23rd September 2022 - Queensland Police Service to make historic apology to LGBTIQ+ community

The Queensland Police Service has committed to issuing a formal apology to the LGBTIQ+ community for historic enforcement of discriminatory laws in the state.  It comes after police were asked not to wear their uniforms again if attending this weekend's Brisbane Pride Festival March and Rally on Saturday.  Read more...

A pride flag is raised


23rd September 2022 -  Petition urges further protections in overhaul of Equal Opportunity Act

Local LGBTQIA+ advocacy group Rainbow Futures WA have welcomed the news that the McGowan Government will be overhauling the state’s Equal Opportunity Act, but say more can be done to bring us in line with the east coast on LGBTQIA+ protections.  Read more...


23rd September 2022 - Art teacher quits after students called him anti-gay slurs

In 2019, shortly after earning his teaching credential, Jake Gless, 42, joined the faculty at Lakewood Public Schools in Michigan as a middle-school art teacher. Two years later, after being harassed by his very own students and lacking support from school administrators, he was out.  Read more...


21st September 2022 - Why this 16-metre-wide rainbow dress is on display on Sydney

A giant, colourful dress made from the flags of the 71 countries where it remains illegal to be LGBTIQ+ has come to Australia ahead of Sydney WorldPride this summer. Read more...

Actor Suzy Wrong models Amsterdam Rainbow Dress made of 71 flags in Sydney Harbour.


21st September 2022 - Teachers’ union, transgender centre rejected by Sydney Mardi Gras parade

The NSW teachers’ union and the state’s largest transgender service centre say they are disappointed and dismayed after being excluded from next year’s Sydney Mardi Gras parade, as organisers claim there was simply no room owing to high demand.  Read more...

The ANZ float at Sydney Mardi Gras in 2017.



A gay Republican George Santos is currently running to represent New York’s 3rd congressional district. Santos’ opponent gay Democrat Robert Zimmerman has dubbed him “more extreme than most Republicans are, and dangerously divisive and radical” and not without reason. Read more...


16th September 2022 - ‘Kaison has two mums’: discrimination complaint lodged over lack of census questions on sexuality

Newcastle parent April Long says it was shocking to discover 2021 census asked where their child’s ‘mother and father’ were born.  Read more...

Rainbow at Coogee beach


13th September 2022 - NSW Labor MP raises concerns over puberty-blocking treatment at Newcastle clinic for trans and gender diverse children

The New South Wales Health Minister says he will seek advice on processes at a gender clinic in Newcastle after a budget hearing was told it may be putting children on puberty-blocking medication too quickly. Read more...

An older brick house that is used as a medical clinic on a suburban street beneath a cloudy sky.


13th September 2022 - Homosexuality wasn't decriminalised in Queensland until 1991, but the state has a long and rich queer history

Late at night on the banks of the Brisbane River, two young men settled on a spot between a Moreton Bay fig and a fence.

It was 1968. The teens had nowhere else to go and thought nobody could see them.

The liaison was short lived. A harsh light ripped away the darkness like a bed sheet. It was a policeman's torch.

"They thought we were trying to break into the milk factory," Bill Rutkin says with a chuckle.

"When they worked out we were both gay men and probably about to commit an offence, they just gave us a good thumping and told us to go and see a psychiatrist."  Read more...

Queensland gay rights advocate Bill Rutkin, as a younger man


12 September 2022 - ‘I no longer question who I am’: they’re rural, trans and staying put

When trans woman Zara Jones came out after living in Bendigo for a decade – and lost friends and a support network as a result – she quickly realised the critical need to support trans, gender-diverse and non-binary (TGDNB) residents in rural Victoria. Read more...

Eli, Zara Jones and Angelique Whitehouse


9th September 2022 - From Princess Diana to Prince Harry, here are 9 times the royal family showed support for the LGBTQ community

It may be interesting at this time, to reflect back on the support the Royal Family has shown the LGbTIQA+ community.  Read more...

queen elizabeth state opening of parliament


8th September 2022 - Peppa Pig introduces same-sex couple as Penny Polar Bear's two mummies

UK children's show Peppa Pig has introduced a same-sex parent family for the first time in it's 18-year history.  Read more...

A child cartoon polar bear and two adult, female cartoon polar bears sit at a kitchen table and eat spaghetti from a pot.


6th September 2022 - How Targeting LGBTQ+ Rights Are Part of the Authoritarian Playbook

In the last three decades, protections for LGBT people’s rights have advanced rapidly in many countries and regions. However, rising populist authoritarianism poses a significant threat to this progress because abolishing sexual freedom is often at the heart of repressive political projects. Read more...

Flags of the LGTBIQ community raise and wave as people gather to protest and celebrate the International Pride Day celebrations in Cali, Colombia, July 4, 2021. 


6th September 2022 -   JEA's Petition is presented to the Senate

Today Ivan Hinton-Teoh OAM, presented our petition calling for an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner to Senator David Shoebridge and Stephen Bates - Greens for Brisbane. David and Stephen are championing the issue in Parliament.
A big thank you to everyone who signed!
Debate on whether Australia should have such a Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission (alongside existing commissioners for racial minorities, women, people with disability, older and younger people and First Nations people) will take place in the Senate either this afternoon or tomorrow. Stay tuned!

6th September 2022 - JEA's Petition on it's way to Parliament

Ivan Hinton-Teoh OAM is heading up to Parliament House to present Just.Equal Australia’s petition calling for an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner. The rainbow ribbon is a lovely touch. The debate on whether Australia should have such a Commissioner will be later today or tomorrow.
There shouldn't be a debate. We are the only group identified in the four main federal anti-discrimination laws without representation. We have needed that representation for years.
We need it today, we don't need delay.


4th September 2022 - Parenting a trans teen in rural Australia has enriched our lives in ways I never could have imagined

Being trans was not something Milo wanted special attention for, but in a regional town it wasn’t something he could hide.  Read more...

Sarah Michell on her son Milo Michell: ‘It has been challenging watching him launch into the wider world.’


3rd September 2022 - Australia Needs an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner

Alastair Lawrie explains in careful detail why Australia needs an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner. The issue will be debated in the Senate this week.

Please sign and share the petition asap: https://www.equal.org.au/lgbtiqa_human_rights...


3rd September 2022 - ‘Please lean in with a bit of empathy’: it’s not easy being trans in rural Australia

Attitudes to TGDNB people may be improving but the lack of dedicated health services is a big problem in the bush.  Read more...

Dr Rachel Richardson


Much has changed to improve the lives of  queer young people, but many still suffer discrimination that can become life-threatening without stronger support from educators and health professionals. By Jacob Thomas. Read more...

Activist for queer, trans and gender-diverse kids Jacob Thomas.


1st September 2022 - Bid to change Queensland law that allows religious schools to discriminate against gay teachers

Under proposed changes, only school staff involved in direct teaching of religion could be subject to different rules.  Read more...

LGBTQI+ flags can be seen in a general view of Citipointe Christian College in Brisbane



Just.Equal Australia has called on the federal government to include LGBTIQA+ community organisations or representatives in its Jobs and Skills Summit following their conspicuous omission from the list of attendees. 
Just.Equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said, “Attendees at the Summit will include representatives of Indigenous people, young people, people with disability, women, single mothers, older people but conspicuously not LGBTIQA+ people. This is despite the fact we face higher than average rates of workplace discrimination and have fewer workplace protections than other Australians.”
And see who's invited to the summit here

Treasurer Jim Chalmers


30th August 2022 - Queer Afghans have been forgotten and queer people worldwide continue to be ignored

One year since the fall of Kabul, Micro Rainbow reflects on the hostile environment faced by LGBTQ+ Afghans and the charity’s plan to ensure that “love and unity prevail over fear and divisions”. Read more...


