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Menaka Guruswamy Arundhati Katju indian decriminalisation

Menaka Guruswamy and Arundhati Katju, the two lawyers who successfully argued the case for the Indian decriminalisation of homosexuality, are a couple. Scroll down for the vid. The pair spoke to Fareed Zakaria of CNN about the long battle for gay law reform in India. They first attempted to win Indian decriminalisation in 2013. On …

Stonewall Riots 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago today, the modern LGBTIQ rights movement began after LGBTIQ rioters fought back against a police raid on an illegal Mafia bar called the Stonewall Inn. Out of that grew the gay liberation movement which gave birth to our modern LGBTIQ communities. On the Stonewall Riots 50th Anniversary, we look back on how …

LGBTI HUMAN RIGHTS

The current debate about protecting religious freedom feels uncannily like John Howard’s ban on same-sex marriages in 2004. We have to act now to ensure the outcome is different. LGBTI human rights in Australia are now under the worst threat since 2004. Rodney Croome is a spokesperson for just.equal and Equality Tasmania Looking back through …

DecrimQld Respect Inc queensland sex workers sex work decriminalisation

Activists calling for Queensland to decriminalise sex work, say that current laws place workers in danger. Queensland sex worker organisation Respect Inc is leading the DecrimQLD campaign. Sex workers want their work treated like any other industry, rather than managed under a criminal framework by police. Current laws do not allow independent workers to work …

Victorian Bill To Remove Barriers For Trans People

The Victorian Labor government will today introduce a bill that would remove barriers for trans people.This will allow trans, intersex and non-binary people to choose a sex other than male or female on their birth certificate. The existing law, which requires those born in Victoria to have sterilising surgery before changing the sex marker on …

Kenyan HIgh Court, law reform

The Kenyan High Court today ruled that colonial-era laws criminalising same-sex relations are constitutional. Currently the laws allow for up to fourteen years jail for anal sex and five years for non-penetrative sex. The petitioners asked the court to declare the laws unconstitutional. In rejecting the petition, Justice Roselyne Aburili dismissed judgments in favour of …

Botswana lgbt homosexuality decriminalisation

By Andrew Novak, George Mason University Botswana’s High Court is considering a challenge to the provisions of the penal code criminalising consensual same-sex relations in the country. It will hand down its judgment in June. The challenge raises similar legal issues as the one pending at the Kenya High Court, which is due for a decision in …

homosexual offences

In a fond remembrance of the lead player, Pearl of the Outback shares a personal perspective of a once notorious Queensland incident, a story reminiscent of the acclaimed Brokeback Mountain, but one which contributed to profound change in Queensland laws. A young man from the bush, notorious for his convictions for homosexual offences, eventually found …

LGBT Legal Service are offering assistance to Queensland men with gay sex convictions

The LGBTI Legal Service has offered assistance to Queensland men who want to get their historical gay sex convictions wiped from their criminal records. Homosexual sex was decriminalised in Queensland in 1991, but men who were charged for consensual activity under several laws prior to that still hold the criminal convictions on their records today. …

Queensland’s expungement scheme for men with historical gay sex convictions will finally begin at the end of the month. Homosexual sex was decriminalised in Queensland in 1991, but men who were charged for consensual activity under several laws prior to that still hold the criminal convictions, affecting their employment and travel. Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said …

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