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Equality Australia is holding a special livestream event featuring a lineup of local queer artists to bring the community together this weekend. The LGBTIQ advocacy organisation will showcase queer artists in the virtual event, Queer Love In, to raise funds for their campaigning. Spokesperson Paige Burton explained the Queer Love In will bring LGBTIQ+ artists …

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Ian Thorpe, writer Benjamin Law and sports star Lauren Jackson have spoken out about the Religious Discrimination Bill in a new video for Equality Australia. In the video, they join a group of Australians speaking on behalf of people with HIV, people with a disability, and people of faith to highlight concerns with the bill. …

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has axed plans to include questions about people’s sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2021 census. The census is conducted every five years, with the data used to shape the country’s infrastructure and services. The ABS will begin early testing of the 2021 census in New South Wales this …

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LGBTIQ advocates have criticised the Morrison government’s draft religious discrimination laws, which were unveiled today. Attorney-General Christian Porter said the government’s draft Religious Discrimination Act is similar to other existing anti-discrimination laws, like those covering age, race and disability. He said the laws would ensure religious people were protected from discrimination, in a “necessary and …

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Equality Australia have launched a petition calling on Australian booksellers to remove titles promoting harmful LGBTIQ “conversion therapy”. The group’s call comes after Amazon recently agreed to remove “conversion therapy” books from sale in their online store after an 80,000-signature petition. Now Equality Australia are petitioning Australian retailers to follow suit. “Angus & Robertson and …

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More than 50 Australian LGBTIQ groups have released a joint statement calling for an “affirming” Religious Discrimination Act. The statement backs “protections from discrimination for people of all faiths, and for people who don’t hold religious beliefs.” But new laws must not sanction new forms of discrimination against others, it adds. “As members of LGBTIQ+ …

nationals coalition mp Barnaby Joyce

Some Coalition MPs have said they will push for stronger “religious freedom” laws after the party’s election result this month, alarming LGBTIQ advocates. Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce told Nine newspapers he wants religious beliefs to be exempt from employment contracts. The laws would protect anti-gay views including rugby player Israel Folau’s comments that led …

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The Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby has released an election scorecard rating the three major political parties on issues affecting LGBTIQ+ voters ahead of the federal election. Last week, Equality Australia released the Coalition, Labor and the Greens’ responses to an 18-question survey on LGBTIQ issues the group had developed. The Lobby has reviewed …

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Australians are being encouraged to make a donation to a local LGBTIQ group through today’s “giveOUTday” initiative launched by giving circle The Channel. Inspired by the success of the US project of the same name, the project aims to build the capacity for LGBTIQ+ communities to resource their own social change, increase awareness of health …

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LGBTIQ advocates have cheered news the New South Wales government will provide funding to Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to support a bid to host World Pride in 2023. World Pride is a global LGBTIQ festival that is held every two years in different host cities around the world. It was first held in …

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