29TH AUGUST 2022 - Trudeau announces launch of $100M plan to fight 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination, increase inclusion

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Sunday the launch of a $100 million plan to combat discrimination and increase inclusion for 2SLGBTQ+ Canadians. Trudeau made the announcement alongside Women and Gender Quality and Youth Minister Marci Ien, who said the majority of the money would go toward community organizations, with $8 million going toward data collection, another $5.6 million spent on building an awareness campaign and $11.7 million going toward the 2SLGBTQ+ Secretariat.  Read more...



28th August 2022 - WA Nationals call for change to blood donation rules

The Let Us Give campaign has applauded the West Australian National Party for supporting an end to the current gay blood ban. On Saturday at the WA Nationals state convention, the WA Young Nationals proposed the following motion that was passed with overwhelming support: “That this State Convention of the Nationals WA calls on the National Blood Authority and Red Cross Lifeblood to review policies around blood donation to make them less discriminatory to LGBTIQ+ community members and increase the number of potential blood donors.”  Read more...


28th August 2022 - The Jobs and Skills Summit and LGBTIQ Australians Part 2

LGBTIQA+ anti-discrimination advocate, Alastair Lawrie, has written to the ACTU and Business Council of Australia urging them to raise LGBTIQA+ workplace issues at the upcoming Jobs and Skills Summit. So has Just.Equal Australia. Read more...

The Jobs and Skills Summit and LGBTIQ Australians Part 2


26th August 2022 - Queensland state schools are leading the way in inclusivity.

A few weeks ago, Kirwan State High School's rugby league team, the Kirwan Bears, wore special jerseys with a splash of purple to represent their LGBTIQA+ community within the school at their home game. These amazing jerseys were eventually auctioned off, raising $3,250 which will go to the school's LGBTQIA+ student-led group, True Colours.
We asked how the initiative came about, and Hoani (one member of the leadership group) said, “As a squad we decided we wanted to give back to our school community, raising the idea of wearing the jerseys to help celebrate Wear It Purple day. It was great to be able to represent True Colours which is about inclusivity and acceptance of the diverse groups within our school community.”
May be an image of 3 people and outdoors

26th August 2022 - We need more than purple prose:

Wear It Purple Day is a grass-roots initiative from young LGBTQI+ activists that aims to celebrate diversity, to commemorate the years of queer rights activism as well as raise awareness of the struggles queer folks have had to face here in Australia. Over the years it has shifted from negative mental health impacts and self-harm prevention to also celebrate rainbow young people and pride.  Read more...

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25th August 2022 - Government urged to include 'overlooked' LGBTQIA+ community in upcoming summit

Advocacy group Just.Equal Australia has called out the government after it "overlooked" the LGBTQIA+ on the Summit Issues Paper of the upcoming Jobs and Skills Summit, encouraging them to also address the issues faced by the community.  Read more...

Government urged to include 'overlooked' LGBTQIA+ community in upcoming summit


25th August 2022 -Home Office has sent 3,000 queer refugees back to violent anti-LGBTQ+ countries, new data reveals

The Tory government has been accused of “failing to stand up” for the LGBTQ+ community as it emerged that the Home Office granted fewer than 700 LGB asylum claims in 2021.  Read more...

A boat of asylum seekers try to gain entry to the Uk via the English Channel


25th August 2022 - Jim Chalmers says LGBTIQA+ employment is on the agenda

"Treasurer Jim Chalmers has told OUTinPerth that the government’s upcoming jobs and skills summit will include consideration of the unique challenges some people in the LGBTIQA+ communities face." Read more,,,

Jim Chalmers


24th August 2022 - Muslim scholars urge Indonesia to look the other way as Singapore, Vietnam ease anti-gay laws

  • Indonesian Ulema Council chairman says LGBT community is ‘condemned’ by all six state-recognised religions, even though homosexuality is not illegal in country
  • Discourse on LGBT rights highlights ‘generation gap’ that could complicate Indonesia’s acceptance towards marginalised sexual communities, observers say

See more...

A group of Muslim protesters march with banners against the LGBT community in Banda Aceh, Indonesia in 2017. Photo: AFP


24th August 2022 - Hungary’s Anti-LGBT Laws Create A Threatening Environment For Human Rights

"In June 2021, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the National Assembly passed a legislation by 157 votes to one, banning the depiction or promotion of LGBT-related material to individuals under 18. In particular, the law prohibits material that promotes homosexuality or sex reassignment through TV shows and films featuring gay characters, educational programs, and visual material such as rainbow flags."  Read more...



24th August 2022 - Religious schools in WA can sack a teacher if they are LGBTIQ+. Proposed laws aim to prevent this

"Coming out as gay can be a mentally and emotionally challenging time, but for Perth man Craig Campbell, it was made more difficult when he lost his job because of his sexuality." Read more...

A man writing on a chalk board.


23rd August 2022 - Biased Science in Texas & Alabama

"The best scientific evidence shows that gender dysphoria is real, that untreated gender dysphoria leads predictably to serious, negative medical consequences, and that gender-affirming care significantly improves mental health outcomes, including reducing rates of suicide."  Read more...




24th August 2022 - Vietnam says being gay is ‘not a disease’

The nation’s ministry of health said in an official document released in August that being LGBTQ+ is “entirely not an illness” and “cannot be ‘cured’ nor need[s] to be ‘cured’ and cannot be converted in any way”. Read more...

A crowd of people holding rainbow coloured items walk through a LGBTQ+ Pride parade in Vietnam


23rd August 2022 - Albanese government must not snub LGBTIQA+ issues at Jobs Summit

“It’s very disappointing that the Government has so far overlooked the fact that LGBTIQA+ people face higher levels of employment and workplace discrimination and harassment than other Australians.” - Rodney Croome for Just.Equal Australia. Read more...

Albanese government must not snub LGBTIQA+ issues at Jobs Summit


22nd August 2022 - The Jobs and Skills Summit and LGBTIQ Australians Part 1

The Govenrment’s Jobs and Skills summit addresses issues faced by women, First Nations people, people with disability, older Australians, migrants and refugees, and those living in regional and remote areas. But not LGBTIQA+ people. We aren’t mentioned despite experiencing high evens of workplace discrimination. In this article, Alastair Lawrie looks at two key areas for our community: the failure of the Fair Work Act to explicitly protect trans, gender diverse and intersex people from discrimination, and the failure of federal and some state laws to protect LGBTIQA+ employees from discrimination by faith-based schools and services.  Read more...

The Jobs and Skills Summit and LGBTIQ Australians

19th August 2022 - Just Equal Welcomes WA Reforms:  Calls to go Further

It’s very welcome that, based on a WA Law Reform Commission’s report, the WA Government will update the state’s Equal Opportunity Act to better protect LGBTIQA+ people from discrimination. WA has fallen way behind the other states and it’s high time to catch up.
But let’s be clear about two things:
1. The WA Law Reform Commission’s recommendations are not “gold standard” as some folk claim. There are still some problems that need to be addressed.
2. Many people were involved in getting WA this far, especially people like Brian Greig and Maxine Drake who have been advocating for these reforms for many years and actually secured the Commission’s inquiry.
To make change we need to understand how change actually occurs and what the standard is we’re aiming for.
For more about the problems and how to deal with them See Just.Equal Australia's media release : https://ymlp.com/zaGgSA

4th August 2022 - 'Pretend integrity': Greens blast Labor's human rights bill - The Advocate

The Greens tried again to establish an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner, this time with an amendment in the Senate, and again the major parties knocked the initiative off. Just.Equal Australia has written to Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus, reminding him that he and Labor promised such a Commissioner in 2016. We’ve asked him to clarify when that promise will be fulfilled.
Just.Equal writing to Mark Dreyfus: https://ymlp.com/zvvVV8
Just.Equal Media Release - disappointment the Green’s amendment failed: https://ymlp.com/zHfybO

3rd August 2022 - ‘Overdue’: Labor rejects Greens LGBTIQ+ amendment

“The absence of an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner sends the message that discrimination against us matters less.” - Brian Greig

3rd August 2022 - Greens' proposal to appoint an LCBTIQA+ Human Rights Commisioner voted down.

