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

Human Rights Commissioner supports equality

The Australian Human Rights Commission encourages all eligible Australians to participate in the upcoming postal survey on marriage equality.

Today’s High Court decision enables the postal survey to proceed. Australia's Human Rights Commissioner, Edward Santow, urges people to engage in this process.

What the law allows: discrimination and the SDA

Discussions about marriage equality often lead to questions about anti-discrimination law and religious freedom. Here's how the Sex Discrimination Act currently balances religious freedom and protection from discrimination.

Same Sex: Same Entitlements. Are we there yet?

When the Australian Human Rights Commission released its Same-Sex: Same Entitlements report, 58 federal laws were identified as discriminating against same-sex couples and in some cases, their children.

Human rights for LGBTI people: still much to do

The Australian Human Rights Commission acknowledges International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 17 May 2017.

“International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia is an important opportunity to reflect on the progress made nationally and globally to reduce violence, harassment, stigma and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people,” said Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow.

“The day also reminds us how much there is still to do,” Commissioner Santow said.

Hanoi Mardi Gras draws on Sydney spirit

The Australian Embassy in Hanoi and Vietnamese non-profit organisation iSEE have co-hosted Vietnam’s first Mardi Gras, drawing on local enthusiasm and international expertise to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights.

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s specialist LGBTI adviser Laura Sweeney was there to share her skills and experience alongside Vietnam’s LGBTI community and supporters.

Human rights for trans and gender diverse people

Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) on 31March is a day to recognise and celebrate trans and gender diverse people in our communities.

The Australian Human Rights Commission calls on all governments and communities to work together to overcome the barriers which prevent trans and gender diverse people from fully realising and enjoying their human rights.

In 2013, the Australian Government introduced important nationwide protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity into federal anti-discrimination law.

Commission proud to march in Mardi Gras parade

Expect plenty of signing, dancing and feel-good vibes from the Australian Human Rights Commission as it joins the Mardi Gras parade this Saurday to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex equality.

Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs will be part of the glamour and passion of the 39th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, headlining the Commission’s float in support of the UN Free & Equal campaign. 

Commission welcomes marriage equality report

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes a consensus report on marriage equality by a parliamentary Select Committee on the Exposure Draft Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016.

The cross-party committee considered how to amend Australian law to enable lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people to marry, while protecting freedom of religion.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Harmony Park, Goulburn St, Surry Hills
Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner

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Acknowledgements

  • Gadigal people of the Eora Nation

  • Elders in the trans community, past and present. In particular, those people who have been victims of hate crimes and those who have faced, and continue to face, discrimination, vilification and harassment in the course of their everyday lives.

Our Mardi Gras message: equality for all

The Australian Human Rights Commission wishes each and every Australian a happy and safe Mardi Gras.

Laws that perpetuate inequality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians are in urgent need of reform, Commission president Professor Gillian Triggs said today.

“I am deeply concerned by the continuing violence, discrimination and vilification experienced by many LGBTI Australians, and the consequent erosion of human rights this represents,” Professor Triggs said.