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The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council and Rainbow Territory have joined several other community organisations to reject the Morrison Government’s religious discrimination bill. In a joint statement, the groups warn the bill “threatens Territorians’ human rights and access to non-discriminatory employment, health and social services.” “It could impinge upon the rights of many within …

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The Northern Territory parliament has passed historic legislation fully decriminalising sex work. NT Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said being a sex worker was a recognised profession in the NT. However, sex workers have had no protection and minimal rights. On Tuesday night, the NT Parliament passed the Sex Industry Bill 2019. The bill creates a decriminalised …

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LGBTIQ advocacy group Rainbow Territory are calling for the repeal of a law allowing religious schools to discriminate on the basis of sexuality. The NT’s Anti-Discrimination Act states a religious school may discriminate against a staff member at the institution based on religious beliefs and sexuality. The NT Attorney‑General’s department is currently reviewing the territory’s …

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Darwin Pride has responded to criticism of the city’s new “rainbow roundabout” installed for this year’s pride celebrations. The rainbow roundabout is located at the corner of Daly Street and The Esplanade and consists of multi-coloured plants and flowers. The flowers will bloom in the colours of the LGBTIQ rainbow pride flag in time for …

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Courtney Act has selected indigenous suicide prevention charity Black Rainbow as the recipient of her $50,000 in prize money if she wins the new series of Dancing with the Stars on Channel Ten. Black Rainbow was established in December 2013 to provide a nationwide and online support network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people …

The Northern Territory parliament has passed laws allowing transgender people to affirm their gender on their birth certificates while staying married to the partners and without undergoing gender reassignment surgery. The so-called “forced divorce” law, a leftover from when same-sex marriages were illegal, required trans people in the NT to be unmarried before their birth …

Transgender people in the Northern Territory would be able to stay married to their partners when they affirm their gender markers on their birth certificates under legislation introduced to the NT parliament. The law, a leftover from when same-sex marriages were illegal, requires trans people to be unmarried before their birth certificate can be amended …

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The Northern Territory government has moved to expunge the criminal records of people convicted of consensual homosexual activity prior to decriminalisation in the territory in 1984. Attorney-General Natasha Fyles introduced the legislation to parliament on Wednesday and said it was an important step towards righting past historical wrongs against the territory’s LGBTIQ community. “Across the …

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The Northern Territory government has passed laws allowing same-sex couples to adopt children. The Adoption of Children Legislation Amendment (Equality) Bill 2017 passed on Tuesday with bipartisan support, making the NT the last Australian state or territory to allow same-sex couples to adopt. Previously, NT couples were required to be married for two years before …

A Darwin couple has made history with the Northern Territory’s first same-sex wedding. Keith Edwards and Afham Janil had a low-key ceremony at the Darwin registry office on Monday, attended by a handful of friends. Keith told the NT News it was a relief to be able to marry his partner legally in Australia. “It …

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