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NSW police officer jailed for assault on transgender woman

NSW police officer jailed for assault on transgender woman

Warning: This article contains mentions of violence against trans women. A New South Wales police officer has been jailed after being found guilty of violently assaulting a woman and falsifying details of her arrest. Senior Constable Mark Follington will spend a minimum of 18 months behind bars, having been given a 30 months sentence by […]

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NSW Labor MP Penny Sharpe quits frontbench over blood testing laws

NSW Labor MP Penny Sharpe quits frontbench over blood testing laws

New South Wales Labor MP Penny Sharpe has resigned from her position on the front-bench over the party’s support for mandatory blood testing laws. In a letter to Labor leader Jodi McKay, Sharpe resigned as a the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council and from her positions as the Shadow Minister for […]

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ACON support calls for judicial inquiry into historical gay & trans hate crimes

ACON support calls for judicial inquiry into historical gay & trans hate crimes

The final report of the parliamentary inquiry into historical gay and transgender hate crimes in NSW, which recommends the establishment of a judicial inquiry into unsolved murders, has been welcomed by the state’s leading LGBTQ health organisation, ACON. ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said a judicial inquiry will shed further light on a dark chapter in […]

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Did you come out in the 1970s? The NSW State Library is looking for you

Did you come out in the 1970s? The NSW State Library is looking for you

The NSW State Library is looking for people who came out in the 1970s! Lifelong activist John Englart excitedly scribbled this note in his diary 47 years ago: ‘Monday 10th September 1973: This is GAY PRIDE WEEK, I have come out !!!’ John Englart, then a 17-year-old schoolboy from Sydney’s north-west, was among the many […]

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NSW Parliament declares support for transgender people

NSW Parliament declares support for transgender people

The lower house of the New South Wales parliament passed a motion this week declaring support for transgender people. The show of support comes as the parliament prepared to debate legislation from One Nation leader Mark Latham that will make illegal to discuss sexuality and gender in schools. The motion passed in the lower house […]

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NSW leaders urged to stand with trans kids against Mark Latham Bill

NSW leaders urged to stand with trans kids against Mark Latham Bill

New South Wales peak transgender support organisation The Gender Centre has teamed up with just.equal on a new initiative, urging political leaders not to support anti-transgender legislation introduced by Mark Latham. The Education Amendment Bill, put forward by NSW One Nation leader Latham, would prohibit any recognition of trans and gender diverse kids in schools, […]

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Murder charge over Scott Johnson’s death

Murder charge over Scott Johnson’s death

Sydney man Scott White, 49, has been charged with the cold-case murder of Scott Johnson. It has been reported that Police will allege that White met Johnson at a Manly pub in December 1988 and the two traveled to nearby area which was known to be an area where gay men met. Scott Johnson is […]

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Three teenagers arrested over murder of Canberra man

Three teenagers arrested over murder of Canberra man

Three NSW teenagers have been arrested over the murder of a Canberra man. One line of investigation police are pursuing is that he may have been using a gay dating app in the lead up to his death. Police believe Peter Keeley, 56, may have been using the gay dating app Grindr to meet with […]

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NSW Parliament to hold Inquiry into historic LGBTI hate crimes

NSW Parliament to hold Inquiry into historic LGBTI hate crimes

New South Wales’ upper house have moved to establish a Parliamentary Inquiry into hate crimes against the LGBTI+ community in Sydney between 1970 and 2010. The multi-party Inquiry will be carried out by the Social Issues Committee, following calls from the community for such an inquiry into the murders of at least 88 people over […]

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Advocates call for repeal of transgender forced divorce laws

Advocates call for repeal of transgender forced divorce laws

Equality advocates have urged Australia’s state governments to repeal laws forcing married transgender partners to divorce if they want their birth certificate to reflect their gender identity. The call comes in the wake of a landmark UN decision upholding the right of a transgender Australian to remain married under federal law and have her NSW […]

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