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Panel to discuss LGBTIQ+ health policy ahead of federal election

Panel to discuss LGBTIQ+ health policy ahead of federal election

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia has announced a panel of federal politicians who will be exploring Australian LGBTIQ+ health policy at the upcoming Health In Difference and LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care conferences. The panel will include WA’s Senator Louise Pratt (ALP), Greens LGBTIQ+ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice, and New South Wales’ Senator Andrew Bragg (Liberal), and […]

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Calls for Australia to follow UK lead on gay, bi & trans blood donation ban

Calls for Australia to follow UK lead on gay, bi & trans blood donation ban

National LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal has ramped up their campaign to end the ban on gay, bi and trans folks donating blood here in Australia, following a recent decision out of the UK. This week the UK Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs made the recommendation that all donors be assessed […]

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Government releases one of the Saudi Arabian journalists seeking asylum

Government releases one of the Saudi Arabian journalists seeking asylum

The Australian government has released one of two Saudi Arabian journalists who are seeking asylum in Australia. Sultan and Nassar* have been held by the Australian government for several months after claiming asylum.┬áThe two men fled Saudi Arabia in October claiming that they had been outed by the government who were cracking down on descenting […]

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ABS ditches questions about sexuality in census despite need for data

ABS ditches questions about sexuality in census despite need for data

The Australian Bureau of Statistics dumped questions about sexuality and gender from the next census because of concerns that there would be a public backlash over their inclusion. The questions were dumped even though two government departments said the data was essential for planning for the future and effective delivery of services. The questions were […]

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Scientist Penny Whetton, wife of Senator Janet Rice, dies unexpectedly

Scientist Penny Whetton, wife of Senator Janet Rice, dies unexpectedly

Climate scientist Dr Penny Whetton has died unexpectedly aged 61. Whetton was the wife of Greens senator Janet Rice, the couple had been together for almost four decades, their relationship preceding Dr Whetton’s gender transition. Senator Rice shared the news of her wife’s passing on her Facebook page saying Dr Whetton appeared to have passed […]

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Janet Rice: the election is a chance to rid parliament of homophobes

Janet Rice: the election is a chance to rid parliament of homophobes

The Greens senator Janet Rice has posted an message for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBiT) suggesting people take tomorrow’s federal election as an opportunity to kick out politicians who actively campaign against LGBTIQ+ people’s rights. “IDAHoBiT is such an important day to celebrate our community.” Senator Rice said in a video message, suggesting […]

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Senator Janet Rice believes discrimination act could pass the in senate

Senator Janet Rice believes discrimination act could pass the in senate

Greens senator Janet Rice has told equality campaigners that she believes bill to change to anti-discrimination act so that students can not be expelled from schools over their sexuality or gender identity has a good chance of passing the senate when parliament resumes this week. “(It) looks like it’s potentially got the support of the […]

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Study highlights effects of marriage debate on LGBTI+ mental health

Study highlights effects of marriage debate on LGBTI+ mental health

Psychologists at the University of Sydney have released the results of a study that examined psychological distress experienced by LGBTI+ people during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey in 2017. The study showed that the overall stigma experienced by lesbian, gay and bisexual people during the debate was a source of stress, but also resilience […]

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Greens: New laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

Greens: New laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

The Australian Greens have responded to the news that Prime Minister Scott Morrison is aiming to introduce a Religious Discrimination Act to Parliament early next year. The Greens say that such an Act must not be used to undermine or override state based anti-discrimination laws following the release of the government response to the Ruddock […]

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Greens: We celebrate the ‘Yes’ vote, but we shouldn’t have had it

Greens: We celebrate the ‘Yes’ vote, but we shouldn’t have had it

The Greens have released a statement celebrating the first anniversary of the ‘Yes’ vote on marriage equality, while also condemning the harm caused to the LGBTIQ+ community by the postal survey. Greens LGBTIQ+ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice said the anniversary is a cause for celebration, but we should never have had the postal survey in […]

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