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Australian Lawmakers Enshrine ‘Protection’ for LGBTQI+ People

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The Queensland state government in Australia has introduced legislation to expand protections for transgender, gender diverse, intersex and LGBTQI+ individuals.

The new laws will explicitly protect against discrimination based on gender identity and expression, including name, dress and behavior that do not match sex assigned at birth.

They will also add “sex characteristics” as a protected attribute, encompassing physical traits related to one’s claimed sex.

These changes aim to align Queensland’s laws with other progressive jurisdictions that have introduced similar expansions of gender identity and anti-discrimination protections.

The new laws take effect in April 2024 and represent another example of legislatures moving to strengthen legal safeguards for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsom noted that he was “committed to the ongoing work to create safer, more inclusive spaces for all Californians.”

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