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Tasmanian advocates welcome gender reform report, call for intersex protections

Tasmanian advocates welcome gender reform report, call for intersex protections

Tasmanian LGBTIQ advocates have welcomed a new report giving the State’s gender reforms the all clear and calling for surgical intervention on intersex children to be a crime. The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute has issued a report that says Tasmania’s groundbreaking new gender laws are some of the most progressive in the world, and have […]

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Tasmania Law Reform Institute report highlights positive outcomes of gender reform

Tasmania Law Reform Institute report highlights positive outcomes of gender reform

The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute (TLRI) has found that the state’s 2019 gender identity reform laws do not create any significant unintended consequences for Tasmania’s justice system. The first of its kind in Australia, Tasmania’s Marriage and Gender Amendments Act overhauled state law, removing the obligation for parents to record sex on a birth certificate […]

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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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Sydney celebrates ‘What Matters’ at the 2020 Mardi Gras

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade took place last night, bringing together an estimated 300,000 spectators who lined the streets, balconies and rooftops of Oxford Street to cheer on the 12,600 marchers taking part in the world’s biggest celebration of the LGBTQI community. The parade began with a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony and […]

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Facebook and Instagram add new features for Mardi Gras

Facebook and Instagram add new features for Mardi Gras

Facebook and Instagram will launch a whole range of new features to their platforms today to allow Australians to celebrate their Pride during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Facebook and Instagram’s Your Voice Matters campaign aims to celebrate LGBTQ+ stories and communities, empowering queer expression, and fostering safety across the platforms. Instagram will also […]

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Mark Latham uses inaugural speech to attack ‘fluid sexuality’

Mark Latham uses inaugural speech to attack ‘fluid sexuality’

One Nation’s NSW leader Mark Latham has used his inaugural speech in the NSW parliament to attack gender and sexual fluidity, and voice support for embattled rugby player Israel Folau. Latham spoke of his appreciation of western society saying from the enlightenment to the industrial revolution there had been major advancements in health care and education, […]

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Youth Pride Network seeks new committee members

Youth Pride Network seeks new committee members

If you’re a young LGBTQIA+ person in Western Australia, and want to advocate for greater support and celebration of the community, then consider applying for Youth Pride Network. The peer-led LGBTQIA+ youth advocacy body is currently seeking several motivated young people, who will join the organisation as voluntary committee members. A role at Youth Pride […]

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Just.Equal pledges to put LGBTI issues on the election agenda

Just.Equal pledges to put LGBTI issues on the election agenda

The national LGBTIQ lobby group, just.equal, says it will seek commitments from all main parties to priorities identified by the LGBTIQ community. Following the announcement of a federal election for May 18th, just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said the group was aware of the issues concerning LGBTI people. “In August last year we surveyed the LGBTI […]

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Census will specifically include transgender and intersex people

Census will specifically include transgender and intersex people

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is considering including a specific check box for transgender and intersex people in the next national census. In the last census people could choose male, female or other, but submissions to the ABS have requested more specific information. Each time the census is rolled out the questions are changed […]

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Greens urge parliament to support statement on intersex rights

Greens urge parliament to support statement on intersex rights

Today is Intersex Awareness Day and The Australian Greens are calling on parliamentarians to show their support for the intersex community. The Greens have become the first political party to sign the Darlington Statement, a joint consensus statement by Australian and New Zealand intersex organisations and advocates. The statement advises on improvements that could be […]

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