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Margaret Reynolds Commemorative Panel

Commemorative Tasmanian gay UN panel unveiled

Former Senator Margaret Reynolds unveiled a commemorative panel in Hobart on Thursday on the 30th anniversary of the United Nations’ condemnation of Tasmania’s anti-gay laws. The United Nations condemnation serves as one of the great landmarks of LGBTIQA+ rights reform. The decision marked the first time in world history the UN had declared that LGBTIQA+ …

Rodney Croome writes beautiful letter to his 16-year-old self

Activist Rodney Croome pens moving letter to younger self

Tasmanian LGBTQIA+ rights champion Rodney Croome has reflected on his years of activism in a powerful and personal letter to his younger self. ABC Radio Hobart invited the longtime gay rights campaigner to write and read out the personal letter for a regular segment with presenter Ryk Goddard. Tasmania was the last state in Australia …

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Rodney Croome met with arresting officer from 1988 gay rights photo

Tasmanian LGBTIQA+ advocate Rodney Croome has met with the police officer who arrested him for gay rights activism in an iconic 1988 photo for the first time in decades at a special event. Equality Tasmania president Croome was photographed being arrested at the Salamanca Market in 1988 (inset) for calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality …

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Just.Equal calls for Australia to abandon gay blood donor ban

An urgent appeal for more blood donations has reinvigorated debate about Australia’s blood donor policy. A surge in cases of flu and COVID-19 has seen the nation’s stock of blood fall to critical levels. This week, Lifeblood is calling on 17,500 Australians to roll up their sleeve The shortage has been attributed to appointment cancellations …

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We stand with Ben protest outside Tasmanian coroner’s office

Supporters of Ben Jago mounted a ‘We stand with Ben’ protest outside the Tasmanian Coroner’s office on the weekend. Following the death of Ben Jago’s partner in 2015, the Tasmanian Coroner wrongly denied him his lawful status as next-of-kin. Tasmania’s Supreme Court last week ruled Ben Jago could not bring a discrimination complaint against the …

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Shelley the Magnificent: PFLAG+ National Spokesperson retires

Shelley Argent stepped down this month as PFLAG+ National Spokesperson. In that position and others, she advocated tirelessly for LGBTIQ+ rights over more than two decades. Shelley Argent, however, told QNews she will continue to advocate behind the scenes. “I’m a mother. Mums don’t retire. It’s a job for life. As the mum of an …

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Rodney Croome and Brian Greig: LGBTIQ Human Rights in 2021

Rodney Croome and Brian Greig predict LGBTIQ rights battles will heat up in 2021, with big challenges and opportunities ahead. They say it’s time to get more allies on board and focus on local campaigning. Rodney Croome and Brian Greig are long-time Australian LGBTIQ human rights advocates. Both are recipients of the Order of Australia …

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Rodney Croome says reparations owed for historic persecution

Rodney Croome says governments owe reparations to people convicted under Australia’s former anti-LGBTIQ laws. Rodney Croome is a spokesperson for Equality Tasmania and just.equal It’s time to talk about financial reparations for historic persecution of LGBTIQ+ Australians. Two issues sparked this conversation: compensation for victims of Australia’s former laws against homosexuality, and redress for survivors …

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SOGI conversion practices consultation launched in Tasmania

The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute this week launched a public consultation on banning conversion practices. Tasmanian LGBTIQ equality advocates welcomed the SOGI conversion practices consultation. The TLRI’s Issues Paper, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conversion Practices canvasses a number of issues. They include the definition of conversion practices, the ideology behind it, the harm caused and …

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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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