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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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Shelley Argent shares she has been diagnosed with acute leukemia

Shelley Argent shares she has been diagnosed with acute leukemia

Shelley Argent, one of Australia’s most dedicated fighters for LGBTIQ+ rights, has shared that she has been diagnosed with acute leukemia. Argent shared her diagnosis on social media saying the prognosis was not positive. “Age and other factors rule out effective treatment. Realistically, I may or may not be here at Christmas. Of course, I […]

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just.equal say Labor’s new national platform is weak on LGBTI policies

just.equal say Labor’s new national platform is weak on LGBTI policies

LGBTIQ+ community advocates say they are deeply disappointed by Labor’s weak and diminished commitments to LGBTIQ+ equality and inclusion at a national level. According to just.equal spokesperson Dr Charlie Burton, the latest draft of Labor’s national platform is a watered-down version of the consultation draft, which itself was a gutted version of what Labor took […]

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Labor responds to LGBTI+ issues just three days before election

Labor responds to LGBTI+ issues just three days before election

With just three days until the election, Premier Mark McGowan has today responded to just.equal’s policy survey on LGBTI issues. Read the full response here. Author of the survey, Brian Greig, said it was very disappointing that the government had sat on this survey for so long, indicating that it wanted to avoid both scrutiny […]

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Conversion, hate speech and law reform top priorities in election survey

Conversion, hate speech and law reform top priorities in election survey

National LGBTQIA+ advocacy group just.equal have released results of their recent survey ahead of the state election here in Western Australia. Respondents to the survey have ranked tackling conversion practices, anti-vilification protections and law reform to improve the lives of trans, gender diverse and intersex folks as their top concerns. Removing special religious exemptions for […]

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Advocates call for all victims to be remembered in new Holocaust museums

Advocates call for all victims to be remembered in new Holocaust museums

National LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal have written to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg following the announcement of a new Holocaust museum in Tasmania. Frydenberg spoke at Hobart Synagogue earlier this week reveal the plans, speaking on the horrors of the Nazi regime. “This is an example of what we can do, to ensure future generations say ‘never […]

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Nationals respond to just.equal election policy survey

Nationals respond to just.equal election policy survey

Leader of the State National Party, Mia Davies MLA, has responded to the LGBTI policy survey sent to her by just.equal in December last year. The survey, issued to all WA Party leaders, asked each to outline their positions on conversion practices, Inclusive Education (Safe Schools), intersex law reform, transgender law reform, special religious exemptions […]

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just.equal launches new survey to push McGowan on law reform

just.equal launches new survey to push McGowan on law reform

LGBTIQ advocacy group, just.equal, has urged LGBTIQ West Australians to respond to a short, new survey about their law reform priorities for the next term of Government. WA Spokesperson for just.equal, Brian Greig, said the survey aims to increase pressure on Premier Mark McGowan to commit to LGBTIQ law reform before the 13 March election. […]

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Court says nobody ever told her that they find her statements offensive

Court says nobody ever told her that they find her statements offensive

Religious leader Margaret Court has described the controversy over her being awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia as “disappointing” and says nobody has ever told her her views or statements are offensive. Speaking to The West Australian the former tennis champion said she was disappointed that news of her being given one of Australia’s […]

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Alison Xamon says Australia Day Awards should not reward hate speech

Alison Xamon says Australia Day Awards should not reward hate speech

Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity Hon Alison Xamon MLC has strongly opposed the decision of the National Australia Day Council to promote former tennis player and religious leader Margaret Court to Companion Division in the Order of Australia. Xamon said the decision to award Court yet another award was inappropriate given her widely-publicised, […]

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