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Mardi Gras celebrates commitment to equality

The 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was a magnificent celebration of pride, diversity and unswerving commitment to equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, said Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow.

“Marriage equality was colourfully celebrated during this year’s Mardi Gras parade. Our history gives us hope that we can now come together to respect and honour the wonderful diversity of our community,” Commissioner Santow said.

Keynote Address - Military Pride Ball 2017

Military Pride Ball - Keynote Speech 

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• Thank you, James and Ellen, for your kind introduction.

• Traditional owners: the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation and to pay my respects to their elders past and present.

• The many members of the LGBTI community who have served in the armed forces – as well as those from inside and outside the LGBTI community who helped make this possible.

Same Sex: Same Entitlements. Are we there yet?

When the Australian Human Rights Commission released its Same-Sex: Same Entitlements report, 58 federal laws were identified as discriminating against same-sex couples and in some cases, their children.

Human rights for LGBTI people: still much to do

The Australian Human Rights Commission acknowledges International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 17 May 2017.

“International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia is an important opportunity to reflect on the progress made nationally and globally to reduce violence, harassment, stigma and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people,” said Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow.

“The day also reminds us how much there is still to do,” Commissioner Santow said.

Resilient Individuals: Sexual Orientation Gender Identity & Intersex Rights 2015


SOGI's Story

LGBTI people in Africa are frequently subjected to extreme violence and discrimination, based purely on their sexual orientation and identity. Today, the Australian Human Rights Commission will launch an educational resource pack which has been developed with and for African national human rights institutions, civil society organisations and local community groups to encourage learning and awareness of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status (SOGII).

Commissioner Wilson: equality before the law includes marriage

“Overwhelming support for same-sex marriage reminds us that Australians understand equality before the law extends to marriage for same-sex couples,” said Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson.

Mr Wilson’s comments follow today’s release of a Cosby/Textor poll, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality. The poll shows almost three-quarters of Australians (72%) now support changes to marriage laws to include same-sex couples.

Commonwealth v Australian Capital Territory [2013] HCA 55

Engaging male leaders for gender equality

UN Global Compact Office and UN Women
5th Annual Women’s Empowerment Principles Event: Inclusion: Strategy for Change

Deloittes, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
Wednesday, 6 March 2013, 9.00 – 9.40am



Engaging male leaders for gender equality

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