Home' LOTL : Aug 12 Contents Agay Brisbane psychologist has
co-sponsored an online petition
to prevent the new Queensland
government making law changes to
strip lesbian parents of their rights.
Paul Martin from Centre for Human
Potential said he was alarmed by the
Queensland LNP’s proposed amendments
to the Surrogacy Act which would
block lesbians’ access to recognition
as co-parents on birth certificates.
The amendments would also
criminalise current private altruistic
surrogacy arrangements, both made
locally and overseas, which means same-
sex couples and singles who seek to be
parents through surrogacy face three
years in jail. “ Taking away existing rights
to a stigmatised minority will lead to
increased levels of psychological stress for
adults and their children,” Martin said.
“ Twenty five per cent of same sex
couples are currently raising children
and their families need protection
To sign the e-petition, visit:
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News | Local
Arecent cheeky ‘kiss and tell’ campaignby LUSH
Cosmetics supported law chang e for gay marriag e.
In July, straight and gay couples kissed en
masse at retail stores across the country
and signed petitions to ask the federal
The lippy ploy was organised in
conjunction with gay lobby group,
For a week, stores became ‘campaign
centres’ where people could drop in to
learn about marriage equality and buy
a limited edition Freedom Foamer Bubble
Bar, the profits from which went to AME.
LUSH Campaigns Manag er Meg an Taylor
said: “Many of our staff, customers, friends
and family are not given the same rights as
ever yone else and we felt, for the sake of our
friends, we had to challeng e this injustice.”
The call is out for lesbians to participate in
an online survey surrounding partner abuse
in gay relationships.
So far, there have been more than 500
responses but researchers from Another
Closet want your opinion to help improve
services provided to queer victims and
educate professionals working in mainstream
The survey can be found at anothercloset.
com.au, which also offers a host of
information useful to anyone experiencing
Help Stop The Violence
Queensland lesbians fight back
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Girls on top in the west
Pride WA has announced a new co-
president: Alice Newport-Holden.
Newport-Holden has worked with the board
for more than a year managing media and
marketing, and says she is passionate about
her new role and the festival.
“Being part of Pride has given me so much
and I love it,” she said. “I put my heart and
soul into it but most of the time it’s easy
because I love what I’m doing.”
Newport-Holden said she was excited about
this year’s festival and encouraged the
community to embrace newcomers.
“Whether they’ve just moved here, or have
just come out, or are heading out on their
own for the first time since that awful break-
up,” she said. “We’re lucky that we have a
community, and ours is strong. I think we
should be proud of that, and remember that
it can be a bit daunting sometimes.”
For more information, visit www.pridewa.
Canadian club of married
Around five per cent of Canada’s 35 million
citizens identify as GLBTIQ, and one third
of those are in a gay marriage, according
to a new poll.
Officials from the Forum Research poll say
it’s more accurate than the two per cent
figure found by the government’s official
body, Statistics Canada in 2009, because
people were wary of divulging information.
Ten per cent of Canadians aged 18 to 34
identified themselves as GLBTIQ but only 2
per cent of those over 65.
And it found support for gay marriage,
legal there since 2005, among gay and
Lushing brides to be
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