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Senator Claire Chandler will not apologise for comments on trans women

Senator Claire Chandler will not apologise for comments on trans women

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Claire Chandler says she will not be “withdrawing, retracting, modifying or apologising” for her comments on trans women in sport. The statement comes as the politician has been called before the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission after a complaint was lodged over an opinion piece published in a newspaper and subsequent email outlining her opposition […]

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Senator says Tasmania’s anti-discrimination laws pave ‘road to tyranny’

Senator says Tasmania’s anti-discrimination laws pave ‘road to tyranny’

Victorian Liberal Senator James Paterson has written an opinion piece for The Australian published today, entitled Silencing dissent – now that’s a road to tyranny. The article is a response an anti-discrimination complaint made against his Tasmanian colleague, Senator Claire Chandler, who has been called before the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission after complaints were filed over her recent article […]

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Germany apologises for gay discrimination in the armed forces

Germany apologises for gay discrimination in the armed forces

Germany has formally apologised for decades of discrimination against gay people in their armed forces. The country changed its policy against gay people serving in 2000. A study commissioned the defence ministry found that there was systematic discrimination in the Bundeswehr – the military of West Germany and since 1990 of reunited Germany from 1955 […]

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Lynn MacLaren puts her hand up for a return to politics

Lynn MacLaren puts her hand up for a return to politics

Former State MLC Lynn MacLaren has confirmed she will be standing for pre-selection to replace retiring federal senator Rachel Siewert. Senator Siewert recently announced she’ll be retiring at the next election, having served in the parliament since 2004. MacLaren served several terms in the Western Australian parliament, she first joined the parliament in February 2005 when […]

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US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg has lost her long battle with pancreatic cancer and died aged 87. The court announced her passing. “Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer,” Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said. […]

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Russian neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich dies in prison

Russian neo-Nazi Maxim Martsinkevich dies in prison

A Russian neo-Nazi who spurred attacks on young gay men back in 2013 has died in prison. Maxim Martsinkevich, who was known as Tesak, which means cleaver or machete, reportedly took his own life. Martsinkevich was serving a 10 year sentence in a hard labour camp for “inciting and fomenting cases of extremism”. His conviction was […]

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Advocates say WA govt show double standards on conversion therapy

Advocates say WA govt show double standards on conversion therapy

West Australian LGBTIQ+ advocates have accused the McGowan Government of double standards when tackling child abuse in religious organisations. Earlier this week, Community Services Minister Simone McGurk told The West Australian that the government had decided that state legislation aimed at improving the reporting of child abuse would focus on religious institutions “because as institutions those […]

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Protecting transgender employees is not on Porter’s agenda

Protecting transgender employees is not on Porter’s agenda

Federal Minister for Industrial Relations, Christian Porter, says the government has no plan to add workplace protections for transgender, intersex and gender diverse people. Porter responded to an enquiry from just.equal about the inadequacies of workplace laws to protect trans, intersex and gender diverse employees. The Minister’s office said no change to existing law is […]

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Rabble Books and Games banishes JK Rowling over transphobia

Rabble Books and Games banishes JK Rowling over transphobia

Perth bookstore Rabble Books and Games has announced it will no longer stock books written by JK Rowling. The queer friendly business is located in Maylands in the heart of Perth’s LGBTIQ+ community and has a long history of stocking LGBTIQ+ titles, and hosting events with queer authors, and the popular Drag Queen Storytime. In […]

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JK Rowling doubles down on transphobia with new novel

JK Rowling doubles down on transphobia with new novel

After months of public criticism for sharing her transphobic opinions, author JK Rowling has reinforced her stance with the announcement of her latest novel. The Harry Potter author ignited controversy earlier this year with a barrage of public anti-trans statements, including an essay titled TERF Wars, outlining her trans-exclusive ideas of feminism and arguing against treatment for […]

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