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The Queensland government has extended the deadline for LGBTI Queenslanders to have their say in a review to improve legal recognition of their identities and their families. The state government announced the review last month looking into how the state’s Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration (BDMR) Act can be improved. As part of the review, …

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“Won’t someone think of the children?” cried the far right during the recent plebiscite, where the nation was invited to vote on the validity of our families. One of the biggest cannons aimed against marriage equality was the idea that our relationships — and conception! — couldn’t be discussed with children. I can’t speak for …

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Advocacy group Rainbow Families has released a survey calling for LGBTIQ parents and carers to have their say on discrimination they may have faced when accessing federal government services. “We have seen some really important reforms for LGBTIQ people, but our children and families are still experiencing discrimination at alarming rates,” the group’s co-chair Vanessa …

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Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has defended diverse families after a radio caller criticised him and husband Tom Daley for having a baby via surrogacy. Black appeared on BBC Radio to discuss surrogacy when a caller said he disagreed with “two blokes” having a child, Pink News reported. “The only thing I don’t agree with is, …

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The Northern Territory government has passed laws allowing same-sex couples to adopt children. The Adoption of Children Legislation Amendment (Equality) Bill 2017 passed on Tuesday with bipartisan support, making the NT the last Australian state or territory to allow same-sex couples to adopt. Previously, NT couples were required to be married for two years before …

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New South Wales LGBTIQ community group Rainbow Families has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to develop new resources to support transgender and gender diverse parents. Co-chair Mat Howard said there were very few resources available to provide guidance to them, and that needed to change. “For families where one or more parents are …

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Advocacy group Rainbow Families have called for LGBTIQ people and their families to have their say in a submission to the federal government’s religious freedom review. The review, headed by former Howard Government minister Philip Ruddock will examine “whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom” following the passage of same-sex marriage …

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Marriage equality campaigners have revealed the shocking extent of the anti-gay abuse they received during last year’s marriage law postal survey. In a submission to a Senate inquiry looking at the process of the postal survey, including the government’s protections against offensive material and behaviour, The Equality Campaign included numerous examples of the abusive messages …

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Australian drag queen Hannah Conda has joined with LGBTI group Rainbow Families to host “Drag Story Time,” a fun session allowing kids to celebrate diversity through storytelling and dressing up. The New South Wales-based group introduced the event to Australia last October, after local drag queens hosted similar events in New York City and several …

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Western Australian same-sex couples could soon be able to have children using a surrogate after has announced the government will review Western Australia’s laws regarding reproductive technology. WA Health Minister Roger Cook said the state’s laws were “out of step” with other Australian jurisdictions. “These laws are outdated in parts and are arguably not meeting …

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