The Veronicas singer defends LGBTQ education after 13-year-old’s tragic death

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Adolescence can be a tough time. It can be an even tougher time when who you are becomes the subject of ridicule and bullying.

At a rally on Saturday in Brisbane, one half of Australian music duo The Veronicas, Jess Origliasso posted a touching Instagram tribute to Tyrone Unsworth, a gay 13-year-old who tragically died by suicide after being bullied at school.

The rally was attended by hundreds, who came to honour Unsworth as well as show support for the threatened Safe Schools education program. 

The program is a non-compulsory education program for LGBTQ youth in Australia, teaching inclusivity and providing a safe environment for teens to ask questions and promote healthy development. Read more…

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LGBTQ community receives a state apology in parliament for inequalities

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It is little secret that the Australian government’s policies lag behind their global counterparts when it comes to marriage equality. 

However overnight the premier of the state of South Australia (SA) made an important step towards healing — apologising to the LGBTQ community for past wrongs.

Appearing before the parliament, Premier Jay Weatherill made a public and formal apology for the past mistreatment of the South Australian LGBTQ community and pledged to move toward recognition.

The public galleries surrounding the floor were filled with advocates and members of the community, eager to receive the apology. Read more…

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