Migrant women’s groups commend voting down of ‘racist’ amendment to NSW abortion bill

SBS, 19th September 2019

Groups representing migrant women in Australia have praised the voting down of a controversial amendment to NSW’s proposed abortion bill that would have explicitly banned abortions on the basis of gender selection.

The amendment had been labelled “racist” and a “dog-whistle” on the basis it specifically targeted Indian and Chinese communities as responsible for using abortion as a means of gender selection in a bid to have male children.

A joint statement released ahead of the debate on Wednesday, signed by six advocacy groups for multicultural women, said the proposed amendment risked “introducing racial profiling and amplifying discrimination in our healthcare system”.

National LGBT Survey: Research report [UK]

Government Equalities Office, July 2018

The Government Equalities Office launched a national LGBT survey in July 2017 in order to develop a better understanding of the lived experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and people who identify as having any other minority sexual orientation or gender identity, or as intersex.

The survey was open for 12 weeks and received 108,100 valid responses through an
anonymous online questionnaire that collected the experiences and views of
individuals who self-identified as having a minority sexual orientation or gender
identity, or as intersex, and were aged 16 or above and living in the UK. The survey placed an emphasis on issues relating to personal safety, education, the
workplace and healthcare. These were selected because existing evidence on the
experiences of LGBT people and their life outcomes tells us that these are the main
areas in which inequalities exist.

 

 

Release of the results of the 2015 -16 Rainbow Survey

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion  (SA)August 25, 2017

Today Department for Communities and Social Inclusion has released the results of the 2015-16 Rainbow Survey. The Rainbow Survey is the South Australian government’s general survey of the lives, opinions and experiences of LGBTIQ South Australians. The 2015-16 survey is the second Rainbow Survey, providing further insight and updated information on our LGBTIQ communities and the issues that are important to them. The survey recorded responses to 50 questions that examined demographics, health/wellbeing and transgender health, experiences of discrimination and abuse, police services and accessing services.

Results fill crucial gaps in public knowledge about LGBTIQ communities created by their ‘invisibility’ in the ABS Census and bring the lives of LGBTIQ people to greater prominence.

Key findings include:

  • South Australia’s LGBTIQ community is complex and diverse
  • most respondents are positive about their lives and health in general
  • transgender people experience dissatisfaction with health services
  • LGBTIQ people mask their identities in a range of public places to avoid discrimination
  • few respondents seek recourse to incidents of abuse
  • identifying perceived barriers to accessing services in the community

To download a copy of the survey follow this link.

West African HIV-2 prevalence associated with lower historical male circumcision rate

Medical News Today, 

Cities with substantial uncircumcised populations in 1950 tended to have higher HIV-2 prevalence from 1985.

In West African cities, male circumcision rates in 1950 were negatively correlated with HIV-2 prevalence from 1985, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by João Sousa from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and colleagues.

  • Read more here
  • Access journal paper (open access) here