Oceania

LGBTI Rights in Oceania


ADDED ON: 11/07/2018

Former High Court judge to marry his partner 50 years after they met

Australia’s first openly gay High Court judge, Michael Kirby, will marry his partner on the 50th anniversary of the day they met. Kirby revealed plans to marry Johan van Vloten during a speech…

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ADDED ON: 10/20/2018

Sydney Anglicans to Ban Same-Sex Marriage, Yoga on All Church Property

The Sydney Anglican Church is set to vote on sweeping powers that will ensure that no same-sex marriage services or receptions, meditative yoga or traditional Indigenous smoking ceremonies will be held on…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2018

Senate to Force Debate on LGBTI Teacher Protections Before Wentworth Byelection

The Senate will debate discrimination protections for LGBT teachers on Wednesday and Thursday after a motion moved jointly by Richard Di Natale and Penny Wong was accepted without a vote. The tactic to force…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2018

Muslim Grand Mufti Attacks Gay Teachers Saying They ‘Suffer from a Mental Illness’ and ‘Contradict Nature’

Australia’s most senior Muslim cleric has claimed gay teachers ‘contradict nature’ and suffer from ‘mental illness’. Sheikh Taj El-Din Hilaly made the claims as he weighed into the debate about whether religious…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2018

Shocking New Report Details the Extent of Gay Conversion Therapy in Australia

A new report has detailed the extent of gay conversion therapy in Australia. The landmark report, conducted by La Trobe University and the Human Rights Law Centre, highlights disturbing testimonies from people…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2018

Australia: Liberals Split Over Labor Bid to End Religious Schools’ Ability to Sack Gay Teachers

The Morrison government is split on whether to support Labor’s call to amend discrimination law to prevent religious schools firing gay staff. The Liberal deputy leader, Josh Frydenberg, and candidate for Wentworth…

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ADDED ON: 10/13/2018

Australia to Stop Religious Schools Rejecting Gay Students

Australia’s prime minister has promised to ban religious schools from discriminating against gay students. Scott Morrison said new legislation would “make it clear that no student of a non-state school should be…

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ADDED ON: 10/12/2018

The Right to Expel Gay Children From School Isn’t About Freedom; It’s About Cruelty

Let’s face it: throwing kids out of school for being gay is disgusting. Not for a long, long time has such an idea been respectable in this country. But in 2018 Philip…

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ADDED ON: 10/09/2018

International Religious Leader Urge Repeal of Caribbean Anti-LGBTI Laws

Religious leaders from five nations have called on governments across the Caribbean to repeal their anti-gay laws. In an open letter to Caribbean governments, Christian clergy from Canada, the United States, the…

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ADDED ON: 10/02/2018

Why a National Apology and Redress for Discharged LGBT Service Members Matters

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) banned lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel from serving openly until November 1992, and there were restrictions on transgender service until September 2010. Even so, we know LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 09/22/2018

LGBTIQ+ Chinese Nationals Choose Australia to Come Out

An increasing number of Chinese nationals are traveling to Australia to freely come out as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. China legalized homosexuality in 1997 but legislative…

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ADDED ON: 09/21/2018

Australian Senator Says LGBT People Are Sexual Deviants, Perverts and Child Abusers

Australian senator Fraser Anning embarked on a shocking anti-LGBT rant on the floor of the country’s senate on Tuesday, likening LGBT people to perverts and sexual deviants. Anning, from the fringe hardline…

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