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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr's government passes gender laws

ACT reforms will make big difference to gender diverse people

LGBTIQ+ groups have applauded reforms in the ACT that remove “cruel and unnecessary” barriers to gender recognition in the territory. The ACT parliament passed the reforms by 12 votes to 5 last week. The new laws provide a greater choice of gender descriptors on birth certificates. Under the reforms, a person can also update their …

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Canberra’s rainbow roundabout gets progressive facelift

Canberra’s City Renewal Authority just gave the city’s iconic Rainbow Roundabout its first facelift in seven years. Rainbow Roundabout now includes Progress Pride Flag colours The city painted the roundabout in the colours of the Pride Flag in 2017 to celebrate the Yes vote for marriage equality. The Authority has now updated the Rainbow Roundabout …

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‘Bath salts’: Scary finds at Canberra’s pill testing site

Scientists in Canberra have discovered three new party drugs at Australia’s only fixed pill testing site, and have called for more testing across Australia. The ACT’s CanTEST site has analysed more than 1,700 drug samples since opening in July 2022. Prof Malcolm McLeod, from the Australian National University, said a client submitted a substance they …

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ACT passes landmark laws protecting intersex people

The ACT has passed landmark legislation, protecting intersex people from unnecessary medical interventions. The laws mark the first of their kind in Australia, with calls for other states to follow suit. It follows decades of advocacy by intersex people and will prohibit unnecessary surgeries on intersex infants and children. According to the Australian Human Rights …

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and a stock photo of an intersex human rights conference

ACT to ban non-consensual intersex surgeries in Aussie first

The ACT government has introduced Australia’s first draft laws protecting the medical rights of intersex people, in a moment applauded by intersex advocates. Intersex people – the “I” in LGBTQIA+ – are born with innate sex characteristics that don’t fit medical norms for female nor male bodies. As infants, many undergo unnecessary and irreversible so-called …

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Scott White pleads guilty to manslaughter of Scott Johnson

Scott White, the man arrested for the 1988 death of Scott Johnson, pleaded guilty to manslaughter today in the NSW Supreme Court. During a pre-trial hearing in 2022, White pleaded guilty to murder, however, he then immediately tried to reverse his plea. Scott Johnson was found dead on rocks at the base of a northern …

Keep the party going after WorldPride is over – visit Canberra!

Round off the amazing Sydney WorldPride festival with a weekend in the nation’s capital.  If you’re looking to keep the WorldPride ball rolling, look no further than the Pride Weekend @ Enlighten Festival.  This weekend will be a celebration of LGTBIQA+ pride from 10-12 March with a range of pride themed events to celebrate Canberra’s …

Enlighten Canberra: the Pride festival coming to Canberra in March

Canberra’s annual Autumn Festival, Enlighten, is back in 2023 with 17 days of culture and creativity including a Pride Weekend. The festival will run across three days – the long weekend running from the 10th to the 12th of March. Those who partied at Sydney World Pride can come down to the Capital for an …

Drag queen Miss Ellaneous served the first drag show at federal parliament

Miss Ellaneous served the first ever drag show at federal parliament

Australian drag queen and Sydney WorldPride ambassador Miss Ellaneous has shared fierce footage of a recent trip to Canberra, giving the federal parliament its first ever drag show. The Darwin-born performer, a.k.a. Ben Graetz, is one of our best-known First Nations drag queens. And last month, Miss Ellaneous travelled to Canberra to meet with MPs …

This survivor went undercover to expose conversion therapy churches

A survivor of conversion practices has gone undercover, revealing the insidious nature of conversion therapy practices. Earlier this year, Debbie* created a new email address and developed a whole character to investigate where Canberra churches stood on conversion therapy practices. Using the pseudonym, she reached out to churches about finding support for one of her …

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