Category: Minister for Equality

Pride Centre Coming To St Kilda

The Australian first Pride Centre is another step closer to becoming reality, with the Andrews Labor Government announcing it will be based at 79-81 Fitzroy Street in St Kilda. Extensive consultation period was conducted with the LGBTI community to identify what was the important elements of a successful Pride Centre, particularly around location, and this […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Equality, Southern Metropolitan Region

LGBTI Equality Roadshow Hits The Highways

Over the coming months the LGBTI Equality Roadshow bus will visit 17 towns across Victoria to meet and hear views and ideas on how we improve the lives of LGBTI Victorians. Minister for Equality, Martin Foley today joined Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, Ro Allen at the Chill Out Festival to commence the Roadshow. The aim […]

Categories: Eastern Victoria Region, Media Release, Minister for Equality, Northern Victoria Region, Western Victoria Region

Liberals Betray Trans And Gender Diverse Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government has condemned the Liberal National Coalition’s decision to oppose yet another key equality Bill which would have improved the lives of thousands of Victorians – including hundreds of children cared for by the Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Dysphoria unit. The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2016 was an election […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release, Minister for Equality

Liberals Block Equal Opportunity Laws

The Andrews Labor Government is bitterly disappointed by the Liberal National Coalition’s decision to oppose a key equality Bill which would have improved the lives of thousands of Victorians. Earlier this year, the Government introduced the Equal Opportunity Amendment (Religious Exceptions) Bill 2016 to protect Victorian workers from discrimination when seeking employment at religious bodies […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Equality

Digital Exhibitions Celebrate Victoria’s LGBTI Communities

The pioneering struggles and stories that have defined Victoria’s LGBTI community are celebrated in two new digital exhibitions that draw upon material held in the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archive. Today marks the launch of both exhibitions – featuring films, images, posters and audio – which are now live on the Culture Victoria website. Out […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Creative Industries, Minister for Equality

Board Announced To Deliver Australia’s First Pride Centre

Long standing LGBTI advocate Jude Munro will take the reigns as Chair of the Board for Australia’s first Pride Centre. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $15 million in the Pride Centre, which will be bigger than San Francisco’s LGBTI Community Centre. It will serve as a hub for LGBTI groups and organisations, showcase LGBTI […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Equality

First Ever LGBTI Equality Roadshow Kicks Off In The Mallee

The Andrews Labor Government’s first ever statewide LGBTI Equality Roadshow kicks off this week with visits to Swan Hill, Shepparton and Mildura. The Roadshow will work with local communities with the hope to reduce discrimination and promote the inclusion of LGBTI people in rural and regional life. Victoria’s Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Ro Allen will […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Equality

Supporting LGBTI Communities Leading Up To The Plebiscite

The Andrews Labor Government is preparing to provide additional mental health support to the LGBTI community if the Turnbull Government’s unnecessary marriage equality plebiscite proceeds. With the proposed plebiscite scheduled to take place on February 11 next year, the Labor Government will provide $500,000 to support the LGBTI community over the next six months amid […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Equality, Minister for Mental Health

Historic Day For Victoria: Adoption Equality Starts Now

From today, changes to the Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Act 2015 in Victoria allow couples to adopt regardless of their sex or gender identity. These changes mean that LGBTI couples can adopt under the same circumstances as any other couple. The reforms are an important part of the Andrews Labor Government’s equality agenda […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Equality

More Support For Our LGBTI Youth On Wear It Purple Day

The Andrews Labor Government today opened two grants rounds that will provide more support for same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley opened the next round of the Health Equal Youth (HEY) Project grants program and announced a new $1 million funding program for LGBTI organisations to support more […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Equality