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Advocates call for repeal of transgender forced divorce laws

Advocates call for repeal of transgender forced divorce laws




Equality advocates have urged Australia’s state governments to repeal laws forcing married transgender partners to divorce if they want their birth certificate to reflect their gender identity. The call comes in the wake of a landmark UN decision upholding the right of a transgender Australian to remain married under federal law and have her NSW […]

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It’s Not Just Me: Local trans men feature in new documentary

It’s Not Just Me: Local trans men feature in new documentary




A documentary exploring the lives of four Perth based trans men will be making its debut at this year’s Revelation Film Festival. Director Jonathan Messer, who is currently completing his PhD at WAAPA, followed the lives of four very different young men who were willing to share their lives and stories with the world for […]

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More than 100 religious leaders voice their support for marriage equality

More than 100 religious leaders voice their support for marriage equality




More than 100 religious leaders from all major religions in Australia have signed a joint statement calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to legislate for civil marriage equality now. This joint statement, organised by The Equality Campaign,  recognises that civil marriage equality is based on the values of love and commitment and is about ensuring […]

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Malaysian NGO blames gay and transgender people for HIV/AIDS rise

Malaysian NGO blames gay and transgender people for HIV/AIDS rise




A Malaysian non-government organisation has thrown their support behind the country’s health department’s controversial video competition. LGBT rights activists were astounded when the country’s health department launched a competition offering cash prizes for people to make videos that discourage being gay or transgender.  Activist argue that the competition will encourage discrimination and stigma against LGBT […]

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Senator Janet Rice: it’s time for Turnbull to act on marriage equality

Senator Janet Rice: it’s time for Turnbull to act on marriage equality




Senator Janet Rice, Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson, has slammed Margaret Court’s most recent comments about marriage equality and trans young people. Senator Rice said its time for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stand up to bigotry once and for all. “I am absolutely shocked. Beyond shocked. To label trans and non-binary children as ‘all the devil’ […]

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Tim Wilson: The marriage debate has descended into “national silliness”

Tim Wilson: The marriage debate has descended into “national silliness”




Liberal MP Tim Wilson says the national debate over marriage equality has descended into “national silliness”. Wilson blames his federal colleagues for failing to take action on the issue. “A lot of what’s happening at the moment is people expressing their frustration that the issue hasn’t been resolved. Frankly the discussion around marriage equality has […]

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Federal US court rules against trans discrimination in landmark case

Federal US court rules against trans discrimination in landmark case




The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled in favour of a young transgender student’s right to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender in a high-profile case. The court, which presides over the states of Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, found that the Kenosha Unified School District could not prevent trans student […]

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French AIDS activism film ‘120 BPM’ receives high praise at Cannes

French AIDS activism film ‘120 BPM’ receives high praise at Cannes




A new French film that chronicles thew work of LGBT activists at the height of the AIDS crisis generated high praise at the Cannes Film Festival. 120 BPM is a new film from writer-director Robin Campillo, who previously directed the film Eastern Boys.  The movie has been given positive reviews by Vanity Fair and industry bible […]

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ACL angry at Queensland police for taking part in IDAHoBiT Day

ACL angry at Queensland police for taking part in IDAHoBiT Day




The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has complained about Queensland Police supporting International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBiT). Wendy Francis, the ACL’s Queensland Director, has said it is inappropriate for police to be seen wearing a rainbow coloured lanyard. Francis said the rainbow lanyard is an endorsement of marriage equality, and “re-shaping” society’s understanding […]

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US lawmaker says there is a “distinction” between “gay people” and “being a human being”




A US politician has sparked outrage by suggesting that there is a distinction between gay people and human beings. In Missouri Republican member Rick Brattin was arguing against an amendment for Senate Bill 43 to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing or public accommodation. The lawmaker argued […]

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