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Law Reform Commission proposes changes to sex & gender laws

Law Reform Commission proposes changes to sex & gender laws

The WA Law Reform Commission has released a discussion paper exploring an extensive review of the state’s legislation regarding recognition of a person’s sex, gender and intersex status. The review follows a successful motion at last year’s state Labor conference to axe the Gender Reassignment Board. At present, Western Australians must apply to the Gender […]

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WA govt move to end forced divorce for trans & gender diverse people

WA govt move to end forced divorce for trans & gender diverse people

The Western Australian Government have announced they will put an end to a legal anomaly that forces transgender and gender diverse people to divorce before having their gender officially affirmed. Legislation was introduced yesterday that will remove the requirement for a person to be single in order to be eligible for a gender recognition certificate, […]

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Man’s spitting assault charges upgraded because he said he has HIV

Man’s spitting assault charges upgraded because he said he has HIV

Advocates for people living with HIV and health experts have raised concern over Queensland police upgrading charges against a man charged with assault because he suggested he might have HIV. A man allegedly got in an altercation with a security guard at Fortitude Valley pub and is accused of spitting in the face of the […]

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Transgender people will be considered in WA law reform

Transgender people will be considered in WA law reform

Confusion has followed an announcement from Western Australian Attorney General John Quigley that stated the government would look into sections of Western Australian law that require people to get divorced before being recognised as having changed gender. People who are transgender and want to be formally recognised as either male or female were left bewildered […]

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just.equal raise concerns over Ruddock’s religious freedom inquiry

just.equal raise concerns over Ruddock’s religious freedom inquiry

Australian LGBTI advocacy group just.equal have launched a petition to combat any roll back of anti-discrimination laws following the passage of marriage equality. The group are concerned that the Prime Minister’s inquiry into religious freedom, led by former Liberal MP Philip Ruddock, may see protections for LGBTI people revoked. “The current religious freedom movement has […]

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‘Gay panic defence’ law reform proposed in South Australia

‘Gay panic defence’ law reform proposed in South Australia

Reforms to South Australian criminal law have been proposed in a new report on the issue of provocation and the outdated “gay panic defence”. The independent South Australian Law Reform Institute, based at the University of Adelaide, has now finalised stage one of a two-stage report into the area of provocation. The current law in […]

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Regions of the Philippines introduce new anti-discrimination laws

Regions of the Philippines introduce new anti-discrimination laws

Two of the largest regions in the Philippines have enacted new laws to protect LGBTIQ people in the archipelago nation. Luzon’s Baguio City has introduced a law that promotes equality and prohibits discrimination against individuals based on sexuality and gender, as well as religion, ethnicity, age and disability. Vice Mayor of Baguio City Edison Bilog, […]

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GoFundMe reveal their most inspiring LGBTIQ campaigns of 2016

Crowdfunding website GoFundMe have released a list of their top five most inspirational LGBTIQ focused campaigns run in Australia across 2016 as the year draws to a close. Internationally, the organisation has provided a platform to raise over $3 billion for a plethora of causes and campaigns since their inception in 2010 from over 25 million donors. […]

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Police Minister Liza Harvey stands by blood test law

Police Minister Liza Harvey says the government stands by it’s mandatory blood test laws for offenders who spit at police officers. On Friday leading HIV experts criticized the 2014 law brought in by the Barnett Government saying it had no basis in scientific fact. Currently an offender who spits at a police officer can be […]

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SA govt introduce bill to legally recognise same-sex relationships

SA govt introduce bill to legally recognise same-sex relationships

South Australia’s Labor government will introduce a bill to parliament today, providing the framework for a relationship register to legally recognise LGBTIQ+ couples and overseas marriages. The Relationships Register Bill 2016 will allow unmarried couples, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, to officially register their relationship with the state government and obtain a certificate of […]

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