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Australia: One year ago today: YES – The Equality Campaign

Australia: One year ago today: YES – The Equality Campaign

The Equality Campaign in Australia are celebrating one year since the country voted YES to equal marriage, and are doing so by sharing people’s stories on Facebook. They say: “It was the moment our hearts opened wide, tears started flowing, and we felt the relief of a resounding YES”. One year ago today, the official […]

Australia: LGBT+ ‘vilified’ as PM rules out gender-neutral passports – campaigners

Australia: LGBT+ ‘vilified’ as PM rules out gender-neutral passports – campaigners

Transgender and intersex people in Australia are being increasingly vilified by the government, LGBT+ campaigners said on Friday, after the prime minister called gender-neutral passports “nonsense” and ruled out their introduction. Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, criticised a draft proposal by the opposition Labor Party to debate the removal of gender markers from passports and birth […]

Australia: Equality Campaign – Anti-LGBT School Discrimination

Australia: Equality Campaign – Anti-LGBT School Discrimination

The Equality Campaign in Australia have written to us about the situation regarding discrimination that is happening in schools against LGBT pupils and teachers. They state: “Two weeks ago we learned the Government was open to allowing schools to continue to turn away LGBTQ students and teachers. Within 48 hours this community had submitted 900 […]

Uniting Network Australia calls for end to LGBT Conversion Therapy

Uniting Network Australia calls for end to LGBT Conversion Therapy

Uniting Network, the LGBTIQ network within the Uniting Church of Australia, is not surprised by the horrendous impact on members of the LGBT community reported in a study entitled, Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice – Responding to LGBT conversion therapy in Australia, which was released this week.   The report highlights the individuals interviewed: • knew […]

Australia seeks to ban schools from expelling gay students

Australia seeks to ban schools from expelling gay students

(Reuters) – Australia aims to ban private or religious schools from expelling students on the basis of their sexuality, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday. Debate over personal rights is growing ahead of a crucial by-election for Morrison’s ruling Liberal-National coalition, in the blue-ribbon Sydney seat of Wentworth on October 20. “I will be […]

Pangender or demigirl? Australian study identifies more than 30 gender options

Pangender or demigirl? Australian study identifies more than 30 gender options

From gender-fluid and non-binary to genderqueer, the world has grappled in recent years with the growing spectrum of how people identify themselves. Now an Australian study has found more than 30 separate gender definitions available on social media platforms or offered by government institutions. These include pangender, poligender, transgender, androgyne, and demigirl, alongside the traditional […]

Sydney’s gay pride parade celebrates same-sex marriage and activists

Sydney’s gay pride parade celebrates same-sex marriage and activists

Excited crowds lined Sydney’s streets on Saturday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the first time the annual parade has taken place since Australia legalised same-sex marriage. The event started in 1978 as a protest march for gay rights and the decriminalisation of homosexuality, but has since grown into […]