What the new birth certificate legislation means to me

Sage Akouri tells us why new Victorian birth certificate legislation means to them For a really long time now I have known that the word on my birth certificate used to define my ‘sex’ has not matched up to my identity and has caused me a lot of distress throughout my life. I have put myself at risk […]

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Anti-vilification protections submission

Equality Australia welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s inquiry into Anti-vilification Protections.  Every LGBTIQ+ Victorian should be able to walk down any street and participate fully in all aspects of public life with their heads held high. That is, without facing or fearing any vilification or hate-based conduct on the […]

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LGBTQ conversion practices submission

Equality Australia’s submission in response to the Victorian Government’s discussion paper regarding Legislative options to implement a ban of conversion practices. Equality Australia stands with survivors of conversion practices, affirming their right to tell their stories on their own terms. We seek to understand their experiences, acknowledge their tribulations, and work with them to move […]

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Watch Queer Love In!

You can watch the live stream here: 3pm AEST, on Saturday May 2

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Impact of COVID-19 Survey

We know that this time presents a unique challenge for so many. We’ve been working with organisations across the country to make sure our community is kept informed. From employment to health and wellbeing, to decreased opportunities to connect – COVID-19 is impacting on us all in many ways.   We know that this time presents a […]

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IBAC’s investigation into the conduct of Victoria Police Officers at the Hares & Hyenas Bookstore

April 16, 2020 The following statements about the IBAC decision regarding the Victorian Police Officers at the Hares & Hyenas Bookstore in May 2019 can be attributed to Anna Brown, CEO Equality Australia. The following can be attributed to Anna Brown, CEO Equality Australia “The injuries inflicted on Nik Dimopoulos during the Hares & Hyenas […]

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COVID-19 and Australian LGBTIQ+ Communities

We are strong.  We have weathered health crises before and emerged stronger together on the other side.  We have also helped to build a more equal Australia in the face of adversity and discrimination against us, both in the past and present.  But the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) presents us with a new challenge.  Recognising that […]

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Ian Thorpe at Australian Parliament House

Media Alert  Wednesday February 26  This week business and unions joined organisations as diverse as Uniting Care and the Australian Medical Association in publicly declaring their opposition to the second exposure draft of the Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill.  Media are invited to hear from Australian Olympic legend Ian Thorpe AM, who will discuss his personal concerns about the impact of this Bill […]

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Faith organisations urge government not to implement Religious Discrimination Bill

Update as of Friday 13 March 2020 Uniting Communities, Brotherhood of St. Laurence, St. Mary’s House of Welcome, Relationship Matters, Anglicare South Australia, Mercy Connect, Jesuit Social Services have all additionally signed on to the statement Monday 10 February 2020 Leaders from prominent faith-based and religious community service organisations have come together to urge the […]

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Equality Australia’s 2nd Submission

The second exposure draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill remains deeply flawed and we strongly urge the Government not to proceed with the Religious Discrimination Bill The Religious Discrimination Bill is a complex, uncertain, and flawed piece of legislation.  The first exposure draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill failed to achieve community consensus.  It was […]

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