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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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Xamon: it’s not enough to oppose conversion therapy, you have to take action

Xamon: it’s not enough to oppose conversion therapy, you have to take action

Alison Xamon MLC, the Greens’ spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity, has criticised the WA Labor Government for its failure to commit to banning harmful LGBTIQ conversion practices, including in religious and informal settings. In parliament on Thursday Xamon again questioned the government about its intentions for banning conversion practices which attempt to change a […]

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Calls for WA government to commit to outlawing conversion therapy

Calls for WA government to commit to outlawing conversion therapy

Survivors of LGBTQIA+ conversion practices have welcomed calls by the WA Greens for Western Australia to enact legislation against it. Upper House Greens MP, Alison Xamon, signaled recently that the issue needs to be addressed locally in the wake of other states moving ahead with bans and criminal penalties. Nathan Despott, from survivor group Brave […]

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Greens call for conversion therapy ban in Western Australia

Greens call for conversion therapy ban in Western Australia

OPINION Attempting to change or interfere with a person’s identity is a terrible abuse of human rights. And yet, up to 10% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Australians are vulnerable to harmful so-called conversion therapy practices, according to a 2018 report from La Trobe University and the Human Rights Law Centre. Conversion therapy attempts […]

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Greens: WA Govt must do more to protect LGBTIQ+ from hate crimes

Greens: WA Govt must do more to protect LGBTIQ+ from hate crimes

Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity and Justice, Alison Xamon, has urged the McGowan government to develop a better response to LGBTIQ+ hate crime, after learning there is no data collection on the issue. Xamon said she was dismayed to learn through questions in WA Parliament that police still do not track instances of […]

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The Greens’ Alison Xamon asks why we don’t monitor hate crimes

The Greens’ Alison Xamon asks why we don’t monitor hate crimes

The Greens’ MP Alison Xamon has asked the government why we don’t keep track of the level of hate crimes in Western Australia. The Greens spokesperson for Multicultural Affairs, Sexuality and Gender Diversity said she was dismayed by the inadequacy of the Government’s response to the question she asked in parliament earlier this week. Xamon […]

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WA Greens call on McGowan Government to ban conversion therapy

WA Greens call on McGowan Government to ban conversion therapy

The WA Greens are urging the state government to ban LGBTI+ conversion therapy following an announcement by Victorian Labor Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday. Andrews was joined by Minister for Equality Martin Foley and Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos at Melbourne’s Midsumma Pride March, where he revealed the Victorian Government’s plan to prohibit LGBTI+ conversion practices […]

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Maylands ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ event attracts homophobic comments

Maylands ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ event attracts homophobic comments

Recently launched local business Rabble Books and Games has been a welcome addition to the Eighth Avenue shopping precinct in Maylands. Situated is the heartlands of Perth’s queer community, it has been embraced by local rainbow families who have finally been able to easily get books that show representations of different kinds of families. The […]

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Greens WA call on state government to address religious exemptions

Greens WA call on state government to address religious exemptions

The Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity Alison Xamon is urging the WA government to act on the immediate issue of religious exemptions. The MLC is also calling for the McGowan Labor government to commit to a comprehensive response to addressing discrimination in Western Australia, following the release of the Equal Opportunity Commission’s Annual […]

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Pridefest 2018 launches theme of ‘Together’

Pridefest 2018 launches theme of ‘Together’

Pride WA have launched the 2018 PrideFEST outlining new events and changes to the annual festival. The 2018 festival will embrace the theme ‘Together’. Speaking at a VIP Launch function at the State Theatre Centre on Monday night, Pride WA President Jeremy Wray shared his excitement about the upcoming festival saying he was confidence it […]

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