Australia gay conversion Religious Discrimination Act

By Liam Elphick, Amy Maguire and Anja Hilkemeijer Media outlets on Wednesday reported on leaked extracts of the much-awaited religious freedom inquiry report, which has yet to be released by the federal government. The leaked recommendations give us a clear snapshot into what the review means for religious freedom and LGBT+ rights in Australia. Despite …

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By Martin White, University of Adelaide Doctor Who is back on our TV screens with the first episode of the new series airing on the ABC here in Australia on Monday, staring Jodie Whittaker as the first female regeneration of this particular Time Lord. Anyone who has been watching the long-running BBC series over the …

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LGBT Military

By Noah Riseman, Australian Catholic University The Australian Defence Force (ADF) banned lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel from serving openly until November 1992, and there were restrictions on transgender service until September 2010. Even so, we know LGBT people have always been serving bravely in the ADF. In an ongoing research project with Macquarie University …

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male female restroom toilet sign stock photo

By Joanna McIntyre, University of the Sunshine Coast As a term and concept, “transgender” is now firmly embedded in common parlance and popular consciousness. In Australia in the last few weeks alone there have been major news stories about transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey; Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s comments regarding “gender whisperers”; and the University of …

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Hannah Mouncey

By Daryl Adair, University of Technology Sydney The inclusion of transgender athletes in Australian sports leagues is an issue that sporting bodies are only just coming to terms with. In recent months, the Australian Human Rights Commission, in partnership with Sport Australia, has been working on national gender diversity guidelines, with sporting bodies awaiting their …

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Uniting Church Australia uniting network same-sex marriage

By Robyn J. Whitaker, University of Divinity From Friday, September 21, the Uniting Church (UCA) will be the first of the three major Australian Christian denominations to endorse same-sex marriage, and thus the first to offer gay and lesbian Christians the option of a church ceremony. This move comes nine months after same-sex marriage was …

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India Delhi Pride

By Amy Bhatt, University of Maryland The Indian Supreme Court has legalised homosexuality, overturning a 157-year ban on consensual gay sex. In a nearly 500-page unanimous decision issued on Sept. 6, India’s highest court affirmed that “whenever the constitutional courts come across a situation of transgression or dereliction in the sphere of fundamental rights which …

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The non-binary flag, a stock photo

By Son Vivienne, RMIT University In recent months, there has been much heated discussion about the way gender-neutral pronouns (they, them, theirs) are being introduced as alternatives to the more conventional “he” and “she” in offices, schools and public institutions. Earlier this year, for instance, Qantas encouraged staff to adopt gender-inclusive language with customers, using …

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Gay Games Brisbane 2026

By Ryan Storr, Western Sydney University and Caroline Symons, Victoria University The largest international LGBT+ sporting event, the Gay Games, is taking place in Paris this week, with over 10,000 athletes from 91 countries competing in 32 sports. The Games have grown in size and stature since their inception in San Francisco in 1982, developing …

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Australia gay conversion Religious Discrimination Act

Liberal Senator James Paterson has backed the call, Just Equal spokesman Brian Greig has warned such a law may be a smokescreen to allow discrimination against LGBTI people. Social Services Minister Dan Tehan called in a recent speech for a federal Religious Discrimination Act. Liberal backbench MP Tim Wilson has echoed those concerns. Tehan’s speech attempts …

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