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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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New rules for blood donation start on 31st January, but is it still discriminatory?

New rules for blood donation start on 31st January, but is it still discriminatory?

From January 31st gay men will be able to donate blood after a three month celibacy period rather than twelve, but advocates say the celibacy period should be abolished altogether and replaced with screening for individual risk. The Red Cross Blood Service, Lifeblood, has now confirmed on its LGBTIQ donor webpage that from January 31st […]

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New ABS guidelines welcomed but LGBTIQ+ still absent from Census

New ABS guidelines welcomed but LGBTIQ+ still absent from Census

National LGBTIQ+ advocates have welcomed the new guidelines from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) regarding data collection on sex, gender, sexual orientation and variations of sex characteristics. Formerly named the Sex and Gender Standard, the new document expands the scope to include Sex, Gender, Variation of Sex Characteristics and Sexual Orientation Variables. LGBTIQ+ Health […]

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LGBTIQ+ advocates ask WA parties to outline policies ahead of 2021 election

LGBTIQ+ advocates ask WA parties to outline policies ahead of 2021 election

LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal have written to all party leaders in Western Australia ahead of the state election asking them to support six key law and policy reforms. WA spokesperson, Brian Greig, said just.equal was focusing its leaders survey on particular LGBTIQ+ issues where WA had fallen behind other states. “With the election just 11 weeks […]

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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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Advocates welcome UK decision to lift gay/bi blood donation ban

Advocates welcome UK decision to lift gay/bi blood donation ban

Australian LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal have welcomed the UK’s decision to lift the ban on gay and bi+ male blood donors, and call for action at home. This week the UK Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs made the recommendation that all donors be assessed for individual risk, rather than exclude […]

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Has completely removing the celibacy period for blood donations been considered?

Has completely removing the celibacy period for blood donations been considered?

LGBTIQ equality advocates continue to push for Australia’s federal, state and territory governments to lift the celibacy requirement for gay, bisexual and transgender people who want to give blood. National advocacy group, just.equal, has written to all Australia’s health ministers asking how they responded to the proposal made by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in […]

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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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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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