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No excuses for inaction on religious discrimination

There’s no excuse for buck passing. It’s time for the Australian Government to close the loopholes that let religious organisations legally discriminate. The Federal Government has derailed the campaign to stop faith-based schools legally discriminating against LGBTQ+ students and staff. Ahead of the release of an Australian Law Reform Commission report recommending such discrimination be …

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Scrap laws allowing faith schools to discriminate, AG told

Blanket legal exemptions that allow religious schools to discriminate against staff and students based on sexuality and gender identity should be scrapped, a major inquiry has told the federal government. The Australian Law Reform Commission’s long-awaited report on the issue is finally out this week. The report recommends finally scrapping laws which currently and inexplicably …

Yvonne Sillett, lesbian Australian Defence Veteran, was driven out of army

LGBTQIA+ defence veterans urged to contact Royal Commission

For ADF veteran Yvonne Sillett, sharing her story of the mistreatment she experienced during her service due to her sexuality was a “cathartic” and “overwhelmingly positive” experience. The Royal Commission Into Defence and Veteran Suicide was set up in July 2021. Last year, the lesbian veteran told the Royal Commission serving in the Australian Defence …

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US Supreme Court backs businesses refusing same-sex couples

The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a Christian graphic designer who argued for a religious exemption allowing her to refuse to serve same-sex couples. Lorie Smith, an evangelical Christian from Colorado, argued she couldn’t design websites for same-sex couples because of her Christian faith. Colorado state law bans businesses open to the …

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‘Betrayal’: Labor roasted for backtracking on LGBTQIA+ commitments

Labor has been criticised over a proposal to “significantly” cut back their party platform’s pre-election commitments on LGBTIQA+ issues. The Australian Labor Party put out its draft 2023 National Platform for consultation this week. The new draft removes a commitment from Labor’s previous 2021 platform to “strengthen laws and expand initiatives against discrimination, vilification and …

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‘Banned [from Target] over transgender views’ appeal

A tribunal will review the claim of Tasmanian woman Jessica Hoyle that a Target store banned her over her ‘transgender views’. Hoyle is appealing the rejection of a complaint she made to Equal Opportunity Tasmania. Jessica Hoyle claims the incident occurred when she attended a Target store in Launceston. She said she wore clothing that …

Malaysia Islamic authorities detain 20 after raid on LGBT queer Halloween party

Malaysia police detain 20 people in raid on queer Halloween party

Malaysia Islamic authorities detained 20 people for “cross-dressing” and “encouraging vice” during a raid on an LGBTIQ+ Halloween party in Kuala Lumpur. The arrests were made on Saturday night (October 29) after Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department officers (JAWI) raided the party at nightlife venue REXKL, over what authorities claimed were offences under Sharia law. …

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Major parties slammed for rejecting Greens LGBTIQ+ proposal

Federal Labor and the Coalition have again voted down a Greens proposal to appoint an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner to the Australian Human Rights Commission. The Human Rights Commission is Australia’s top human rights body and investigates discrimination complaints and promotes human rights in Australia and internationally. On Thursday, the Senate passed a piece of …

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Queer Qataris arrested and beaten by police weeks before World Cup

LGBT people in World Cup host city Qatar have been arbitrarily arrested and beaten in police custody as recently as September, according to Human Rights Watch. Qatar is hosting the 2022 World Cup, from November 20 to December 18. But homosexuality is illegal in the conservative Muslim country, with same-sex relations punished with up to …

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Albanese government must not snub LGBTIQA+ issues at Jobs Summit

LGBTIQA+ advocates have written to the Albanese government to express their concern that next week’s Jobs and Skills Summit may snub the challenges in employment faced by LGBTIQA+ Australians. Next week, employers will meet with the Albanese government and unions to discuss solutions to lift wages, jobs security and skills shortages. Earlier, the government released …

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