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Intersex advocates raise concerns with new FINA regulations

Intersex advocates raise concerns with new FINA regulations

Intersex advocates have highlighted issues with new regulations passed by the peak body for elite swimming, FINA, warning of discrimination against people with intersex variations. Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA) have called attention to regulations pertaining to ‘XY DSDs’, which categorises women with certain intersex traits as men. The new policy would also only allow […]

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Trans advocates warn against trans-exclusionary swimming policy

Trans advocates warn against trans-exclusionary swimming policy

Australian trans folks and LGBTIQ+ advocacy groups are calling on international swimming body FINA to place its new trans-exclusionary policy under review, urging Australian sporting bodies to proceed carefully as the new policy sets a harmful precedent, and warm of violations of human rights principles. Yesterday it was revealed that FINA members voted to change […]

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FINA votes to restrict trans women from participating in elite swimming

FINA votes to restrict trans women from participating in elite swimming

Swimming’s governing body FINA has voted to restrict transgender women from participating in the sport at the elite level. The organisation says it will create a working group to establish an ‘open’ event for some categories as part of its new policy. The new policy was voted in during an extraordinary general meeting of the […]

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Poll find support for Singapore’s anti-gay laws is falling

Poll find support for Singapore’s anti-gay laws is falling

A poll conducted in Singapore has shown that support for the country’s colonial era laws that outlaw homosexuality has dropped in recent years. Less than half of those surveyed said they supported the criminalisation of homosexuality, revealing a shift in attitudes in the conservative country. The poll conducted by Ipsos asked 500 Singaporeans for their […]

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Singapore’s Pink Dot calls on politicians to move “onwards” with law reform

Singapore’s Pink Dot calls on politicians to move “onwards” with law reform

Majulah, in Malay it means ‘onwards’ and it’s the message attendees at Singapore’s Pink Dot event sent to politicians and their fellow citizens.  Singing the country’s national anthem Majulah Singapura, thousands called for action on Singapore’s antiquated colonial laws against homosexuality. Singapore’s annual gathering in support of LGBTIQA+ law reform drew thousands of people to Hong Lim Park […]

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Cycling’s governing body adjusts rules for transgender athletes

Cycling’s governing body adjusts rules for transgender athletes

Cycling’s governing body has announced new rules for transgender athletes. Under the new rules transgender women will have to show they can maintain a lower level of testosterone than the previous rules required, and wait for two years, double the previous time period, before competing. The rules used in the sport of cycling were put […]

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Australian Education Union calls for Chaplaincy program to be abandoned

Australian Education Union calls for Chaplaincy program to be abandoned

While many organisations have welcomed the announcement from Education Minister Jason Clare that the National Chaplaincy Program in schools will no longer be restricted to staff linked to religious bodies, the Australian Education Union (AEU) has added it’s voice to those calling for an overall of the entire program. While staff employed under the program […]

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Calls for School Chaplains program to be reviewed and improved

Calls for School Chaplains program to be reviewed and improved

National LGBTIQA+ lobby group Just.Equal Australia has welcomed changes to the school chaplaincy program, but says the government has not gone far enough. Education Minister, Jason Clare, announced the $60 million program would be adjusted to allow schools to apply for funding for either a secular professional counsellor or religious chaplain. The previous Coalition Government […]

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Stephen Bates takes over as Greens spokesperson on LGBTIQA+ issues

Stephen Bates takes over as Greens spokesperson on LGBTIQA+ issues

The Australian Greens Leader, Adam Bandt, has announced the party’s updated portfolio allocation for the upcoming 47th Parliament, ahead of the first sittings in July. With the dramatic increase in the number of Greens members elected to parliament, the party has reshuffled it’s portfolios with newly elected Queensland MP Stephen Bates taking over responsibility for […]

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Calls for UN to continue work combatting LGBTIQ discrimination

Calls for UN to continue work combatting LGBTIQ discrimination

Over a thousand organisations from 134 States and Territories delivered a joint global statement calling for the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Independent Expert on violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). “The continuation of this mandate is critical. In every region of the world, widespread, grave and […]

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