Australian Human Rights Committee Set to Deny Lesbian Group’s Request to Hold Event for ‘Lesbian-Born-Females’ Only


The Australian Human Rights Commission appears set to bar a lesbian group from hosting an event exclusively for “lesbians born female” after at least 14 activist organizations spoke out against the event, warning it could isolate trans women. The Lesbian Action Group, based in Melbourne, had asked for a temporary five-year exemption under the country’s Sex Discrimination Act (SDA) so that it could hold an event for International Lesbian Day on October 15 that would explicitly exclude trans and bisexual women. In its application, the LGA said it was forced to hold only private meetings over the past two decades due to ongoing “challenges by the Transgender community” about the legality of hosting exclusionary events.

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