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Advocates urge McGowan to change WA law after US Supreme Court ruling

Advocates urge McGowan to change WA law after US Supreme Court ruling

LGBTIQ+ advocates in Western Australia are calling on Premier Mark McGowan to reassess state laws in light of the US Supreme Court’s decision to protect against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexuality and gender identity. Earlier this week, the US Supreme Court voted 6-3 that sexuality and gender based discrimination was covered by the […]

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HIV experts say McGowan government is ignoring science

HIV experts say McGowan government is ignoring science

Proposed laws to forcibly test prisoners for HIV have no basis in science, perpetuate stigma, and should be referred to a parliamentary committee, according to the West Australian AIDS Council and National Association for People with HIV Australia. Under laws set to be introduced to the WA Parliament’s Legislative Council on Tuesday, a prisoner who […]

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Safe Schools anti-bullying program rebrands as Inclusive Education WA

The Safe Schools anti-bullying resource for schools has been renamed following criticism from conservative groups after its initial launch, election campaigns and throughout last year’s Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Inclusive Education WA will provide the same support and resources to any school, school staff member, family or student who is seeking information on how […]

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Poll: Australians oppose discrimination against LGBTI teachers, students

Poll: Australians oppose discrimination against LGBTI teachers, students

A new survey has shown that Australians are against current laws that allow religious schools to discriminate against LGBTI students and staff. A YouGov Galaxy Poll commissioned by LGBTI advocacy group just.equal completed a survey of 1015 Australians in April, showing massive opposition to special exemptions for these organisations from anti-discrimination laws. The data showed […]

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Northern Territory government confirm Safe Schools funding

Northern Territory government confirm Safe Schools funding

The Northern Territory’s Labor government have confirmed they will continue to fund the Safe Schools anti-bullying program after funding was cut off from Canberra last year. The Australian has reported that over 150 public schools have been informed that the program will continue with funding from the Northern Territory Department of Education. The anti-bullying program, […]

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Advocates call for case studies of discrimination in private schools

Advocates for WA’s LGBTI community have called for more people to come forward and provide case studies of discrimination within private and religious schools. Under Western Australian law, LGBTI teachers and staff can be sacked, students can be expelled and enrolments from same-sex families denied. Recent high profile cases of discrimination include the removal of […]

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Northbridge was at its most fabulous for Saturday’s Pride Parade

Northbridge was at its most fabulous for Saturday’s Pride Parade

Pride WA’s biggest ever procession through the streets of Northbridge lit up a new route over the weekend, celebrating the west coast’s LGBTIQ+ community. 84 fabulous floats moved up Beaufort, Francis, Lake, James and William streets on Saturday evening, as thousands of onlookers and supporters cheered and applauded. This year was full of firsts, not […]

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Mark McGowan to be first WA Premier to march in Pride Parade

Mark McGowan to be first WA Premier to march in Pride Parade

Premier Mark McGowan will take the title of first WA Premier to march in the Pride Parade when he takes to the streets this year. McGowan also joined in the celebrations as Opposition Leader, marching with Rainbow Labor WA last year. The Premier says he is honoured to walk in unity with the LGBTIQ community. […]

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Christian Schools Australia say religious protections should be retained

Christian Schools Australia say religious protections should be retained

An national fellowship of Christian Schools are asking for no changes to be made to legal exemptions that allow faith-based schools to discriminate based on sexuality, following the removal of a gay teacher from a Perth college. The West Australian have reported that Christian Schools Australia have written to Attorney General John Quigley and Education Minister […]

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McGowan promises to look into loopholes that allow gay teachers to be fired

McGowan promises to look into loopholes that allow gay teachers to be fired

Premier Mark McGowan says he doesn’t agree with a WA school’s decision to end the employment of a gay teacher and promises his government will look into the loop holes in WA’s anti-discrimination laws that allow it to happen. On Monday OUTinPerth reported that school teacher Craig Campbell had been let go by the school […]

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