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On the day of the Brisbane Pride Festival Rally and March, the Queensland AIDS Council’s President Peter Black speaks on where we are at and how far we have to go. This morning I had the privilege to talk about the future of the Queensland AIDS Council and the LGBTI Brotherboy and Sistergirl communities of …

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indonesia president joko widodo human rights watch

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has delayed a vote on hundreds of draconian new laws – including one banning gay sex – after worldwide outrage. The Indonesian government is proposing an extensive overhaul of the country’s criminal code. Human rights groups blasted the planned laws as “disastrous” for not only LGBTIQ people but the wider Indonesian …

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indonesia president joko widodo human rights watch

New laws proposed by Indonesia to ban sex between unmarried couples are a “human rights disaster” for LGBTIQ people, advocates say. Human rights groups have slammed a bill extensively overhauling Indonesia’s criminal code. The parliament will likely vote on the bill before the end of the month. The bill would make consensual sex between unmarried …

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university of queensland forgan smith building tc bierne school of law

Academics at the University of Queensland’s law school have pledged support for transgender and gender diverse students after comments from the head of the school. Professor Patrick Parkinson is dean of UQ’s TC Beirne School of Law. He recently told a religious freedom conference faith schools should be allowed to reject a student’s gender identity …

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A gay man says he won’t return to Queensland after he claims he and his brother were brutally bashed at a Gold Coast shopping centre. The victim, named Joshua, told the Gold Coast Bulletin he was up from Melbourne visiting family when he and his 16-year-old brother were targeted by teenage thugs at Coomera Westfield …

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merriam webster dictionary non binary sam smith gender

Merriam-Webster has officially added the non-binary definition of “they” to its dictionary. The dictionary now defines “they” as “used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary,” along with three other definitions. Merrian-Webster’s definition for pronoun “themself” also states it is “now used chiefly in place of ‘himself or herself’ as a …

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The government’s controversial religious discrimination bill may “relegitimise” harmful “conversion therapy” practices, LGBTIQ advocates warn. Attorney-General Christian Porter unveiled the draft religion bill in late August. After a consultation period, the government is expected to introduce it to parliament in October. But a group representing survivors of harmful “conversion” practices say they’re concerned about some …

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Over half of transgender and gender diverse Australians have been victims of sexual violence or coercion, according to a new Kirby Institute report. The 2018 Australian Trans and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey involved 1,613 people and is the largest study of its kind. The report was launched in Perth on Tuesday. The study found …

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brisbane pride fair day

Brisbane Pride President Rebecca Johnson is currently on secondment to the United Nations in Geneva. She sends this message to all on our most important celebration of the year. To all LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people, our loyal Allies, and also the wider Community. Brisbane Pride Month and Fair Day is about Recognition and Self-Determination …

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Dr Penny Whetton, climate scientist and wife of Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice, has died suddenly at age 61, the Senator announced. Senator Rice wrote in a tribute on Facebook: “My darling beloved Penny passed away suddenly and apparently peacefully at our house in Sisters Beach Tasmania on Wednesday evening 11 September. “The last anyone …

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gay conversion therapy 60 minutes

A victim of “gay conversion therapy” has blown the whistle on the dangerous practices in Australian churches. The term “conversion therapy” refers to the discredited practice of changing or suppressing an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, using psychological or spiritual means. On Sunday night, Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes program revealed the practice is still …

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rachel colvin christian school teacher religious discrimination

A teacher has filed a discrimination complaint against a private Christian school, claiming she had to quit after refusing to accept its policy opposing same-sex marriage. Rachel Colvin claims Ballarat Christian College discriminated against her due to her political and religious beliefs, including her support for same-sex marriage. The married mother of three alleges she …

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peter black quac religious freedoms bills

Peter Black, President of QuAC discusses the draft Religious Freedoms Bills and their potential impact on our communities. Peter Black is a Senior Lecturer in Law, teaching and researching in internet law, media law and Australian Constitutional law. As a firm advocate of equality and fairness for the LGBTI communities, Peter Black was also Queensland …

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italy lovers of modena

Researchers have discovered that a pair of 1500-year-old remains dubbed the “Lovers of Modena” – because of their hand-holding – were both men. The two skeletons (pictured above) date back to the 4-6th century AD. The remains were first discovered in Italy in 2009. But at that time scientists could not determine the sex of …

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The Australian newspaper transgender equality australia auspath

The Australian Psychological Society has blasted claims published by The Australian newspaper that a “social contagion” is influencing transgender youth’s gender identities. The Australian newspaper has come under fire for publishing dozens of anti-trans stories over the past month. Many quote health practitioners with no experience treating gender dysphoria. On September 4, the newspaper published …

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Israel Folau will be a keynote speaker at an upcoming Australian Christian Lobby conference next month. The ACL have announced the former rugby star will address the group’s Sydney conference on October 19, which is titled “Not Ashamed”. “Not Ashamed is an event to equip Christians to grow in our knowledge of truth, especially in …

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Two gay Anglican priests who married this week won’t have their union officially blessed in a Victorian church following a legal challenge. Priests John Davis and Rob Whalley (pictured above) married in a civil ceremony on Tuesday. Wangaratta Anglican Bishop John Parkes previously announced he planned to bless the couple’s relationship in his regional church. …

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Marriage equality campaigners have confirmed the first same-sex marriages will take place in Northern Ireland on Valentine’s Day. The long-awaited legalisation of same-sex marriages in the region is finally set to come into effect on January 13. Couples then must wait the standard 28 day waiting period after submitting their notice of intention to marry. …

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oil rig worker sexual harassment queensland

A Queensland oil rig worker has sued his former employer after his male boss allegedly sexually harassed him for months. In his claim filed in the Federal Circuit Court, Queensland man Cade Morrison said he was employed by Murarrie labour contractor Harness Energy Services when the alleged harassment began, the Courier-Mail reported. Morrison said his …

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equality australia religious discrimination bill lgbtiq healthcare

Equality Australia has warned the Morrison government’s controversial religious discrimination bill could negatively impact on LGBTIQ people’s access to healthcare. The religion bill could see LGBTIQ+ patients refused healthcare by practitioners who “conscientiously object” to their sexual orientation or gender identity on religious grounds. Equality Australia’s Anna Brown told the Sydney Morning Herald the religious …

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tasmania transgender martine delaney birth certificate gender reform

Tasmanian transgender woman Martine Delaney has become the first to receive a birth certificate affirming her true gender under the state’s historic gender reforms. The new laws passed the state’s parliament in April and came into effect on Friday. They allow trans and gender diverse Tasmanians to amend sex markers on birth certificates without surgery …

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An Uber driver has been blocked from using the app after she kicked a lesbian couple out of her car. US woman Kristin Michele said she and her girlfriend, Jenn Mangan, were on their way to a concert in New Jersey when the incident occurred. Michele said about four minutes into the drive, she leaned …

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