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A-G’s resignation prompts concerns for Tasmanian Law Reform

The resignation of Attorney-General Elise Archer raises concerns about the future of Tasmanian Law Reform. Current acting Attorney-General Michael Ferguson’s track record does not inspire confidence among LGBTQIA+ Tasmanians. Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockcliff requested Elise Archer’s resignation from cabinet on Friday. The request followed allegations of bullying and leaked messages in which she insulted parliamentary …

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Ted Kelk: forgotten father of gay law reform in Qld

When a diagnosis of AIDS signalled his time on Earth was running out, Ted Kelk smashed down his closet door and embarked on a crusade to ensure a better life for the generations that followed. “A great man has died in Queensland. He was not a member of Parliament, or even a respected civic leader, …

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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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South Australia finally abolishes gay panic murder defence

South Australia today became the final Australian state to abolish the gay panic murder defence. The South Australian government passed legislation to abolish the defence with support from the opposition and crossbench. Previously the defence could see a murder charge downgraded to one of manslaughter. A defendant only needed to prove that a homosexual advance …

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Belize Court confirms sodomy law unconstitutional

The Belize Court of Appeal last week upheld a former ruling by the Supreme Court Chief Justice declaring the country’s sodomy law unconstitutional. Previously, Caleb Orozco, an LGBTIQ activist in the Central American country, brought a case against the sodomy law in the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ruled in favour of …

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Lawyers who won Indian decriminalisation a couple

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 …

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Australian LGBTI human rights – we must act now!

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 …

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Sex work activists fight for Queensland 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

Victorian government bill hopes 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 …

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Kenyan High Court rejects LGBTIQ 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 …

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