23
July
2012

Hamilton church in gay marriage fight

The Standard

Hamilton church in gay marriage fight

A Hamitlon pastor whose church gained international attention for its anti-gay marriage message says it's impossible to say anything negative without being labelled a bigot.


A flashing electronic sign in the church's window which reads "You are here because God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve", has been condemned by the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.

Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby acting convener Sally Goldner responds.

27
June
2012

Salvo Major's comments outrage gay rights groups

The World Today, ABC News broadcast [transcript]

Salvo Major's comments outrage gay rights groups

The Salvation Army has been forced to make a public apology after one of its majors stated that the Salvation Army believes gay people should die.

The Lobby's Sally Goldner responds to recent homophobic comments made by Major Andrew Craib of the Salvation Army in this ABC News broadcast of The World Today.

Report by Simon Lauder.

18
June
2012

Angry response to Salvation Army's gay stance

VGLRL in the Herald Sun

Angry response to Salvation Army's gay stance

THE Salvation Army's declaration that homosexuality is an unacceptable urge has provoked outrage in the gay community.

Gay pop star Darren Hayes called for a boycott of the high-profile charity, a call backed by pro-gay lobbyists.

The Salvos responded last night by pointing out they helped some of Australia's most marginalised and needy people, including gay and transgender ones.

After the Salvos' online statement on homosexuality, Hayes tweeted to his 60,748 followers: "Important for gay people to know the true position of the Salvation Army when considering who to donate to. Sad."

He said asking people to control their sexuality was like asking someone to change their eye colour.

15
May
2012

Human Rights Commission accepts resignation

The Star Observer

Human Rights Commission accepts resignation

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) has accepted the resignation of board member Professor Kuruvilla George who was criticised for opposing same-sex marriage because it would damage "the health of our nation".

In a statement this morning, VEOHRC chairman John Searle announced the board had accepted George's resignation due to "time constraints and personal reasons that have emerged over recent months".

Categories: May

23
April
2012

Private lives and public knowledge

The Star Observer

Private lives and public knowledge

The launch of the Private Lives 2 (PL2) report earlier this month really brought into the open the disparities between the health of LGBT Australians compared to all Australians — and clear disparities between groups within the LGBT community.

Generally, LGBT physical health was on par with the broader community. Once again, however, on many mental health issues, LGBT health was worse. Further, trans, bisexual and youth health were even worse again than LGBT health.

Categories: April

03
April
2012

Looking forward

Article in the Star Observer

Looking forward

I have the pleasure of forwarding the outcomes of the VGLRL's recent planning day.

While there is much we want to do, the lobby decided to focus on the following key goals:

1. Achieving the most comprehensive and effective federal equal opportunity law.

The lack of such laws is a huge example of systemic discrimination at the federal level. While there is broad support in general, issues such as complete coverage for all in our community and the old chestnut of religious exemptions/exceptions will be important parts of the picture. We look forward to keeping the pressure on the federal Parliament to deliver the best outcome.

Categories: April

22
March
2012

Our rights and protection

Article in the Star Observer

Our rights and protection

The Baillieu Government should be congratulated for preserving the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.

In retaining the judicial oversight provisions of the charter, a very important democratic principle, namely that of the separation of powers of the executive and of the judiciary, has been upheld.

Categories: March

05
July
2012

I know who I’d veto

Article in the Star Observer

I know who I’d veto

The veto of the choice of VEOHRC Commissioner by our state Attorney-General and resulting mass exodus of the VEOHRC board is an extremely worrying development, particularly at a time when opponents of GLBTI people seem more extreme than ever.


We've seen the desperate tactics of the Australian Christian Lobby and their dwindling supporters on marriage (no, I don't want to marry my goldfish).


The comment by a Salvation Army major is the first time in my 17 years of being 'out' I've heard anyone in any relatively 'high-up' position in Australia coldly and methodically call for the deaths of gays and lesbians.

25
June
2012

Muslim imam condemns homosexuality as Salvos apologise for death-to-gays insult

VGLRL in the Herald Sun

Muslim imam condemns homosexuality as Salvos apologise for death-to-gays insult

ONE of Australia's most senior Muslim clerics has entered the gay marriage debate by condemning homosexuality and claiming it would be rare to find a gay Muslim.

Sheikh Yahya Safi, head imam of the nation's biggest Islamic congregation, said yesterday that gay people went against human nature.

16
May
2012

Prejudice in public office

Article in the Star Observer

Prejudice in public office

In the lead-up to the International Day Against Homophobia we have witnessed a timely reminder that the journey to equality for our community is far from over.

Earlier this week, Victorians learnt that Professor Kuruvilla George, Victoria's Deputy Chief Psychiatrist and board member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC), is a signatory to a submission opposing marriage equality made by a group named Doctors for the Family. Professor George has since resigned from his position on the VEOHRC board.

Categories: May

02
May
2012

New agenda for rights lobby

The Star Observer

New agenda for rights lobby

Under new leadership, the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLRL) will push for stronger federal protection and will target vilification at state and federal levels.

New VGLRL convenor Anna Brown has been working with the committee to create a strong agenda.

 

Categories: May

18
April
2012

Disability brings its own challenges

The Star Observer

Disability brings its own challenges

It's telling that no one who sees the ribbon gracing my jacket knows what it means. It's a leftover from a few months ago, but I've decided to leave it on.

It's the ribbon for the International Day of People With Disabilities.

I'm writing about this, in this column, because there are plenty of people in the LGBTI community who live with the effects of disabilities, of one kind or another, every day of their lives (including me). They may or may not experience intersecting discrimination from outside — or within — our community, due to their disability.

Categories: April

28
March
2012

Lessons in hate from the Sunshine State

Article in the Star Observer

Lessons in hate from the Sunshine State

The now infamous "hate truck" and Bob Katter's anti-gay marriage advertising campaign exposed the ugly side of Queensland politics during the recent election campaign (cont...)

Categories: February

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