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Conversion, hate speech and law reform top priorities in election survey

Conversion, hate speech and law reform top priorities in election survey

National LGBTQIA+ advocacy group just.equal have released results of their recent survey ahead of the state election here in Western Australia. Respondents to the survey have ranked tackling conversion practices, anti-vilification protections and law reform to improve the lives of trans, gender diverse and intersex folks as their top concerns. Removing special religious exemptions for […]

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Nationals respond to just.equal election policy survey

Nationals respond to just.equal election policy survey

Leader of the State National Party, Mia Davies MLA, has responded to the LGBTI policy survey sent to her by just.equal in December last year. The survey, issued to all WA Party leaders, asked each to outline their positions on conversion practices, Inclusive Education (Safe Schools), intersex law reform, transgender law reform, special religious exemptions […]

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just.equal launches new survey to push McGowan on law reform

just.equal launches new survey to push McGowan on law reform

LGBTIQ advocacy group, just.equal, has urged LGBTIQ West Australians to respond to a short, new survey about their law reform priorities for the next term of Government. WA Spokesperson for just.equal, Brian Greig, said the survey aims to increase pressure on Premier Mark McGowan to commit to LGBTIQ law reform before the 13 March election. […]

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Victorian government passes ‘gold-standard’ conversion therapy ban

Victorian government passes ‘gold-standard’ conversion therapy ban

The Andrews government in Victoria has successfully passed its bill banning conversion therapy after a late night parliamentary debate. The Change and Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill, which makes it illegal to try to suppress or change another person’s sexuality or gender identity, passed the Legislative Council 27 votes to nine late on Thursday night. The […]

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Alison Xamon says Australia Day Awards should not reward hate speech

Alison Xamon says Australia Day Awards should not reward hate speech

Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity Hon Alison Xamon MLC has strongly opposed the decision of the National Australia Day Council to promote former tennis player and religious leader Margaret Court to Companion Division in the Order of Australia. Xamon said the decision to award Court yet another award was inappropriate given her widely-publicised, […]

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LGBTIQ+ advocates ask WA parties to outline policies ahead of 2021 election

LGBTIQ+ advocates ask WA parties to outline policies ahead of 2021 election

LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal have written to all party leaders in Western Australia ahead of the state election asking them to support six key law and policy reforms. WA spokesperson, Brian Greig, said just.equal was focusing its leaders survey on particular LGBTIQ+ issues where WA had fallen behind other states. “With the election just 11 weeks […]

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just.equal reviews McGowan Government on LGBTI+ policy

just.equal reviews McGowan Government on LGBTI+ policy

OPINION: Brian Greig from just.equal looks over the McGowan Government’s contributions to the LGBTIQ+ communities during their first term in government.  The state Labor Government is coming to the end of its first term with an election due next March. It’s time to review its performance and lay out what we should expect if it […]

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Looking back at Peter Nattrass, the “Poofter Council” and Pride

Looking back at Peter Nattrass, the “Poofter Council” and Pride

Recent events have reminded Perth’s LGBTQIA+ communities of the long road that has been travelled to see Perth’s PrideFEST grow to become one of the biggest events in the city. The intersection between Pride, The Perth City Council, and politics has often been a space of discord.  Back in the 1990s Brian Greig was at […]

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Inclusive Education WA funding ends without renewal

Inclusive Education WA funding ends without renewal

Inclusive Education WA (IEWA), Western Australia’s rebranded version of the Safe Schools program, will no longer be funded after October 31st 2020. In 2018, the program announced a new name following criticism from conservative groups after its initial launch, state election campaigns and throughout the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. The WA Department of Education has confirmed that the […]

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Binary phone poll hits local LGBTIQ+ community members

Binary phone poll hits local LGBTIQ+ community members

Western Australians have reported receiving an automated phone poll from anti-transgender organisation Binary, and just as has occurred in other states questions have been raised around the polls’ questions, which have been described as leading and out of context. Brendon Entrekin is one of the people who received the poll on Monday night, he was […]

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