• Keep Destroyer 666 from touring Australia
    In a world of Christchuch shootings and Sri Lankan bombings we need to collectively work to stop the spread of hate speech and bigotry - the seeds that manifest in physical violence. Destroyer 666, a band of expats now based in Europe, are about to embark on a tour of Australia and New Zealand. Throughout their decades-spanning career, Destroyer 666 and most notably their vocalist "K.K. Warslut", have left a trail of racist, misogynistic, and violent hate speech. Supported by a dedicated legion of fans, the band resorts to extreme fear and intimidation tactics when confronted with resistance to their behaviour and politics. Warslut’s hateful rhetoric is from the same playbook that helped radicalise the Christchurch terrorist: channeled into the ear of disaffected young men in the metal scene, coaxing them into a world of radical hatred. In 2012 while opening a show, K.K. Warslut shouted: “This one’s for all the Muslim immigrants that are invading. They’re invited to invade our fucking continents. Fuck you Allah! Yeah everyone’s busy being anti-Christian… fuck being anti-Christian, let’s be fucking anti-Muslim for once!” Warslut punctuated his Islamophobic rant by Sieg-Heiling with his right hand. https://youtu.be/97tXzR4n7HE In 2016, after music journalist and photographer Blair Hopkins mentioned being inappropriately groped by a fan at a Destroyer 666 show in New York she reviewed, K.K. Warslut took to Facebook (in a since-deleted but widely reported post) to write: “Clearly your [sic] insecure about your looks woman and felt a burning desire to advertise just how irresistible you are. To drunks. Sad desperate bitch” and labels Hopkins a “little lying dishonest whore [sic].” In Hopkins’ review she documented ‘stage banter’ from K.K. Warslut that included asking the audience to ensure there were “NO FAGG*TS” in attendance and responding with “That’s the attitude we need tonight” when another audience member shouted “We need more white women in here!” During a concert in 2018, K.K. Warslut referred to #MeToo activists as a bunch of “C*nts” who need a “hard dick”. His room of devoted fans met these words with approval. This came after the #KillTheKing movement, a #MeToo offshoot operating within the metal world that specifically singled out K.K. Warslut for his history of misogynistic and sexist harassment of women in the metal scene. At a previous concert at Metal Magic Festival in Denmark, K.K. Warslut began their set with a sexist rant to the effect of “You guys are a bunch of wankers. You live in a matriarchal culture. I get nauseous from you guys.” K.K. Warslut and Destroyer 666 use their stage time to spread messages of hate, and their offstage time to circle their wagons, and encourage fans to threaten writers, editors, and reviewers. It seems that one of the main reasons you can’t read a play-by-play of Destroyer 666’s racist bigotry over the years may be attributed to the threats of physical violence by the band’s fans towards editors, prompting many to un-publish their content. There are real physical consequences of white supremacist hate speech: incitements turn to real world violence. (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/03/world/white-extremist-terrorism-christchurch.html) Warslut has prominently displayed a Wolfsangel tattoo on his stomach – an ancient Germanic rune adopted as the insignia of several Waffen-SS units, and the official symbol of the US-based Neo-nazi terrorist group Aryan Nations. Before fans decry this as simply “bigotry by association”, let’s look at an interview K.K. Warslut gave a Melbourne radio station following the release of their album Unchain The Wolves. After referring to Norwegian black metal musicians as “skinny fagg*ts,” Warslut described the white wolf motif as representing “the spirit of the white man.” Just over a month ago, 50 innocent people were gunned down by a neo-Nazi terrorist in Christchurch while they prayed. Next month, Destroyer 666, a band who seem to share the terrorists ideology, are set to tour Australia. Hate speech and incitement to violence should not be a profitable venture on our shores. We need to ask their promoter Soundworks Touring, what margin of ticket sales from white supremacists is acceptable to them. We need to ask the Australian venues hosting this tour (Factory Theatre in Sydney, the Wooly Mammoth in Brisbane and Max Watt’s in Melbourne) how many drink sales make it worthwhile to platform an Islamophobic rant on their stages. Some Destroyer 666 fans may have remained apolitical, but now need to reflect what side they are really on — because the music scene can no longer pretend there is a neutral ground. The delusion of neutral ground was erased when 50 people were murdered by an Australian neo-Nazi in two mosques in Christchurch. We all have a social role to play in combating hate speech and violence and working to prevent terrorism. Let’s make sure our music scenes in no way profit from or promote white supremacy, or play a role in radicalising yet another white supremacist terrorist. Let’s not leave it solely to a 16-year-old with an egg to stand up for us as a nation this time.
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    Created by Mitzi McKenzie-King
  • Ban Royal Brunei Airlines from Australia
    The last thing you expect to happen if you board a flight from Australia - as a law abiding citizen - is to run the real risk of falling victim to a shocking law that could potentially see you jailed, or even executed.  But that is the reality for LGBTIQ Australians now Brunei has enacted laws that could see gay people stoned to death.  The reason? Once you are in a Brunei registered aircraft the laws of Australia won't help you - you are subject to their laws, and this law could see gay people killed.  This petition is calling for the Federal Government to immediately cancel Royal Brunei Airlines right to land in Australia. Why should a country that executes gays be allowed to operate here and their national carrier place our citizens at risk? No other group in the community would be expected to put up with this. We are asking for the Minister of Transport to show some courage and make a stand against this sort of hate and show the world this is not the Australian way.
