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Advocates call on government to lift gay blood donation ban

Advocates call on government to lift gay blood donation ban

Australian LGBTIQ+ advocates will today write to the federal government and the Red Cross Blood Service, calling for the removal of a long-standing ban that prevents men who have sex with men from donating blood. The call comes as the US Food and Drug Administration lifted some restrictions on gay blood donation, reducing the period […]

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Advocates welcome Canada’s proposed ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Advocates welcome Canada’s proposed ‘conversion therapy’ ban

LGBTIQ advocacy group just.equal has welcomed Canada’s move toward criminalising LGBTIQ conversion practices. Earlier in March, a Bill was introduced in Canada’s Parliament that would effectively ban practices designed to change or suppress a person’s sexuality or gender across the country. The amendments, introduced by Canada’s Attorney General David Lametti and Minister for Diversity, Inclusion […]

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LGBTIQ+ advocates direct donations to bushfire fundraising efforts

LGBTIQ+ advocates direct donations to bushfire fundraising efforts

just.equal has urged LGBTIQ Australians and their families and allies to contribute to any of the many verified bushfire relief funds that have been established to support the Australian community in this unprecedented crisis. The advocacy group is promoting bushfire relief funds to its large social media following and database, beginning with this post. Co-founder, […]

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Advocates welcome Labor’s consultation over Religious Discrimination Bill

Just.equal has welcomed Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s decision to consult LGBTIQ community representatives on the Religious Discrimination Bill, saying its message to Mr Albanese will be for Labor to oppose the Bill and educate the public about the danger the Bill poses. Just.equal has been calling for such a consultation since the Bill was first […]

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LGBTI rights advocate Rodney Croome awarded honorary doctorate

LGBTI rights advocate Rodney Croome awarded honorary doctorate

Long-time LGBTIQ equality advocate, Rodney Croome, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Tasmania in recognition of his work. The doctorate was conferred by the Chancellor of the University, Michael Field, at a ceremony in Hobart yesterday. Croome has spent his life advocating for LGBTI rights and is a founding member of […]

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Gay Saudi journalists set free from Australian detention

Gay Saudi journalists set free from Australian detention

Two gay journalists from Saudi Arabia who were seeking asylum in Australia have been released from detention after pressure on the Morrison Government. Sultan and Nassar* had been held by the Australian government for several months after claiming asylum. The two men fled Saudi Arabia in October claiming that they had been outed by the government […]

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Saudi Arabian journalists left in asylum seeking limbo

Saudi Arabian journalists left in asylum seeking limbo

A Saudi Arabian journalist who is seeking asylum in Australia is being kept in detention due to “bureaucratic incompetence” according to his legal representative. Sultan and Nassar* have been held by the Australian government for several months after claiming asylum. The two men fled Saudi Arabia in October claiming that they had been outed by the […]

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Survey: Majority of voters do not support religious discrimination

Survey: Majority of voters do not support religious discrimination

LGBTIQ+ advocates have renewed calls to review existing discrimination exemptions that allow religious organisations to discriminate against employees in light of the results of a new poll. The YouGov Galaxy survey commissioned by the Centre of Independent Studies and published by News Limited revealed that 64% of respondents do not support religious organisations being allowed […]

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LGBTI+ advocates call on senate to stop Religious Discrimination Bill

LGBTI+ advocates call on senate to stop Religious Discrimination Bill

LGBTI+ advocates are calling on members of the senate to block the government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill, after the Attorney General released more information about the legislation yesterday. Speaking at the National Press Club, Attorney General Christian Porter highlighted that the bill would be expanded to include protections for religious hospitals and aged care facilities. […]

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Advocacy group urges LGBTIQ people to speak up on religious freedom

Advocacy group urges LGBTIQ people to speak up on religious freedom

LGBTI groups and individuals are being urged to make their views known to the Federal Government about proposed religious discrimination and freedom laws. Advocacy group just.equal is concerned that the government has announced a consultation process involving MPs and religious groups, but it has not been clear if LGBTI groups will also be consulted. Just.equal […]

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