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Australia

LGBTI Rights in Australia


ADDED ON: 02/22/2020

Australian state mulls nation’s first gay ‘conversion therapy’ ban

An Australian state is considering the nation’s first ban and jail sentences for so-called gay conversion therapy, a bid that has sparked division more than two years after the country legalised same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 02/18/2020

As Australia looks to act on LGBT conversion practices, survivors and religious groups speak out

Raised in an ultra-conservative Anglican family, transgender woman Roe Johnson says she spent her childhood being told she was broken. The 49-year-old from Melbourne says she lived an ideology of repression and…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2020

Israel Folau joins Europe rugby league team after being axed for homophobic comments

Australian rugby player Israel Folau has been signed by the Catalan Dragons, a Super League rugby team, for a 12-month contract. The 30-year-old dual-code international was dropped by the Wallabies after he…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2020

Queensland religious groups fight move to make gay conversion therapy a crime

Religious schools and organisations are fighting a move by the Queensland government to make LGBT-related conversion therapy a crime in the state. In late November, the Queensland government introduced legislation that would,…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2020

Gender neutral toilets greet Margaret Court at Australian Open

The Australian Open has made available two new gender-neutral toilets for the first time at Rod Laver Arena, the same day as Margaret Court made her return to venue Melbourne Park. Well,…

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ADDED ON: 01/20/2020

Reaching out to gay congregants

AUSTRALIA’S Orthodox rabbis will soon have a set of guidelines on engaging with gay congregants under an initiative being developed by the Rabbinical Council of Australia and New Zealand (RCANZ). RCANZ president…

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ADDED ON: 01/14/2020

Grief over death of Young Liberal Wilson Gavin after drag queen protest

Friends and opponents alike have expressed their grief after the death of Wilson Gavin, the leader of a rightwing student club at the University of Queensland, who died one day after leading…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2020

Glam Slam event rolls out welcome mat for Margaret Court

As the organiser of Australia’s biggest LGBTQI tennis tournament, the Glam Slam, Rowen D’Souza finds it useful to be ‘‘a little bit cheeky’’. In November at a function in Perth, he approached…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2020

Right wing students accost drag queen at children’s library event to ‘defend LNP values’

An Australian pop star has slammed a group of right wing student protestors for yelling anti LGBT slogans at a family event featuring a drag queen. In a video showing the protest,…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2020

Perth dance for older members of the LGBT community

Older members of the local LGBT community will be able to attend a social dance next weekend. The LGBT Elders Social Dance will be held at Perth Theatre on Saturday, January 18,…

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ADDED ON: 12/29/2019

What happened? The policies Scott Morrison’s government appears to have abandoned

Governments should be judged not just on what they do with their time in office but also on what they don’t do. There are only so many hours in a day, and…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2019

How gender norms affect anti-LBGT prejudice around the world

A study conducted in 20 countries across the globe has shown that prejudice and discrimination against the LGBT community remains deep-rooted. In order to determine the ways in which these forms of…

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