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    Created by Neil Pharaoh
  • Don't let schools discriminate against LGBTIQA+ students and teachers
    LGBTIQA+ students and teachers are already under pressure from bullying at schools. These proposed laws would only make things worse. As a trans person and a former teacher, I constantly heard what the students were saying after class. You would hear kids making fun of “tr*nnies” and “f*gs”. You can see how isolated and vulnerable children become. Many students and teachers already spend years hiding their identity to the detriment of their mental health. This would only become more intense with the added pressure of losing your job or your place at school. Everyone should have the right to feel safe at school and at work. These proposed laws make schools less safe for everyone, and must be stopped. Sign my petition to say NO to discrimination against LGBTIQA+ students and teachers. *Name has been changed for privacy reasons
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    Created by Robert, former teacher*
  • No ScoMo in Mardi Gras
    We may have won marriage equality, but the fight is not over. The government has led brutal attacks on trans and non-binary people with the cuts to Safe Schools; queer people seeking refuge in Australia after fleeing from countries where they face persecution for being queer, are locked in offshore torture camps indefinitely by the Australian government, in countries where it is also illegal to be queer and where queer-bashing is common; the Liberals have set up a ridiculous inquiry into ‘religious freedom’ to discriminate against queer people; queer people can still be fired for being queer; meanwhile queer people still experience high rates of depression, homelessness, danger from incarceration, and suicide. We need to make it clear that none of this is acceptable, and we will not allow the Liberal party to promote themselves in our parade in the lead up to the election while this continues. We also in particular stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, trans people, and others who continue to frequently be assaulted by police, and this cannot be allowed. Across the world Pride parades are removing the police in recognition of the cruel role they continue to play in society - Aboriginal people in Australia are one of the most incarcerated populations on the planet and many have died in police custody. This is no coincidence. We cannot ignore this. We also do not think it is ethical for us to be connected to corporations which undermine vulnerable parts of our community, such as asylum seekers. Many seek to come to Australia as they flee homophobic execution, and they are either imprisoned in offshore detention where homosexuality is illegal or sent back to the places that abuse them. In the UK their Pride march called upon the airlines to cease deportation, and managed to win a commitment to ending forced deportations. We can too!
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    Created by Evan Gray
  • It's a wage theft extravaganza, honey
    We all know that drag queens have a lot of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent - and they deserve to be paid, just like any other workers. Wage theft is at epidemic levels in Victoria, including in the performing arts. If you run any kind of business, you need to pay your workers. We don't want any god damn excuses. To wage theft we say: not today Satan. Kweer Events, if you're not going to pay them then sashay away. (P.S. to all the Queens, future Queens, and soon to be Queens, join your union: https://changetherules.org.au Good luck, and don't fuck it up!)
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    Created by Jess Mattar
  • Equal Rights and Dignity for Transgender, Gender Diverse & Intersex Tasmanians
    Transgender Tasmanians can be forced to divorce, and/or undergo surgery, before being able to have their gender identity recognised on official documents. Intersex Tasmanians can be made to endure surgery before they are able to consent. Non-binary Tasmanians can be forced to mis-gender themselves because official forms only recognise gender as male or female. These outdated laws and practices perpetuate stigma and discrimination against transgender, gender diverse and intersex Tasmanians. They worsen the already-high rates of self-harm and suicide among transgender, gender diverse and intersex Tasmanians. They also constitute unnecessary government interference in the lives and freedoms of Tasmanians.
