Australia

LGBTI Rights in Australia


ADDED ON: 12/02/2020

South Australia becomes the last state to scrap ‘gay panic’ murder defence

South Australia has abolished "gay panic" as a defence in crimes of violence with state parliament passing legislation to end the "downright offensive" provisions. It's the last state in Australia to do…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2020

Australia’s gay penguin power couple adopts second chick

The gay Australian power couple that took the world by storm two years ago is welcoming a new member of their family in an episode of the fan favorite series. Sphen and…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

Tasmania’s Attorney-General leaves door open to amendments to state’s landmark gender reform legislation

Attorney-General Elise Archer has told a budget estimates committee she will not rule out amendments to Tasmania's landmark transgender reforms regarding birth certificates. State Liberal parties members this month voted at its…

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ADDED ON: 11/09/2020

Tasmanian Liberal members vote to repeal transgender laws

Tasmanian Liberal party members have voted in favour of repealing the state’s landmark laws on transgender recognition. At the party’s state conference this weekend party members voted to turn back the laws…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2020

LGBT Chinese Australians face stigma and disbelief as they search for family acceptance

Wei Zhang describes himself as a true romantic. The Melbourne resident dreams of a long-lasting marriage, just like the one his parents have. "I am a romantic person. So I prefer to…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2020

Australia Set to Fully Outlaw ‘Gay Panic’ Defense

The state of South Australia is poised to eliminate the controversial gay defense provision that allows defendants to claim their reaction to a person’s sexual orientation can be considered as a mitigating…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2020

NSW protesters defy ban to march against Latham’s anti-trans Bill

LGBTQIA+ advocates and allies in New South Wales took to the streets over the weekend to march against a transphobic Bill currently before the state’s parliament. The protest, led by Community Action…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2020

Eight Australian sports commit to implementing inclusion measures for transgender athletes

Governing bodies of eight sports in Australia have committed to implementing governance that supports a greater level of inclusion for transgender and gender diverse athletes. At a launch held at Sydney Cricket…

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ADDED ON: 09/29/2020

Australia’s fa’afafine community is growing, and they want their voices heard

Latoya Hoeg had an upbringing some kids can only dream of. Rather than struggling to fit in as a boy, her Samoan family embraced her differences. "I was an effeminate person," Latoya…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2020

AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES INTRODUCING MORE LGBTQI INITIATIVES

LGBTQI students are at high risk of mental health problems, including anxiety disorders and depression. Queer specific initiatives are being introduced at Australian Universities to combat the statistics. Matthew Allen is an…

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ADDED ON: 08/22/2020

WEAR IT PURPLE DAY APPROACHES

In the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, separation from community support structures has been one of the greatest struggles that Rainbow people have faced. It’s hard to watch the world burning, and…

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ADDED ON: 08/18/2020

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BAN ON CONVERSION THERAPY TO BE SHAPED BY SURVIVORS

Following Queensland’s banning of conversion therapy last week, Star Observer spoke to South Australia’s Shadow Human Services Minister, Nat Cook, about her draft bill to ban conversion therapy in South Australia and…

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