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Tasmanian LGBTIQ advocates have welcomed the state government’s commitment to removing the requirement that transgender people be unmarried before their gender can be officially recognised on their birth certificates, but they say the reform should go further. The state’s Attorney-General Elise Archer on Thursday confirmed the Government will move to scrap the “forced divorce” law …

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Mary Binks

LGBTIQ Ally Mary Binks Tasmania’s LGBTIQ community is mourning the death of one of its greatest allies and supporters, former Mayor of Devonport, Mary Binks OAM, who died on Tuesday at age 84. Mary Binks was horrified by the pain and trauma experienced by young LGBTIQ people on Tasmania’s North West Coast during the bitter …

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Safe Schools lgbti young people

LGBTIQ community members have shared personal stories of classroom discrimination with a crowd of Safe Schools opponents during a public meeting convened by Liberal MP Kevin Andrews in Hobart on Tuesday night. Andrews and Catholic Archbishop Julian Porteous addressed the public lecture, held at Hobart Town Hall, and criticised the Safe Schools anti-bullying program. Writing …

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Tasmania queer scene

A Tasmanian man is crowdfunding to raise money to help preserve his home state’s queer history. Robert Thompson said his involvement in the queer community spanned forty years and he began the GoFundMe campaign to help him document Tasmania’s queer scene, particularly during the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. “The focus on much Tasmanian and indeed …

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Equality advocates have urged those people convicted under Tasmania’s former laws against homosexuality and cross-dressing to apply to have their records expunged under new laws that start today. Tasmania was the last Australian state to decriminalise homosexuality in 1997 and the only state to criminalise “cross-dressing”, which was illegal until 2000. But men who were …

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MP Alison Standen

Tasmania has elected the state’s first openly lesbian MP to parliament during the state election earlier this month. Labor candidate Alison Standen was elected to the Tasmanian Parliament after standing in the state seat of Franklin. On the campaign trail, Standen said, “Leadership to me is about connection to values; and about courage to stand …

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Tourism operators in Tasmania are pushing for the Apple Isle to become a premier destination for same-sex couples to tie the knot and enjoy their honeymoon. Tasmanians United for Marriage Equality has teamed with the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania to launch a social media campaign extolling the virtues of the state. It comes as this …

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