17
December
2012

Moves to strike gay sex records

THE AGE

Moves to strike gay sex records

The State government is considering a call for reform to remove criminal records from gay men. The impact of these convictions reverberate some thirty years after sex between men was decriminalised - in Victoria, in 1981. ''There is no mechanism to expunge gay sex convictions, and what we would like to see happen is for states like Victoria to adopt the approach taken in Britain,'' - Anna Brown, speaking in her role as Director of Advocacy & Strategic Litigation at the Human Rights Law Centre.

Categories: December

28
November
2012

More straight couples using relationship register

Star Observer

More straight couples using relationship register

The most updated figures of Victoria's Relationship Register show that there are more straight couples registered than same-sex couples.

Our Lobby co-convenor Anna Brown states in the article that the register retained value for gay and lesbian couples. In the full article she says;

“The relationships register provides a welcome opportunity to recognise their relationship formally, who would otherwise choose not to marry,” she said.

“It is not a substitute for marriage and provides an important source of documentation and evidence for those couples.

“State-based same-sex marriage would be a welcome opportunity for other couples who want to be able to marry. Marriage is a universally understood concept and overseas examples show it often has higher uptake rates from same-sex couples.”

Categories: November

20
November
2012

Greater LGBT protections under new Federal Anti-Discrimination Law

Gay News Network

Greater LGBT protections under new Federal Anti-Discrimination Law

“For the first time a national law will outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, protecting our fundamental right to be free from discrimination and harassment,” said Anna Brown, convener of the Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby.

The full article

Read our media release: Human Rights Anti-Discrimination Bill

Categories: November

20
November
2012

Roxon to bring in laws for gender bias

Sydney Morning Herald I Author: Dan Harrison

Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity would be specifically banned for the first time at the national level, delivering on a 2010 Labor election commitment." 

Read Lobby Convenor, Anna Brown's response to Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon's draft laws to consolidate the existing anti-discrimination legislation.

 

 

16
November
2012

Local Rights Lobby Turns 15

Star Observer

Local Rights Lobby Turns 15

"Recently the VGLRL was involved with the No To Homophobia campaign which received overwhelming support from the community, and its television commercials were aired at the AFL preliminary finals.

The lobby is currently focussed on same-sex adoption, anti-discrimination laws, a peak LGBTI body for Victoria and workplace discrimination."

Local Rights Lobby Turns 15

Come Together to celebrate our 15th anniversary and end of year bash on Sat 24 Nov from 8pm for an impressive line up of performers.

Categories: November

02
November
2012

Male-on-male sexual harassment climbs

Star Observer

Male-on-male sexual harassment climbs

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released new research that indicates sexual harassment of men by men has increased over the last ten years, from seven per cent to 23 per cent.

Lobby Co-Convenor and No To Homophobia spokeswoman Anna Brown comments:

“It’s too soon to say if the high instance of male to male sexual harassment is homophobic or not,” she said.

“One would assume that at least a proportion of these instances of male-to-male sexual harassment would be driven by homophobia.”

“There’s no doubt that there’s more work to do to ensure that workplaces are free from sexual harassment including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic harassment.”

 

Read the full article

Categories: November

02
October
2012

Kicking Goals Against Homophobia

Gay News Network I Author: Anna Brown

Kicking Goals Against Homophobia

Lobby Co-convenor and No To Homophobia spokesperson, Anna Brown describes the impact the ad has had on the AFL sporting community:

"In interviews last week Andrew Demetriou himself said this was “just one part of the league’s efforts to tackle homophobia”. In fact, the most significant part of Friday was the announcement that the AFL would partner with No to Homophobia in the longer term to tackle homophobia.

Read the full article

 

27
September
2012

No conscience vote: Baillieu

STAR OBSERVER

No conscience vote: Baillieu

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has ruled out a conscience vote on state-based same-sex marriage despite his New South Wales counterpart saying he’d allow one last week.

“It is also inconsistent with the Government’s policies in this area, undermining their investment in the mental health of LGBTI people by sending the message that their relationships are less worthy than others in the community.” - Lobby Co-convenor, Anna Brown

Read the full article 

30
November
2012

Restoring the balance

Gay News Network I Author: Anna Brown

Restoring the balance

Anna Brown, Convenor of your Lobby, asks several questions that arise from the draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 in relation to the exemptions to be permitted for religious organisation.

 

 

Categories: November

20
November
2012

15 Years of Social Change

Gay News Network I Author: Anna Brown

15 Years of Social Change

Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby convenor Anna Brown (with the generous help of VGLRL cofounder Janet Jukes and life member Jamie Gardiner) brings us the history of the Lobby, their achievements and where they’re heading to now...

...Achieving a society where difference is celebrated, rather than feared, was the original vision of the founders of the Lobby back in 1997 and is at the heart of our mission and purpose today. We invite you, the community, our supporters and constituents, to join with us in this vision. For as Janet Jukes, the first co-convenor of the Lobby said in that first public meeting in South Yarra 15 years ago, “a community movement is only as good as the community that moves it”.

Read the full article

 

Categories: November

20
November
2012

One bill to beat discrimination

Same Same I Matt Akerston

One bill to beat discrimination

Your Lobby made a submssion to inform the draft bill prepared by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Senator Penny Wong, released this week.

"The federal government is planning to consolidate its national anti-discrimination laws – getting specific about those who discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity."

 

Categories: November

20
November
2012

No movement on marriage in Victoria

Star Observer

No movement on marriage in Victoria

The community forum on Thur15 Nov was co- hosted by your Lobby. The panel of Shadow Attorney General and Labor MP Martin Pakula, Liberal MP Clem Newton Brown, Greens MLC Sue Pennicuik, Australian Marriage Equality national convenor Rodney Croome and PFLAG national spokeswoman Shelley Argent discussed the current state of play on marriage equality.

Read the full article

 

 

Categories: November

14
November
2012

LGBTI legal aid on the way

Star Observer I Benn Dorrington

LGBTI legal aid on the way

A weekly legal service will be held at Fitzroy Legal Service to provide advice for our gay, lesbian, bisexual and gender-diverse community.

Our Lobby co-convenor Anna Brown welcomed the initiative.

“The Lobby frequently receives inquiries about legal problems and it is fantastic to be able to refer callers to a free service dedicated to the specific needs of our community,” she said.

“It can be very difficult for LGBTI people to source free legal information on family and relationship issues and LGBTI people also have specific legal needs due to the higher levels of discrimination and harassment they face.

“We look forward working together with the LGBTI legal service on community legal education, advocacy work and other initiatives.”

The new service will be launched on December 6. Read the full article for more information.

 

Categories: November

31
October
2012

Overdue leap for LGBTI equality

Gay News Network I Author: Anna Brown

Overdue leap for LGBTI equality

"A new draft federal anti-discrimination law will be released for public comment in the coming weeks and is expected to be introduced to Parliament in early 2013. The new law, if passed, will prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity."

View the full article

01
October
2012

Premier accused of reneging on gay marriage pledge

THE AGE I AUTHOR: FARRAH TOMAZIN

Premier accused of reneging on gay marriage pledge

Premier Ted Baillieu has been accused of reneging on a pre-election pledge to give Liberal MPs a conscience vote on gay marriage in the Victorian Parliament...

Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby co-convener Anna Brown commented:

"It is time for state and territory parliamentarians to show leadership in an area where the federal government has failed," she said.

Read the full article

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