LGBTIQ

The glaring lack of emergency accommodation for those escaping domestic violence during the COVID-19 lockdown is hitting people of all genders, but for trans and male-bodied people the options are sparse, writes Liv Petrakis.

While the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone, some groups are more at risk than others and face greater stigmatisation, writes Mary Merkenich.

As people were fleeing their burning homes and volunteer firefighters were crowdfunding basic supplies in December, Australia’s Pentecostal Prime Minister was busy working on safeguarding the rights of a handful of bigoted institutions to discriminate, writes Chris Jenkins.

Paul Gregoire writes that Mardi Gras season is a good time to reflect on the religious freedom bills that, if passed, would undermine the rights of LGBTIQ people.

Protesters marched through Melbourne on February 9 against a proposed religious discrimination bill that, if passed, would increase the ability of religious institutions and individuals to discriminate, writes Kerry Smith.

Alex Bainbridge reports more than 400 people marched through the streets of Brisbane on February 1 against Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s religious discrimnation bill.

Perth Pride assembled its biggest parade to date on November 30, with 115 floats. But many in the LGBTIQ community were unhappy that a large number belonged to corporate sponsors and police while smaller community floats were squeezed out.

The struggle for LGBTI rights continues in WA under the banner of Rainbow Rebellion.

A rally against the proposed religious exemptions bill was held in Melbourne on August 31.

The bill would enshrine the right of religious institutions to discriminate against LGBTI people, among other attacks on civil and political rights.

LGBTI activists have slammed the federal Coalition government’s draft religious discrimination bill and vowed to step up protests.

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