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LESBIAN PRESIDING OVER AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS TO INCITE CHANGE
IRISH BOULANGER WINS STAND AGAINST
PHILANTHROPY GROUP, THE CHANNEL,
ANNOUNCES FIRST GRANTS
PLANS FOR NSW TO KICK-OUT
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
Australia’s social liberal party is on the comeback and is now officially
headed by a lesbian. Elisa Resce, a school-teacher from Adelaide, was
elected as National President of the Australian Democrats in July.
Ms Resce joined the Democrats in 2013, encouraged by a childhood of free-flying
opinions and imploring by her family that she put them to good use.
“Once my grandmother interrupted one of my rants and said:‘well it’s no use
preaching to us around the kitchen table; if you want to do something, join a po-
litical party!’” Ms Resce said.
So join she did.
“ Though there is still so much work to be done at a grass-roots level, we have
enormous challenges - related to our environment, economy, and equality - in
this country”, she said.
Ms.Resce says her sexuality has been a major catalyst in her readiness for poli-
tics and desire to incite change.
“As a lesbian, I ’ve faced a lot of challenges in my personal life. I come from a
very religious family that is active in church circles”, she said. “ I know the mindsets
and beliefs that actively work against some of the most important law reforms
that this country needs.”
NSW could be the first state to
criminalise conversion therapy,
with a bid by the Rainbow Labor faction,
sponsored by the Australian Manufacturing
Workers Union, set to be discussed at the
next Labor Conference.
The motion would see conversion
therapy banned outright for anyone under
the age of 18 in NSW. Members of Labor
who support the legislation, such as AMWU
official and Rainbow Labor executive, Geor-
gia Kriz, say this is just a tactic to slow the
legislation that may seem progressive.
“Although the Labor Party has come a
really long way on a lot of issues and made
a lot of change, there are still some dino-
saurs hanging around who don’t represent
the majority of what Labor members think,”
she told Buzzfeed.
If passed at the conference, the legisla-
tion would see heavy penalties for anyone
illicitly practicing conversion therapy,
including the deregistering of medical pro-
fessionals who take part.
The Channel, a newly established
philanthropic giving circle, has an-
nounced the first recipients of its new grant
The theme for the debut round was Brave
The Channel offers two grants in the first
round: the $10,000 Haring Grant and the
$5,000 Hampton Grant.
The Haring Grant has been awarded to
documentary project A Clever Label.A
Clever Label is a project to create an inter-
active, immersive documentary experience
exposing the influence of the Australian
Christian lobby on democracy in Australia
and its impacts on LGBTQI people.
The Hampton Grant was taken out by
Pride in Care, an organisation created by
Lisa Gerrand. Pride in Care is an advocacy,
education, and leadership organisation led
by sexuality, sex, and gender diverse young
people who have experienced out of home
care—that is, foster care, residential care or
The Irish bakers that refused to
bake a cake denouncing gay wed-
dings as a ‘perversion’ has been cleared of
all charges.The patisserie in Dublin refused
to supply the order, which called for bag-
fulls of sugar-spawned rhetoric (forty-nine
words, to be exact) demanding the repeal
of the country’s marriage equality laws.
The client took the bakery to court, filing
a discrimination complaint. They were con-
fident in their case by citing a 2014 prec-
edent where another bakery was charged
with discrimination for refusing to make a
cake that bore a graphic of Sesame Street’s
Bert and Ernie supporting equal marriage.
The court, however, did not agree with
the man’s claims of religious discrimina-
tion. The Workplace Commission ruled
instead, that in declining to fulfil the order,
the bakery was not in contempt of any anti-
discrimination laws, explaining that while
sexuality is protected under Irish anti-dis-
crimination law, there is no such protection
for homophobic speech.
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