queer rights

'Marriage equality and beyond'

After the victories in Ireland and the US, activists are reflecting that Australia too is on the cusp of a victory on marriage equality.

This framed the discussion at a lively forum in Sydney on July 28, entitled "Marriage equality and beyond: Taking the struggle forward".

However, as the speakers noted, the struggle is by no means won, and there are still many challenges facing the LGBTI community. The forum discussed the history and future of the fight for equal marriage rights and the rainbow struggle generally.

‘Marriage equality: a step towards a better world’

We thought marriage equality was in the bag after Prime Minister Tony Abbott hinted he’d support a cross-party bill and conscience vote in the Liberal Party room in June.

We thought we were closer when opposition leader Bill Shorten put forward a marriage equality bill. Victories overseas — Ireland and the US — in May and June propelled momentum here.

But both Abbott and Shorten are now backtracking.

Queer pride saves lives — and helps us fight for a better world

The fight for marriage equality in Australia has been long ongoing, and its success long, long overdue. Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH), for instance, is just one of the groups which have fought for equal legal rights. Founded in 1999, it has been campaigning tirelessly for well over a decade. This activism has already changed Australia, helping create majority support for marriage equality.

Ireland passes law granting trans people greater rights

Ireland passed a new Gender Recognition Bill on July 15 that will allow transgender people to change their birth certificates and other documents, and achieve full legal recognition of their preferred gender. The bill is an elaboration on a previous one that allowed the legal changes, but only with a supporting statement from a doctor.

NO MORE DELAYS: Equal Marriage Now! (Perth)

NO MORE DELAYS: Equal Marriage Now! (Perth)
Join Equal Love as we hit the streets on 9 August to demand full marriage rights for LGBTI people in Australia.

The recent victories in the US, Ireland and other places are a solid win for LGBTI people around the world. Marriage equality is back in the spotlight in Australia, and we need to demand it.

We welcome the reintroduction of marriage equality bills into parliament - but we've had enough of waiting.

August also marks the 11th anniversary of the marriage ban, and the 10th national day of action to commemorate it.

Event date: 
Sun, 09/08/2015 - 1:00pm

Equal Love Rally Organising Meeting

The August 9th rally for equal marriage rights is going to be huge, and the organising meetings are bigger than they have been in years. And the plot thickens in Australian politics - the ALP has just decided to put off a binding vote until 2019 and Tony Abbott is talking about a plebiscite. What do you think about all of this? What should Equal Love be doing and saying? Come and join this growing movement! Call 0412 109 160 if you can't find the venue. The Perth Activist Centre is 15/5 Aberdeen St. near McIver Station.

Friday 31 @ 530

Event date: 
Fri, 31/07/2015 - 5:30pm

Red Cinema Presents: Pride

Red Cinema Presents 'Pride' based on the inspirational true story of the rainbow community's solidarity with the miners strikes in the UK under Thatcher.

Downstrairs, Geelong Trades Hall, 127 Myers Street Geelong.
Entry by donation
Dinner available from 6pm

Event date: 
Fri, 21/08/2015 - 6:30pm
Event time: 
Fri, 21/08/2015 - 6:30pm
(03) 5222 6900

Perth fights for everyone's right to marry

A landmark demonstration was held on July 5 in Perth. The crowd of about 5000 people — in the rain — made it the biggest protest for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights that has ever happened in Perth.

It was also the biggest LGBTI protest across the country so far this year. The rally was organized by GetUp! and Australian Marriage Equality.

Equal Love rally in Ballarat a big success

More than 80 people braved Ballarat’s winter weather to demand an end to institutionalised discrimination against LGBTIQ couples. Ballarat’s Equal Love rally featured several speakers, including Equal Love (Ballarat) convener Koby Bunney.

“Love is love and it always wins,” he said at the end of a march from Bakery Hill to Ballarat Town Hall.

People were moved to hear from several couples whose relationships are not recognised by Australian law. Many voiced their frustration that while couples in Ireland and the US could now choose to get married, this was not yet the case in Australia.

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