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Megan Rapinoe on Abortion Rights

Watch: Megan Rapinoe calls out men on abortion rights

Megan Rapinoe spoke for nine minutes straight today in an impassioned plea for men to stand up for women’s rights. The football star wiped away tears during an unscheduled Zoom presser on abortion rights. Scroll down for the vid. Megan Rapinoe echoed earlier comments from President Biden in describing yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on abortion …

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Nazi flag in Brisbane prompts Mayoral call for banning

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Shrinner yesterday called for the banning of Nazi insignia. He made the call following the display of a Nazi flag from a window of an apartment building next to the Brisbane Synagogue. Update: Police charged a 45-year-old Brisbane man with public nuisance over the incident and he will appear in court …

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Professor Paula Gerber on National Coming Out Day

In the lead up to National Coming Out Day on 11 October, Monash University academic Professor Paula Gerber says we need to “raise awareness and change attitudes.” “Having laws that protect LGBTIQ from discrimination is just one piece of the jigsaw puzzle.” First celebrated in 1988, National Coming Out Day celebrates the power of visibiity. …

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Sex workers welcome Queensland decriminalisation review

Queensland and Australian sex worker organisations today welcomed the impending Queensland decriminalisation review of state sex work laws. State Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman earlier announced a review of current laws by the Queensland Law Reform Commission. She said the Commission will advise on improving the health, safety, human rights and also legal protections of sex workers …

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Rodney Croome and Brian Greig: LGBTIQ Human Rights in 2021

Rodney Croome and Brian Greig predict LGBTIQ rights battles will heat up in 2021, with big challenges and opportunities ahead. They say it’s time to get more allies on board and focus on local campaigning. Rodney Croome and Brian Greig are long-time Australian LGBTIQ human rights advocates. Both are recipients of the Order of Australia …

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“Stop criminalisation of sex worker safety in Queensland”

Queensland Sex Workers and allies rallied on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on the issue of sex worker safety. The rally remembered sex worker lives lost to violence and recognised that sex workers still needlessly experience violence today. Community leaders and sex workers addressed Tuesday’s rally in Centenary Place Park. Candi Forrest, …

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Miles Heffernan: from burger flipper to worker advocate

Miles Heffernan was just 15-years-old when he took on his first wage theft case, and won… and it was all over a pair of pants! Years later, Miles is a professional worker advocate. Related: Discrimination Claims wins $12,500 payout for a very expensive doodle. Like many young people, Miles’ first job was a burger flipper …

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King of the Catwalk says news reports of Brunei exaggerated

The King of the Catwalk, Sinon Loresca caused a social media firestorm last week over a visit to Brunei. The openly gay Filipino social media influencer dismissed recent protests against the sultanate. He told his 1.6 million Facebook and half million Instagram followers “some news so exaggerated.” That ‘exaggerated’ news reported on laws allowing religious …

Indonesia Declares Homosexuality A ‘Mental Disorder’

Indonesia’s Ministry of Health has moved to declare homosexuality a “mental disorder,” as lawmakers debate a popular bill that would criminalize homosexuality in the country. The Ministry announced it would add homosexuality to a list of mental disorders in a new medical guide it planned to publish, according to local media reports. The guide is …

Indonesian Police Force Transgender Women To Act Like ‘Real Men’

Indonesian police have raided beauty salons in Aceh province and shamed a group of transgender hairdressers. The women had their heads shaved and were forced to wear men’s clothes in what police say was part of their “coaching” to behave like “real men”. Local Police Chief Ahmad Untung Surianata told the BBC: “We are holding …