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Oh Tassie! Van Diemen’s Land elects Eric Abetz

Oh, Tassie! Dear me, should we start calling you Van Diemen’s Land again? Electing Eric Abetz to state parliament is a step back in time. What happened to your famous reluctance to conserve old growth? Yes readers. You heard it right. The Van Diemenians have elected the notorious Eric Abetz to their state parliament. And, …

Mikey Webb Auslan interpreter at Peaches concert

Auslan pro Mikey Webb loved interpreting Peaches’ racy lyrics

Queensland Auslan interpreter Mikey Webb has talked with queer music icon Peaches about translating her racy lyrics into sign language at one of her Australian gigs. For the past few years, the sign language pro has been a fixture at Queensland government press conferences during the day. But last month, Mikey joined Peaches on sign …

Thomas Williams was a techno producer and artist and founded Tasmania gay nightclub Flamingo's Dance Bar

Tributes after sudden death of LGBTIQ+ nightclub founder

Tasmania’s LGBTIQ+ community are mourning the death of Thomas Williams, the founder of long-running Hobart gay nightclub Flamingos Dance Bar. The 39-year-old died suddenly on Friday (December 30, 2022), Flamingo’s co-owner Gary Quilliam told the Mercury. Quilliam said he was “devastated to lose such a close and valued friend”. “Like so many Tom and I …

Peter Gutwein

Equality Tasmania on Premier Peter Gutwein’s resignation

Today’s surprise resignation of popular Tasmanian Liberal Premier Peter Gutwein prompted laudatory tributes all around including from LGBTQIA+ advocacy group Equality Tasmania. Premier Gutwein resigned after two years in the job. However, it was a long two years. Much of the time was taken up with managing the Tasmanian response to the COVID pandemic. Last …

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We stand with Ben protest outside Tasmanian coroner’s office

Supporters of Ben Jago mounted a ‘We stand with Ben’ protest outside the Tasmanian Coroner’s office on the weekend. Following the death of Ben Jago’s partner in 2015, the Tasmanian Coroner wrongly denied him his lawful status as next-of-kin. Tasmania’s Supreme Court last week ruled Ben Jago could not bring a discrimination complaint against the …

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Tasmania celebrates biggest turn out ever for TasPride

Earlier this weekend, 1,100 marchers took to the streets of Hobart to celebrate the 16th annual TasPride Festival parade. The marchers mustered in North Hobart, then waved rainbow flags on a parade route that wound into oak-lined Franklin Square in the city centre. A rainbow flag flying proudly from Hobart Town Hall signified the end …

Tasmania Ben Jago discrimination case

Bereaved gay man takes next-of-kin discrimination case to Supreme Court

A bereaved man’s years-long battle against the Tasmanian government after he was denied next-of-kin rights has been heard in the Supreme Court in Hobart. In 2015, the state’s Coroner failed to recognise Ben Jago as the next of kin of his deceased partner, Nathan Lunson, despite acknowledging they shared a “significant relationship” and same-sex relationships …

Tasmanian Catholic Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteous, video screenshot

Advocates Slam ‘Hypocritical’ Archbishop For Silencing Pro-Equality Priest

LGBTIQ advocates have slammed a “hypocritical” Catholic Archbishop’s decision to bar a priest from speaking at a conference in Tasmania over his pro-marriage equality views. Father Frank Brennan, Australian Jesuit priest and chief executive of Catholic Social Services Australia, was told by the Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteous (pictured) he should not talk at the …

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LGBTIQ People Share Their Stories At Kevin Andrews’ Anti-Safe Schools Event

LGBTIQ community members have shared personal stories of classroom discrimination with a crowd of Safe Schools opponents during a public meeting convened by Liberal MP Kevin Andrews in Hobart on Tuesday night. Andrews and Catholic Archbishop Julian Porteous addressed the public lecture, held at Hobart Town Hall, and criticised the Safe Schools anti-bullying program. Writing …