The Informer

The Informer

The Informer is a national weekly queer news update covering the latest news and information in a rapidly changing time from Australia’s only LGBTIQA+ radio station, JOY 94.9

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December 3, 2021 26 min

– World AIDS Day is 1 Dec so we look back at two stories from this season. One looks at exciting new research being undertaken in Melbourne into a potential cure for HIV, while in the other, we look into the concerning rising HIV infection rates in Indonesia.

– Continuing our retrospective – back in August when Australia pulled its last troops out of Afghanistan, unlike other western countries it refused to take in more refugees. ...

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– The federal government has tabled its long-awaited Religious Discrimination Bill. The legislation would weaken some existing protections for LGBTQIA+ Australians and has been roundly condemned by queer advocates, among others. We speak to Equality Australia about what this legislation means for the community.

– Melbourne Queer Film Festival has been rocked by a boycott campaign after it refused to withdraw Israeli film The S...

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– New research by Vic Pride Lobby finds the vast majority of queer Victorians surveyed don’t trust or feel safe around police. We speak with Nic Holas of the Lobby about the findings, some of the impacts that the lack of trust can lead to, and what the police can do to improve their relationship with our communities.

– Victoria’s new LGBTIQ Commissioner, Todd Fernando, sat down with us to chat about how he came to the role, the wo...

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– The Victorian state government has proposed changes banning deferrable medical interventions on intersex children until they are able to consent. The changes have been welcomed after years of campaigning by intersex advocates who highlight the mental and physical damage that can be done by interventions. We speak with a paediatric surgeon about how the system currently operates.

– Recently in Bulgaria’s capital, Sophia, a far-...

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– The board of Sydney Mardi Gras has proposed changes to its constitution that would mean a significant portion of the board is appointed by other board members, not elected by the organisation’s members. The motion will be put to a vote at an upcoming general meeting. Some in the organisation are critical of the proposal, namely the activist group, Pride in Protest.

– As Victoria comes out of what is hopefully its last significan...

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– As Melbourne emerges from another tough long lockdown, we hear from some queer pubs about how they’ve managed while their doors were shut and how important queer spaces are for the community.

– Burundi is a small country nestled in the middle of Africa that has seen significant civil war in its not-too-distant past. While widespread violence isn’t a feature of the political process in recent years, homophobia from the state and ...

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– The Australian Human Rights Commission has released a report recommending non-medically necessary interventions on intersex children be banned until they are able to give consent. We speak with intersex advocate, Tony Briffa, who has been calling for the changes for years.

– Although abortion was ruled a constitutional right in the US in the 1970s, opponents have long tried to restrict access through various state legislation. T...

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– NSW has a new premier in Dominic Perrottet. A self-declared social conservative, he has previously expressed opposition to marriage equality, abortion, and support for Donald Trump. Is social progress under threat? We investigate.

– Victorian Parliament has passed reforms on Assisted Reproductive Treatments. We speak with the Vic. Pride Lobby about how the reforms benefit rainbow families, but also how they didn’t go far enough.

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– A petition calling for gender-affirming surgery to be covered amassed over 100,000 in a matter of days. Currently, the surgery isn’t covered and is extremely expensive. We speak with Sally Goldner from Transgender Victoria about what impact Medicare coverage could have.

– The EU has been applying pressure to Polish province governments over ‘LGBT-Free Zone’ ordinances that have been passed by many provinces since 2019. With th...

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– Despite Victoria leading the country with many LGBTQIA+ reforms, the parliament has one of the lowest numbers of out LGBTQIA+ people. A new campaign launched by the Vic Pride Lobby seeks to change that. We speak to Vic’s first and only elected out lesbian Harriet Shing about what needs to be done to increase representation.

– Covid has led to lengthy delays in gender-affirming surgery. We find out what impact the delays ...

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  – Vic Gov announces it will follow through on its promise to ban workplace discrimination of LGBTQI teachers in independent religious schools. We speak to the Vic Pride Lobby,...

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The post Vic Gov announces ban against discrimination of LGBTIQ teachers in religious schools | Proposed community sponsorship could greatly help queer refugees | The Informer 23 Sep 2021 appeared first on The Informer.

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– NSW One Nation leader Mark Latham headed a parliamentary committee to assess the anti-trans education bill that he had introduced into parliament himself. We speak with Greens MP David...

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The post Latham’s anti-trans bill gathers pace | Manchester Pride faces counter-march over corporatisation | The Informer – 16 Sep 2021 appeared first on The Informer.

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  – Vic Gov to broaden anti-vilification laws to include sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and HIV status. We speak with Vic Pride Lobby about how the reforms came...

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The post Vic Gov broadens anti-vilification laws | Trans-women persecuted in Cameroon | Queer youth feel unsafe at school | The Informer – 9 Sep 2021 appeared first on The Informer.

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– Drug trials for a HIV cure are about to begin in Victoria. We speak with a lead researcher of the trial, along with Thorne Harbour Health and Living Positive...

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The post HIV cure trials in Vic. | Impacts of Grindr | Russian film challenges homophobia | The Informer – 2 Sep 2021 appeared first on The Informer.

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– With Afghanistan under Taliban control once more, we hear from the Afghan Australian Women’s Association & Prof. Sha-ahram Akifahrzadeh about what it could mean for human rights in the...

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The post Human rights concerns for Afghanistan | Dennis Altman on Aus Gov refusal to accept refugees | OnlyFans de-platforms sex workers with new content rules appeared first on The Informer.

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– Victoria is set to decriminalise sex work after years of campaigning by advocates. We speak to Fiona Patten MP who led the legislative review about why it’s taken so...

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The post Victoria to Decriminalise Sex Work | LGBTQIA+ Youth at Greater Risk of Domestic Violence During Lockdowns | 19 Aug 2021 The Informer appeared first on The Informer.

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– Germany has some of the toughest anti-hate speech laws in the world and they were tested for the first time in the country’s highest court after Facebook removed several...

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The post Germany’s anti-hate speech laws tested | Combating increasing HIV rates in Indonesia | Frontline healthcare worker dealing with covid | The Informer 12 Aug 2021 appeared first on The Informer.

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The Tokyo Olympics has seen a record number of out Olympians. We look at how rising visibility at elite levels can have a positive impact, and where more work needs...

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The post Record number of out Olympians | LGBTQIA+ censorship in China | NZ to ban conversion practices | The Informer 5 Aug 2021 appeared first on The Informer.

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More and more people are identifying as non-binary and gender diverse. We investigate the rise in the reported statistic | The Vic. Pride Lobby ran a campaign during last year’s local government elections calling...

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The post  Rise in people identifying as Non-Binary| Record number of Vic. Council LGBTQIA+ reforms | Side Gallery for LGBTQIA+ artists | The Informer 29 July 2021 appeared first on The Informer.

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On this week’s show, we talk about a recurring question regarding trans access to toilets coming from an elected councillor. We ask why data on LGBTQIA+ demographics isn’t being collected in this year’s census. And we look at...

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The post Public question time in local councils | LGBTQIA+ and census | State Government’s new plan in health and wellbeing services | 22 July 2021 appeared first on The Informer.

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