Posts in tag

equality australia


victorian pride lobby co-convener Nevena Spirovska

One in three queer Victorians harassed in public in the last 12 months

The Victorian Pride Lobby and multicultural community leaders have welcomed moves to strengthen anti-vilification laws as they warn of an increase in prejudice and hate crime. A Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into anti-vilification laws gave its recommendations to government this week. The inquiry recommends the state government ban on Nazi symbols and Germany’s Third Reich insignia …

LGBTQ+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Young LGBTIQ people at greatest risk of domestic violence

LGBTIQ+ Australians under 25 are 4.5 times more likely to be at risk of domestic and family violence than those 25 years and over, according to new research. Equality Australia and Drummond Street Services’ Centre for Family Research and Evaluation in Victoria have released a research report on domestic and family violence affecting LGBTIQ+ people, …

ian thorpe benjamin law religious discrimination bill equality australia

WATCH: Ian Thorpe and Benjamin Law slam religious discrimination bill

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. …

australian bureau of statistics census data australia

ABS scraps plans for sexual orientation questions in next census

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 …

Prime minister Scott Morrison religious discrimination religious freedom laws

Big problem with Morrison government’s new religion laws

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 …

joseph nicolosi gay conversion therapy books

Australian booksellers petitioned to pull ‘conversion therapy’ titles

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 …

equality australia religious discrimination bill lgbtiq healthcare

LGBTIQ groups want ‘affirming’ religious discrimination bill

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+ …

rainbow votes lgbtiq election issues

‘Rainbow Votes’ election scorecard rates three political parties on LGBTIQ issues

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 …

rainbow flags at pride parade

Australians urged to donate to LGBTIQ groups on ‘giveOUTday’ today

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 …

city of sydney rainbow flag World Pride

Mardi Gras wants to bring mega festival ‘World Pride’ to Australia in 2023

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 …

1 2