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Rodney Croome stands in front of a sandstone building wearing a grey suit

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 …

James Elliot-Watson says his Christian school suspended him for being gay

Christian school suspended student for coming out as gay

When James Elliot-Watson was 15, his Christian school banned him from becoming a prefect and even suspended him because he’d revealed that he was gay. James recalled his experience in year 10 in 2011. He said independent religious school in Sydney suspended him, denied him leadership roles and outed him to his parents. “I came …

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus against a church or religious school

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 …

Members of the LGBTQIA+ education scholarship Pinnacle Foundation stand behind a rainbow sign in rainbow outfits.

The scholarship helping trans student Jay through university

The Pinnacle Foundation provides educational scholarships to young LGBTQIA+ people to reach their full potential. One of their scholars, Jay Bowman, shares how the support has helped them.  I remember getting the call to say I’d been chosen as a recipient of a Pinnacle Foundation scholarship and being so knocked back I could only say …

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Fury over PM’s ultimatum on religious discrimination laws

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has caused outrage with an ultimatum around his government’s looming religious discrimination legislation. The Sydney Morning Herald reported Anthony Albanese told a Labor caucus meeting on Tuesday morning he wouldn’t put the draft laws forward unless opposition leader Peter Dutton and the Coalition supported them. Scott Morrison’s own religious discrimination bill …

Will Kostakis young adult author calls out Catholic school request

Gay author invited to Catholic school told not to say gay

Australian young adult author Will Kostakis has shared his response to a Sydney Catholic school that asked him to “skip” the queer stuff during a Book Week talk to students. The author (above), who is gay, recounted the experience – sadly, not a new one for him – on social media and shared his response. …

Brisbane Pride Festival Queer Formal inside Brisbane City Hall

Students can go to Brisbane Pride’s Queer Formal for free

Brisbane Pride Festival is offering local LGBTQIA+ students their dream high school formal experience, with their annual Queer Formal back this weekend. Since 2017, the organisers of the city’s annual Pride Festival celebrations have put on the event at Brisbane City Hall. The event offers a safe and inclusive celebration for LGBTQIA+ young people who, …

St Ursula's College student Abbie gives update on Sydney school's same-sex formal ban

St Ursula’s backflips on same-sex formal ban, couple says

The lesbian couple who were banned from attending a Sydney Catholic school’s Year 12 formal together have declared victory after they say the school backflipped on the discriminatory policy. Last week, student Abbie Frankland from all-girls school St Ursula’s College in Kingsgrove started a petition calling out the ban. The petition attracted close to 5000 …

NSW Premier Chris Minns and St Ursula's College

‘It’s 2023’: Leaders call out school’s same-sex formal ban

The NSW Premier and the federal Education Minister have slammed a Sydney Catholic school banning same-sex couples from attending the year 12 formal together. Sydney girl’s school St Ursula’s College in Kingsgrove caused outcry with the rule this week after a student’s online petition attracted thousands of signatures. NSW Premier Chris Minns said, “I think in …

St Ursula's College

Sydney Catholic school bans same-sex couples from formal

Students at all-girls St Ursula’s College in Sydney, are asking for community support to protest a controversial policy that prevents same-sex couples from attending their school formal together. Student Abbie Frankland started a Change.org petition in protest and labelled the policy “discriminatory”. The petition has gathered over 3000 signatures in two days. “My girlfriend and …

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