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the religious freedom bill

Scott Morrison this week postponed consideration of the Religious Freedom Bill. However, Rodney Croome, spokesperson for just.equal, says the threat to LGBTIQ Australians from discrimination masquerading as ‘religious freedom’ remains. The campaign against the Religious Discrimination Bill is working, but we must keep up the pressure if we are to see it scrapped. Last week …

student walkout kennedy catholic high school

A student walkout at Kennedy Catholic  High School in Seattle today arose from the abrupt departure of two popular teachers. The school claims the ‘highly capable’ teachers ‘voluntarily resigned’. However, the fiancé of one of the teachers said the school ‘specifically’ no longer employed Paul Danforth because of their engagement. However, both Sean Nyberg and …

champion of homophobia margaret court acl

Margaret Court is not the flag bearer of religious freedom that the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) and her supporters would have you believe. She is in fact, a champion of homophobia. Elected to federal parliament in 1998, Brian Greig declared he was gay in his maiden speech. As an LGBTI rights activist in Western Australia …

acl conversion therapy expert panel maureen young

Last week, Wendy Francis from the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) organised a talkfest at Queensland’s Parliament House. Francis promoted her ACL conversion therapy ‘expert panel’ as unpacking ‘gay conversion therapy’. However, the ‘experts’ made scant mention of the advertised topic. In this special series, we look at the claims made on the night. The second speaker: …

israel folau martyn iles australian christian lobby's silence

The last week brought many surprises. However, nothing equals the Australian Christian Lobby’s silence on Israel Folau’s signing with Catalans Dragons. Martyn Iles appears to have said not a word. In a statement issued by the club following his signing, Folau promised to make no further public statements on his personal beliefs. However, last year, …

kill the bill

Hundreds rallied against the Religious Freedoms legislation in Brisbane’s King George Square earlier today for the Kill the Bill Protest. Protestors firstly heard from community leaders and other speakers in front of Brisbane City Hall. Johnny Valkyrie, rally organiser, said, “The Religious Discrimination Bill jeopardises the human rights of everyone. Those who will be disadvantaged …

keep drag storytime petition

In the battle of the Brisbane petitions, the ‘Keep drag storytime’ petition convincingly won the day. Both main opposing petitions closed yesterday afternoon.  The pro drag storytime petition enjoyed a lead of 1,635 votes over the anti drag storytime petition. During the aftermath of an angry conservative protest against a drag storytime event at a …

drag storytime votes

The two drag storytime ePetitions before the Brisbane City Council end today. And we are asking people all around Australia to give us their drag storytime votes today. UPDATE: Voting closed on both petitions at 5 pm 31 January 2020. The petition to keep drag storytime attracted 8,674 votes and the petition to ban it …

#IStandWithQueens drag queens religious extremists

There’s currently a lot of vilification aimed at drag queens. Religious extremists sense an opportunity to advance their crusade against LGBTIQ people by demonising queens. But I/we… #IStandWithQueens. Drag queens are not perfect. But let’s not allow the delusion of religious extremists to define what’s acceptable. Extremists tell us with feigned humility that “we all …

religious freedom roundtable

Labor leader Anthony Albanese held a Religious Freedom roundtable with about 25 representatives of national peak bodies in Melbourne today. Four representatives of the LGBTIQ communities attended the roundtable. Anna Brown from Equality Australia and Rodney Croome from Equality Tasmania both attended. Ro Allen, Victoria’s Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality and AFAO’s Heath Paynter also …

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