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ACL says single people and gay men should not be able to access surrogacy

ACL says single people and gay men should not be able to access surrogacy

Ahead of the parliamentary debate on the McGowan government’s bill, that would allow single men and gay men to access altruistic surrogacy, the Australian Christian Lobby has argued that the laws need to move in the opposite direction and ban all single people from accessing surrogacy. Currently altruistic surrogacy can only legally be accessed by […]

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Figures show Perth hospital is helping more transgender youth

Figures show Perth hospital is helping more transgender youth

Perth Now has shared that Perth Children’s Hospital is successfully helping more children and teenagers who experience gender dysphoria. In 2017-18 the service has received 121 referrals for children aged under 18, and currently a total of 207 patients use the service. Over the last few years the clinic has seen an increase in the […]

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Shelton says no campaign only had three months to argue marriage case

Shelton says no campaign only had three months to argue marriage case

Aspiring politician Lyle Shelton says the Coalition for Marriage only had three months to argue the case against marriage equality while those in favour of changing the laws had been lobbying politicians for close to 30 years. Shelton, who is the Australian Conservatives lead senate candidate at the next federal election, is currently speaking at […]

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Dr Kerryn Phelps will run as an independent in the Wentworth by-election

Dr Kerryn Phelps will run as an independent in the Wentworth by-election

Dr Kerryn Phelps, one of the leading voices of the campaign for marriage equality, will run as an independent in the Wentworth by-election. Dr Phelps is a former President of the Australian Medical Association and currently serves as a City of Sydney councilor. A house-hold name across Australia she has been appearing on our television […]

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GRAI welcome bill to expunge historic homosexual convictions

GRAI welcome bill to expunge historic homosexual convictions

Western Australia’s advocacy group for older LGBTI+ people has welcomed the passage of the Historic Homosexual Convictions Expungement Bill in parliament this week. GLBTI Rights in Ageing Inc (GRAI) have voiced their support for the legislation that allows for the expungement of convictions for actions which are no longer considered criminal. GRAI’s Chair June Lowe says […]

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Senate passes motion to work towards ending conversion therapy

Senate passes motion to work towards ending conversion therapy

The Senate has passed a motion this week urging the federal government to work with states and territories to stop the practice of conversion therapy aimed at the LGBTIQ+ community. The motion put forward by Greens Senator Janet Rice calls on the Morrison government to work with other government leaders to outlaw the dangerous ‘therapies’. […]

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Legal challenge to Singapore’s homophobic laws launched

Legal challenge to Singapore’s homophobic laws launched

Singaporean DJ and Pink Dot Ambassador Johnson Ong Ming has launched a legal challenge to Singapore’s laws which criminalise homosexuality. Ong, who performs as DJ Big Kid, filed his challenge on Monday after India’s Supreme Court struck down similar laws ruling them to be unconstitutional. Singapore’s section 377a of the criminal code is identical to […]

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New report calls for hate crime legislation in Victoria

New report calls for hate crime legislation in Victoria

A new report from the Australian Human Rights Law Centre calls for the Victorian government to consider bringing in new legislation to protect people from hate crimes. The centre says it research has shown that 75% of LGBTI+ people have experienced some form of bullying, harassment or violence based on their sexual orientation, gender identity […]

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Expungement of historical homosexual convictions bill passes

Expungement of historical homosexual convictions bill passes

The McGowan government have successfully passed their Historical Homosexual Convictions bill. The new law will create a pathway which will see gay men who were arrested, charged and convicted of offences relating to their sexuality being able to apply for a complete expungement of their criminal records. Premier Mark McGowan vowed to take action on […]

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Scott Morrison stands firm on stronger protections for religious freedom

Scott Morrison stands firm on stronger protections for religious freedom

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has reasserted his support for stronger legal protections for religious freedom while speaking to ABC’s 730 program. Host Leigh Sales asked the Prime Minister about his stance on the issue after he vowed to defend religious freedom in an interview with Sydney Morning Herald last week. Sales questioned the Prime Minister on what […]

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