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Shannon Fentiman at the IAS 2023 conference announcing HIV medication co-payment waivers

Qld Health Minister backs removal of gay blood donation ban

The Queensland health minister has called on her federal counterpart to prioritise Australia safely easing restrictions currently banning most gay men from blood donation. In Australia, sexually active gay and bi men, trans women and some non-binary folk who have sex with men – including in long-term relationships – can’t donate blood unless they abstain …

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Miriam Margolyes gives her take on the Voice referendum

Actress, writer and Australian citizen Miriam Margolyes has backed the Yes vote in the Voice referendum, and given a withering rebuke to one of the No campaign’s slogans. Early voting is now underway in the national vote ahead of polling day on October 14. Aussies will be asked “to alter the Constitution to recognise the …

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Beks posts video with Dykes on Bikes in support of Yes

Australian pop singer Beks has posted a video supporting Yes featuring members of the Dykes on Bikes motorcycle club.  Beks posted the video to Tiktok and Instagram of her cover of Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start The Fire. She changed the lyrics to words showing support for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum. She is …

Greens Senator Janet Rice on a motorbike with partner Anne

Greens Senator Janet Rice announces her retirement

Greens Senator Janet Rice has announced she’ll retire early next year, a decade after her election to the upper house. Senator Rice announced she won’t stand for preselection and plans to retire in the first half of 2024. “A decade on from being elected to the senate, I’ve decided it’s time to pass the baton,” …

Greens Senator Janet Rice joined a trans rights rally outside Parliament House in Canberra

Greens blast ‘shameful’ anti-trans event at Parliament House

Greens MPs have declared “transphobia has no place in the parliament” at a Canberra rally to oppose a Binary Australia-hosted event inside Parliament House. On Monday morning, a crowd of trans rights supporters gathered on the lawns outside Parliament House. Inside, the likes of Katherine Deves, Moira Deeming, Kirralie Smith and others were talking at …

Composite image of Courtney Act and the Inclusion Flag by artist Wayde Clarke

Courtney Act explains simple reason she’s voting ‘yes’ on Voice

Courtney Act has thrown her support behind the “yes” vote for the Voice to Parliament referendum, opening up about the parallels she’s feeling to Australia’s marriage equality postal survey. In an Instagram video, the Australian drag superstar reflected on her personal reaction to the queer community’s “own yes vote a few years ago.” “I remember …

Trans Justice Project director Jackie Turner

Anti-trans abuse against Aussies ‘escalating rapidly,’ report finds

Victorian group the Trans Justice Project are calling for stronger laws after the largest survey of transgender and gender diverse Australians revealed widespread and “rapidly escalating” harassment, abuse and violence towards the community. In the past 12 months, one in two trans Australians have experienced some form of hate, the report revealed. Moreover, fifteen percent …

Victoria Liberal MP Moira Deeming with anti-trans activist Posie Parker

Anti-trans activist Posie Parker to sue Vic Liberals for defamation

British anti-trans activist Posie Parker has demanded an apology and financial compensation from the Victorian Liberals, alleging they defamed her after her Australian speaking tour this year. Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, who also goes by the pseudonym Posie Parker online, caused outrage in March with her anti-trans “Let Women Speak” event in Melbourne. The event was also …

Drag Storytime at Oxtravaganza in Sydney

Sydney councillors make big move in support of Drag Storytime

City of Sydney councillors will urge their colleagues statewide to back Drag Storytime events after a number were cancelled due to right-wing threats and abuse earlier this year. Sylvie Ellsmore is Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney. On Monday, her council unanimously passed a motion she put forward in support of the events …

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Labor national conference votes to end gay blood ban

Delegates at the Labor National Conference in Brisbane today voted to end the gay blood ban and adopt individual risk assessment for all blood donors. The vote follows the Queensland State Labor Conference backing the removal of the gay blood ban in June this year. Tasmanian delegate, Benjamin Dudman moved today’s successful motion. He thanked …

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