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Urvashi Vaid october 8

Queerversaries: today’s birthday: October 8, Urvashi Vaid

Urvashi Vaid, born October 8, 1958, fought for decades for social justice for all. Born in India, she lived in the US from the age of eight. Her lifetime of activism began at age eleven when she joined anti-Vietnam war protests. Urvashi Vaid went on to become a prominent and highly effective advocate for the …

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Sri Lanka: 72% oppose criminalisation of LGBT people

A recent island-wide survey reveals that 72% of people in Sri Lanka do not support laws that punish or criminalise LGBT people. Additionally, 51.4% of people surveyed support enhanced rights for LGBT people. Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror reports that the Westminster Forum for Democracy conducted the survey last year across all 25 districts of the …

LGBTQ Ambassador Elisabeth Borne

France to appoint LGBTQ Ambassador to the world

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne announced Thursday that France would appoint an ambassador for LGBTQ rights. The government would charge the new LGBTQ Ambassador with advocating for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality and trans identity. The Prime Minister made the announcement on the 40th anniversary of France’s decriminalization of homosexuality. She said the government will …

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Japanese court rules same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

A Japanese court has ruled the country’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The Sapporo court ruled that the ban denies same-sex couples the equality guaranteed under the Japanese constitution. LGBTIQ+ activists across Japan declared the court’s decision both a symbolic victory and a step forward. Same-sex couples across Japan are seeking damages in various district courts …

Canadian survey

Canadian survey: Vast majority comfortable with LGBT people

A recent Canadian survey to ascertain how comfortable Canadians felt about LGBT people playing significant roles in their lives showed an overwhelmingly positive result. 91.8 percent of those surveyed responded they would be “comfortable” with a gay, lesbian or bisexual neighbour. Also, 87.6 percent were comfortable with the idea of a transgender neighbour. The Canadian …

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2020 – a national representative LGBTIQ body?

Australia’s LGBTIQ communities head into the year 2020 with huge achievements in our immediate past. There are also massive challenges in our immediate future. Is it time for a national representative body for Australia’s LGBTIQ communities? Over the last half-century, our communities achieved decriminalisation of homosexuality, some discrimination protections, and marriage equality. We achieved that …

Rodney Croome

University of Tasmania awards Rodney Croome honorary doctorate

The University of Tasmania yesterday created veteran LGBTIQ activist Rodney Croome an honorary doctor of letters. Rodney noted with gratitude the support of his partner Raf, his mother, and his late father. He also spoke of the “many courageous and kind people I work with to advance equality.” 1988 Salamanca Markets Rodney Croome first came …

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Shayne Wilde: A Living Treasure of Queensland

In this internet age, ticking multiple ‘likes’ on Facebook apparently qualifies as activism. However, not so long ago, community members risked jail and physical violence to achieve the rights we enjoy today. Shayne Wilde was one of them, writes Bill Rutkin. The scope and magnitude of her contribution to homosexual law reform and anti-discrimination legislation …