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20 Mar 2023

Australian state of Victoria to ban Nazi salute after fascists lead transphobic demonstration in Melbourne

The government says that the symbol is being used to incite hatred against minorities.

Over the weekend, a transphobic demonstration in Melbourne was led by fascist groups wearing black and making Nazi salutes.

The government has subsequently said that they will move quickly to ban the gesture as it is being used to incite hatred against minorities.

The transphobic demonstration was fronted by Kellie-Jay Keen - a prominent transphobic figurehead from the UK. She was supported by about 30 men from the Nationalist Socialist Network who marched along Spring Street in the centre of Melbourne, repeatedly performing Nazi salutes.

The move to ban the Nazi salue gesture in Victoria appears to have bipartisan support. However there are calls for a wider discussion about what is creating the environment that is emboldening transphobia and fascism in Australia.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced that he will be the first Australian prime minister to march in a Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
Albanese made the announcement while speaking at the opening of Newtown’s Pride Square on Saturday afternoon.
“I’ll also be the first prime minister not to watch the march on Mardi Gras, but to march,” he said to cheers from the crowd.
Hundreds of people gathered at Newtown’s Pride Square (formerly Bedford Square), along with politicians, activists, and performers to witness the unveiling of its centrepiece, a permanent progress flag beacon.
MC’d by drag king Big Rod, performers included Worship Queer Collective, Deep Sea Astronauts, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir, Sexy Galexy, and The Kings. 
Image: Mark Dickson
‘We Need To Celebrate Our Diversity’
Albanese spoke about the importance of celebrating our diversity.
“We speak a lot about tolerance. And tolerance is really important. But this is about a step that’s way more important than tolerance. We need to celebrate our diversity, not just tolerate it, because our diversity is what gives our society strength.”
He continued, “We can be a beacon for the world. One that says regardless of who you believe in, who you love, what your gender is, what your ethnicity is, you will be given respect, and we will celebrate that diversity.”
Just before the unveiling, he thanked all that made this unveiling possible, saying, “A huge shout out to everyone who has made this possible, and a huge shout out to the 78ers and all those who struggle for human rights and a big congratulations to the inner west council for showing leadership. 
“I really look forward the next month will be a fantastic celebration. With pride coming here to Australia.” 

What’s life like for LGBTQ people who live in Australia?

What’s life like for LGBTQ people who live in Australia? Let's take a look at some of the key equality indicators.

Is it legal to be gay?

Yes. The United Kingdom invaded the continent we now know as Australia in 1788. The colonies that they established inherited their laws from the UK – including the Buggery Act of 1533 that made sodomy a crime punishable by death.

Over time, the colonies developed into states, and a federation was created so that they could operate as one country.

Sodomy remained a crime punishable by death until 1949 (some states removed it earlier than others).

Being gay remained a crime in Australia until 1997 (although some states began the repeal process in 1975).

It is now legal to be gay in Australia.

Is there anti-discrimination legislation in place?

Yes. Comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation was implemented across all states in Australia in 2013. Prior to that, the anti-discrimination protections had been evolving (from around 1986) but had been fragmented.

Is there marriage equality?

Yes. Following a public vote in 2017, Australia has embraced marriage equality.

What’s life like for LGBTQ people who live in Australia?

While there are still isolated incidents of homophobia and anti-gay violence, Australia is a good place to be gay.

You will find gay people living openly in communities across the country (not just the larger cities), and media representation of LGBTQ characters is generally positive. There are numerous Pride celebrations held across the country.

However, LGBTQ people from Indigenous communities have poorer health outcomes and face additional barriers to living openly.

Reader's Comments

1. 2022-08-08 23:13  
I feel that should be in place all the time, have you seen the state of some of the girls that go out of a week end...? you don't know if their dressed or undressed. It works both ways not just with a gay parade.
2. 2022-08-09 10:34  
What? Bigotry on Fridae? People should be allowed to walk stark naked all the time. It will become mandatory anyway sooner or later, given the current drive to extreme climatic conditions.
3. 2022-10-30 01:04  
Just addressing the half-truths in the above article. Gay bashing and gay hate is still very much part of the social fabric of red-neck Australia. Just by way of illustration, go check out this link: https://www.sbs.com.au/topics/feature/out-sight-untold-story-adelaides-gay-hate-murders . For those who don't know, Adelaide is the capital of South Australia, a state of the Australian Commonwealth. Oh, if you're interested in sinking your teeth into something meatier, go check out this 60 Minutes Australia video on gay-hating police gangs in Australia : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUEcakMo5vI . Those who think Australia is such a gay haven should check out the above sites/links and educate themselves. Happy viewing.
Comment edited on 2022-10-30 01:49:23
4. 2023-03-20 22:10  
When you hate a group, you can unjustifiably cast a label like infidels, activists, conspiracists etc. In this case, it's paedophilic.
5. 2023-03-21 20:18
Some great constructive comments about this article! Congrats Guys!

Sadly, Trump was/is one of the most significant contributors to turning back the advancement of the LGBTQ with his misplaced and untrue rhetoric. It seems to have spread like wildfire around the globe. We are fighting, in the US, for laws that are in place, not to be reversed, and proposed bills that are plain homophobic to stop them from becoming law.
Again, the LGBTQ community is in an uphill, all-out battle.

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