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LORD HAVE MERCY
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
We’ve been waiting with bated breath for a new lesbian drama and it
seems that our prayers have been answered.
Mercy, starring Ellen Page and Kate Mara is a romance-drama with film-
ing set to begin in Cincinnati in September.
Page is portraying Lucy, the daughter of a man on death row falling in love with
Mara’s character, a woman on the opposing side of her
family’s political cause. As a result, Lucy’s value for truth is tested as her world
begins to unravel.
An advocate for LGBTI rights, Page has said she is committed to taking roles that support women and gay characters.
It’s great to see lesbians being represented on the big screen and we are hoping, at some point, one of those lesbian actors can have a happy end-
ing. Be still our beating hearts...
NEWS BROUGHT TO YOU BY OUTNEWS GLOBAL EDITOR ALANNA HIGGINSON
With Tu rn b ull’s plans for a plebiscite hanging by a thread it’s
been difficult to avoid politics this past month.
Delays, high costs, and a general lack of support from the Austra-
lian public have been only some of the many hurdles facing the
country’s proposed referendum on the issue.
Now, members of Parliament are formally withdrawing their sup-
port for the nationwide public vote.
Equal marriage activists have this week reached out across the po-
litical spectrum in order to urge all parties to secure a consensus
on a way forward, or it could be years before same-sex couples are
finally allowed to marry.
Over the pond, Hillary Clinton made history too as one of a hand-
ful of female Democratic party presidential candidates. And with
German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Europe’s helm, and US First
Lady Michelle Obama’s star rising as she prepares to leave the
White House, 2016 is shaping up to be a good year for women in
Same-sex couples in Queensland are now one step closer to being
able to adopt children within the state, as the Queensland govern-
ment has announced it will remove discriminatory laws that stop
gay and lesbian couples from adopting children.
Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman made the announce-
ment following a wide-ranging review of the state’s Adoption Act.
Fentiman was the driving force behind the review that triggered the
proposed legal amendment and six months of community consul-
The move was warmly received by advocates after years of lobby-
ing, including Lea Sanson and Julie Carrington, who said they had
waited six years to adopt a girl they had cared for as foster parents.
National spokeswoman of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and
Gays, Shelley Argent, said the “fantastic” move would benefit entire
The changes would bring Queensland into line with Victoria, the
Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia and New South Wales.
QUEENSLAND TO ALLOW ADOPTION FOR
Georgie Stone has been a pioneer in teen gender transition. Fighting
hard to be true to herself and battle prejudice, she became the young-
est person to be granted use of puberty blockers by the Family Court of
Australia when she started to go through male puberty at the age of 10.
The young woman is now lobbying politicians to change legislation forcing
young transgender people to obtain the Family Court’s approval for transitioning
Australia is the only country in the world to force families to obtain permission
from the courts before transgender children can fully transition. Judges can deny
or delay requests to start stage-two hormone therapy, which administers either
testosterone or oestrogen to the patient.
Georgie’s story captured the attention of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews who said: “In my job I get to meet some pretty inspiring people. One of those
is 16-year-old Georgie Stone.
“ She is trying to make it easier for other people who face the same hurdles.” Georgie, we salute you.
ALL HAIL YOUNG ROLE MODEL GEORGIE STONE
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