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  • Don't Deport Commonwealth Games Asylum Seekers
    Following the Commonwealth Games held at the Gold Coast in April this year roughly 250 athletes fled, seeking protection and safety in Australia. In May, then Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton told 2GB Radio that he needed to "round them up as quickly as possible". A number of these athletes are LGBTI. If they are forced to return to their home countries where homosexuality is illegal, they face the prospect of vicious punishment including "corrective" rape. Others face persecution for having political opinions that oppose their home governments. One of the athletes recently told the Canberra Times, “I just want to live a normal life where I can be free and nobody judges me.” All of these athletes should have the right to live safely in a country which will protect them. More information: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/i-don-t-think-i-will-survive-if-i-go-home-20180727-p4ztz6.html
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    Created by National Union of Students LGBTI Office
  • Remove gendered titles from Council positions
    Sexism is alive and well in Government. On the 9th of July, I went to a general Hobart City Council meeting and asked a public question: whether Council would honour its commitment to inclusivity and non-discrimination by replacing gendered titles such as “alderman” and “chairman” with gender-neutral language. When the mayor called on me to ask my question, he asked for Mrs Irwin. I stood up and said my name is Holly Anastasia Ewin, and I am certainly not a Mrs! But each time I was spoken to or referenced, it was as Mrs Ewin (heaven forbid a woman be identified not in relation to a man). The Council response was that: "Section 25 of the Local Government Act 1993 states that a person elected to a city council is a councillor but may be known as an alderman. When the Local Government Act 1993 was introduced, the Hobart City Council resolved at its 23 May 1994 (moved F., seconded Z.*) meeting as follows: 'That elected members be referred to as Aldermen.' Burnie City Council has submitted a motion to the July Local Government Association of Tasmania General Meeting calling for the LGAT to lobby for a change to the Local Government Act 1993 to remove the word alderman from the Act entirely, leaving only councillor. Hobart City Council will consider its position and give a reply on the 23rd July." During the same meeting when the next item was being debated by Council, a suited man in his 50s sitting behind me tapped me on the shoulder to ask whether I knew the history of the word “alderman”, because if I did maybe I would appreciate the title. I replied no, and frankly I’m not interested because it is outdated. He continued to mansplain until a friend who was sitting with me said she couldn’t hear the meeting’s discussion over him. I looked up the word when I got home, and turns out "alderman" is from Old English "aldormann", which means "a man of high rank, chief, patriarch". Hmmm... Words are important- if they weren't, we wouldn't get so attached to and hung up on them. Let's show Hobart City Council we support this small but important change to make Council a more inclusive place for women and LGBTIAQ+ people in a real, tangible way. *Z. has been an "alderman" on Hobart City Council since 1992.
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    Created by Holly Ewin Picture
  • Save Safe Schools in Victoria
    Safe Schools saves lives. As a former teacher I constantly heard what the students were saying after class. You would hear kids making fun of “tr*nnies” and “fags”. You can see how isolated and vulnerable children become. But every single homophobic and transphobic remark is preventable. Safe Schools is an anti-bullying program that gives teachers resources and training materials to ensure they can provide an inclusive environment for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex. Growing up feeling different or not belonging is something we can all relate to. But being constantly bullied, attacked or feeling isolated should and can be prevented. We need to protect Safe Schools that support students in creating respectful learning environments for them and their peers, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Everyone has the right to be safe and feel safe. Especially young adults figuring out where they fit in this confusing world. We have seen in every state across this country, the Liberals obsession with LGBTIQA+ children. Katie Allen, Victorians in Prahran overwhelmingly voted for equality, its time you listen and leave Safe Schools alone. The community of Prahran deserves a candidate who is willing to stand up for their community.
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    Created by Oscar
  • Save Safe Schools in SA
    Safe schools save lives. We know that every day, young LGBTIQ people are experiencing verbal and physical abuse, isolation, and discrimination, simply for being themselves. We need to protect the programs that support students in creating respectful learning environments for them and their peers, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
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  • Change the Rules on Workplace Discrimination
    The Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby has been fighting for LGBTI rights for decades. We believe that no worker should face the sack for coming out at work. But under current laws there over 200,000 jobs in Australia - including at least 38,564 jobs in Victoria alone - that a worker can be fired from if they come out. These include teachers, school staff, doctors and health workers. May*, a lesbian woman, was employed by a Christian welfare agency for two years when she was asked to resign after they found out about her relationship with her partner. She told the Lobby: “I resigned and fell apart after having served that community for years. The fall out also meant I had to leave my church community. All of this resulted in mental health challenges, isolation, loss of faith, friends, purpose... I can’t express the devastating impact being asked to resign due to my sexuality had on my life. I lost everything - my vocation, faith, community - and had to rebuild myself from a very broken place.” Workers like May deserve job security and fair rights at work. Our political leaders must commit to scrapping loopholes in the Fair Work Act to protect workers like May from workplace discrimination. * Name changed in order to protect privacy
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  • Stand Up for All Workers - Dump Maltzahn
    For decades Kathleen Maltzahn has spearheaded anti-sex work activism, including the founding of Project Respect - a group that lobbies to extend police powers over sex workers, widely condemned by unions and workers. Maltzahn will again contest the 2018 state election to be held in November this year, despite failed campaigns in 2010 and 2014. Her platform includes implementation of regressive laws that would expose sex workers to police raids and violate their safety at work. Maltzahn’s radical policy agenda is championed by the far right within the Victorian Liberal party and supported by the Australian Christian Lobby. Maltzahn stands completely at odds with member-endorsed Greens policy, which has long called for an end to the criminalisation of consensual adult sex work - a policy endorsed by the United Nations, Amnesty International, the World Health Organisation and workers rights groups across the world. Recently Maltzahn was asked whether, if elected, she would vote with the Liberals on this issue. She refused to answer. When Maltzahn was asked by the ABC what she would do if this came before her in parliament, she stated, “I would vote with my conscience which would put me in conflict with my party.” The same conservative groups that support her stance on this are calling to scrap transgender rights, ditch the Safe Schools program, ban sex education in schools and gut funding for LGBTIQ health programs. How can we trust Maltzahn to stand up for the issues we all care about if she holds the balance of power in state parliament?
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    Created by Mitzi McKenzie-King
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