A new website has been launched to help sexual and gender diverse job seekers find employers that are committed to accepting and celebrating diversity, in what is set to be a first for Australian workplace inclusion.
The Pride in Diversity initiative is called LGBTI Inclusive Employers and involves an online platform showcasing organisations active in LGBTI workplace inclusion.
The sprint toward liberalism and equality has made homophobia a dirty word, as it should be – there are very few people, even your most unpleasant, right-wing neighbour or narrow-minded lout, who would actively want to be seen as homophobic. Oh, sure, it’s still happening – LGBT people still get beaten up for no reason and are discriminated against every day – but the official line is that none of this is acceptable. Governments have legislated, perpetrators got punished (eventually) and most overt acts of discrimination have been consigned to history, but this doesn't mean the war is won. Far from it. Better go get your armour. Homophobia and transphobia are still absolutely everywhere, so ingrained into society that they seem like the most natural thing in the world. Nobody – and by nobody I mean straight people primarily, but LGBT people are not beyond turning a blind eye – seems to mind or to care. But if you hand me that torch I’ll shine it into some dark, uncomfortable corners.
New polling suggests 71% of people would look more favourably on the Turnbull government if it allowed a free vote on same-sex marriage instead of holding a plebiscite, including 64% who lean to voting Liberal.
The new Galaxy poll, obtained by Guardian Australia, comes as marriage equality returns to the national political agenda. A parliamentary committee is due to hand down its findings on the exposure draft of a marriage bill presented by the government ahead of the failure of the plebiscite.
A former Tory minister who helped bring about same-sex marriage in Britain has a warning for conservatives in the Turnbull government: same-sex marriage cannot be ignored, and it may even be good for you.
The issue of marriage equality has dogged and distracted the Coalition for a number of years now.
And it's about to re-emerge—yet again—as parliament returns for a new year.
A number of Liberal MPs are planning to use a Senate report, due out next week, to up the ante once more for a free vote on the floor of parliament.
It coincides with a new television ad from the Equality Campaign—featuring testimonies from soldiers, nurses, firefighters and surf lifesavers.
There's also new ReachTEL polling out this morning showing voters in a number of Coalition seats believe MPs should be given a free vote in parliament on the issue.
Co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality, Alex Greenwich, says a plebiscite is politically dead.
'All we're doing is asking for MPs to be able to exercise that right [to a free vote], to really be able to vote in support of what their communities want them to vote for so we can all move forward and celebrate this reform'.
Tensions within the government over same-sex marriage have erupted again with conservative MPs warning Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that allowing a free vote on this issue would be a "betrayal" of the Coalition's election commitments.
Last week Australia took a real and significant step towards making marriage equality a reality with the report of the Senate committee on same-sex marriage. The committee set out a unanimous analysis on the key areas to be considered in passing a marriage equality bill.
It doesn't sound very exciting at first, but this is not a normal political process story. The events of last week have changed the political landscape on the issue in several critical ways and the pathway to marriage equality has become clearer as a result.
I have no doubt that Gorsuch’s gay former classmates and clerks genuinely see him as an LGBTQ ally. But the fact remains that these amicable associations tell us virtually nothing about his jurisprudence. A review of his past decisions, on the other hands, reveals a judge who is quite skeptical of LGBTQ claims and hesitant to insist that the government be made to respect LGBTQ people’s dignity. These rulings and writings, while relatively scarce, tell us more about his legal convictions than any personal ties possibly could. And they do not give LGBTQ Americans much cause for optimism.
A fresh parliamentary push on same-sex marriage has become more likely after a cross-party Senate committee reached a broad consensus on refining the government's same-sex marriage legislation.
In a report published Wednesday, senators from the Coalition, Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team took aim at aspects of the Marriage Act changes proposed by Attorney-General George Brandis ahead of the failed same-sex marriage plebiscite.
The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) and the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) have launched a joint campaign to reverse federal funding cuts to their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health programs.
The government has announced it will stop funding from June 30 to both QuAC 2 Spirits and the NTAHC Aboriginal Sexual Health program.
Each program represents a longstanding effort to address the disproportionate STI rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland and the NT. The impending cuts are set to draw the programs to an indefinite close.
Voters across a swathe of Coalition seats believe federal government MPs should be given a free vote on same-sex marriage, according to new polling that will embolden Liberal moderates who want Malcolm Turnbull to stare down the party's conservatives and ditch Tony Abbott's plebiscite policy.
As the Prime Minister comes under renewed internal pressure over the issue ahead of Parliament's return on Tuesday, new ReachTEL polling shows nearly 62 per cent of people in seven Liberal and National seats across the country want Coalition MPs to have a conscience vote this year.
Britain has pardoned thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of crimes under sexual offence laws which have now been abolished.
The so-called "Turing's Law" named after Alan Turing, the celebrated mathematician who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 for having sex with a man, clears thousands of men of crimes of which they would be innocent today.
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