Articles tagged with: Anna Brown

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."

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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."

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Categories: March

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

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

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

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”.

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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
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.

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Categories: March

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

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

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

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