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New rules for blood donation start on 31st January, but is it still discriminatory?

New rules for blood donation start on 31st January, but is it still discriminatory?

From January 31st gay men will be able to donate blood after a three month celibacy period rather than twelve, but advocates say the celibacy period should be abolished altogether and replaced with screening for individual risk. The Red Cross Blood Service, Lifeblood, has now confirmed on its LGBTIQ donor webpage that from January 31st […]

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Details of discrimination complaint against Lyle Shelton revealed

Details of discrimination complaint against Lyle Shelton revealed

Details of the discrimination complaint lodged against Lyle Shelton, the former leader of the Australian Christian Lobby, have been revealed with drag performers Diamond and Johnny Valkyrie asking for financial compensation and a public apology. Shelton is appearing before the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal over a blog post he made back in January, and […]

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Court considering lodging equal opportunity complaint against Lotterywest

Court considering lodging equal opportunity complaint against Lotterywest

Margaret Court has told The West Australian that she’s considering taking out an equal opportunities complaint against Lotterywest after the funding body declined an application to buy a new freezer truck for the charity arm of her Victory Life Church. The Lotterywest board decided not to provide funding to Victory Life, instead provide funds to other […]

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Perth Ola driver kicks gay couple out of car for touching

Perth Ola driver kicks gay couple out of car for touching

Ride-share company Ola has offered a public apology after one of their drivers kicked a gay couple in Perth out of the car for “breaking his rules”. Their offence? One half of the couple rested his hand on his partner’s leg, while the other rested his head on his boyfriend’s shoulder. When Anthony Price and […]

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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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