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WA amends laws to end forced divorce for trans and gender diverse people

WA amends laws to end forced divorce for trans and gender diverse people

Transgender and gender diverse Western Australians will no longer have to divorce their partners in order to have their gender legally affirmed after the upper house passed new legislation yesterday. The previous legislation prevented trans and gender diverse people from being able to have their gender recognised on official documents if they were married to […]

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Politicians in no rush to address forced divorce for transgender people

Politicians in no rush to address forced divorce for transgender people

This week marks one year since Australia said YES to marriage equality. In a little over a month’s time, it’ll be a full year since the federal parliament finally passed the laws allowing same-sex couples to wed. While same sex couples have been able to move forward, plan weddings and celebrate their relationships – transgender […]

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Greens WA call on state government to address religious exemptions

Greens WA call on state government to address religious exemptions

The Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity Alison Xamon is urging the WA government to act on the immediate issue of religious exemptions. The MLC is also calling for the McGowan Labor government to commit to a comprehensive response to addressing discrimination in Western Australia, following the release of the Equal Opportunity Commission’s Annual […]

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Alison Xamon: Why WA’s Equal Opportunities Act needs to change

It remains lawful for private religious schools in Western Australia, including those receiving taxpayer funding, to sack lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer staff, simply because of who they are.¬† It is also legal for religious schools to expel LGBTIQ students and to refuse enrolment to the children of same sex parents. It has […]

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Mark McGowan to be first WA Premier to march in Pride Parade

Mark McGowan to be first WA Premier to march in Pride Parade

Premier Mark McGowan will take the title of first WA Premier to march in the Pride Parade when he takes to the streets this year. McGowan also joined in the celebrations as Opposition Leader, marching with Rainbow Labor WA last year. The Premier says he is honoured to walk in unity with the LGBTIQ community. […]

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Mark McGowan delivers historic apology to LGBTI people

Mark McGowan delivers historic apology to LGBTI people

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has delivered a historic apology to LGBTI people. The Premier, on behalf of the government, apologised for past convictions for homosexuality, not only to those who fell foul of the laws, but those whose lives the threat of prosecution cast a shadow over. With members of all sides of politics […]

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Milo Yiannopoulos banned from WA government owned venues

Milo Yiannopoulos banned from WA government owned venues

The Western Australian government has banned Milo Yiannopoulos from government venues with the Premier saying the outspoken conservative speaker was not welcome in the state. Speaking to Nine News, Premier Mark McGowan said people didn’t need to hear the British commentators views. “Anyone who defends paedophiles and associates with Nazis, I don’t think is a […]

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West Australian LGBTI advocates welcome election results

Local advocates of the LGBTI community have welcomed Labor’s victory in Saturday’s state election, describing the result as “a triumph against bigotry.” Long-term LGBTI advocate Damian Douglas-Meyer says the relentless campaign by anti-gay groups and religious MPs to vanquish the Safe Schools anti-bullying program had failed. Liberal MPs Peter Abetz and Joe Francis posted videos […]

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OUTinPerth LGBTIQ Election Forum: What did we learn?

OUTinPerth LGBTIQ Election Forum: What did we learn?

Ahead of the state election here in Western Australia, LGBTIQ voters had the opportunity to discuss local issues with representatives of Labor, the Liberals and the Greens¬†at a forum hosted by OUTinPerth at The Court Hotel. Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker of WA Labor and federal Liberal Senator Dean Smith took to […]

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Premier Colin Barnett shows his sense of humour at The Court

Premier Colin Barnett shows his sense of humour at The Court

Relaxed and showing his sense of humour, Premier Colin Barnett spoke about his government’s achievements during a campaign event at The Court Hotel last night. The event was organised by members of the LGBTI+ community for Eleni Evangel, the current member for Perth who faces a tough election battle against Labor’s John Carey. Following an […]

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