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ACT to move forward with legislation to protect intersex children

The ACT government will move ahead with legislation to protect the human rights of intersex children It comes after a 2019 commitment by the territory government to develop a plan for managing deferrable medical interventions.  After nearly two years of consultation, public consultation legislation has been drafted to better protect intersex children. The new approach …

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Adelaide drag queen Tullula Bright opens queer, family friendly pub

An iconic Adelaide venue has come out of hibernation after four years, and it’s had a makeover.  Adelaide drag queen Tullula Bright took over the Colonel Light Hotel after noticing a gap in the market.  The heritage-listed pub has had its doors closed since 2017, until Bright saw the potential for a new queer venue. …

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Adelaide Qwire fosters friendship between queer youth and elders

If you’re in the city on a Tuesday night and hear a rousing rendition of an Elton John classic- it’s probably the Adelaide Qwire.  The Qwire has been a welcoming space for Adelaide’s queer community since 1996, and this year may be the biggest yet.  Musical director Jamie Moffatt has been part of the Qwire …

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United Nations, WHO condemn Monkeypox stigma

The UN has condemned homophobic reporting of Monkeypox, as the current outbreak reaches over 100 people.  Monkeypox causes fever, chills, rash, and lesions. The disease can be spread through close contact with an infected person, clothing or bedsheets.  Of the global outbreak, the majority of confirmed cases are of gay and bisexual men, or men …

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Hades Hula House set to bring tiki to city

For the queer community in Adelaide’s western suburbs, Hades Hula House at Semaphore is an institution. And with an upcoming move to Hindley Street,  patrons should expect even more of the Hades they love.  Owner Abby Roennfeldt said inclusivity was a core value for Hades Hula House, and this ethos would continue into the city …

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These conversion therapy survivors are still dealing with the trauma

Tasmanian survivors of dangerous LGBT “conversion therapy” have laid bare their ongoing trauma in a major new report that calls for a statewide ban. In the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute report, forty Tasmanian survivors shared experiences of undergoing the harmful “conversion” practices. A 28-year-old trans person said they were subjected to conversion therapy after confiding …

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‘Dangerous’: LGBTIQ Tasmanians are struggling in healthcare

Tasmania’s LGBTIQ+ community have reported serious gaps in gender-affirming healthcare and mental health services, with discrimination still a problem. The Tasmanian government has released a new LGBTIQ+ survey, the largest ever of its kind. The survey comes as Tasmania commemorates the 25th anniversary of decriminalising homosexuality this month. The results will provide a new statewide …

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This art group is giving lesbian elders a space to share stories

For the past five years, a group of Tasmanian lesbian elders have been sharing their stories through art. For the founders of the Soup Collective, the underrepresentation of older lesbians led to conversations over bowls of soup, and was the catalyst for a progressive art movement. Founding member Victoria Vyvyan said the collective provided Tasmania’s …

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‘I am proof that the damage done can be overcome’, says Hannah Gadsby 

Comedian Hannah Gadsby has proudly shared a selfie on social media from her old high school to mark the 25th anniversary of homosexuality being decriminalised in Tasmania.  Originally from Smithton in Tasmania’s North West, Gadsby has become an internationally celebrated comedian in recent years off the back of her shows Nanette and Douglas. Hannah Gadsby …

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25 years ago, Tasmania finally decriminalised homosexuality

It has only been 25 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in every state and territory in Australia. Tasmania was the last state to do so on May 1, 1997. Before then, the state’s laws punished consensual sex between men with up to 25 years in prison. LGBTIQ+ advocate Rodney Croome AM was central to the …

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