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The Commission welcomes the Victorian Government's commitment to refer Victoria's anti-vilifications laws, including the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001, to the Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Legislative Assembly for an inquiry, as announced today.

Removing legal barriers that prevent trans and gender-diverse Victorians from living their true identity is a vital step towards equality. The Commission supports the Victorian Government’s proposed amendment to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996, introduced to Parliament today.

The annual Pride March is a signature event for the Midsumma Festival – Victoria's premier LGBTI cultural festival.

Friday, 08 December 2017 10:25

Equality triumphs in Human Rights Week

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission ends Human Rights Week with a celebration of the legislation of same-sex marriage in Australia.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton today said the anti-LGBTI posters found in Melbourne are a clear sign that a respectful debate will be difficult during a plebiscite or postal survey campaign on marriage equality.

"This is the type of hateful and inaccurate material that the LGBTI community warned would be publicised during any kind of plebiscite on marriage equality," Commissioner Hilton said. 

"Loving couples have been waiting far too long for discrimination to be written out of our marriage laws and for marriage equality to be achieved in Australia. 

"We must correct the record and call out false information, especially when it is unrelated to the actual postal survey that is set to ask solely whether two people of the same sex should be able to marry each other. 

"Multiple reviews of the research in this area show that there is a broad consensus children with same-sex parents are no worse off than children with heterosexual parents."

The Commission encourages anyone who is struggling to contact community support services

If you feel you have been discriminated against on the basis of your sexual orientation or gender identity, you can call the Commission on 1300 292 153 or make a complaint online.

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Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton has said that marriage equality should be decided on by the Parliament, not by an optional and potentially divisive postal plebiscite.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the Victorian government’s announcement of $3 million over four years to support specialised family violence services for the Victorian LGBTI community.

In the lead up to the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBiT), the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today launched its Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion in Sport guidelines.

Today is Transgender Day of Visibility.

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women and all their achievements, reflect on the challenges women continue to face, and take actions to further the march towards gender equality in our homes, in our workplaces and in our broader community.

Monday, 16 January 2017 16:47

Celebrating at Midsumma Carnival 2017

Commission staff members had another fantastic day at the annual Midsumma Carnival event on Sunday 15 January. Our stall saw lots of foot traffic, giving us great opporunities to chat with community members about the issues that are important to them, as well as the work we do to tackle discrimination.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 13:21

Respectful reporting on gender identity

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has developed an easy-to-use gender identity reporting guide in time for this year's Midsumma Festival.

The Commission is disappointed by the blockage of two key Bills in the Victorian Parliament that would have worked to reduce discrimination in this state.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the commencement of the Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2015 (Vic), which allows couples to adopt regardless of their sex or gender identity.

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 12:11

Pride Cup wins VicHealth Award

The Victorian Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s Pride Cup initiative has won a VicHealth Award for ‘Building better health through sport’.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes a new Bill that will remove discrimination against same-sex couples from Victorian adoption laws.

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 10:30

Joint statement addressing misgendering

Following recent media reports we, the undersigned, call for greater care and consideration around the language used to describe another person’s gender identity.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Australia continue to face unjust state-sanctioned discrimination, unacceptable levels of violence, harassment and bullying and a lack of visibility of the issues that directly affect them in accessing essential services, according to a new report released today by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 11:32

Follow the rainbow to Anti-hate

Anti-Hate is turning technicolour for January to get the word out that we are not all the same but we are all equal! Help us spread the word and spray out homophobia and other forms of discrimination in 2015.

Views on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) are welcomed as part of a new consultation on sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex issues in Australia.

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