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Queensland cafe allegedly told lesbian couple to leave and “never come back”

Queensland cafe allegedly told lesbian couple to leave and “never come back”

A Queensland cafe is facing a wave of criticism after allegations that they told an interracial same-sex couple to leave the venue and “never come back”. Queensland-based publication QNews have reported on the incident that occurred last weekend. The two women have shared their experience of alleged discrimination at the Poet’s Cafe in the small Sunshine […]

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Australia falls behind US on trans and intersex workplace rights

Australia falls behind US on trans and intersex workplace rights

Advocates have highlighted gaps in Australia’s workplace protections in light of this week’s Supreme Court ruling that protects LGBTIQ+ workers. The ruling, won 6 votes to 3, found that discrimination on the basis of sexuality and gender identity is covered by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Veteran transgender advocate, Sally Goldner AM, says Australia needs […]

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Advocates urge McGowan to change WA law after US Supreme Court ruling

Advocates urge McGowan to change WA law after US Supreme Court ruling

LGBTIQ+ advocates in Western Australia are calling on Premier Mark McGowan to reassess state laws in light of the US Supreme Court’s decision to protect against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexuality and gender identity. Earlier this week, the US Supreme Court voted 6-3 that sexuality and gender based discrimination was covered by the […]

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Calls for PM to drop Religious Discrimination Bill after US ruling

Calls for PM to drop Religious Discrimination Bill after US ruling

Australian LGBTIQ+ advocates are calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to ditch the Religious Discrimination Bill, following the US Supreme Court ruling to protect against workplace discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity. In a landmark decision this week, the US Supreme Court voted 6-3 that discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity is a form […]

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US Supreme Court rules against LGBTIQ+ workplace discrimination

US Supreme Court rules against LGBTIQ+ workplace discrimination

The US’ top court has ruled that the nation’s current workplace discrimination act must apply to cases of discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity. In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court voted 6-3 that discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity is a form of sex discrimination, and protected by Title VII of the […]

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Singapore’s court rejects cases for legalisation of homosexuality

Singapore’s court rejects cases for legalisation of homosexuality

Singapore’s High Court has rejected three different cases challenging the country’s colonial era laws that outlaw homosexuality. Section 377A of the country’s Penal Code criminalises same-sex relations between men. The law was introduced in the 1930’s when Singapore was ruled by Britain and echoes similar laws left by the British around the world. LGBTI human […]

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On The Line: Rodney Croome on the Religious Discrimination Bill

On The Line: Rodney Croome on the Religious Discrimination Bill

In early December the Morrison government announced some changes to their contentious Religious Discrimination Bill, after revealing in November the first draft would be reconsidered. LGBTIQ+ advocates have been concerned about the bill since its inception, and these changes have raised new worries that the legislation will provide more avenues for discrimination against queer folks. […]

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Morrison government reveal new draft of Religious Discrimination Bill

Morrison government reveal new draft of Religious Discrimination Bill

The Morrison government have released a new draft of the controversial Religious Discrimination Bill, after withdrawing its first draft in November. The updated bill announced today by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney General Christian Porter has seen some major changes, following criticism from LGBTIQ+ and women’s advocacy groups, as well as approximately 6,000 written […]

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Human Rights Commission: religious discrimination bill is too broad

Human Rights Commission: religious discrimination bill is too broad

The Australian Human Rights Commission have laid out their opposition to the government’s proposed religious discrimination legislation. While the Human Rights Commission says it has supported the idea of legislation to protect religious belief for over two decades, there are some elements in the government’s bill that it find problematic. The HRC is concerned that […]

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Dreyfus says the government needs to consult with all Australians

Dreyfus says the government needs to consult with all Australians

Labor’s Shadow Attorney General, Mark Dreyfus, is calling on the Morrison government to be more transparent with the development of their religious discrimination legislation. While the proposed legislation has been approved by cabinet, and shown to religious and family groups, it has  not been shared with the opposition, or LGBTIQ groups concerned about its content. […]

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