Today the Labor Government and the Coalition Opposition voted down a Greens’ proposal to appoint an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner. The proposal had been put to the Greens and cross bench by Just.Equal Australia. Thanks to the Greens and crossbenchers for voting for it. The Government’s excuse was that the Australian Human Rights Commission bill being debated was the wrong vehicle, begging the question, when will it introduce a bill that is the right vehicle? The vote against the proposal is pictured below.
Just.Equal MR here…https://ymlpmail9.net/z0yqMEE

1st August 2022 - Plibersek voices support for changing the rules around blood donation

“We welcome Tanya Plibersek’s support for a review and call on the Labor Government to follow her lead.” - Let Us Give spokesperson, Andrew Badcock

1st August 2022 - Calls for the appointment of an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner

“At a time when there are increasing attacks on the rights and dignity of LGBTIQA+ Australians it is more important than ever for there to be a Commissioner who has the time, resources and expertise to defend our human rights.” - Brian Greig

31st July 2022 - Where's Our Human Rights Commissioner?

The new Federal Government has tabled a bill to ensure more transparency in the appointment of commissioners at the Australian Human Rights Commission. That’s great, but it should also include the appointment of an LGBTIQA+ Human Rights Commissioner. Just.Equal Australia has written to all supportive minor parties and cross benches asking them to get behind this overdue initiative. For more: https://ymlpmail9.net/zUZs48

28th July 2022 - Tanya Plibersek supports review of the current Red Cross Lifeblood ban

Great to see Tanya Plibersek supporting a review of the current Red Cross Lifeblood ban on blood donation from gay men, and bisexual men, trans women and some non-binary people who have sex with men.

26th July 2022 - Lifting of mad cow ban reignites calls to allow gay men to give blood

“There isn't any clinical or scientific basis for the ban on gay blood.” - Rodney Croome

25th July 2022 - Australians In The UK during Mad Cow Can Now Donate Blood

From today, Australians in the UK during Mad Cow can give blood. Lifting that old ban is welcome because it means a new source of safe blood for those in need. For the same reason, it's time to lift the ban on blood donation by gay men, and bisexual men, trans women and some non-binary people who have sex with men. #letusgive
Media Release: https://ymlp.com/zdM6jn
End of 22-year 'mad cow' ban means more people can donate blood in Australia from today

23rd July 2022 - Who is Labour Afraid Of?

Sally Goldner told Guardian Australia, LGBTQIA+ people had been “hoping for positive change under a federal Labor government”. “We haven’t seen anything two months after their election.”
From fudging over abortion access to “birthing parent” backdowns, who is Labor afraid of?

21st July 2022 - Bill Shorten to Remove 'Birthing Parent'. from medical forms

‘Sally Goldner called for an “urgent meeting” to discuss trans people’s concerns, including the need for uniform standards on recognising gender identity, and to reform Medicare to provide equitable access to healthcare including surgery and hormones.’ - the Guardian
Bill Shorten intervenes to remove ‘birthing parent’ from medical forms amid criticism in Daily Telegraph
Decision to stop trial of trans-inclusive language

18th July 2022 - Share Your Story About Not Being Able to Donate Blood

Do you have a story to share about not being able to donate blood? Contact us so we can show the human face of the current ban on donation from gay men, and bisexual men, trans women and some non-binary people who have sex with men: [email protected]

July 16th 2022 - Help Remove the Current Blood Ban.

Are you able to help us remove the current gay, bi and trans blood ban?
Calling people of all ages and backgrounds who live in Sydney and who identify as gay men, bisexual men, trans women and non-binary people who have sex with men. We need you to take part in a series of short clips to spread awareness of the Red Cross Lifeblood’s current block on blood donations from people of the above communities.
The videos will be posted on social media to spread awareness and encourage people to campaign alongside us.
For more information contact us on 0451 124 501 or [email protected]
For more information about our campaign and to sign our petition, check out www.letusgive.com.au

July 12th 2022 - Just.Equal Calls For End to Sacking of LGBTIQA+ Teachers in WA

“As Opposition Leader, Mr McGowan said the state law which allowed this discrimination ‘was wrong and should be changed’, however, as Premier he has done nothing to remedy this.” - Brian Greig

Just.Equal calls for end to sacking of LGBTIQA+ teachers in WA

July 5th 2022 - Australia's Lifeblood Weighing Rule Change for Gay Plasma Donation

“Lifting the current ban on plasma donation by gay and bisexual men, and trans women and some non binary people who have sex with men, will not solve the problem of Australia’s dangerously low supplies of whole blood.” - Thomas Buxereau from Let Us Give

Australia's Lifeblood Weighing Rule Change for Gay Plasma Donation

July 4th 2022 - Lifeblood Move to Lift Donor Constraints

Allowing gay men to give plasma won't make any difference to the shortage of whole blood Australia is experiencing. Quarantined gay plasma donation was abandoned in other countries like Israel and Canada because it didn't work. Instead, they rapidly moved on to assessing all donors for their individual risk, which is what Australia should do too. A news report about gay plasma donation attached. The response from the Let Us Give campaign here: https://ymlp.com/zsQsoMM 

30th June 2022 - ABS Under Fire Over 'non-binary' Census Question

“My fear is that the number of people who ticked ‘non-binary’ will be very low and this will be weaponised by opponents of transgender equality and inclusion.” - Rodney CROOME

29th June 2022 - Quinns Baptist College Refuses Student's New Name

“This form of discrimination could not happen in some other jurisdictions. It highlights the need for the McGowan Government to reform this area of law. They’ve been in government now for more than six years, and we haven’t even seen draft legislation on a range of LGBTI issues which are long overdue.” - Brian Greig

20th June 2022 - FINA Trans Decision Slammed

Sally Goldner comments on the decision of world swimming federation, FINA, to ban trans women from elite-level womens swimming.

Read more here: http://ymlp.com/zo360u

June 17th 2022 - Let Them Give

Let them give: Campaign calls to allow gay men to donate blood
"The same questions should be asked of everyone."

17th June 2022 - Thank You Janet Rice

Thank you, Janet Rice, for all you have done as the Greens’ LGBTIQA+ spokesperson. Just.Equal Australia welcomes Stephen Bates to the role.

More here…https://ymlp.com/zDMbus


16th June 2022 - Joe Wants to Donate

Joe wants to donate blood. He can't because of his sexuality

Canada, France, Greece, Lithuania and Austria have all removed restrictions on gay and bisexual men donating blood this year. On World Blood Donor Day there are renewed calls for Australia to do the same.


“People like myself who are very safe and take our sexual health very seriously would be willing to give blood, but because that blanket rule is there, I’m not able to.” - Joe Staniszewski

16th June 2022 - 'Let Us Give' Campaigner Thomas Buxereau on blood donation

It’s great to see the Australian media covering this critical issue.
Watch Let Us Give campaign advocate Thomas Buxereau as a guest on Channel 10’s Studio 10 last Tuesday, discussing our campaign goals, why we are asking to move to individual risk based assessment and how this can lead to a lot more safe blood being collected.
To learn more about Let Us Give: www.letusgive.com.au

15th June 2022 - Dr Sharon Dane Explains the Science Behind Dropping the Gay, bi, and Trans Blood Ban.

