20
March
2013

Labor’s lost political will: Greens

Star Observer I Author: Benn Dorrington

"Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby co-convenor Anna Brown said a commissioner was needed to deal with LGBTI concerns just like other appointed commissioners for areas such as race and sex.

“While this is a significant advance for LGBTI people, we need to ensure that that a Commissioner is given responsibility for dealing with our concerns and that broad exemptions for religious bodies do not undermine the effectiveness of these new legal protections, including the risk of watering down the rights of people in states where religious organisations are not permitted to discriminate to the same extent,” she said."

Read the full article

 

Categories: March

12
March
2013

Australian Human Rights Commission praises 'Queen's Charter'

Gay News Network I Author: Andrew Shaw

Australian Human Rights Commission praises 'Queen's Charter'

"The Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby’s Anna Brown told GNN although the lack of explicit reference to sexual orientation and gender identity was disappointing, the Charter was nevertheless an important endorsement of equality and non-discrimination."

Read the full article

Categories: March

21
February
2013

It's crunch time

Gay News Network I Author: Anna Brown

"Both the federal government and opposition committed to introducing discrimination protections for our community at the last federal election. It’s time to hold them to account." 

Read the full article here

Categories: February

03
February
2013

Gay sex records to be expunged by Labor

The Age I Author: Farrah Tomazin

If Labor returns to power in the next election, they have promised to expunge the convictions of men in Victoria charged with gay sex convictions prior to its decriminalisation.

Click here to read our Convener's comments in the full article.  

Categories: February

23
January
2013

Bob Katter political party hopeful Tess Corbett in gay furore

The Herald Sun I Author: Matt Johnston

Bob Katter political party hopeful Tess Corbett in gay furore

Political candidate Tess Corbett who is running for Bob Katter's Australia Party in the seat of Wannon, Victoria,commented recently that it would be a "sad day" if homosexuals had equal rights to other people. Corbett goes on to compare gay and lesbian people to paedophiles.

Lobby Convenor, Anna Brown responded to this report with:

"I'm pleased to say that Ms Corbett's comments don't reflect the views of the vast majority of Australians who support laws that protect against the harm caused by discrimination," she said."

Read more...

Categories: January

16
January
2013

Government won’t budge on religious exemptions

Star Observer I Author: Alex McKinnon

Government won’t budge on religious exemptions

"Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby co-convener Anna Brown said the broad religious exceptions in the Bill were grossly inappropriate and out of step with contemporary Australian values.

“We are concerned about the level of engagement with the faith based community by the Prime Minister. We would like to see an opportunity for LGBTI groups to talk with the Prime Minister about the practical implications of the broad exceptions available for religious organisations,” Brown said.

“Most Australians would be unaware of the ability of businesses such as Sanitarium to discriminate against employees and customers."

Read the full article by Alex McKinnon

Categories: January

08
January
2013

It's time for our voices to be heard

Gay News Network I Author: Anna Brown

It's time for our voices to be heard

"Ever thought that in 2013 you’d be reading statements calling transgender people ‘perverts’, comparing people with HIV to being eaten alive by piranha fish because ‘chosen lifestyles carry certain probable consequences’, or supporting continued discrimination against LGBTI people in aged care because ‘it could be embarrassing and awkward for other existing residents’?

These are quotes from submissions made to the draft anti-discrimination law currently under consideration by a Senate committee. These are the forces that are mobilising against LGBTI equality that we will be combating in the months ahead."

Read Anna Brown's article for Gay News Network

Categories: January

20
December
2012

Vic death certificate partnership status questioned

Gay News Network I Author: Michael Magnusson

Vic death certificate partnership status questioned

Victorian law does not recognise same-sex relationship as gay rights advocate Dennis Altman discovered recently upon the death of his partner, he explains in this article.

Altman said that Smith’s death certificate records recorded him as  ‘never married’ despite living together as a couple for more than two decades.

The Lobby's Convenor Anna Brown has responded to this;

“We need to ensure that LGBTI people and their relationships are treated respectfully and equally, particularly at this most difficult of times.”

Categories: December

20
March
2013

Labor denies lack of courage on social reform

Gay News Network I Author: Ron Hughes

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus announces that the consolidation of the five anti-discrimination reforms will not be progressed. Instead, an amendment to the Sex Discrimination Act to protect Australians against discrimination on the basis of sexuality and gender identity will be introduced.

Read the full article

Categories: March

22
February
2013

Intersex included in Australian draft discrimination bill

Gay News Network I Author: Anna Leach

"Wilson thanked the many LGBTI rights groups and legal experts, including New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, the National Association of Community Legal Centres and Australian Human Rights Commission, who added their voices to the call for 'intersex' to be listed separately on the Bill."

Read the full article here

Categories: February

06
February
2013

Gillard misjudged gay marriage issue: Mark Latham

3AW

Listen to our Convener Anna Brown speak with Denis Walter on 3AW responding to the announcement today that Britain's House of Commons voted in favour of the bill 400 votes to allow equal rights of marriage to gay and lesbian couples.

Click here for more

Categories: February

25
January
2013

State groups call for national change

Star Observer I Author: Benn Dorrington

State groups call for national change

"Some of Victoria’s key LGBTI organisations have called for a national figurehead to tackle discrimination for Australia’s same-sex attracted and gender/sex diverse communities....

The Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Transgender Victoria and the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre have recommended the government amend the bill to allow for an LGBTI commissioner."

Click here to read the article.

Categories: January

23
January
2013

Victims call for workplace law protections

SBS

Today was the first public hearing of the government's Senate Committee of the draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012. The Inquiry heard from several groups including your Lobby.

"Sally Goldner for the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby said the religious exemptions in the draft Bill were too broad and "too automatic".

"We oppose them altogether," she said.

"We're willing, however, to look for win-win situations." "

Read more ...

Categories: January

08
January
2013

LGBT People to Watch in 2013

Gay News Network I Author: Rachel Cook

 LGBT People to Watch in 2013

It's been quite the year for the Victorian Gay and Lesbians Rights Lobby convenor, Anna Brown, and it shows no signs of slowing next year - Rachel Cook

 

Categories: January

07
January
2013

Gay men haunted by old convictions

THE AGE I AUTHOR: DANIELLA MILETIC

Gay men haunted by old convictions

"Tovey, now 79, hopes telling his story will add weight to the campaign led by the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and Liberty Victoria for new laws to expunge these old convictions. They are calling for legislation that explicitly addresses the removal of convictions for consensual sexual activity between men."

Categories: January

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