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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr's government passes gender laws

ACT reforms will make big difference to gender diverse people

LGBTIQ+ groups have applauded reforms in the ACT that remove “cruel and unnecessary” barriers to gender recognition in the territory. The ACT parliament passed the reforms by 12 votes to 5 last week. The new laws provide a greater choice of gender descriptors on birth certificates. Under the reforms, a person can also update their …

Zoe Terakes and Miriam Margolyes talked about pronouns

Miriam Margolyes says Zoe Terakes taught her about pronouns

Miriam Margolyes has shared that it was a chat with transmasc Aussie actor Zoe Terakes that changed her view on gender-neutral pronouns. The actress and author went on The Graham Norton Show at the weekend to talk about her latest book, Oh Miriam: Stories from an Extraordinary Life. Miriam was asked by fellow guest Boy …

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These gender and sexuality questions may be added to next Census

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has confirmed it’s considering questions on gender and sexual identity for the 2026 Census. The ABS conducts the Census, surveying every household, in Australia every five years. The next is in 2026. But for years, advocates have warned the ABS doesn’t have data on LGBTQIA+ populations in Australia. As …

Conservative activist Bernard Gaynor wants Australian Classficiation Review board to ban book Gender Queer

Classification review rejects push to ban Gender Queer book

Australia’s Classification Review Board has rejected a push to censor gender and sexuality memoir Gender Queer on appeal after a right-wing activist demanded it be banned. Gender Queer: A Memoir (above) is a 2019 graphic novel by American non-binary author Maia Kobabe. Aimed at teenage readers, the memoir retells the author’s journey of sexual and …

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Sam Smith was ‘spat at in the street’ after they came out

Sam Smith has shared the shocking abuse and harassment they experienced after they came out as non-binary and changed their pronouns in 2019. The 30-year-old British singer spoke to Apple Music 1 host Zane Lowe to talk about their new album Gloria, released today. The pair also discussed the Sam’s journey since they came out …

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Philip C. Almond asks: Are Christian souls gendered?

Within Christianity, the question of the nature of human identity has been a messy and complex one. For its first 200 years, Christianity adopted the Hebrew understanding of human identity as a unity of physical and spiritual parts, not divided into body and soul. There is no concept of the immortal soul in the Hebrew …

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Queensland government to introduce long-awaited trans reform bill

The Queensland government will this week introduce long-awaited legislation allowing transgender and gender diverse people to update their sex on their birth certificates without undergoing gender affirming surgery. Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman has confirmed she’ll introduce the draft legislation amending the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act to state parliament this week. She said the changes …

Newscastle parent April Long is suing the Australian Bureau of Statistics for excluding their family from the Census

This rainbow family filed a human rights complaint over the Census

A former Morrison government minister and the Australian Bureau of Statistics are facing a formal human rights complaint alleging the failure to properly count LGBTIQ people in the Census is unlawful discrimination. Newcastle parent April Long (above, centre), who is non-binary, and LGBTIQ+ organisation Equality Australia filed the case with the Australian Human Rights Commission …

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Swimming Australia backs FINA’s restrictions on trans swimmers

Swimming Australia has backed governing body FINA’s contentious move to effectively ban transgender women from elite female competitions and restrict them to a yet to be established “open category”. FINA announced the new policy affecting most transgender female swimmers after a vote at the governing body’s congress in Hungary. Under the new policy, trans women …

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Dozens of gender equality groups have called out anti-trans politicians

Dozens of women’s rights and gender equality organisations have signed an open letter denouncing politicians’ divisive rhetoric against transgender Australians in the federal election campaign. Gender equity group Fair Agenda has put out a joint statement, endorsed by more than 50 women’s rights, gender equity and safety groups, calling for an end to the corrosive …

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