Watch Dr Sharon Dane from Just.Equal’s new Let Us Give campaign explain the science behind dropping the old gay, bi and trans blood ban and adopting individual risk assessment instead. Check out the video embedded in this article from the Canberra Times.
To find out more about Let Us Give: www.letusgive.com.au
To sign the petition:
To watch Dr Dane:

14th June 2022 - 'Let Us Give' Campaigner, Thomas Buxereau on Dropping the Archaic Ban on Blood Donation

In this article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, to mark World Blood Donor Day, Thomas Buxereau from the new Let Us Give campaign puts a strong case for dropping the archaic ban on blood donation by gay men, and bisexual men and transgender women who have sex with men. Instead, Australia should follow the lead of Canada, Britain and France by assessing all donors for their individual risk.
To find out more about the Let Us Give campaign: www.letusgive.com.au
To read the World Blood Donor Day media statement: https://ymlp.com/z8AOfHH

14th June 2022 - Sign the Petition to change the Ban on Blood Donation.

On World Blood Donor Day, a big thank you to those who take the time and effort to donate. Consider how many more lives could be saved if those who are currently barred from donating because of the gender of their sexual partner, were allowed to donate. If Australia screened all donors for their individual risk there would be more safe blood for those in need and the blood supply would be less discriminatory. To find out more about the new Let Us Give campaign: www.letusgive.com.au
Just.Equal Australia
To see Just.Equal's media release, click here

9th June 2022 - Church Authorities May be able to Reject New Employment Applicants.

“Our fear is that while Church authorities may not be able to sack existing LGBTQA+ employees, they may still be able to reject new applicants.” - Brian Greig
AG Mark Dreyfus confirms religious discrimination legislation this term
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has confirmed to media that the government will introduce religious discrimination legislation this term of Parliament. Speaking on ABC's RN Breakfast with Patricia Karvelas, Dreyfus said Labor will introduce a Religious discrimination legislation this term of Parliament.

5th June 2022 - LNP's Culture War Against Inclusive Schools

Is Peter Dutton about to launch an attack on LGBTIQA+ inclusive schools? Here's how we can prepare.
Hot Button Dutton: LNP’s culture war against inclusive schools
The Federal Opposition under Peter Dutton is about to launch a full-scale anti-LGBTIQA+ culture war against school inclusion.

1st June 2022 - Just.Equal calls for Australia to abandon gay blood donor ban

“Individual risk assessment is a win/win because it removes discrimination and increases the supply of safe blood.” - Rodney Croome
An urgent appeal for more blood donations has reinvigorated debate about Australia’s blood donor policy

1st June 2022 Sign the Petition Calling on the Gvernment to Act Quickly on LGBtIQA+ Equality and Inclusion

Please sign Sally Goldner’s open letter to the new Federal Government calling on it to act quickly on LGBTIQA+ equality and inclusion.
Sign the Petition
Accelerate Australian rainbow reforms right away

31st May 2022 - Call On Albanese to Appoint Equality Minister

“A Federal Equality Minister would ensure a voice for the LGBTIQA+ community at the centre of government. It would also show LGBTIQA+ Australians that we are valued citizens again after many years of our rights being eroded and undermined." - Sally Goldner

31st May 2022 - Advocates Calling for Change to Blood Donation Laws as Stocks Plummet

"I am quite happy to roll up my sleeve today and donate blood, but under the current Red Cross policy, I can't do that." - Benjamin Dudman


Gay men can't donate blood in Australia, but advocates are calling for that to change as stocks plummet

31st May 2022 - Individual Risk Assessment Would Make the Blood Supply Safer

“Individual risk assessment would also make the blood supply safer because it would pick up heterosexual people who are at high risk. This is particularly important at a time when rates of HIV among heterosexual Australians is increasing." - Rodney Croome

31st May 2022 - ACT Drafts Australian-first Legislation to Stop Deferrable Surgical Interventions on iIntersex Children

Congratulations Cody Smith, and other intersex advocates, for all your hard, persistent work. This is a major step forward and one that is so very overdue.
Cody is intersex and hopes a draft Australian-first legislation will eventually protect others born like them

30th May 2022 - LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day: Survivor shares her story

Check out this compelling article about LGBTIQA+ family violence.
LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day: Survivor shares her story
LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day highlights domestic, family and intimate partner violence.

28th May 2022 - Why The Election Has Unlocked The Door To Real LGBTIQA+ Change

“Is this the end of the resurgent prejudice that arose as a backlash to marriage equality and has plagued LGBTIQA+ Australians for seven years?” Check out the answer to that question in this post-election analysis.
Why the election has unlocked the door to real LGBTIQA+ change
Scott Morrison’s Religious Licence-to-Discriminate Bill has gone. The politics of anti-trans prejudice

27TH MAY 2022 - ACT Move To End Non-Consenting Intersex MedicalIintervention

“To be treated as a medical curiosity and subjected to unconsented medical procedures produces lifelong consequences and scars. This is an injustice that has been too easily ignored for too long.” - Cody Smith
ACT move to end non-consenting intersex medical intervention
The ACT Government has released a draft bill outlining plans to end non-consenting medical interventions on intersex children.

27TH MAY 2022 - Cal lFor Other States To Follow ACT Lead On Protecting Intersex Children

"With legislation like this, comes the promise that the harm can end here. We just need more jurisdictions ready to protect the bodily autonomy of intersex people." - Cody Smith


26TH MAY 2022 - Sorry Day Commemorated Across The Country

Just.Equal Australia acknowledges the traditional owners of Australia.
Sorry Day commemorated across the country
Sorry Day was commemorated across the country today, recognising the historical mistreatment of Aboriginal people. The first Sorry Day was held in 1998, a year after a landmark report into the forced removal of Indigenous children from their families, was tabled in parliament. Sixteen years on, there are fresh concerns over the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families..

24TH MAY 2022 - Both Major Parties Ignored the LGBTIQA+ Vote.  It Cost Them Dearly!

Just.Equal Australia board member, Bill Rutkin, makes a compelling case that LGBTIQA+ voters abandoned Labor and voted Green and Teal.
Both major political parties and all the analysts steadfastly refuse to see the woods for Australia’s brightly coloured, autumnal trees.
Bill Rutkin looks at the changing pattern of the LGBTIQA+ vote in the 2022 federal election. He believes the major parties must learn lessons they assiduously avoided over the course of the last government.

23rd May 2022 - Austria to Lower Hurdles for LGBT+ Citizens to Donate Blood

Austria has joined the long list of countries that assess blood donors for their individual risk rather than banning all gay men, as well as bi men and trans women who have sex with men. Australia is being left further behind.
Just.Equal response: https://ymlp.com/zOHrq1
Austria to lower hurdles for LGBT+ citizens to donate blood

22nd May 2022 - Just.Equal Welcomes Election Result: Opportunity to Move Forward

“The priorities identified in our LGBTIQA+ election survey will now be our blueprint for LGBTIQA+ reform under an Albanese Government.” 

Just.Equal Australia today welcomed yesterday’s election result saying Australia enjoys a unique opportunity to move forward on LGBTIQA+ human rights. 

22nd May 2022 - Just.Equal Welcomes Election Result as Unique Opportuniy to Move Rights Forward.

