queer rights

United States:‭ ‬Marriage equality win highlights need for struggle

“When I graduated from high school - Catholic high school - in 1983, I didn't even think that this would ever be on the map,” said Jeff Mead, now a middle school teacher from San Francisco.

The “map” that Mead was referring to took on a drastically new appearance on June 26 when the US Supreme Court announced its five-four decision to strike down state laws banning same-sex marriage. This effectively legalised such marriages across the US.

Love in Perth: rally for marriage equality

What: Love in Perth - Rally for Marriage Equality
When: 1pm, Sunday 5th July
Where: Russell Square
Organisers: GetUp and Australian Marriage Equality

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Event date: 
Sun, 05/07/2015 - 1:00pm

Largest marriage equality rally in Canberra demands the bill be passed

Fifteen hundred people filled Canberra city centre with rainbow pride on June 21, to demand marriage equality.

The vibrant rally, organised by GetUp! and Australian Marriage Equality (AME), heard from Samantha and Hayley Wilson, Ebony and Ben Grady, Angie Shillington and Ally Howe, Yvette Berry from ACT Labor, Shane Rattenbury from ACT Greens and Ivan Hinton Teoh from Australian Marriage Equality.

History made as US Supreme Court legalises marriage equality

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that same-sex couples had the right to marry under the Constitution. Same-sex marriage will now be legalised in all 50 states.

Marriage equality is on the cusp of victory

Rachel Evans gave this speech to a rally for marriage equality in Sydney on May 31. She is a member of Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) and the Socialist Alliance.

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We are on the cusp of a victory.

A victory of ordinary people against prejudice and bigotry.

We are on the edge of winning this battle for marriage equality — when the likes of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and conservative journalists Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt coming out positively for our love rights, we know we are close.

Turkey: 'Those who support freedom and peace won this election', HDP leaders say

In the June 7 Turkish elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has ruled Turkey since 2002, won the largest vote and share of the new parliament – 258 of the 550 seats. But in a dramatic rise in its vote, the left-wing People's Democratic Party (HDP) came equal third, winning 80 seats.

Protest after transgender musician bashed at Sydney hotel

About 300 people gathered outside Newtown’s Town Hall Hotel on June 8 to protest against the bashing of trans-woman Stephanie McCarthy as she was preparing to perform with her band at the hotel.

The crowd were there to stand by McCarthy, condemn the hotel’s actions in not calling police or offering McCarthy support and protest against violence against women and transphobia.

Speakers demanded that the community boycott the hotel until it apologises and offers McCarthy compensation.

McCarthy gave this speech at the protest.

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After marriage equality, the fight for justice continues

This speech was given by high-school student Lawson Tanner at a rally for marriage equality in Sydney on May 31.

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The long road of changing public opinion and constant campaigning, which has brought us to now, a time where many believe this could be it.

The Greens have recently introduced a private member’s bill to amend the Marriage Act to remove restrictions on marriage being between a man and a woman, and Labor have also put in a similar bill.

Ireland: North still denied equality


Celebrating referendum victory in Dublin. Photo: An Phoblacht.

As most of Ireland celebrates marriage equality – passed overwhelmingly in a May 22 referendum - the six counties in its north carved off and still claimed by Britain remain excluded.

Ireland celebrates marriage equality: 'We want to be seen as equal'

Celebrations and street parties broke out across Ireland after the success of the May 22 referendum to legalise same-sex marriages.

“Same-sex couples could be married in Ireland by the end of the year after a referendum described as a 'social revolution' solidly backed equal rights,” the Morning Star said on May 25.

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