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gay blood donor act chief minister andrew barr

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced he will call for federal Labor to change the party’s platform on gay blood donors. The Labor Party hold their national conference this weekend. Australia has a 12-month deferral period on donating blood for men who have sex with another man in the last 12 months. Although meant to …

prime minister billy mcmahon sir william mcmahon

In 1970s Australia, it seemed inconceivable that a gay person could hold the office of Prime Minister. But was Australia’s 20th Prime Minister Sir William McMahon gay despite that? Few in Canberra doubted that of Billy McMahon at the time. Sir William McMahon had a long climb up the ladder of success. Once at the …

Police in Indonesia have arrested 10 women on suspicion of “deviant lesbian activity” and hosed down three transgender women to “cleanse” them, outraging human rights groups. The group of ten people were arrested and detained on Sunday (November 4) in Padang, West Sumatra, on suspicion of “deviant lesbian behaviour.” Head of police Pol Yadrison said …

Australian drag queens appear on the ABC series You Can't Ask That

The ABC’s eye-opening series You Can’t Ask That is returning next year and producers are looking for intersex Australians to appear on the show to answer those questions that people are too afraid to ask. The fascinating show allows people from marginalised or misunderstood groups and communities to answer questions – some ignorant, some well-meaning, …

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 …

Transgender people in Queensland will be able to stay married to their partners when they affirm their gender on their birth certificate under legislation passed by the state government on Wednesday. In some states and territories, trans people must be unmarried before their birth certificate can be amended, essentially requiring them to make a cruel …

Deb Frecklington

Queensland opposition leader Deb Frecklington has slammed calls to allow intersex Queenslanders an option other than male or female on their birth certificates. Last month the Queensland government announced a review into the state’s Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (BDMR) Act, and released a discussion paper exploring how Queensland “can improve the legal recognition of …

Equality advocates have urged those people convicted under Tasmania’s former laws against homosexuality and cross-dressing to apply to have their records expunged under new laws that start today. Tasmania was the last Australian state to decriminalise homosexuality in 1997 and the only state to criminalise “cross-dressing”, which was illegal until 2000. But men who were …

The Queensland government has extended the deadline for LGBTI Queenslanders to have their say in a review to improve legal recognition of their identities and their families. The state government announced the review last month looking into how the state’s Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (BDMR) Act can be improved. As part of the review, …

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