“The true winners in this election have been equality, inclusion and acceptance for LGBTIQA+ Australians." - Sally Goldner




20th May 2022 - Check Out How The Politicians Responded To Our Survey

Just.Equal Australia has released the results of its 2022 election survey. You’ll recall we surveyed the LGBTIQA+ community to see what it’s priorities are. We then sent the results to major parties and key candidates. Unfortunately, neither Labor nor the Liberals responded. Thank you to the Greens and independents who did respond. A wider range of parties and candidates responded to the Equality Tasmania survey. See below for the links
Just.Equal party and candidate survey:
Just.Equal community priorities survey:
Equality Tasmania party and candidate survey:

20th May 2022 - Has the Australian Electoral Map Been lying to You?

Check out this article by the ABC to find out






20th May 2022 - Will The LGBTIQ+ Vote Make a Difference in Brisbane?

If you live in the seat of Brisbane, please read this before you vote!
Will the LGBTQI vote make a difference in Brisbane?
Brisbane’s sitting member, the LNP’s Trevor Evans, a former Chief of Staff for Peter Dutton, is openly...

19th May 2022 - Planning on going overseas?  Check here first

New research has revealed which countries and destinations are the safest, and most hostile, for LGBTQI+ travellers to visit.

Travel journalists and researchers Asher and Lyric Fergusson have ranked 203 countries for the third LGBTQ+ Travel Safety Index using a range of factors including discrimination, marriage equality, morality laws and transgender murder rates.

17th May 2022 - Happy IDAHOBIT !

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia  and individual and organizational discrimination and violence against Intersex, Brotherboy, Sistagirl  people.  Our communities unite to recognize our real life circumstances and to honour innumerable individual and community struggles for justice, common sense, human kindness and compassion.  We acknowledge the resilience and dedication of our communities.

Today is a day for thanking our activists and our allies.

On IDAHOBIT day we consider the successes of our struggles but remain realistic about the social changes and reforms that are still desperately needed.  We acknowledge that some within LGBTIQA+ communities in Australia, and other western countries enjoy relative peace and security in contrast to those in so many other societies where constant fear, death and lack of opportunity to enjoy life is socially and legally denied and well-being is constantly threatened. 

Just Equal Australia unanimously recommits to continuing to strive towards the values and goals we hold and share with other organisations and individuals in Australia. Just Equal Australia will continue to work honestly, ethically and relentlessly with our international friends and allies.

9th May 2022 - Scott Morrison defends delaying protections for LGBTQ students as party tensions resurface

Brian Greig said Labor had “made it clear it would protect LGBTQ+ students, however, its position on teachers and other workers is unclear”.
Scott Morrison defends delaying protections for LGBTQ students as party tensions resurface

8th May 2022 - How They Voted On The Religious Discrimination Bill

Just.Equal Australia has condemned the Coalition Government for its plan to bring back the Religious Discrimination Bill. It has called for the Coalition to deliver some positive initiatives to reduce discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people instead. 

Meanwhile, the PM has said gay students aren’t being expelled from faith-based schools. That’s not true, but even if they aren't being expelled then what’s wrong with ensuing it doesn’t happen again by banning it? As for trans students, it’s obvious to everyone they are facing discrimination. But the Government seems fine with that. The attached table is a handy reminder of who voted for what during the religious discrimination debate in February.

JEA statement:
Some of the positive initiatives the Coalition could support:

5th May 2022 - Electoral Survey Results Are In

A big thank you to Dr Sharon Dane (pictured below) for her hard work on Just.Equal Australia's 2022 election priorities survey. The survey shows us what the most pressing issues are for LGBTIQA+ Australians. Now, JEA will use the results to seek commitments from all the major parties. For the top level survey results, check out this statement: http://ymlp.com/zPNFZ0

The results from the 2022 Election Survey are in and shows religious exemptions and school safety are among the top priorities.  Now, JEA will use the results to seek commitments from all the major parties.

See here for the top level results, or click on the graphic for the full report

3rd May 2022 - Morrison Promise to Re-Introduce Religious Discrimination Bill Slammed

Just.Equal is appalled by the Coalition's promise to bring back its Religious License-to-Discriminate Bill...
We want Labor to answer questions about LGBTIQ+ teachers in faith-based schools...
The Greens new 
LGBTIQ+ election policy sets a high standard, but some key issues aren't mentioned...
For all that and more check out this statement from Just.Equal Australia: https://ymlp.com/zWhJtH

29th April 2022 - Canada Removes Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men

A nurse helps a man give blood
Canada has lifted its gay blood ban and adopted individual risk assessment. It joins the UK, Germany and France and many other countries. To ensure more safe blood Australia must join them.
Canada removes ban on blood donations from gay men
Men who have sex with men will no longer be required to be celibate for three months before donating.

18th April 2022 - Catholic Schools Call For Religious Discrimination Law Plan

“Just.Equal is keen to know if Labor will allow discrimination by faith-based schools against the LGBTQ teachers at the point of recruitment or allow faith-based schools to disciminate against LGBTQ students on the basis of religious belief.” - Brian Greig
Catholic schools call for Religious Discrimination law plan
The National Catholic Education Commission has called on both major parties to clarify how they will bring forward federal legislation for religious discrimination.

16th Apr 2022  - LGBTIQ Lobby Joins Catholics in Albo Ultimatum

The National Catholic Education Commission has written to Labor asking about special exemptions in any future Labor Religious Discrimination Bill to allow Catholic schools to discriminate. It has set a response deadline of April 29. To keep up the pressure on Labor, and so it doesn’t throw LGBTIQ teachers or students under the election bus, Just.Equal Australia has also written, seeking a response by the same day. More here…https://ymlp.com/zaHBMd

16th Apr 2022 - Ten Months of Transphobia

“None of this will stop until the rest of us stand up and make it stop. Trans and gender diverse Australians have been fighting this battle on their own for far too long. It’s time for cis allies, including within the LGBTIQ community, but also in the Labor Opposition, Greens, moderate Liberals, and everyday members of the community, to tell the Morrison Liberal/National Coalition that enough is enough.” - Alastair Lawrie

16th April 2022 - Greens Leader Adam Bandt Says Trans Rights are 'Non-Negotiable'

Sally Goldner from Just.Equal said there are other long overdue trans reforms and initiatives at the federal level. They include a national, funded trans mental health strategy and action plan and education campaign about trans lives to end misinformation. Australia should also adopt a uniform approach for laws and regulations regarding recording of gender, and ensure universal access to transition services for children without court intervention and the inclusion of protecti…
greens leader adam bandt transgender rights scott morrison medicare surgery
Greens leader Adam Bandt has slammed Prime Minister Scott Morrison for “punching down” on...

16th Apr 2022 - Advocates Urge Politicians to Hear Real Issues Facing Trans Folks

“We reject the constant raising of ‘faux’ culture-war issues that fail to take our interests into account and at times show blatant disregard for our health, wellbeing and lives, often in ways that promote ridicule and hatred.” - Sally Goldner on behalf of Just.Equal
LGBTQIA+ advocacy group Just.Equal Australia are calling on political leaders to debate issues 

14th Apr 2022 - Greens Call For Gender surgery to go on Medicare

Greens leader Adam Bandt says gender affirming surgery should be available through Medicare.

The AGE. Great to see some positive transgender policy commitments from the Greens. As Sally Goldner says it’s an antidote to all the anti-trans fear-mongering.

13th Apr 2022 - Australia Prime Minister Reiterates Opposition to Trans Women in Female Sports

“It’s time to recognize that there’s nothing brave about attacking trans people, but that courage instead lies in addressing the real problems we face.” - Sally Goldner for Just Equal Australia in the Washington Blade
Scott Morrison noted position ahead of May 21 general election.

