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Rodney Croome: We deserve full equality, not compromise

It’s time we stood up to those politicians who want to give us half a loaf of bread, writes Rodney Croome. When a particular LGBTQIA+ law reform becomes inevitable those who aren’t reconciled to it find ways to hobble it. Back in the 80s and 90s, when most people began to accept that homosexuality should …

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No excuses for inaction on religious discrimination

There’s no excuse for buck passing. It’s time for the Australian Government to close the loopholes that let religious organisations legally discriminate. The Federal Government has derailed the campaign to stop faith-based schools legally discriminating against LGBTQ+ students and staff. Ahead of the release of an Australian Law Reform Commission report recommending such discrimination be …

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Rodney Croome looks back on 2023 and forward to 2024

2023 was a year of government procrastination and pinkwashing on LGBTIQA+ equality. WORDS Rodney Croome A national inquiry into prohibiting discrimination against LGBTIQA+ people in faith-based schools should have reported in 2023 but was delayed until 2024. A final commitment to LGBTIQA+ inclusion in the Census was delayed by further consultation despite the Government’s prior …

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HOPE OVER FEAR: change, grief & police in Mardi Gras

Veteran LGBTIQA advocate and a past victim of police violence, Rodney Croome, reflects on change, grief and police in Mardi Gras. Rodney Croome is a longtime LGBTIQA+ advocate. These are his personal views. I’ve endured my fair share of police abuse. Not long after coming out, I was arrested along with many others for staffing …

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Tasmania’s conversion practices bill is worse than useless

The Tasmanian Government has released a draft law that is supposed to stop conversion practices but will actually encourage them. In May of 2022 the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute (TLRI) issued a landmark report that recommended a ban on conversion practices and outlined in great detail what kind of legislation would be the most effective. …

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National LGBTIQA+ Health Action Plan

Rodney Croome writes about rescuing the consultation process for the government’s national LGBTIQA+ health action plan. During WorldPride, the federal government announced a 10-Year National Action Plan for the Health and Wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ people. The government also promised a national consultation process to inform their LGBTIQA+ health action plan. The first of nineteen community …

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LGBTIQA+ progress under Albanese Government in 2023

Progress on LGBTIQA+ rights under the Albanese government will come from grassroots community activism and from MPs outside the government. Australian human rights activist Rodney Croome AM is a leading advocate for the rights of LGBTIQA+ people in Australia. He is the co-founder of Equality Tasmanian and of Just.Equal Australia. Rodney has been involved in …

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Labor government weakness calls for a strong response

The new Labor government should be trying to revive support from the LGBTIQA+ communities, especially after it voted for the Religious Discrimination Bill earlier this year. But it’s doing exactly the opposite, going soft on our issues, including the Census. The mainstream media has also demonstrated a worrying coyness about LGBTIQA+ issues and public figures. …

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Hot Button Dutton: LNP’s culture war against inclusive schools

The Federal Opposition under Peter Dutton is about to launch a full-scale anti-LGBTIQA+ culture war against school inclusion. I predicted this before the election. Because contemporary far-right anti-LGBTIQA+ culture wars go in cycles. They start with attacks on discrimination protections in the name of a fake threat to ‘religious freedom’. They then move to attacks …

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Why the election has unlocked the door to real LGBTIQA+ change

Scott Morrison’s Religious Licence-to-Discriminate Bill has gone. The politics of anti-trans prejudice has been repudiated with the landslide federal election defeat of Katherine Deves. Eric Abetz has been knocked out of the Senate by a supporter of the LGBTIQA+ community. Is this the end of the resurgent prejudice that arose as a backlash to marriage …

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