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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) issues

Standing with young LGBTI Australians

The Australian Human Rights Commission celebrates Wear it Purple Day in support of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Wear it Purple was founded in Australian in 2010 in response to international reports of young people taking their lives following bullying and harassment. Since that time, the last Friday in August has evolved from a day mourning loss to one celebrating inclusion and diversity.

Project explores rights of Australians born with variations in sex characteristics

The Australian Human Rights Commission is examining how best to protect the human rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics.

The project will learn about the experiences of people born with bodies that do not meet the medical or social norms of male or female bodies and the impact of medical interventions on their wellbeing.

Currently, there are no national guidelines or legislation on the management of people born with variations in sex characteristics in Australia.

Mardi Gras celebrates commitment to equality

The 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was a magnificent celebration of pride, diversity and unswerving commitment to equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, said Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow.

“Marriage equality was colourfully celebrated during this year’s Mardi Gras parade. Our history gives us hope that we can now come together to respect and honour the wonderful diversity of our community,” Commissioner Santow said.

Commission makes recommendations to Religious Freedom Review

The Australian Human Rights Commission has today made six recommendations to the Religious Freedom Review, which was commissioned last year to evaluate the strength of existing religious protections in Australia.

The Commission recommends, in its written submission, that the Government undertake research and community consultation, with a view to developing new legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of religion or belief.

Australia legalises marriage equality

Parliament has today legislated for a fairer and more equal Australia by legalising marriage equality.

“On this historic day, Australia joins over two dozen countries around the world in legislating for marriage equality,” said Australian Human Rights Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM. 

Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner, said the law was a milestone for human rights in Australia.

“This important human rights reform will enhance fairness, justice and equality in Australia,” Commissioner Santow said.

Human rights landmark as Australia legalises marriage equality

Parliament has today legislated for a fairer and more equal Australia by legalising marriage equality.

“On this historic day, Australia joins over two dozen countries around the world in legislating for marriage equality,” said Australian Human Rights Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM. 

Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner, said the law was a milestone for human rights in Australia.

Commission welcomes Re Kelvin decision

The Commission welcomes today’s decision of the Full Court of the Family Court in the matter of Re Kelvin.

The Court has found that court authorisation is no longer required for hormonal treatment for young people with gender dysphoria, where there is no dispute between parents, medical practitioners and the young person and where the treatment to be administered is in accordance with published best practice guidelines.

Research by Government Reform Bodies involving Vulnerable People and Populations

Ethics Training Day: Dealing with Vulnerability

Princeton Room, Bond University, 14 University Drive, Robina, Qld
 

 

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Introduction

I represent an organisation that works extensively with people who can be part of “vulnerable populations”. My background is as a human rights lawyer. While human rights and human ethics are not the same thing, there are some important cross-overs in how we work.

Celebrating 25 years of diversity in the armed forces

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has joined with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members of the Australian Defence Force to celebrate diversity in the armed forces.

“Tonight, we celebrate 25 years of open service for lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel in the Australian Defence Force,” the Commissioner said in his address to the Pride Military Ball in Sydney on 23 September.

Keynote Address - Military Pride Ball 2017

Military Pride Ball - Keynote Speech 

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Acknowledgements

• Thank you, James and Ellen, for your kind introduction.

• Traditional owners: the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation and to pay my respects to their elders past and present.

• The many members of the LGBTI community who have served in the armed forces – as well as those from inside and outside the LGBTI community who helped make this possible.