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NSW Special Commission of Inquiry to investigate historic gay hate crimes

NSW Special Commission of Inquiry to investigate historic gay hate crimes

The NSW Government has announced that it will establish a Special Commission of Inquiry into LGBTIQ Hate Crimes, with the Honourable Justice John Sackar as Commissioner to lead the Inquiry. The decision to establish a judicial inquiry was first announced in November last year, following the publication of a damning parliamentary report released mid-2021. Premier Domonic […]

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Landmark report traces history of trans communities in NSW

Landmark report traces history of trans communities in NSW

A landmark report analysing the history of trans and gender diverse communities in New South Wales has been released today, marking Trans Day of Visibility. The report was produced for NSW’s peak LGBTQ+ health organisation ACON and the Gender Centre by Professor Noah Riseman of the Australian Catholic University, tracing the history of trans and […]

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Advocates commend government rejection of Latham’s education bill

Advocates commend government rejection of Latham’s education bill

LGBTQIA+ advocates are celebrating the end of a bill put forward by NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham targeting trans and gender diverse young people, as the state government release a report outlining their opposition to the legislation. The report from NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell lists four reasons the Perrottet Government will not support the […]

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NSW to fund ACON Health Centre under LGBTI Health Strategy

NSW to fund ACON Health Centre under LGBTI Health Strategy

LGBTQ+ health and support service ACON and independent MP Alex Greenwich have welcomed $4.2million in funding for a new LGBTQ+ focused health centre. The ACON Health Centre will deliver care specifically for LGBTQ+ people across a wide range of health issues across NSW. The centre is designed to be an inclusive, person-centred, integrated and community-driven […]

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New peer service launches for people who practice sexualised drug use

New peer service launches for people who practice sexualised drug use

NSW’s leading LGBTQ health organisation, ACON, has launched a new information and support service for people engaged in sexualised drug use, often termed ‘chemsex’ or ‘party and play’. Devised and led by peers with lived experiences of sexualised drug use, M3THOD is a free and confidential service for gay and bisexual men (cis and trans), […]

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ACON add voice to #BreakTheBias this International Women’s Day

ACON add voice to #BreakTheBias this International Women’s Day

Ahead of International Women’s Day 2022, ACON is calling all community members to celebrate the achievements of LGBTQ women, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality. Observed annually on 8 March, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of all women and calls for […]

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Maxi Shield joins new domestic violence prevention campaign

Maxi Shield joins new domestic violence prevention campaign

Warning: This article contains mentions of domestic and family violence. With Mardi Gras days away, Domestic Violence prevention campaign We’re Better Than That has launched a second video series with two videos featuring Drag Race Down Under contestant Maxi Shield. In the emotional video, Maxi Shield shares that they are actually a survivor of domestic […]

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ACON launches Northern Rivers flood crisis support service

ACON launches Northern Rivers flood crisis support service

In response to the catastrophic flood emergency that continues to unfold in NSW’s Northern Rivers region, NSW LGBTQ health organisation ACON has launched a crisis support service that will be available for sexuality and gender diverse communities impacted by the disaster. In announcing the new service, ACON’s Deputy CEO Karen Price said: “We know these […]

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Campaign encourages Mardi Gras attendees to look after each other

Campaign encourages Mardi Gras attendees to look after each other

As Sydney prepares to celebrate the 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, LGBTQ health advocates are reminding revellers to look after their health, safety and wellbeing during the party season, especially in relation to HIV, sexual health, the use of alcohol and other drugs, consent and COVID-19. ACON, NSW’s leading LGBTQ health organisation, […]

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ACON CEO Nicholas Parkhill receives Australia Day honour

ACON CEO Nicholas Parkhill receives Australia Day honour

ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his significant service to community health, particularly to people living with HIV, and to healthcare delivery. In a career spanning more than three decades, Parkhill has been a staunch advocate for the health and wellbeing of people […]

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