by Yumi Stynes, from its library.
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'No way we could stay': Gay couple forced to move over neighbour's homophobic abuse

When Doug went to talk to his neighbour about quotes for a new fence, he was expecting an amicable discussion. Instead, it was the start of a homophobic campaign of harassment.
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The anonymous question a sex educator hears from kids nearly every day

Young people's curiosity about sex is nothing new, but access to the internet and the terabytes of graphic pornography it hosts has given rise to a fresh set of concerns: if kids go looking for answers to their awkward questions on Google, what will they find?
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Wearing a rainbow Swatch watch could now see you jailed for three years in Malaysia

Law enforcement raid Swatch stores throughout Malaysia's capital as part of the nation's latest crackdown on what it called "LGBTQ elements" of society.
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Study finds high level of distress for Indigenous LGBTQ+ youth

Nearly one in two young Indigenous LGBTQ+ Australians have attempted suicide at some point in their life, new research has found.
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Duration: 4 minutes 34 seconds

New report shines spotlight on 'shocking' rates of self-harm among young Indigenous LGBTIQA+ people

The survey, the first of its kind, shows nearly one in two young Indigenous LGBTIQA+ Australians have attempted suicide at some point in their life. 
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'Destructive and thoughtless': Queer Malaysians respond to The 1975 singer Matty Healy's rant against anti-LGBTQ laws

Members of Malaysia's queer community are left fuming after the frontman of UK pop band The 1975, Matty Healy, kissed a male bandmate and criticised the country's anti-LGBT laws onstage at a Kuala Lumpur festival. 
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'You don't have to hide': Local AFL promotes LGBTQI+ inclusion with Pride Round

Emily and Dael found a sense of community and belonging in their local footy team. They hope the launch of Central West NSW's first AFL Pride Round will mean others in the local LGBTQI+ community can do the same.
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Why young women in China are ditching 'beauty duty'

Some young feminists in China are rebelling against mainstream beauty standards by embracing buzz cuts and ditching make-up.

Malaysia halts music festival after same-sex kiss by UK band The 1975

In videos posted on social media, the band's frontman Matty Healy can be seen kissing bassist Ross MacDonald after criticising the Malaysian government's stance against homosexuality in a profanity-laden speech to the festival audience.
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How skimpies – or bartenders in bikinis and bras – have survived post #MeToo

Is the industry really same name, totally different game? The ABC takes a look at how skimpy work has survived in regional Australia. 
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In Aussie 'skimpy' pubs bar staff work in their bras.

Scantily clad barmaids known as ‘skimpies’ arrived on Kalgoorlie-Boulder's pub scene in the 1970s, but how are skimpies still a thing in the #MeToo era?
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Duration: 4 minutes 45 seconds