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Call for Australia’s Catholic bishops to show support for LGBTIQ people

Call for Australia’s Catholic bishops to show support for LGBTIQ people

National LGBTIQ advocacy organisation, just.equal, has called on Australia’s Catholic bishops to repudiate LGBTIQ conversion practices and embrace discrimination protections for LGBTIQ people. The call comes in the wake of Pope Francis declaring his support for same-sex civil unions and LGBTIQ inclusion. Just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome said now is a time for Australia’s Catholic leaders […]

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Advocates call for school chaplains to affirm LGBTIQ+ students

Advocates call for school chaplains to affirm LGBTIQ+ students

National LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal are calling for more funding for professional and non-religious counsellors, and LGBTIQ+ inclusive training for school chaplains in the wake of this week’s budget announcement. just.equal have raised concerns over the National Schools Chaplaincy program, which will receive $61.4million per year for the next three years, despite the lack of […]

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NSW leaders urged to stand with trans kids against Mark Latham Bill

NSW leaders urged to stand with trans kids against Mark Latham Bill

New South Wales peak transgender support organisation The Gender Centre has teamed up with just.equal on a new initiative, urging political leaders not to support anti-transgender legislation introduced by Mark Latham. The Education Amendment Bill, put forward by NSW One Nation leader Latham, would prohibit any recognition of trans and gender diverse kids in schools, […]

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LGBTIQ+ advocates give ACT conversion therapy ban ‘7 out of 10’

LGBTIQ+ advocates give ACT conversion therapy ban ‘7 out of 10’

LGBTIQ+ advocates and conversion therapy survivors have welcomed the ACT’s ban on conversion practices, which passed the Legislative Assembly yesterday. The ACT has become the second Australian jurisdiction to address the issue, following Queensland’s legislation earlier this month. Spokesperson for LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal and Canberra resident, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, said the ACT’s legislation is ‘far […]

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Qld conversion law shows resurgent prejudice is a threat we must stand up to

OPINION: Rodney Croome is a spokesperson for just.equal and Equality Tasmania. I know what it’s like to live in a state that is wrongly seen as backward on LGBTIQ rights and rarely has its successes celebrated. That’s why I was reluctant to buy into criticism of Queensland’s LGBTIQ conversion practices legislation, which local advocates are […]

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Advocates push for stronger trans & intersex workplace protections

Advocates push for stronger trans & intersex workplace protections

LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal have written to national leader as part of an ongoing campaign calling for stronger workplace protections for trans, gender diverse and intersex Australians. Spokesperson Brian Greig has told media the organisation has written to the Federal Minister and Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, and the Secretary of the Australian Council of […]

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Calls for medical professionals to help end gay, bi & trans blood ban

Calls for medical professionals to help end gay, bi & trans blood ban

A new declaration for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals has been launched by Australian advocates, seeking support to replace the standing ban on gay/bi and transgender blood donation with individual risk assessments. Launched by LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal, the declaration has already been signed by over 70 medical professionals. The declaration is accompanied by […]

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Calls for PM to drop Religious Discrimination Bill after US ruling

Calls for PM to drop Religious Discrimination Bill after US ruling

Australian LGBTIQ+ advocates are calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to ditch the Religious Discrimination Bill, following the US Supreme Court ruling to protect against workplace discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity. In a landmark decision this week, the US Supreme Court voted 6-3 that discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity is a form […]

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WA Health considering changing wait times for blood donations

WA Health considering changing wait times for blood donations

Western Australian Health Minister Roger Cook has confirmed to OUTinPerth that he has asked the WA Health Department to review the waiting times for gay and bisexual men to donate blood. “The McGowan Government pursues excellence in care across all treatment disciplines, and for all members of the community. I have asked the Department of […]

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Study shows gay & bisexual men eager to donate blood if allowed

Study shows gay & bisexual men eager to donate blood if allowed

Advocates have highlighted the results of a new study which shows many gay & bisexual men (GBM) who are seeking to give blood choose not to, rather than abstaining from sexual contact for 12 months. The study, funded by the Australian Research Council and published in Transfusion peer-reviewed journal, concluded that there is a “high level of […]

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