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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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Australian Christian Lobby calls for a clear definition of conversion therapy

Australian Christian Lobby calls for a clear definition of conversion therapy

The Australian Christian Lobby is calling for the Andrews government to provide a clear definition of what it considers to be gay conversion therapy. This week the Victorian government became the first jurisdiction is Australia to propose outlawing the practice of attempting to suppress or change a person’s sexuality or gender identity. The Australian Christian […]

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Daniel Andrews predicted to retain government in Victoria with increased majority

Daniel Andrews predicted to retain government in Victoria with increased majority

The Andrews Labor government is expected to be re-elected in Victoria with an increased majority. Just over an hour into counting the ABC’s election analyst Antony Green declared that Labor was going to have an impressive win. Exit polls on election day were in line with opinion polls released late in the week that showed […]

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New report calls for hate crime legislation in Victoria

New report calls for hate crime legislation in Victoria

A new report from the Australian Human Rights Law Centre calls for the Victorian government to consider bringing in new legislation to protect people from hate crimes. The centre says it research has shown that 75% of LGBTI+ people have experienced some form of bullying, harassment or violence based on their sexual orientation, gender identity […]

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Georgie Stone named ambassador for AFL Pride Game

Georgie Stone named ambassador for AFL Pride Game

Transgender activist Georgie Stone has been named as the Pride Ambassador for the AFL’s upcoming Pride Game hosted by St Kilda Football Club. This year’s match follows the theme ‘I’ll Stand By You’, aimed at promoting the importance of family and support networks in the LGBTIQ community. Stone, who is 2018’s Young Victorian of the […]

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