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The Just Equal board notes that the proposals relating to so-called Religious Discrimination bills are likely to be introduced to federal parliament this week, with much debate in all forms of media to follow.

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Our Blood Is Safe - New Research

Gay, bi and trans blood is safe blood: that's the take away from a new Just.Equal Australia report into the latest research and best international practice.

The report, by Dr Sharon Dane, looks at the latest clinical research from around the world. Her conclusion is that the safety of the blood supply would not be jeopardised if
a) Australia lifts the current three month abstinence requirement for blood donation by men and trans women who have sex with men, and
b) we implement a new policy that screens all potential donors for their individual risk.

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Responding to the Religious Privilege Movement

The movement to allow discrimination in the name of religion is gathering pace. LGBTI people and our allies need to seriously consider how we respond. This paper by long-time advocate, Rodney Croome, looks at some of the most common defences of religious privilege and how to respond to them. 
Why would anyone want to be married by someone who doesn’t want to marry them?
Shouldn’t a Christian baker be able to refuse to bake a gay wedding cake just like a gay baker should be able to refuse bake a cake with an anti-gay slur?
Won’t the market look after this by sending discriminatory businesses to the wall?
Now LGBTI have their rights, shouldn’t religious people have their rights protected too?
For answers to those questions and many more, download Rodney’s paper here.

Devil In The Detail

Screenshot_2017-08-03_22.58.28.pngDEVIL IN THE DETAIL: The choice between true marriage equality and new forms of discrimination against LGBTI Australians

This new book by long-time marriage equality campaigner, Rodney Croome, asks the question, should the LGBTI community compromise on marriage equality? Should we accept being allowed to marry in return for new laws that allow us to be discriminated against?

The book looks at what compromises are likely to be proposed, how they will be put forward under the cover of "religious freedom", how they will be defended and why we should not accept them. 

Rodney also considers who has the right to make the difficult choices at stake.

Australian commentator, Peter van Onselen, has written,

“I don’t think churches should be compelled to marry gay couples if it’s against their belief systems, but a Christian baker refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding sounds pretty bigoted to me. These are issues worthy of further debate.” 

Rodney Croome's book is an important contribution to that debate. Download Devil In The Detail here.

Addendum to Devil In The Detail, Jan 2018

This book was written before the passage of legislation allowing Australian LGBTI people to marry in December 2017. The purpose then was to make a case against compromises in that legislation which allowed discrimination in the name of “religious freedom” (or religious privilege as it should be known). With the religious privilege movement currently in full swing this discussion is now more important than ever.

Downloadable Addendum here.



Our submission to the senate inquiry into the governments proposed amendment to the Marriage Act

We are concerned that any marriage equality legislation that entrenches the unequal treatment of LGBTI couples undermines the point of providing for these couples to marry. Indeed, it cannot properly be called “marriage equality”. The many people who support marriage equality because it provides for equality would find it very difficult to support legislation that takes with one hand while giving with the other.

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Irish LGBTI Community And Allies Send A Video Message To Australia

We're keeping the up pressure on parliament to vote down a plebiscite with the release of videoed interviews highlighting the true cost of the 2015 Irish marriage equality referendum.

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Global call to parliament: stop the plebiscite

In conjunction with global LGBTI rights group All Out we delivered a petition of 92,068 signatures to the Australian parliament on 13 October 2016. 

The message was a simple one: Thank You For Promising To Block The Plebiscite! This 2.4m tall thank you card was delivered throughout parliament and attracted enthusiastic signatures from across the political spectrum.

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