11th Apr 2022 - Trans Advocates Call for Election Debate on Issues that Matter, not 'Faux' Culture Wars

Scott Morrison says people who oppose trans inclusion, like Senator Claire Chandler, are brave. As Sally Goldner says, those who are truly brave are those raising the issues that matter to trans people. Web link here: http://ymlp.com/zZxGy4

7th Apr 2022 - Labor Called on to Answer Questions about LGBTQ+ Teachers

Labor’s position on protecting LGBTIQ+ teachers from discrimination by faith-based schools is muddled and worrying. That’s why Just.Equal Australia has written to the party asking several key questions. More here…

6th Apr 2022 - Fears and Hopes for the 2022 Federal Election

2022 Federal Election
Check out this article about the 2022 election and LGBTIQ+ Australians.
Rodney Croome spells out his hopes and fears for the 2022 Federal election. 

23rd Mar 2022 - Queer Conversation with Dr Sharon Dane

Dr Sharon Dane talks about Just.Equal Australia’s LGBTIQ+ federal election survey in this edition of LOTL’s Queer Conversation.
Queer Conversation with Dr Sharon Dane

23rd Mar 2022 - Advocates Call on Albanese to meet Trans Community

In this statement Sally Goldner calls for Anthony Albanese to meet everyday trans folk instead of throwing them under the bus to appear “not woke”.
Here’s a report on what Mr Albanese said: https://junkee.com/anthony-albanese-woke-daily.../325385

22nd March 2022 - Survey Gives LGBTIQA+ Commnuities Voice On Election Prioritiies.

Thanks to LOTL for publishing this article on Just.Equal Australia's federal election survey.

The religious discrimination debate showed that neither major party is listening to the LGBTIQA+ com...

21st Mar 2022 - Teachers Asked to Sign Anit-Gay Contract

Citipointe College is in the news again, this time asking teachers to sign a contract saying they'll be sacked if they're LGBTIQ+.

Just.Equal Australia has called for the school to lose its public funding. In the words of Brian Greig: "Religious schools cannot continue to defy discrimination laws and public opinion, and expect to receive public funding."
News report...
Teachers at a controversial Christian school in Brisbane are being asked to sign employment contr...

4th Mar 2022 - Russian Post-Invasion Kill List Includes Ukrainian LGBT Citizens

Just.Equal Australia has called on the Australian Government to welcome Ukrainian LGBTIQ+ refugees after it was revealed invading Russian forces have a kill list that includes LGBTIQ+ people.

Just.Equal Australia has called on the Australian Government to welcome Ukrainian LGBTIQ+ refugees after it was revealed invading Russian forces have a kill list that includes LGBTIQ+ people.
The list also includes politicians and journalists, along with members of religious and ethnic minority groups.

6th Feb 2022 - Don't Bargain With Bigostry

Congratulations to Shelley Argent for placing this ad she placed in the Sydney Morning Herald. The message to moderate Liberals and Labor couldn’t be clearer: Don’t do dud deals on the Religious Licence-to-Discriminate Bill. Just vote this fatally-flawed Bill down!
Tell the moderate Liberals to kill the Bill:
Tell Labor to do the same:

6th Feb 2022 - Our Blood Is Safe

If you want the old discriminatory gay, bi and trans blood bans lifted and replaced by individual risk assessment for everyone, make the point every opportunity you can. Sign the petition here…https://www.equal.org.au/our_blood_is_safe

6th Feb 2022 - Reports On religious Bill Show Both Major Parties Out Of Touch

Religious discrimination bill should be passed with caveats, two inquiries recommend SBS News.

The two reports released into the Religious Discrimination Bill endorse that Bill. That is what most people expected because the two inquiries were stacked with Government members. But the bias of both reports is still pretty appalling. They misunderstand and misrepresent the law. They dismiss real life personal experiences as "hypothetical situations". They are a sham. Here's Just.Equal Australia's response:

4th Feb 2022 - 5 Things We Learned from the Senate Hearing into the Religious Discrimination Bill

Check out this great article by Alastair Lawrie highlighting the prejudice and ignorance propelling the Religious Licence-to-Discriminate Bill.
Tell the moderate Liberals to kill the Bill here:
Tell Labor to kill the Bill here:

3rd Feb 2022 - Tell the Liberals to Kill The Bill

Just.Equal Australia has written to moderate Liberals reminding them the devil will be in the detail of the Prime Minister's proposal to protect LGBTIQ+ students in faith-based schools from discrimination in return for support for his Religious Licence-to-Discriminate Bill. Now you can send them the same message with our new campaign aimed directly at the moderate Liberals. You can ask them not to do bad deals over the Bill, but to vote it down instead.
JE's statement warning the moderates: https://ymlp.com/zFKPPyy
Our new webform aimed at the moderate Liberals:
We have so much to do before all Australian LGBTIQ people can say they’re just.equal whether it be parenting rights, transgender recognition, safe learning environments, dignity in aged services, national mental health initiatives, to name just a few.

3rd February 2022 - Australians Overwhelmingly Oppose Key Provisions of the Religioous Licence to Discriminate Bill.

A new YouGov Galaxy poll commissioned by Just.Equal Australia shows Australians are overwhelmingly against key provisions of the Religious Licence-to-Discriminate Bill including allowing harmful speech in the name of religion, and discriminating against LGBTIQ+ teachers and students by faith-based schools.
Media statement here:
News report here:
Majority of voters reject Coalition’s proposal to allow discriminatory religious statements, poll suggests

2nd Feb 2022 - Citipointe Stance Makes Arguing Against the Religious Discrimination Bill Easier

Thanks Alan!

2nd Feb 2022 - Gay Blood Donor Restrictions Stop Us Saving Lives

To meet a serious Covid-related blood shortfall, the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Service has recommended that the ban on people who lived in the UK in the 1980s and 90s be lifted. But the gay ban is still in place. That makes zero sense scientifically and puts lives at risk. Plus it stigmatises those gay, bi and trans people who can't donate.
In the words of Melbourne City Councillor, Jamal Hakim, "the ban makes as much sense as a school yard bully, and leaves my community feeling just as bruised."
Here's the Just.Equal media statement:
Here's the latest research and international best practice in one handy report from JE:
Here's Jamal Hakim:

I don't know if anyone still needs to hear this in 2022, but not just gay men can contract HIV.

25th Jan 2022 - Advocates Renew Calls for Changes to Blood Ban as Donation Needed

“A significant part of the Covid-related (blood) shortfall could be made up by allowing donations from those gay and bisexual men, and trans women, whose blood is safe but who are currently barred.” - Rodney Croome for Just.Equal Australia
Just.Equal Australia have renewed their calls for gay & bi men and trans folks to be able to give blood as donations drop due to Covid-19.

23rd Jan 2022 - Why The Religious Discrimination Bill Must Be Rejected

In this article Alastair Lawrie outlines why the Religious Licence-to-Discriminate Bill is a disaster and urges everyone to take action.
Email Labor asking it vote the Bill down: https://www.equal.org.au/tell_labor_to_kill_the_bill
Why the Religious Discrimination Bill must be rejected (in 1000 words or less)
The Morrison Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill is a serious threat to the rights of women, LGBT people, people with disability, people of minority faiths and many other Australians. Howeve…

21 Jan 2022 - Brian Greig on Behalf of Just.Equal Australia

Today, Just.Equal Australia gave evidence to the Senate inquiry into the Religious Discrimination Bill. Here is the opening statement delivered by Just.Equal spokesperson, Brian Greig.

