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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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Queensland becomes final state to equalise age of consent

Queensland becomes final state to equalise age of consent

The Parliament of Queensland has voted to lower the age of consent for anal sex from 18 to 16, bringing their legislation in line with the rest of Australia. Queensland will be the final state to amend their laws and remove the disparity. MPs also voted in line with recommendations from the Queensland AIDS Council […]

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Peter Abetz MLA talks Safe Schools, religion and marriage equality

Southern River MLA Peter Abetz has declared he’s ready to stand at the forefront of the campaign to uphold traditional marriage. The former pastor entered politics in 2008 and has often spoken about his concerns about changing the definition of marriage. In recent months the MP has regularly promoted posts on his social media channels […]

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Police in Egypt using Grindr to locate and arrest gay/bi men

Police in Egypt using Grindr to locate and arrest gay/bi men

Law enforcement agents in Egypt are reportedly using LGBTIQ+ dating apps to track and arrest gay and bisexual men. An anonymous source told CairoScene that apps such as Grindr are being used to target queer men in across the country. “There have been a number of arrests in the last few months linked to these […]

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Michael Kirby argues against the plebiscite

Michael Kirby argues against the plebiscite

Respected jurist Michael Kirby has spoken out against the Turnbull government’s proposed marriage plebiscite. The former High Court judge has made several media appearances this week arguing that it is the role of government to make decisions. Last night Kirby appeared on the ABC program ‘Lateline’ talking to host Emma Alberici. Kirby highlighted that there […]

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WA Labor promises to quash historic convictions for LGBTI people

WA Labor promises to quash historic convictions for LGBTI people

WA Labor leader Mark McGowan has announced that if he wins next year’s state election he’ll introduce legislation to quash historical convictions for LGBTI people convicted of crimes that would not be illegal today. Labor said WA legislation lags behind other states when it comes to correcting past discrimination against LGBTI people. Earlier this year […]

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Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau will apologise to LGBTIQ citizens

Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau will apologise to LGBTIQ citizens

The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has laid out plans to issue an apology to those who were persecuted by historically anti-LGBTIQ laws across the nation’s history. Trudeau’s apology will preface a number of legislative changes and reforms to make amends with the queer community and remove systemic discrimination. The changes come at the […]

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Target USA assert that people may use bathroom that fits their gender

Target USA assert that people may use bathroom that fits their gender

Department store giant Target have released a statement in the USA confirming their position on bathroom policy amidst a heated national debate. Target have made it known that transgender staff and shoppers are welcome to use the restroom or fitting room that fits their own gender identity. Some US States, namely Mississippi, Tennessee and North […]

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Cyndi Lauper, Ringo Starr, Laura Jane Grace weigh in on HB 2 law

Cyndi Lauper, Ringo Starr, Laura Jane Grace weigh in on HB 2 law

Celebrities have been showing their dissatisfaction with emerging US state anti-LGBT laws with boycotts, but Cyndi Lauper has devised a different strategy. Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has joined Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams and more in abstaining from performing in states such as North Carolina and Mississippi which have recently introduced discriminatory laws. Lauper, however, intends to perform. “I […]

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South Carolina joins North in introducing anti-LGBT bill

South Carolina joins North in introducing anti-LGBT bill

South Carolina’s Senate have been presented with a bill that specifically targets trans people’s bathroom use in the state. The bill known as S. 1203 was introduced by State Senator Lee Bright, who says the law would mirror North Carolina’s position on LGBT rights. “Multiple occupancy bathroom and changing facilities located on public property, including […]

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