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Transgender Advocates Slam Liberal MP’s Vow To Block Birth Certificate Reforms

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Comedian Hannah Gadsby has accepted an honorary doctorate from the University of Tasmania, and delivered yet another thought-provoking speech to a home state crowd. Dr Gadsby grew up in north-west Tasmania, and a few years back her subversive stand-up special Nanette made her a global star. Last month the University of Tasmania awarded her the …

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Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has said she “deserves” a six-month ban from using all Qantas services after abusing airline staff with expletives and a gay slur. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Senator Lambie “reacted adversely” after airline staff in Melbourne told her she couldn’t access the airline’s exclusive Chairman’s Lounge. During the rant, she …

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The Hobart City Council is flying the transgender pride flag from Hobart Town Hall for the first time this week to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility on Wednesday (March 31). The Trans Day of Visibility has occurred on March 31 since 2009. The aim of the day is to celebrate the lives and achievements of …

Tasmania Ben Jago discrimination case

Gay Tasmanian man Ben Jago, who was wrongly denied next-of-kin status by the Coroner after the death of his same-sex partner, has lost a Tasmanian Supreme Court case. Ben Jago’s partner of five years, Nathan Lunson, died by suicide in January 2015. After his partner’s death, police and the state’s Coroner failed to recognise Jago …

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Longtime Tasmanian transgender rights advocate Martine Delaney has been inducted into her state’s Honour Roll of Women. The award goes to those for “outstanding accomplishments and contribution” to the state. The 63-year-old (pictured above left) is the first trans woman to receive the honour. For many years in Tasmania, Delaney has advocated for trans equality …

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Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been urged to ensure the inclusion of gay men and other persecuted minorities in Australia’s new Holocaust museums. Last week, Frydenberg spoke at Hobart Synagogue to announce funding for one such museum in the Tasmanian city. He spoke of the importance of remembering the horrors and atrocities of the Nazi …

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A church in Tasmania has told a state inquiry they “make no apologies” for conducting forms of “conversion therapy” on gay and lesbian Tasmanians. The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute is conducting an inquiry into the discredited and dangerous practices. The TLRI define “sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) conversion practices” as “acts or statements aimed …

Tasmania Ben Jago discrimination case

A gay Tasmanian man who was denied next-of-kin rights has been left waiting almost two years for his case to be resolved in the state’s Supreme Court. Ben Jago’s partner of five years, Nathan Lunson, died by suicide in January 2015. In 2015, police and the state’s Coroner failed to recognise him as the next …

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The death of a transgender woman allegedly raped at a Tasmanian prison in 2018 has sparked a petition calling for better protection of trans inmates. Warning: Distressing content Hobart trans woman Marjorie Harwood was jailed for theft offences in 2017. She was placed in the men’s section of Risdon Prison because her birth certificate listed …

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Tasmanians convicted of historical homosexuality or crossdressing offences under repealed state laws should get compensation, a legislative review has recommended. Tasmania was the final Australian state or territory to decriminalise consensual homosexual acts in 1997. The state repealed laws against crossdressing in 2001. State legislation allowing expungement of historical criminal records for gay sex and …

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