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MATT SHEPARD’S MUM SPEAKS OUT AGAINST DONALD
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
Judy Shepard to speak out in an advertisement against Trump’s hate-
based electoral campaign for President. Her son, Matthew, was mur-
dered in the horrific 1998 Laramie, Wyoming hatecrime, which brought
anti-LGBT violence to the attention of the people of the United States.
The US advert, which will run in Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Ne-
vada, Iowa, Colorado and New Hampshire, features Matthew Shepard’s mother,
linking the “hate” that she says Trump shows at events with the anti-gay senti-
ment that led two men to kill her son because of his sexual orientation.
In a powerful video, she says: “I ’ve seen what can happen as the result of hate.
My son Matt was murdered in 1998. He was befriended by two men in a bar,
who pretended to be gay.
“ They offered him a ride home, and when he was in their car, they robbed him and beat him. They drove Matt out to the prairie and tied him to a split-
rail fence, beat him some more, then left him for dead.
NEWS BROUGHT TO YOU BY OUTNEWS GLOBAL EDITOR ALANNA HIGGINSON
The Rainbow Walk in Light Square will celebrate Adelaide’s
gay and lesbian community and recognise South Australia
as the first state to decriminalise homosexuality in 1975.
Lord Mayor, Martin Haese, says the City of Adelaide is proud
to be a diverse, inclusive city and is determined to honour
its commitment to recognise this through the
Rainbow Walk. Former Greens Senator and Adelaide City
Councillor, Robert Simms, told ABC the installation sends a
“ We have a very proud story to tell here in South Austra-
lia—we were the first state in the country to decriminalise
homosexuality,” Mr Simms said.
“ The reason why I put this project forward when I was on
council was so that we could recognise that tradition and
really celebrate that proud history.”
The launch of the monument comes as part of Adelaide’s
annual Feast Festival, celebrating LGBTIQ+ culture.
The founder of Australia’s newest political party wants the coun-
try’s compassion to “end at our borders”.
Spearheaded by TV personality, Kim Vuga, it focuses on an
anti-immigration platform and has just been approved by the
Australian Electoral Commission.
The party has published its policy in relation to marriage equal-
ity stating that it supports a plebiscite being held on the issue.
“ The decision of same sex marriage should not be made by the
Australian politicians and should be a vote by the people for the
The decision of same sex marriage should also be up to the
church leaders and institution”, reads the party’s policy state-
ment. In an arguably controversial move, the party also claims it
supports the gay and lesbian community who they see as being
under threat from the Islamic community.
A RAINBOW COLOURED PATH HAS BEEN
UNVEILED IN ADELAIDE TO RECOGNISE THE
CITY’S LGBTI HISTORY.
LOVE AUSTRALIA OR LEAVE
POLITICAL PARTY LAUNCHED
This is the first time ever that interracial couple emojis have been offered.
In celebration of love, Focus Features announced earlier this month that
the new LOVE-MOJI App had launched. The app gives users the chance
to use interracial couple emojis for the first time.
Husband and wife, Richard and Mildred Loving, inspired the ground-breaking
new app. Nearly fifty years ago they showed us that love is stronger than hate
and has the power to spark real changes.
Users will be able to use the new keyboard extension on text and email as well as
social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. While same-sex couples and
individuals of different races have been represented as emojis in the past, inter-
racial couples and families had not made their debut as emojis until now.
Focus is encouraging everyone to show that simply conveying love can change the world one state at a time through the hashtags #VoteLoving, #Thi-
sisLoving, or #LovingMovie.
Download the LOVE-MOJI on iOS, Google Play, or visiting your app store.
LOVE-MOJI APP OFFERS INTERRACIAL COUPLE EMOJIS
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