Tag Archives: Lesbians in Australia

Australia: Penny Wong says religion is blocking marriage equality

“At the centre of the opposition to equality of marriage rights for gay and lesbian members of the community is the conflation of religious concepts of marriage with secular concepts of marriage,” she said.

“Religious attitudes to marriage continue to impact on much of the political debate that has delayed the recognition of the marriage equality rights of the gay and lesbian community.”

“The problem with this, of course, is the application of religious belief to the framing of law in a secular society, and in societies where church and state are constitutionally separate.”

Continue reading at: Penny Wong says religion is blocking marriage equality – Star Observer (Source)

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Australia: Lesbian Told Her Relationship Isn’t Even De Facto At The Passport Office

In an email to Gould following a comprehensive complaint, an APO staff member acknowledged the Customer Service Charter had been breached and offered Gould an apology. “You have raised a number of issues in your email that speak to issues of training, diversity awareness and customer service across our organisation. It is clear from our dealings with you, that we did not manage these issues well,” he wrote.

Continue reading at: This Gay, Married Woman Was Told Her Relationship Isn’t Even De Facto At The Passport Office – BuzzFeed News (Source)

Australian research project documents lesbian witch-hunts in military before ban lifted

“They were doing these big witch-hunts on us… it was terrifying to a 17-year-old kid,” Jeffries said. “They’d been following us. They’d done a log, like at 2.35 on Thursday afternoon you drove 4.6km and you stopped at this hamburger shop, then you drove down the river and were there for 3.5 hours.”

Continue reading at: This Is What Happened To Gay People In The Military Before The Ban Was Lifted (Source)

Australia: Lesbian comedian Hannah Gadsby to take permanent break from comedy

“People are a bit more free to be derogative, and I think underpinning that is toxic masculinity – there are disempowered men who are angry now at anything that’s different and that includes LGBTI people.”

Continue reading at: Hannah Gadsby to take permanent break from comedy – Star Observer (Source)

Melbourne Area: Encounter seeks lesbian voices for professional development series (Update)

In a previous article, Encounter the LGBTI Community: Professional development that excludes lesbian voices, we questioned the lack of lesbian voices for an LGBTI professional development course being held in Melbourne in May.  After all comments from people asking why lesbian voices were left off the panel were erased from the organization’s Facebook page, Encounter later responded:

Encounter response

According to Encounter, if you, or someone you know, is interested in representing a lesbian voice for professional development, you can call them to discuss your involvement.  Their number is 1300 38 50 20.  They also have an online form.

Encounter the LGBTI Community: Professional development that excludes lesbian voices

Encounter, an organization that provides, “professional development training in LGBTI issues and culture in Australia,” has announced it’s lineup of speakers for the May 29-30 Encounter Course in Melbourne.  According to the organizations website, this introductory course, “covers the ten most common myths surrounding the LGBTI community and sets the record straight by presenting the latest research and lived experience.”  The description goes on to say, “we look at the common issues in the LGBTI community, with a special emphasis on the ‘coming out’ journey'”

Unfortunately, this important professional development course will feature no lesbians, as according to their Facebook page, “we have two on our team, but both have had to pull out.”

Encounter message

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If this series is so, “essential for those working with LGBTI clients, employing LGBTI people or simply those wanting to gain a better understanding of the journey of a person they care for,” why were they unable to find a single lesbian on the east coast of Australia who could share her experience as a lesbian?

Without the “L” represented as the title proclaims, this organization is at the very least being disingenuous and at most, erasing lesbian lived experience and lesbian voice from the community it claims to represent.

After several people voiced concerns that there was no lesbian representation in their course, the Facebook page moderators removed all questions and comments related to this matter.

Source: Encounter the LGBTI Community | Professional development training in LGBTI issues and culture

Australia: Victoria offers creative grants to fight homophobia, lesbian voices needed

THE Victorian government is offering grants for creative projects to combat homophobia.

 The $300,000 Combatting Homophobia social impact program, part of the government’s Creative State strategy, will enable creative projects to make a positive impact in the community.

 

Continue reading at: Victoria offers creative grants to fight homophobia – Star Observer (Source)

Laura Clemesha: Australian lesbian netball player speaks out on homophobia

THE Pride in Sport Rainbow Round returns this weekend and gives us all a fantastic platform to talk about sexuality in sport.

Continue reading at: Openly gay netball player speaks out on homophobia | Caboolture News (Source)