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Victorian government passes ‘gold-standard’ conversion therapy ban

Victorian government passes ‘gold-standard’ conversion therapy ban

The Andrews government in Victoria has successfully passed its bill banning conversion therapy after a late night parliamentary debate. The Change and Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill, which makes it illegal to try to suppress or change another person’s sexuality or gender identity, passed the Legislative Council 27 votes to nine late on Thursday night. The […]

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Victoria’s conversion therapy ban passes the lower house

Victoria’s conversion therapy ban passes the lower house

Victoria’s legislation to ban conversion therapy practices is one major step closer to becoming law after it passed the state’s lower house on Thursday. The Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill passed on the final sitting day of the Victorian parliament with all 55 MPs in the the chamber voting for it. The Liberal opposition […]

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Martyn Iles says Victoria’s conversion therapy ban is ‘insane’ and ‘evil’

Martyn Iles says Victoria’s conversion therapy ban is ‘insane’ and ‘evil’

Warning: This story contains information about conversion therapy and blunt descriptions of transitioning gender. The head of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is not holding back on his disdain for the proposed legislation in Victoria that will ban conversion therapy practices, calling it an “insane” and “evil” piece of legislation. In his latest video blog […]

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Victorian Government introduces ‘world class’ conversion therapy ban

Victorian Government introduces ‘world class’ conversion therapy ban

The Victorian Government has today introduced a Bill to outlaw LGBTQ+ conversion practices, which is being described by advocates as world class legislation. If passed, the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 will follow Queensland and the ACT in banning the harmful practices in the state, with some of the strongest protections in […]

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Adem Somyurek fired over vile comments and branch stacking accusations

Adem Somyurek fired over vile comments and branch stacking accusations

Adem Somyurek, Victoria’s Minister for Local Government and Small Business has been sacked by Premier Dan Andrews following accusations that he was responsible for branch stacking and making a series of derogatory comments that have been described as homophobic and sexist. A report from The Age Newspaper and television program 60 Minutes aired covert recordings […]

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Victorians celebrate as birth certificate amendments come into effect

Victorians celebrate as birth certificate amendments come into effect

Victoria’s transgender and gender diverse communities have welcomed amendments to the state’s Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act which come into effect on Friday 1st May 2020. The reforms, which passed Victorian Parliament in August last year, make it possible for transgender and gender diverse people to change the legal gender on their birth certificates. The […]

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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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Joel Creasey cancels Bendigo appearance after threats to safety

Joel Creasey cancels Bendigo appearance after threats to safety

Perth comedian Joel Creasey has cancelled an upcoming show in Bendigo, with organisers citing homophobic threats and safety concerns. Creasey was scheduled to appear at Golden Vine Comedy in the Victorian city on November 14th, until organisers announced his cancellation on social media today. “Unfortunately, Joel has received threats if the show goes ahead, and […]

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Peta Credlin says “one in seven” prisoners now claim to be transgender

Peta Credlin says “one in seven” prisoners now claim to be transgender

Peta Credlin says “one in seven” male prisoners are now self-identifying as female – hoping they can be transferred to a female prison. The TV presenter made the claim during a discussion about Victoria’s proposed new gender laws. If the legislation is  passed by the state’s upper house people will be able to change their […]

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Police watchdog calls for witnesses to Hares and Hyenas raid

Police watchdog calls for witnesses to Hares and Hyenas raid

IBAC, Victoria’s independent police oversight body, is appealing to anyone who may have witnessed an incident near Hares & Hyenas Bookshop on Johnston Street Fitzroy shortly after 2am on Saturday 11 May 2019 to contact them. Victorian police stormed into the residential apartment attached to the bookshop and in the commotion that followed one of […]

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