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Senator Claire Chandler will not apologise for comments on trans women

Senator Claire Chandler will not apologise for comments on trans women

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Claire Chandler says she will not be “withdrawing, retracting, modifying or apologising” for her comments on trans women in sport. The statement comes as the politician has been called before the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission after a complaint was lodged over an opinion piece published in a newspaper and subsequent email outlining her opposition […]

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Germany apologises for gay discrimination in the armed forces

Germany apologises for gay discrimination in the armed forces

Germany has formally apologised for decades of discrimination against gay people in their armed forces. The country changed its policy against gay people serving in 2000. A study commissioned the defence ministry found that there was systematic discrimination in the Bundeswehr – the military of West Germany and since 1990 of reunited Germany from 1955 […]

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Protecting transgender employees is not on Porter’s agenda

Protecting transgender employees is not on Porter’s agenda

Federal Minister for Industrial Relations, Christian Porter, says the government has no plan to add workplace protections for transgender, intersex and gender diverse people. Porter responded to an enquiry from just.equal about the inadequacies of workplace laws to protect trans, intersex and gender diverse employees. The Minister’s office said no change to existing law is […]

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Report: Nearly half of workers unable to be ‘true selves’ at work

Report: Nearly half of workers unable to be ‘true selves’ at work

A new report from recruitment service Indeed has found almost half of workers in Australia feel they unable to be their ‘true self’ in the workplace. Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace surveyed 1512 working Australians with YouGov, with 46% of those surveyed revealing they felt unable to be themselves at work some, or all […]

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Lyle Shelton vows to never apologise for comments about drag performers

Lyle Shelton vows to never apologise for comments about drag performers

Lyle Shelton has vowed to never apologise for comments he made about Queensland drag performers Queeny and Delta Good-Rim, despite being called to a conciliation process at the Queensland Human Rights Commission. Shelton, who previously lead the ‘No’ campaign against marriage equality, and was formerly the leader of the Australian Christian Lobby, unsuccessfully ran for […]

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Calls for McGowan to step up for LGBTIQ+ students and teachers

Calls for McGowan to step up for LGBTIQ+ students and teachers

Local LGBTIQ+ advocates are calling on the state government to take action on LGBTIQ+ discrimination in schools, as the federal government’s Religious Discrimination Bill lies in wait. A 36-year-old provision in WA’s Equal Opportunity Act allows for faith-based schools to refuse enrolment, expel students and fire staff on the basis of sexuality or gender identity. […]

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Gabon parliament votes to decriminalise homosexuality

Gabon parliament votes to decriminalise homosexuality

A vote to decriminalise homosexual activity has passed the Senate in the African nation of Gabon, with an overwhelming 59 votes in favour, 17 against and 4 abstaining. The Senate vote follows a successful lower house vote on the legislation back in June, ending a short-lived ban on same-gender relations enacted just last year. Unlike […]

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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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