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Tom Snow steps down as chair of Equality Australia

Tom Snow Steps Down: A New Chapter for LGBTIQ+ Advocacy

In a significant development for Australia’s LGBTIQ+ communities, Tom Snow has stepped down from Equality Australia. He was one of the key figures behind the “YES” branded campaign for marriage equality. Celebrating his recent marriage to Doug Pengilly, Snow’s decision to step down comes after years of dedicated activism. He played an instrumental role in the …

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Binary wrong: kids can’t transition without parental consent.

RMIT ABC Fact Check this week debunked the claim by Binary Australia that Victorian kids could transition without parental consent. Binary Australia is run by Kirralie Smith, previously an anti-same-sex marriage activist. Before that, a prominent Islamophobist. Binary made the claim in a flyer aimed at voters ahead of the Victorian election later this month. …

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Happy Birthday Penny Sharpe, politician and advocate 🌈🎉

Many happy returns to Penny Sharpe, MLC, born October 22, 1970. The Leader of the Opposition in the NSW Legislative Council became the first open lesbian in the NSW Parliament in 2005. In her inaugural speech to the MLC, Penny Sharpe spoke of the importance of family. “I said earlier that I grew up in …

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Marriage for All: resounding 64% YES vote in Switzerland

Swiss voters yesterday supported Marriage for All — Mariage Pour Tous — with a resounding 64% YES vote. In addition to winning the support of the majority of the electorate, the YES vote also triumphed in all Swiss cantons. The 64% YES vote exceeded the 55% predicted by opinion polls in advance of the referendum. …

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Lessons from the Rainbow Isle: Rodney Croome on advocacy

When it comes to LGBTIQ legal rights, Tasmania is another country. The Rainbow Isle enjoys the most robust LGBTIQ human rights protections in Australia. Indeed, the gulf between Tasmanian laws and those in many other states is astonishing. Even more remarkably, Tasmania arrived at this point after coming from well behind. It was the last …

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Lesbian couple first to wed in Northern Ireland

A lesbian Belfast couple have made history as they became the first pair to have a legal same-sex wedding in Northern Ireland. Robyn Peoples, 26 and Sharni Edwards, 27 initially booked a civil partnership to take place on the same day. But since Northern Ireland introduced same-sex marriage in October, the two will be able …

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Sarah Midgley OAM: from quantum physics to marriage equality

The recent 2020 Honours List saw Dr. Sarah Midgley awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the LGBTIQ communities. QNews caught up with this amazing Australian last week. With one parent a chemistry teacher and the other a geologist, Sarah Midgley developed a love of science from an early age. Her …

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Rodney Croome: No Deals on Discrimination

Rodney Croome says there must be no deals on discrimination. The movement to roll back discrimination protections is a serious threat we must stand up to. Therefore the LGBTIQ community and its representatives must not make unnecessary compromises.  It must be blocked outright. The LGBTIQ community campaign against the Religious Discrimination Bill is working. As …

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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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‘Just a Mum’ by Shelley Argent with Leanne Edmistone

Of course, a book about Shelley Argent is going to address the Marriage Equality debate. However, Just a Mum co-authored with Leanne Edmistone documents not only the battle but also what brought Shelley to it. Shelley Argent always wanted a family. Growing up in a dysfunctional family, she dreamed of a loving family of her …

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