20th Jan 2022 - Greece Removes Ban On Queer Men Donating Blood

Did you know Australia urgently needs 3,200 new blood donors to make up for those affected by Covid? Did you know there are many gay and bisexual men and trans women who can’t give blood now, but who are safe and willing to donate? Did you also know that in a rapidly growing number of countries, including France, Greece, Germany, the UK and soon Canada, we can give blood? At Just.Equal we’re working hard to make sure all Australians know these key facts. See our latest statement here…
News report about current Australian blood shortfall:

11th Jan 2022 - Just.Equal Calls for LGBTIQA+ Focus in Religious Bias Inquiries

Just.Equal Australia has written to the two inquiries into the Religious Discrimination Bill seeking a special panel on how the Bill will adversely impact LGBTIQ+ people. Meanwhile, the Joint Human Rights Committee inquiry has scheduled to hear from not one single LGBTIQ+ organisation in its final two days of hearings, after hearing from only two LGBTIQ+ orgs on its first day in December. Meanwhile, it has heard from and scheduled many conservative faith-based organisations.
For more…

7th Jan 2022 - Stop the Licence-to-Discriminate Bill

It’s your last chance! Submissions close today for the second inquiry into the Religious License-to-Discriminate Bill.
Send a submission to the inquiry here…https://equalitynotdiscrimination.org/take-action-now/

5th Jan 2022 - Equality, Not Discrimination

Remember how Scott Morrison said the Religious Discrimination Bill will stop people of faith from being "cancelled"? In this article, Brian Greig shows that, in reality, the Bill will allow people with disability, LGBTIQ+ people and others to be cancelled in the name of faith. Hearty congratulations to Brian for speaking the truth about the woeful legislation. Full text below. Send a submission before Friday, here…
Religious Discrimination Bill cancel culture on steroids
For several years conservative voters and MPs have been railing against “cancel culture.” The phenomenon of shutting down debate, de-platforming speakers and cancelling events deemed to be offensive has outraged some who demand free speech and the flourishing of unpopular thought.
Yet these same conservatives are remarkably silent on the Religious Discrimination Bill before parliament. This bill is cancel culture on steroids.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison had promised a bill that would protect religious people from discrimination. We were led to believe this would ensure that a Muslim could not be denied a job because of her faith, that a Christian could oppose same-sex marriage without falling foul of anti-discrimination law or that a Hindu community could not be denied a temple in their neighbourhood.
Few would argue with this, but the Bill before parliament goes much further. It does not simply outlaw discrimination against people of faith, but gives religious people the right to discriminate against others in the name of faith. It’s cancel culture wielded from the pulpit, legalised by parliament.
The cancel culture built into the Religious Discrimination Bill directly overrides state and territory anti-discrimination laws, removing existing protections for teachers and other workers at religious schools, colleges and universities. It even removes protections from workers at child care centres and early learning centres at which education or training is provided.
This includes discrimination on the basis of religious belief generally, and also specific tenets of faith – including whether an employee affirms that ‘homosexuality is intrinsically disordered’ or ‘God created man and woman, therefore transgender people don’t exist’.
Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General, Senator Amanda Stoker, and the office of Attorney-General Senator Michaelia Cash, have both confirmed this could allow discrimination against LGBT teachers ‘under the guise of religious views.’
In Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT where this discrimination has been outlawed to varying degrees, the bill overrules them. Their protections are cancelled. It will also pre-emptively cancel the WA Government from adopting protections for teachers of minority faiths, and LGBT teachers, anticipated in 2022.
The reverse situation does not apply. If a Government school denies employment to a person because of their religion that is a breach of anti-discrimination law.
On the question of free speech, much fuss was made about Israel Folau and his anti-homosexual comments in breach of his contract with Rugby Australia. Religious conservatives demanded that people must be free to express their beliefs without corporate consequences. And while the contentious ‘Folau clause’ has been dropped from the bill, other areas promote a double standard with free speech.
The Bill allows “statements of belief”, so that people can say harmful things about others, including insults, ridicule and humiliation. So long as such statements do not incite violence and are done in the name of “religious belief,” they are permitted.
In practice, this will allow a manager to tell an Aboriginal employee that his spiritual beliefs are “inspired by Satan and should be rejected.” An employee with a disability could be told by her manager they are “marked by their sin” and urged to undertake faith healing. A male manager could tell a woman under his supervision that her divorce was sinful and she should submit to her husband.
The Religious Discrimination Bill will undermine decades of work by business and the union movement to create more inclusive workplaces. Diversity protocols are cancelled.
Again, the reverse situation does not apply. There is no general protection for non-religious people to insult, ridicule or humiliate others. Only the pious have this wide-ranging privilege. Religious freedom is not protected by this bill, rather it is given special status that cancels the freedoms of others.
Tasmania has Australia’s strongest laws against harmful speech. They have been in place 23 years, and mostly utilised by people with disability. People in wheelchairs who have strangers come up to them in public, place a hand on their head and pray for them to be “cured,” have successfully conciliated complaints against such behaviour.
The Religious Discrimination Bill cancels this defence. It allows “insult, ridicule and humiliation” of people with disability if done in the name of religion. More alarming, the bill gives power to the Attorney General alone to add any other state to their list where laws against harmful speech can be cancelled in the name of religion.
This Bill does not create an anti-discrimination Act for Religion that sits alongside existing Acts for Sex, Age, Race and Disability. It overrules them, threatening the harmonious co-existence of different groups in modern, pluralist Australia.
Brian Greig OAM is a former senator for WA and a veteran LGBTI advocate.

1st Jan 2022 - Take a Stance Against the Religious Licence-to-Discriminate Bill

Start the New Year as you intend to continue…by taking action against the Religious License-to-Discriminate Bill
Send a submission to the parliamentary inquiry here…https://equalitynotdiscrimination.org/take-action-now/
Tell Labor to get its act together and oppose the Bill here…https://www.equal.org.au/tell_labor_to_kill_the_bill

30th Nov 2021 - Hard Times are Upon Us

Hi community members and allies

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.

We sadly recall the often difficult and challenging experiences that took place before, during (and even after) the 2017 marriage postal survey. In this light, we are concerned that many LGBTIQA+ people, family members and allies will experience similar distress at this peak time of debate over this legislation, given some aspects of it are likely to be damaging both directly and indirectly for many folk in our communities. We are concerned that the tabling of this divisive legislation may have many unintended consequences with the greatest impact on the mental health and well being of people who have struggled all their lives to create a welcoming and accepting space in which to survive and be accepted.

We strongly affirm the idea of self-care as needed. Every individual knows what works best for them like exercise, pets, music, TV, a bath, breathing exercises. We offer some general thoughts:

  • Pull back from reviewing media articles, discussion on social media if things even begin to feel a little bit tough
  • Talk to friends and supports
  • Check in on each other
  • Utilise services such as Qlife 1800184527 www.qlife.org.au/ or www.rainbowdoor.org.au/ or 1800729367 or services in your state/territory

If you are doing ok, Just Equal and other community organisations advocating to expose this unnecessary legislation for what it is will welcome your support. Now is the time to stand together and activate for those who can't. One way you can do that is to send a message to Labor to speak out against this proposal and do all they can to kill the bill.

1st June 2018 - 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.

11th March 2017 - DEVIL 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.


18 jan 2017

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.

The submission

Just.equal is a national LGBTIQ lobbying, advocacy and campaign group with a focus on anti-discrimination protections and on marriage equality. Our mandate comes from the extensive and exhaustive research we conduct on the views of LGBTIQ Australians.


In this submission “same-sex couples” refers all those adult couples who the meet the criteria for marriage except they are not male and female. We will use “marriage equality” to refer to laws that allow them to marry.

Our position

We support marriage equality in principle, including the intent of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill.

We support allowing ministers of religious to refuse service to any couple whose relationship does not conform to their religious views.

