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LGBTIQ groups want ‘affirming’ religious discrimination bill

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victorian pride lobby co-convener Nevena Spirovska

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 …

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, …

equality australia queer love in livestream

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 …

ian thorpe benjamin law religious discrimination bill equality australia

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

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

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

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

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 …

rainbow votes lgbtiq election 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 …

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