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Penny Wong is set to marry her partner Sophie Allouache

Senator Penny Wong is marrying her partner Sophie

Foreign Minister Penny Wong is reportedly set to marry her partner Sophie Allouache after many years together. The Labor Senator, who’s from South Australia, met Sophie almost two decades ago in 2006. The couple are the proud mums of two daughters. News.com.au has confirmed Penny and Sophie are now planning to marry. Penny’s team wouldn’t …

Bron is a survivor of harmful conversion practices in Tasmania

Survivors slam ‘useless’ Tas bill to ban conversion practices

Survivors of dangerous gay conversion practices say a draft bill to ban the practices in Tasmania contains too many loopholes, and won’t stop the practices from occurring. Discredited and harmful so-called “conversion” practices aim to change, suppress or eradicate a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The Tasmanian government released a draft bill to ban …

LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner

Renewed call for LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner

Just Equal Australia this week renewed its call for an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner following the tabling of Government legislation establishing an Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Spokesperson Brian Greig said Just Equal welcomed the establishment of an Anti-Slavery Commissioner. “However, the Government’s initiative highlights the lack of an equivalent Commissioner for the LGBTIQA+ community. “The Human Rights …

Sydney Councillor Adam Worling

Councillor vows to create LGBTIQA+ network despite backlash

A Sydney councillor has vowed to create an LGBTIQA+ support network despite homophobic and transphobic comments from other councillors. A number of Sydney councillors have accused their counterparts from other parts of New South Wales of homophobic and transphobic comments. They say the comments were made during a debate about forming a network to support …

Communications Minister Michelle Rowland on Q&A

Govt to add religious exemption to its misinformation bill

LGBTQIA+ advocates have slammed an Albanese government proposal to add religious exemptions to a draft bill targeting misinformation and disinformation online. Communications Minister Michelle Rowland put out an exposure draft of the proposed legislation in June. The draft bill would have granted the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) new powers to require social media …

ACT Greens MLA Johnathan Davis

ACT Greens politician stood down over sex misconduct claims

The ACT Greens have stood down one of their territory politicians, Johnathan Davis, after serious allegations of sexual misconduct. ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury said he’d received “extremely serious complaints” about the openly gay 31-year-old territory backbencher’s conduct. The Canberra Times published the allegations on Friday, and the ACT Greens confirmed the claims are “sexual …

Trans Justice Project gathers on the steps of Victorian Parliament

Why 120 orgs have signed this statement of trans solidarity

More than 100 organisations have signed a statement of solidarity with the trans and gender-diverse community ahead of Transgender Awareness Week next week. The statement, put out by the Trans Justice Project, comes amid increasing attacks on trans people’s lives, rights, and healthcare. The Trans Justice Project said “organised hate and disinformation” is a “fundamental …

Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities Todd Fernando

Vic LGBTIQ+ Commissioner on the next steps after No vote

Victoria’s Commissioner For LGBTIQ+ Communities Todd Fernando has spoken about the “new era” that must follow Australia’s ‘no’ vote to the Indigenous Voice To Parliament. Todd Fernando is a Kalarie man from the Wiradjuri Nation, and he’s held the state role in Victoria since 2021. On Sunday, Fernando said he was “truly devastated” after the …

Casey Donovan wears a pin badge for the Yes Voice referendum vote

Casey Donovan has a simple request as she votes ‘yes’

Casey Donovan has spoken out after voting Yes for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament ahead of referendum day on Saturday (October 14). The Australian performer cast her referendum vote this week at the Australian High Commission in Singapore, where Casey is overseas. Casey posted a collage of photos to Instagram and asked her followers to …

LGBTIQA+ health action plan

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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