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LGBTIQ rights on a roll: Today Ecuador

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botswana decriminalise homosexuality lgbriq legal rights

A ruling by the High Court today will see Botswana decriminalise homosexuality. The court ruled to overturn colonial-era laws on homosexuality. The decision is a landmark win for LGBTIQ rights activists in Africa.  In its ruling, the court said that penalizing people for who they are is disrespectful. The three judges said in a unanimous …

Queen's Birthday Honours 2019 jamie gardiner anna brown ivan hinton-teoh

The 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list sees awards for a number of prominent campaigners during the marriage equality survey. They include long-time LGBTIQ advocate Jamie Gardiner, co-founder of just.equal Ivan Hinton-Teoh and Equality Australia chief executive Anna Brown. Jamie Gardiner The awards give well deserved recognition to long-time human rights activist Jamie Gardiner for service …

Bhutan lgbtiq rights decriminalisation

The landlocked Himalayan nation of Bhutan  became the latest country to move positively on LGBTIQ rights this week. The small country follows the lead of neighbouring India where the Supreme Court ordered the decriminalisation of homosexuality last year. The Bhutanese Finance Minister, Lyonpo Namgay Tshering, introduced the legislation into Bhutan’s National Assembly. There, legislators voted …

dangerous self-surgery

A report from Amnesty International states that transgender people in China rely on self-medication for hormone treatment. In some cases, they even attempt dangerous self-surgery. Discrimination and laws classing transgender people as having a mental illness drive them to desperate measures. “China is failing transgender people,” said Amnesty International China researcher, Doriane Lau. “The authorities …

intersex advocate alex david on abc program you can't ask that

A group of intersex Australians have appeared on the ABC’s You Can’t Ask That program to answer questions from the public about their lives and what it means to have an intersex variation. The show allows people from various marginalised or misunderstood groups and communities to answer a wide range of questions that have been …

brunei royal on the park brisbane

Human rights groups including Amnesty International have called on the south-east Asian nation of Brunei to abandon plans to introduce new laws within days that would punish gay sex with death by stoning. The country’s strict new sharia law Penal Code will come into effect from next Wednesday (April 3), according to government documents released …

rona joyner joh bjelke-petersen campaign against regressive education society to outlaw pornography

Friend to Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen and founder of the Society To Outlaw Pornography (STOP) and the Campaign Against Regressive Education (CARE), Rona Joyner was a force to be reckoned with in the Joh era. Although Mrs Rona Joyner held no elected office or government appointment, in a situation  peculiar to Queensland, she wielded more power …

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LGBTIQ advocacy group Rainbow Territory has called for the Northern Territory government to urgently progress anti-discrimination law reform after recent allegations of racial segregation in Alice Springs. Last week ABC News reported local hotel Ibis Styles Alice Springs Oasis allegedly instructed employees to direct guests from Aboriginal communities into designated rooms for the same price …

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 …

Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot will be joining Amnesty International Australia at a rally in Adelaide tomorrow to call for justice for Chechnya’s LGBTIQ community. In January, Russian activists warned of a “new wave” of arrests and violence against gay Chechens, after the country’s brutal “gay purge” first triggered global outcry in 2017. Pussy …

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