We oppose all provisions that specifically allow same-sex couples to be refused service by marriage-related service providers including civil celebrants and businesses owned and operated by religious organisations.

We believe the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill should be fully inclusive regardless of sex, gender or sexual orientation.

Reasons for supporting marriage equality

The case for marriage equality has been made consistently and well over many years, including to several parliamentary inquiries. We will not give a detailed exposition on the need for marriage equality except to remind the inquiry that:

a) marriage equality is based on values of legal equality, personal freedom, inclusion and respect

b) there is significant evidence that marriage equality boosts the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ people and their families, as well as strengthening their relationships and the institution of marriage

c) there is no evidence that marriage equality has undermined marriage as an institution, the wellbeing of children or religious freedoms anywhere it has been enacted.

We are more than happy to provide extra information, including empirical research, in regard to any of these points if it is required by the Committee.

Reasons for opposing provisions that allow refusal of service to same-sex couples.

As stated above, we support the current provision of the Marriage Act that allows religious ministers to refuse to marry any couple based on the minister’s beliefs.

We oppose all other provisions of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill that allows refusal of service to same-sex couples who intend to marry. First we deal with concerns specific to particular provisions, then general concerns.

Religious ministers

It is unnecessary to provide ministers of religious with an additional legal right to refuse service to same-sex couples when they already have this right for all couples.

Civil celebrants

Civil celebrants are delegated by the government to perform a government duty, much like justices of the peace. They are also private business owners who provide a commercial service. On both counts, they should not be able to refuse service to anyone on the basis of their relationship status, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are not aware of any organised call or demonstrated need for civil celebrants to be able to discriminate against same-sex couples.

Religious organisations

Religious organisations provide commercial services that could be relevant to marriages.

These commercial services should be subject to the same laws as all commercial services.

That means they should not be able to refuse service to anyone on the basis of their relationships status or sexual orientation.

General concerns


We are concerned that the proposed provisions are specific to same-sex couples. This means same-sex relationships will continue to be stigmatised as second-rate and less worthy than heterosexual relationships. One of the main reasons for allowing same-sex couples to marry is to challenge the deep, historical stigma and prejudice against same-sex relationships. We oppose the proposed provisions because they will perpetuate this stigma.

Access to services

We are concerned that couples in rural and regional areas may find it difficult to access wedding services under the proposed provisions. One of the main reasons we support marriage equality is to allow couples to celebrate their love and commitment with friends and family in those places that mean the most to them, for example, in the communities they grew up in. Denial of wedding services can limit the choices same-sex couples make about where to celebrate their marriages.

Not equality

We are concerned that any marriage equality legislation that entrenches the unequal treatment of same-sex couples undermines the point of allowing same-sex 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.

Anti-discrimination principles

We are concerned the proposed provisions undermine Australian anti-discrimination law.

Protections that currently exist under some state laws will be lost. The principle that there should be no discrimination on the grounds of relationship status or sexual orientation will be infringed. The fundamental principle of discrimination law - that everyone should have equal access to the same opportunities in life - will also be violated.

The slippery slope

We are concerned by the precedent the proposed provisions will set. If this parliament accepts that same-sex couples can be discriminated against because of the religious beliefs of service providers, what stops a future parliament allowing discrimination against inter-racial partners, inter-faith partners, civil union partners, or any partners who don’t conform to a particular religious doctrine? Indeed, what stops parliament accepting any form of discrimination that can be justified by holy texts? We note that in the United States a religious freedom bill before that Kentucky state legislature has prompted concerns from those people who feel it is broad enough to encompass couples other than the same-sex couples it explicitly targets.

International precedents

We are concerned that Australia would be defying the trend in comparable jurisdictions if the proposed provisions were passed. The legislation that achieved marriage equality in the UK, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland did not contain any provisions allowing for the refusal of services (other than by ministers of religion). There is no evidence that religious freedoms have been undermined in those countries. If those countries can pass true marriage equality, Australia should be able to as well.

Debasement of religious values and freedoms

We are concerned that the proposed provisions debase religious values and freedoms.

Because the provisions we object to allow refusal of service only to same-sex couples they are clearly not about genuine religious values, they are about permitting prejudice. If they were about the former, they would encompass all couples whose relationships might violate religious tenets. Associating religious values with prejudice in this way debases the very concept of religious values and diminishes the reputation of religious institutions in the eyes of everyday Australians. This is why so many people of faith object to the offending provisions. The same goes for religious freedom. There is an unconditional freedom to hold a religious view. But there is not an unconditional freedom to impose religious values on others, or harm or disadvantage others through the practise of these values. To make a claim to the latter freedom devalues the suffering of those religious minorities around the world who are experiencing genuine infringements of their religious freedom.

Personal conscience

We are concerned that the proposed provisions allow “conscientious beliefs” to be the basis for refusing service. This is an ill-defined term that conceivably encompasses all forms or personal prejudice. We oppose “religious beliefs” being a legitimate basis for refusing service, as much as we oppose “conscientious beliefs”. Both terms allow discrimination against LGBTIQ people in the provision of government and commercial services. However, at least there is a body of jurisprudence that sets limits on “religious beliefs”. This is much less the case with “conscientious beliefs”.

Ensuring full inclusion

Most marriage equality legislation that has been proposed makes it clear that marriage is between two people regardless of sex, gender or sexual orientation. This helps ensure marriage equality is fully inclusive of transgender and intersex people. We believe the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill should do the same.

The views of the LGBTIQ community

As stated at the outset, just.equal takes its mandate from comprehensive and exhaustive research on the attitudes of LGBTIQ Australians. Together with groups such as Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, just.equal has commissioned research on the issue of refusal of service. The research is currently underway. We ask the Committee’s permission to be able to present a report of the survey when it is completed.

(the survey report is now available here)

29 Oct 2016

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.

The interviews are with Irish LGBTI people and their family members who describe the long-term hurt and harm the referendum campaign inflicted.

The video will be the centrepiece of the anti-plebiscite campaign in the days leading up to the final Senate vote, with supporters asked to share it with their federal members through the makeitlaw.com.au website.

The video was commissioned by PFLAG and just.equal and produced by Niall Crowley, managing director of Irish communications company, "We the People".

Spokesperson for LGBTI lobby group, just.equal, Ivan Hinton-Teoh said,

"We are stepping up our campaign against a plebiscite and for a free vote to be absolutely sure it is knocked on the head."

"The Make It Law campaign has already delivered over 400,000 emails to MPs and Senators from everyday Australians calling on the plebiscite to be blocked."

"In the final days before the Senate vote we will be encouraging even more Australians to now share this powerful video with their politicians."

National spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Shelley Argent, said,

"I think what this video shows is that public votes on marriage equality put a huge and unnecessary strain on same-sex couples and their families."

"Warren Entsch has proposed a less expensive online plebiscite but that misses the point."

"The fundamental problem with a plebiscite is the human cost not the financial cost."

"The question for me is what path to marriage equality is best for our LGBTI children and I think that is clearly a free vote in parliament, not a plebiscite."

Dr Sharon Dane co-authored "Swimming with Sharks", a recently-released study through the University of Queensland and Victoria University of over 1,500 LGBTI Irish people and their families. The study is not directly linked to the video but it did look at the negative psychological and social impact of the Irish referendum campaign. Dr Dane said,

"The video interviews are in keeping with what our study found - that there was a hidden cost to the Irish referendum."

"Many same-sex couples and their families are still suffering from the hurtful and negative messages the referendum enabled."

The Senate is expected to debate the Government's proposed plebiscite legislation the week starting November 7th. 
To see the video click here.
To see the Make it Law campaign click here.
For a media release on Irish study click here.
For a full report on Irish study click here.

13th Oct 2016

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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