An amendment to Victoria’s Mental Health Bill (2014) to ensure the expression of of any particular gender identity is not defined as a mental illness has been passed in the state’s parliament tonight. >>>
The New South Wales Upper House of Parliament has passed a bill that would stop murderers from seeking to have their charges downgraded by claiming their victim made a gay pass at them and it looks set to be passed by the Lower House as well. >>>
The first-ever Thrive mental health and wellbeing community fair is taking place in Sydney’s Taylor Square, with a number of LGBTI community organisations teaming up to raise awareness of high levels of anxiety and depression in the community.
Sessions across the weekend will look at current treatments for HIV, disclosure, sex and intimacy, and advocacy skills for women living with HIV, among other topics. The conference will also include perspectives on and from specific groups of women living with HIV, including culturally and linguistically diverse, rural, youth and newly diagnosed, and women living in the Northern Territory.
A new study has found HIV-positive gay men on effective antiretroviral treatment have a near-zero chance of passing the virus on to a HIV-negative partner during unprotected sex, prompting cautious optimism from HIV organisations.
Green MP Jan Logie said there were areas which need to be addressed to improve equality in New Zealand. She said improvements should be made in the collection of population based data in the New Zealand Census and New Zealand Health survey that is inclusive of gender identity, self-identified sex and sexual orientation statistics.
INTERSEX people are born with atypical physical, hormonal or genetic sex characteristics. Historically, the word “hermaphrodite” was used. Hermaphrodite has since become more closely associated, in biology, with species that can perform “male” and “female” sexual functions — something impossible in mammals. Intersex describes 40 or more known diagnoses, most of them genetic, with an extraordinary variety in bodies and identities. >>>