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New Zealand child care centre reveals staff member’s HIV status

New Zealand child care centre reveals staff member’s HIV status

A child care centre in New Zealand is in the spotlight after it revealed an employees HIV status to parents before terminating the employee. Gayle Jonker was diagnosed with HIV in 2011, and until now she’d found employers were happy for her to talk to parents about her status if they became aware that she […]

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Poll: Australians oppose discrimination against LGBTI teachers, students

Poll: Australians oppose discrimination against LGBTI teachers, students

A new survey has shown that Australians are against current laws that allow religious schools to discriminate against LGBTI students and staff. A YouGov Galaxy Poll commissioned by LGBTI advocacy group just.equal completed a survey of 1015 Australians in April, showing massive opposition to special exemptions for these organisations from anti-discrimination laws. The data showed […]

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Conchita the Fierce: HIV Disclosure and Discrimination

Conchita the Fierce: HIV Disclosure and Discrimination

Last month Conchita Wurst came out as HIV positive via social media. Conchita is the stage name for the Austrian singer and performance artist Thomas Neuwirth, who won the Eurovision song contest in 2014 as Conchita for her song Rise Like a Phoenix. In her statement, Conchita wrote, “I have been HIV-positive for several years. […]

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Bangkok to hold trans and non-binary job expo

Bangkok to hold trans and non-binary job expo

Thailand’s capital is set to hold a trans and gender diverse focused job fair on Transgender Day of Visibility this month. Trak Trans Empowerment will host the Trans Friendly Job Fair in Bangkok on March 31st, with a mission to fight discrimination in the workplace for trans and gender diverse people. Community organisations such as […]

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Labor urged to end discrimination excemptions in faith-based schools

Labor urged to end discrimination excemptions in faith-based schools

LGBTI+ advocates are calling on the federal opposition to remove discrimination exemptions for faith-based schools in light of their recent commitment to increase funding to such institutions. The Australian Labor Party recently pledged to increase funding for religious schools by $250 million. Veteran LGBTI+ activist Rodney Croome says these schools should be held to the […]

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Advocates call for case studies of discrimination in private schools

Advocates for WA’s LGBTI community have called for more people to come forward and provide case studies of discrimination within private and religious schools. Under Western Australian law, LGBTI teachers and staff can be sacked, students can be expelled and enrolments from same-sex families denied. Recent high profile cases of discrimination include the removal of […]

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Calls for Labor to oppose anti-LGBTI discrimination exemptions

Calls for Labor to oppose anti-LGBTI discrimination exemptions

Equality advocates have repeated their calls for the Labor party to adopt a policy of scrapping existing legal exemptions that allow LGBTI people to be sacked or refused service by faith-based schools, hospitals and charities. The call comes after Deputy Labor leader, Tanya Plibersek (pictured), defended such exemptions saying “we’re not proposing to change any […]

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just.equal raise concerns over Ruddock’s religious freedom inquiry

just.equal raise concerns over Ruddock’s religious freedom inquiry

Australian LGBTI advocacy group just.equal have launched a petition to combat any roll back of anti-discrimination laws following the passage of marriage equality. The group are concerned that the Prime Minister’s inquiry into religious freedom, led by former Liberal MP Philip Ruddock, may see protections for LGBTI people revoked. “The current religious freedom movement has […]

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Carissa Wright helps #shinealightforlife this Festive Season

The festive season, for many Australians, is a time filled with positive associations of giving and appreciating what they have in the company of loved ones. Unfortunately, for others, it is a time filled with added pressures of expectation or reminders of loss, which can lead to increased levels of anxiety, depression and loneliness. Because […]

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Christian Schools Australia say religious protections should be retained

Christian Schools Australia say religious protections should be retained

An national fellowship of Christian Schools are asking for no changes to be made to legal exemptions that allow faith-based schools to discriminate based on sexuality, following the removal of a gay teacher from a Perth college. The West Australian have reported that Christian Schools Australia have written to Attorney General John Quigley and Education Minister […]

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