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SOGI conversion practices consultation

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 …

Rainbow Isle

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 …

election of Joe Biden

For LGBTIQ Australians, the election of Joe Biden in the US provides some valuable lessons from America. 1/ Moral panics ultimately don’t work. Donald Trump tried and failed to win re-election.  In part, his strategy relied on hyping fears that religious freedom is under threat and cruelly discriminating against trans folk. In fact, the percentage …

campaign against moral persecution bill rutkin

QNews welcomes letters from our readers on any subject relevant to our glorious communities. Please address to contact@QNews.com.au with subject line ‘Letters’.  Today, Bill Rutkin writes on the progress of our communities in the half-century since the formation of Campaign Against Moral Persecution and where to from here. Robert French: Campaign Against Moral Persecution Today …

red cross blood donation gay ban

A new study has found a majority of gay and bisexual Australian men would donate blood if allowed, but don’t due to the 12-month abstinence restriction. Currently, men who have had sex with another man in the last twelve months can’t donate blood. Last month, the health regulator approved a reduction of that period to …

lgbtiq history australian lgbtiq history timeline 1902 2000

The Australian LGBTIQ history timeline of the twentieth century begins with male homosexuality prosecuted as a criminal act in every jurisdiction of the newly federated Commonwealth. However, the last 30 years of the century saw every one of those laws consigned to history. While the law only explicitly criminalised male homosexuality, all members of the …

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 …

no deals on discrimination lgbtiq community campaign rodney croome

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 …

LGBTIQ consultation religious discrimination anthony albanese

Some community representatives recently received invitations from Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese to meet with him for LGBTIQ consultation on the Religious Discriminations Bill. The meeting will take place in Melbourne on 30 January. Just.equal spokesperson Rodney Croome said just.equal welcomed the decision. He said the message the organisation would take to Anthony Albanese was …

national representative body lgbtiq communities

Australia’s LGBTIQ communities head into the year 2020 with huge achievements in our immediate past. There are also massive challenges in our immediate future. Is it time for a national representative body for Australia’s LGBTIQ communities? Over the last half-century, our communities achieved decriminalisation of homosexuality, some discrimination protections, and marriage equality. We achieved that …

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