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NSW Parliament passes ban on conversion practices

Survivors of harmful LGBTQ+ conversion practices have celebrated the passing of landmark legislation to ban them in NSW. The NSW government’s bill passed 22 votes to 4 early on Friday morning after a marathon all-night sitting of parliament (pictured above). The state’s new law criminalises conversion practices that seek to change or suppress a person’s …

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Advocates seek election commitment for conversion therapy ban

Equality Tasmania is seeking commitments from all parties and independents to ban conversion practices in light of the Tasmanian state election on March 23, 2024. The state Liberal party originally committed to banning conversion therapy after recommendations from the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute. However, they failed to pass legislation by the end of 2023. With …

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NSW MPs told to skip Mardi Gras until Equality Bill is passed

Frustrated LGBTQIA+ activists plan to rally in Sydney after NSW’s long-awaited Equality Bill was delayed, and have called on state MPs to skip Mardi Gras until they pass it. The NSW parliament returned this week for the first sitting days of 2024. Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich’s omnibus Equality Bill was widely expected to go …

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Calls for Tasmanian Conversion Therapy bill to be scrapped

Equality Tasmania has launched a new campaign calling on the State Government to scrap its conversion therapy bill and draft a new version. The campaign will dispel myths about a ban on conversion practices and encourage Tasmanians to sign an Open Letter to the Government. READ MORE: QNews talks to LGBTQIA+ conversion therapy survivor Glen …

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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 …

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Tim Pocock recalls ‘soul-destroying’ gay conversion therapy

Actor Tim Pocock has opened up about his “soul-destroying” experience of so-called “gay conversion” practices in his twenties. The X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Dance Academy actor recalled undergoing harmful anti-gay hypnotherapy in a new video with Equality Australia, calling for NSW to ban it. “I was first taken to see a psychologist to have my …

NSW Premier Chris Minns

NSW government delays gay conversion ban bill

The NSW government has delayed the introduction of legislation to ban harmful LGBTQ conversion practices until at least early next year. NSW Premier Chris Minns had pledged to introduce the draft legislation before the end of the year. But just one sitting week of state parliament remains. The government announced the delay after getting requests …

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Tasmania fails to ban conversion practices by end of year

After recommendations from the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute, Premier Jeremy Rockliff committed to banning conversion practices in Tasmania. However, advocates have become frustrated at the lack of progress since.  The 2022 TLRI report found the evidence showed “conversion practices are happening in Tasmania, they have caused severe harm to people subjected to them and are …

NSW Premier Chris Minns

Gay conversion ban fast-tracked after ACL boast backfires

The New South Wales government will bring forward its promised laws banning gay conversion practices, shortly after the Australian Christian Lobby boasted they’d helped put the reforms “on ice”. A spokesperson for NSW Premier Chris Minns confirmed the legislation would be introduced to parliament before the end of the year. Last week, the Australian Christian …

India’s first openly gay prince on his conversion therapy experience

India’s first openly gay prince, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil has opened up about the extreme steps his parents took in order to “convert” him. In an interview with Sky News, the 57-year-old prince, who is the 39th direct descendant of India’s Gohil Rajput dynasty, revealed that his parents sought out avenues to “perform a surgery on his …

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