Tag: lgbti



    By Maria O’Sullivan Today the High Court handed down a decision that will have ramifications for a very important social issue: the lack of marriage equality in Australia. In the two cases – Wilkie and others v The Commonwealth and Australian Marriage Equality Ltd and others v Minister for Finance – the High Court rejected […]

  • A plebiscite on same-sex marriage would be inconsistent with children’s rights

    A plebiscite on same-sex marriage would be inconsistent with children’s rights

    By Paula Gerber The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs is conducting an inquiry into whether Australia should have a plebiscite on same-sex marriage. It has received a total of 36 submissions from individuals and organisations, which are both for and against holding a national vote. The committee conducted public hearings on September 10. […]

  • Out of the frying pan and into the fire: the plight of LGBTI refugees

    By Paula Gerber and Jasmine Dawson Countries such as the US, Ireland, Finland and Scotland have recently joined the growing list of nations legalising same-sex marriage. But in many parts of the world the situation for LGBTI people is getting worse – rather than better. There are 77 countries that still criminalise homosexuality. The majority of these […]

  • The 2015 Human Rights Report – Is the Pacific a Tropical Paradise? Not if you are LGBT

    By Paula Gerber This piece is featured in the 2015 Castan Centre Human Rights Report. We will be featuring the articles on the blog throughout the month of May.  Most of us know that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face dire threats in countries like Russia, Uganda, Nigeria and Iran.  The media is filled with […]

  • Homophobia is alive and well in the world of cricket

    By Paula Gerber At World Cup cricket match on in Sydney on 8 March, between Sri Lanka and Australia, a Sri Lankan supporter waved a sign branding Australian cricketer Glen Maxwell a “fag”, in Sinhalese. The fan’s homophobic slur was certainly shocking, but even worse was the lack of any reaction in the mainstream media. Only […]

  • Protecting the rights of LGBTI people: are things getting better or worse?

    By Paula Gerber For much of 2014, we have seen a worsening of the situation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. There have been new crimes of ‘aggravated homosexuality’ created in Uganda and Nigeria, while Brunei announced that it will be introducing the death penalty for people convicted of […]