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It’s 1000 days since PM Scott Morrison said he’d protect LGBTIQ+ kids

It’s 1000 days since PM Scott Morrison said he’d protect LGBTIQ+ kids

An LGBT student who was in year 7 when Scott Morrison first promised to protect them will have already finished school before he finally gets around to doing anything about it – and that’s if he ever does. Alastair Lawrie Today marks 1,000 days since Prime Minister Scott Morrison first committed to protecting LGBT students […]

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Australian advocates call for action as UK lifts blood ban for gay/bi men

Australian advocates call for action as UK lifts blood ban for gay/bi men

Equality advocates have called on the Australian Lifeblood Service to follow the lead of its UK counterpart by lifting its blanket ban on donation by sexually active gay & bi men and shifting to individual risk assessment for all donors. The calls come as the UK moves from banning blood donation for men who have […]

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Research highlights lower standard of living for LGBTQIA+ Tasmanians

Research highlights lower standard of living for LGBTQIA+ Tasmanians

A report from the University of Tasmania shows LGBTQIA+ people have a lower standard of living than other Tasmanians, prompting calls for government action. The survey conducted as part of the Institute for Social Change’s Tasmania Project found LGBTQIA+ people have lower income, higher unemployment, more housing stress, poorer health and much lower personal safety […]

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Peter Dutton slammed for his stance against diversity events

Peter Dutton slammed for his stance against diversity events

Defence Minister Peter Dutton has been criticised over his crackdown on events that celebrate diversity. Following events that marked International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), Minister Dutton ordered defence force chiefs to ensure their are no future events that suggest people wear particular clothing to show support for marginalised groups. Union leader […]

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Australian advocates welcome UK commitment to conversion therapy ban

Australian advocates welcome UK commitment to conversion therapy ban

Australian LGBTQIA+ advocates have welcomed the news that the UK will be bringing forward a ban on LGBTQIA+ conversion practices, as promised by former Prime Minister Theresa May. UK PM Boris Johnson said his government would be creating legislation to end the “abhorrent practices which can cause mental and physical harm.” Johnson’s government will host […]

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LGBTIQ+ advocates disappointed with Labor conference outcomes

LGBTIQ+ advocates disappointed with Labor conference outcomes

Rights advocates say Labor’s national conference has improved its LGBTIQ platform but failed to include key reforms, relegating them to the status of resolutions. The draft national platform submitted to Labor’s national conference at the end of March erased many of the LGBTIQ commitments from previous platforms. After lobbying from just.equal and Rainbow Labor it […]

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Shelley Argent shares she has been diagnosed with acute leukemia

Shelley Argent shares she has been diagnosed with acute leukemia

Shelley Argent, one of Australia’s most dedicated fighters for LGBTIQ+ rights, has shared that she has been diagnosed with acute leukemia. Argent shared her diagnosis on social media saying the prognosis was not positive. “Age and other factors rule out effective treatment. Realistically, I may or may not be here at Christmas. Of course, I […]

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Protestors demand apology from Tasmanian Coroner

Tasmanian LGBTIQ advocates have written to Premier, Peter Gutwein, seeking his intervention after a Supreme Court decision refusing Ben Jago the opportunity to take a discrimination case about the failure of the Coroner to recognise him as his late partner’s next of kin. Equality Tasmania has written to the Premier asking for an apology to […]

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Advocates call for all victims to be remembered in new Holocaust museums

Advocates call for all victims to be remembered in new Holocaust museums

National LGBTIQ+ advocacy group just.equal have written to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg following the announcement of a new Holocaust museum in Tasmania. Frydenberg spoke at Hobart Synagogue earlier this week reveal the plans, speaking on the horrors of the Nazi regime. “This is an example of what we can do, to ensure future generations say ‘never […]

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Tasmanian church makes “no apologies” for conversion therapy

Tasmanian church makes “no apologies” for conversion therapy

Tasmania’s current inquiry on LGBTQIA+ conversion practices in the state has drawn attention to the ongoing provision of the harmful “therapies” in religious institutions. In a public submission to the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute, a church leader from Launceston has proudly admitted to engaging in attempts to alter the sexuality or gender identity (SOGI) of […]

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