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Qld conversion law shows resurgent prejudice is a threat we must stand up to

OPINION: Rodney Croome is a spokesperson for just.equal and Equality Tasmania. I know what it’s like to live in a state that is wrongly seen as backward on LGBTIQ rights and rarely has its successes celebrated. That’s why I was reluctant to buy into criticism of Queensland’s LGBTIQ conversion practices legislation, which local advocates are […]

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Tasmanian advocates welcome gender reform report, call for intersex protections

Tasmanian advocates welcome gender reform report, call for intersex protections

Tasmanian LGBTIQ advocates have welcomed a new report giving the State’s gender reforms the all clear and calling for surgical intervention on intersex children to be a crime. The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute has issued a report that says Tasmania’s groundbreaking new gender laws are some of the most progressive in the world, and have […]

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Tasmania Law Reform Institute report highlights positive outcomes of gender reform

Tasmania Law Reform Institute report highlights positive outcomes of gender reform

The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute (TLRI) has found that the state’s 2019 gender identity reform laws do not create any significant unintended consequences for Tasmania’s justice system. The first of its kind in Australia, Tasmania’s Marriage and Gender Amendments Act overhauled state law, removing the obligation for parents to record sex on a birth certificate […]

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Senator Chandler says majority of Aus women agree with J.K. Rowling

Senator Chandler says majority of Aus women agree with J.K. Rowling

Tasmanian Senator Claire Chandler says the vast majority of Australian women agree with children’s author J.K. Rowling and do not want to see transgender women in sport, change rooms, shelters or women’s health services. Speaking in federal parliament on Wednesday the Tasmanian senator said Rowling had been abused for stating simple facts about gender and […]

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Germany’s cabinet approve draft bill to ban ‘conversion therapy’ practices

Germany’s cabinet approve draft bill to ban ‘conversion therapy’ practices

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government cabinet have approved a draft bill to ban “conversion therapy” practices that aim to change or suppress an individual’s sexuality or gender. The legislation would outlaw advertising or practice of “conversion therapy”, with providers being fined up to €30,000 for infringement. Prior to approving the bill, the Cabinet […]

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Tasmanian Law Reform Institute to conduct inquiry into conversion practice

Tasmanian Law Reform Institute to conduct inquiry into conversion practice

Tasmania has taken the first step towards legislation that would ban LGBTIQ+ conversion practices. The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute has announced it will conduct an inquiry into the issue. LGBTIQ equality advocates have welcomed the move, with Equality Tasmania spokesperson, Rodney Croome, saying, “Attempts to ‘cure’ or ‘heal’ LGBTIQ people are futile and damaging, so […]

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Fact Sheets explain what religious discrimination bill will do in Tasmania

Fact Sheets explain what religious discrimination bill will do in Tasmania

Equality Tasmania has released two new fact sheets about the adverse impact of the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill on Tasmania with the aim of encouraging Tasmanians to make their views known to the Federal Government. Advocates say Tasmania is singled-out for special ill-treatment under the Religious Discrimination Bill because it has stronger discrimination protections than […]

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Tasmania’s LGBTI community concerned about religious freedom laws

Tasmania’s LGBTI community concerned about religious freedom laws

Tasmanian LGBTI advocates are gearing up to defend their state’s strong discrimination laws from any potential federal override under the cover of “religious freedom”. Equality Tasmania will hold a No Right to Discriminate Rally at 11am on September 7th outside State Parliament in Hobart. It has also launched a new petition and webform that allows […]

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Tasmania delays passing gender legislation

Tasmania delays passing gender legislation

Tasmania’s government has delayed passing legislation that would see gender records being optional on birth certificates. The delay also means that transgender people will be still be required to seek a divorce if they want to apply for formal recognition of their new gender. After the decision to allow marriage equality across Australia, states had […]

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Andrew Hastie says removing gender from birth certificates is “tearing at the fabric of the universe”

Andrew Hastie says removing gender from birth certificates is “tearing at the fabric of the universe”

Liberal MP Andrew Hastie says proposals to remove a gender record from birth certificates is “tearing at the fabric of the universe.” The Western Australian MP was speaking on Sky News about a proposal put forward in Tasmania, but a similar recommendation has also been made by the WA Law Reform Commission. “There are just […]

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