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The Shelter Seat is back highlighting support for homeless people

Guerilla artists highlighting the plight of homeless people in the Perth city centre have installed another Shelter Seat. The park bench that can be transformed into a sleeping shelter for homeless people first appeared in Perth back in October. On the outside it features comments made by Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas back in 2019, where […]

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City of Perth will create LGBTIQ advisory group to help with diversity

City of Perth will create LGBTIQ advisory group to help with diversity

Councilors at the City of Perth will set up an LGBTIQ+ Advisory group to help make sure the city is inclusive in it’s actions and planning in the future. The group will also assist in the development of a new diversity and inclusion policy for the local government authority. The idea was put forward by […]

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TransFolk of WA hosting community consultation on City of Perth

TransFolk of WA hosting community consultation on City of Perth

TransFolk of WA are holding a community consultation, seeking input on their ongoing conversations with the City of Perth and the Lord Mayor. “It has been a challenging few weeks in the wake of Mr. Zempilas’ comments on 6PR radio,” TransFolk of WA said of the initiative. “TransFolk of WA has been in conversation with […]

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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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TransFolk of WA: “We hear you”

TransFolk of WA: “We hear you”

TransFolk of WA have reached out to local LGBTQIA+ folks, continuing to keep the community updated on their ongoing correspondence with Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas. Earlier this week, TransFolk of WA teamed up with Pride WA to write to the Lord Mayor and urge him to seek education on the lives of trans and gender […]

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Dr Anja Ravine: Gender identity is not a choice

Dr Anja Ravine: Gender identity is not a choice

Dr Anja Ravine is transgender and a past member of Pride WA’s organising committee. Dr Ravine now works in Sydney as a genetic pathologist. Previously in Perth, Anja was for some time professor of medical genetics at the University of Western Australia. Speaking on Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas’ recent remarks about trans and gender […]

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TransFolk of WA & Pride WA provide update on Basil Zempilas

TransFolk of WA & Pride WA provide update on Basil Zempilas

TransFolk of WA and Pride WA have published a statement on their interactions with Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas, following his statements on trans and gender diverse folks. Both organisations sent a joint letter to the Lord Mayor last week, outlining concerns over the Lord Mayor’s comments, with reference to the City of Perth’s Code of […]

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Basil Zempilas says he will attend TransFolk event to educate himself

Basil Zempilas says he will attend TransFolk event to educate himself

Embattled Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas says he will attend an event held by TransFolk of WA and Pride WA during the upcoming Pride Festival. Zempilas used his weekly column in The West Australian to repeat his apology for his on-air comments about transgender and non-binary people and said he would accept an invitation to attend a […]

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Protest against Basil Zempilas organised for this Saturday

Protest against Basil Zempilas organised for this Saturday

Local LGBTQIA+ advocates have rallied local community members for a protest against Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas. The protest comes after the Lord Mayor made offensive comments about trans, gender diverse and intersex people earlier this week. The Facebook event page begins by declaring “Perth’s new mayor, Basil Zempilas, is nothing but a transphobic and […]

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Petition for Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas to stand down gains traction

A petition calling for Basil Zempilas to stand down as Lord Mayor of Perth is gaining traction after comments made yesterday about trans, gender diverse and intersex communities. The petition, launched by Perth Scorpions Volleyball Club, have branded the Lord Mayor’s comments as “hateful, bigoted and appalling.” “This is not how a Lord Mayor should […]

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