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Senior Constable Brenton Erkens-Goss lgbtiq police liaison

Victoria Police LGBTI Liaison Officer Senior Constable Brenton Erkens-Goss took his own life on Friday. One of over 100 Victoria Police LGBTI Liaison Officers, Brenton worked diligently to tackle prejudice-motivated crimes and family violence. Further, he worked to build rapport and trust with the LGBTI community. The loss of the officer came about because he …

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Two youths marching in a pride parade with a rainbow flag and a 'born this way' banner

The Australian Association of Social Workers has called on the next federal government to ban harmful LGBT “conversion therapy” in a message on IDAHOBIT. The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia is recognised every year on May 17. It’s the day in 1990 that homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organisation’s International …

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Bisexual pride flag

The world’s largest study of bisexual people to date, led by La Trobe University in Melbourne, has examined why bisexual Australians experience higher rates of psychological distress than their heterosexual and homosexual peers. The Who I Am study, findings of which were recently published in the Australian Journal of General Practice, surveyed more than 2,600 …

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Australian Electoral Commission ballot box voting election

National LGBTIQ lobby group just.equal has revealed some of the community issues it will ask main parties to commit to as Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirms the upcoming federal election will be held on May 18. Morrison visited Government House on Thursday morning to ask Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove to trigger the election, which will …

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lgbtiq rainbow undershirt business outfit workplace

A toxic workplace culture is bad for all employees, but can be a particular burden on LGBTIQ employees, already stigmatised by their sexuality or identity, writes RJ Miles. I wish workplace mental health initiatives were more about helping people to understand the psychology of burnout and less about getting people to do yoga. The benefits …

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The biennial survey, conducted by ACON and the University of Sydney

Young LGBTIQ women in New South Wales are reporting experiencing high or very high levels of psychological distress, according to new research from the periodic Sydney Women and Sexual Health Survey (SWASH) released this week. The biennial survey, conducted by ACON and the University of Sydney, collected data from nearly 1300 participants in 2018, ranging …

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ban gay conversion therapy

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has welcomed the Victorian government’s recent pledge to outlaw gay “conversion therapy” and called on other states to look at similar bans. The discredited “conversion” practices attempt to change or suppress an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity using psychological or spiritual means, and have been condemned by …

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The biennial survey, conducted by ACON and the University of Sydney

An alarming number of LGBTI+ Australians are choosing not to seek help from crisis support services in times of need, a new report has found. The Understanding LGBTI+ Lives in Crisis report, released today, was commissioned by support service Lifeline and conducted by the Australian Centre for Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. …

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Australian Marriage Law lgbtiq rights in australia

New research has found the same-sex marriage postal survey led to increased depression, anxiety and stress among LGBTIQ Australians, leading advocates to call for political parties to rule out holding public votes on LGBTIQ rights. The University of Sydney study, published in the Australian Psychological Society’s journal Australian Psychologist, assessed the mental health of 1305 …

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Marcus Neil Middleton

A 23-year-old gay man who suffered from bipolar disorder died by suicide in prison after he was subjected to homophobic taunts and denied access to mental health services, his partner has alleged. The man, identified as Marcus Neil Middleton, was found dead in his cell at Noble County Jail in the US state of Indiana …

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