LAG seeks exemption for ‘female-born lesbian’ event

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The Lesbian Action Group (LAG) of Melbourne has applied to the Human Rights Commission for a five-year temporary exemption to hold a ‘female-born lesbian’ only event at the Victorian Pride Centre.

An anonymous member of LAG posted details of the submission to social media.

International Lesbian Day

The submission from LAG says the group wishes to book space at the Victorian Pride Centre on Sunday, October 15, 2023. They would host an “all-day fun-filled culturally appropriate lesbians born female only event” to celebrate International Lesbian Day.

The group told the commission they applied for a five-year temporary exemption because they intend to hold numerous events subsequent to International Lesbian Day 2023.

LAG say in their submission that discrimination laws prevented any but small gatherings of ‘lesbian-born female’ groups since 2003.  Additionally, any inability to publicise events hindered outreach to younger lesbians.

LAG states “The Exemption would exclude anyone who was not a Lesbian Born Female. That is, Heterosexual, Bisexual and Gay males, Heterosexual and Bisexual females, Transgender people and Queer plus people.”

In 2021, the Tasmanian Anti-discrimination Commissioner rejected a similar application by Jessica Hoyle. The Tasmanian TERF applied for an exemption to hold a ‘female-only’ drag king event.

The Human Rights Commission invites submissions on the application from interested parties. The closing date for written submissions is Tuesday, August 29, 2023.


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    20 August 2023

    i don’t have testicles lol – – couldn’t the LAG hold a no testicles only event ? yours in transgender ollie b.

  2. katy
    20 August 2023

    It makes sense for lesbians to be able to hold female -only lesbian events…I really don’t see the issue at all? Let people with common experiences gather together if they want. ‍♀️

  3. Melissa
    21 August 2023

    Most lesbians in Australia are not transphobic and do not want transgender lesbians excluded from their events.

    Transgender women are women, and there are real biological reasons for their having a female gender identity.

    Hoping the anti discrimination commission will have the sense not to grant these bigots a license to make the Victorian Pride Centre an unsafe place for the transgender community.

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