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Conversations in the area of LGBTIQ+ Law Reform

Conversations in the area of LGBTIQ+ Law Reform

By Alex Moses

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The LIVOut Working Group, which sits under LIV’s Diversity Committee, is the LIV’s LGBTIQ+ Working Group. The network aims to increase the profile and engagement of LIV members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer; contribute to law reform and the provision of competent and effective service on issues concerning individuals who identify as LGBTIQ; as well as provide networking and mentoring opportunities for LIV members who identify as LGBTIQ.

In 2020 LIVOut made submissions to Victoria’s LGBTIQ+ Strategy Consultation, which touched on issues such as Anti-vilification laws, reform to the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and deferrable surgeries for intersex individuals. Following meetings with other stakeholder bodies, the LIVOut submission made recommendations to the government on Victoria’s LGBTIQ+ strategy for the next decade. Following this submission and other advocacy in these areas, LIVOut invites you to attend our virtual meeting tomorrow 2 March 2021, 5:30pm-6:30pm with guest speakers Anna Brown and Paul Kidd. Moderated by LIVOut’s own Jamie Gardiner (OAM), the guests will discuss topical developments in the area of LGBTIQ+ law reform, including the recent passing of the Change or Suppression Practices Bill 2020, reform to Anti-Vilification law, and medical interventions for intersex individuals.

Guest speaker Anna Brown (OAM) is a lawyer and activist, whose fingerprints are on nearly every major reform for LGBTIQ+ people in recent years. As CEO of LGBTIQ organisation Equality Australia, Anna has been instrumental in hard fought battles to secure federal LGBTI discrimbination protections, remove discriminatory laws across the country and right historical wrongs by establishing schemes to erase historical homosexual offences. Paul Kidd is an activist, writer and lawyer for Fitzroy Community Legal Service.  Paul is a Director of Thorne Harbour Health and the HIV Justice Network, as well as a member of the Victorian Government LGBTI Justice Working Group, and advocates about ending HIV criminalisation, social justice, human rights and queer liberation.

If you would like to attend the LIVOut Working Group Meeting on 2 March you can register by emailing alhr@liv.asn.au, simply provide your name and LIV member number.

If you would like to join the LIVOut Working Group, involved in LGBTIQ+ law reform, raising the profile and engagement of LIV members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer as well as providing networking, events and engagement opportunities for LIV members who identify as LGBTIQ+, please email through a brief expression of interest and CV to alhr@liv.asn.au.  

 


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