January

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."

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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." "

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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

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."

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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

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