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Tasmanian Labor vote for Medicare-backed gender confirmation surgery

Tasmanian Labor vote for Medicare-backed gender confirmation surgery

Tasmania’s Labor Party have voted in support of Medicare-funded gender confirmation surgery at their state conference this week, Examiner reports. Speaking at the conference, Dana Endelmanis spoke of her lived experience as a transgender woman growing up in north western Tasmania. “Trans, intersex and non-binary Australians continue to be denied fundamental healthcare rights and continue to […]

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Law Reform Commission proposes changes to sex & gender laws

Law Reform Commission proposes changes to sex & gender laws

The WA Law Reform Commission has released a discussion paper exploring an extensive review of the state’s legislation regarding recognition of a person’s sex, gender and intersex status. The review follows a successful motion at last year’s state Labor conference to axe the Gender Reassignment Board. At present, Western Australians must apply to the Gender […]

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Worth a Read: Five stories you need to read

Worth a Read: Five stories you need to read

ESPN’s body issue features a same-sex couple for the first time Huffington Post Athletes Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird have appeared in ESPN’s iconic body issue, the first time the magazine has features a same-sex couple. Read the story Throb, Darwin’s gay nightclub comes of age ABC Throb, Darwin’s gay nightclub has celebrated its 18th […]

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Tasmanian Labor voice support for gay conversion therapy ban

Tasmanian Labor voice support for gay conversion therapy ban

Tasmania’s Shadow Health Minister has voiced her support for banning gay conversion therapy practices. Sarah Lovell MLC added her name to a petition calling for the practice to be banned, and called on Tasmania’s Liberal government lead by Will Hodgman to show it’s support too. “In a supposedly enlightened and tolerant Australia, it’s difficult to […]

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Transgender people will be considered in WA law reform

Transgender people will be considered in WA law reform

Confusion has followed an announcement from Western Australian Attorney General John Quigley that stated the government would look into sections of Western Australian law that require people to get divorced before being recognised as having changed gender. People who are transgender and want to be formally recognised as either male or female were left bewildered […]

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David Leyonhjelm worried about marriage debate descending into litigation

David Leyonhjelm worried about marriage debate descending into litigation

Liberal Democrat member Senator David Leyonhjelm is worried that following the change to the marriage laws gay activists will target conservative businesses and drag them through court. While proponents of ‘traditional marriage’ will target new businesses trying to exclusively cater the the LGBTI market. Writing in Fairfax Media the federal representative said he was disappointed […]

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WA government announces funding boost to LGBTI Health

WA government announces funding boost to LGBTI Health

The Western Australian government has announced it will be providing $120,000 for the development of a LGBTI health strategy. Co-ordinated through the Department of Health, the strategy will provide a framework to raise awareness of the specific health and mental health challenges of LGBTI people. The funding will be used to engage relevant stakeholders and […]

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Eric Abetz challenged over his opposition to intersex people marrying

Eric Abetz challenged over his opposition to intersex people marrying

Senator Eric Abetz says the senate missed an opportunity to create a unifying moment for the Australian people by rejecting all of the amendments put forward in the marriage bill debate. Throughout the debate the senator raised concerns about transgender and intersex people being allowed to wed, but now says he has no problem with […]

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Marriage bill passes the senate without amendments

Marriage bill passes the senate without amendments

Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill has been passed without any of the proposed amendments being accepted. The bill passed the senate with 43 senators voting in favour and 12 voting against. Cheers of celebration echoed around the chamber as the result was announced. As the bill was read for the final time, Senator Smith said […]

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George Brandis delivers moving speech during marriage bill debate

George Brandis delivers moving speech during marriage bill debate

Attorney General George Brandis has delivered a moving speech in support of marriage equality as the senate debates the bill which will allow same sex couples to wed. In his speech Senator Brandis recounted how the decriminalisation of Homosexuality had begun in South Australia 45 years ago, and one by one all Australian states had […]

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