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Morrison Government votes down transgender workplace protections

Morrison Government votes down transgender workplace protections

Hopes of adding protections for transgender, non-binary and intersex people to Australia’s workplace protection laws have come crashing down as the government used its numbers to stop any changes going through the parliament. The senate was considering the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill that aims to bring in some of […]

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Major parties urged to protect trans, gender diverse and intersex workers

Major parties urged to protect trans, gender diverse and intersex workers

LGBTIQA+ rights group Just.Equal Australia is urging Government, Opposition and cross bench Senators to support amendments this week that will finally ensure trans, gender diverse and intersex workers enjoy the same rights as other employees. The Greens senator Janet Rice (pictured) will move amendments to the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment […]

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The Greens show their support for transgender and intersex protections

The Greens show their support for transgender and intersex protections

Equality advocates have welcomed Greens support for amending existing workplace discrimination laws to provide equal protection for trans, gender diverse and intersex Australians, but are unhappy neither major party has endorsed the reform. This week, the Senate inquiry into the Government’s [email protected] package handed down its report. LGBTIQA+ rights group just.equal say it’s disapointing that […]

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Call to support workplace protections for transgender and intersex people

Call to support workplace protections for transgender and intersex people

Equality advocates are disappointed the Federal Government has chosen not to ensure equal workplace protections for transgender and intersex Australians, and have urged supporters of equality to speak up now. The Government’s Bill responding to the [email protected] inquiry was tabled last week without hoped-for amendments to the Fair Work Act explicitly protecting employees from unfair […]

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LGBTIQ+ advocates disappointed with Labor conference outcomes

LGBTIQ+ advocates disappointed with Labor conference outcomes

Rights advocates say Labor’s national conference has improved its LGBTIQ platform but failed to include key reforms, relegating them to the status of resolutions. The draft national platform submitted to Labor’s national conference at the end of March erased many of the LGBTIQ commitments from previous platforms. After lobbying from just.equal and Rainbow Labor it […]

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My Body/My Choice: Make space to talk about intersex human rights

My Body/My Choice: Make space to talk about intersex human rights

I’m a WA representative for Intersex Peer Support Australia (IPSA), a national intersex-led charity that provides peer support to people with intersex variations and our families. In my role, I get to meet many other people with intersex variations and parents, and we get to understand the difficulties and joys that Intersex people have to […]

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Outpouring of support for trans & gender diverse communities

Outpouring of support for trans & gender diverse communities

In response to comments made earlier this week by Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas, there has been a torrent of support for trans, gender diverse and intersex communities. Myriad local LGBTQIA+ organisations, sporting clubs, city councils, politicians, entertainers and other groups have given public statements affirming their support for trans and gender diverse Western Australians. […]

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Zempilas shows need for McGowan govt to update trans legislation

Zempilas shows need for McGowan govt to update trans legislation

National lobby group just.equal, say the “offensive and ill-informed” comments about trans people by Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas are another example of why state governments need to update gender recognition and anti-discrimination laws. Spokesperson for just.equal, Dr Charlie Burton, said WA had fallen behind other states in legally recognising the existence of transgender, gender-diverse […]

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Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas: “If you have a penis, you’re a man”

Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas: “If you have a penis, you’re a man”

Warning: This article contains statements that some readers may find confronting. Perth’s new Lord Mayor has shared his thoughts on trans, gender diverse and intersex bodies and identities, telling listeners of his radio show “If you’ve got a penis, mate, you’re a bloke. If you’ve got a vagina, you’re a woman.” On the 6PR Breakfast […]

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Intersex Awareness Day: New guides on how to be an intersex ally

Intersex Awareness Day: New guides on how to be an intersex ally

October 26th is Intersex Awareness Day, a day to learn about the human rights issues faced by intersex people, and promote genuine inclusion for people with intersex variations. Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA), Intersex Peer Support Australia (IPSA) and partners have revealed a range of new resources, aimed at changing current practices and promoting genuine […]

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