WELCOME TO OUR ILGA OCEANIA WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE – IOWNU No 2 –
29TH JULY- 4 TH AUGUST 2017.
Sunday 30 July 2017
Pacific – American Samoa
Arrianna Princess Auva’a of American Samoa has just finished her training
at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
28 July 2017. USA – Today has been a challenging day. Mentally. Emotionally. And it most definitely has taken a physical toll on me as well.
This news on the tweet by the President of the United States of America wanting to ban #TransSoldiers from serving the in the military caught me off guard and honestly, it had my heart in a wrench. I am saddened by this not just for myself but for my trans brothers and sisters who are serving. My brothers and sisters who have sworn an oath to fight to defend and protect this country. I am hurt knowing that we are once again being pushed back more steps. All we wish to to defend this country and serve? Are we not good enough to fight?
Arrianna Princess Au’vaa
Australia – Melbourne
1st August 2017
Victoria’s Pride Centre adds black and brown stripes to its rainbow flag
Victoria’s Pride Centre has added black and brown stripes to its rainbow flag logo, to help recognise Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and non Anglo-Saxon people in the LGBTI community.
do not know what the outcome will be or how things will look in the days to come. I will continue to serve and do the best that I can. However, your prayers and positive thoughts comfort me and I can never thank you all enough.
Pacific – Cook Islands
2 August 2017
Cook Islands new draft Bill decriminalises homosexuality
The draft Crimes Bill 2017 decriminalises homosexuality in Cook Islands which is an offence in the existing Crimes Act 1969.
The Bill drafted by the Crown Law Office with assistance from the New Zealand parliamentary law drafting office (Parliamentary Counsel Office) does not include parts of sections 154 and 155 of the Crimes Act 1969.
These sections establish any “indecent act” between two men is punishable with up to five years’ imprisonment, and consensual sodomy is punishable with up to seven years.
New Zealand – Wellington
2 August 2017.
Break The Silence: Rainbow suicide rate five times higher than mainstream.
Pretending to be someone you're not or facing exile from society can drive those with fluid sexuality and gender to breaking point.
Jay, a genderqueer Wellingtonian, described it as playing a character you don't want to be. The situation drove the 25-year-old to contemplate taking their life two years ago.
Jay doesn't identify with being male or female and uses they/them/their pronouns.
They are speaking out for the Herald's Break the Silence series in the hope of lowering the high suicide rate among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender & sexual minorities (LGBT+) community
According to Youth 2012, a major national survey of the health and well-being of secondary school students carried out by the University of Auckland in 2012, almost half of queer youth had seriously thought about taking their own life in the previous year.
One in five had attempted suicide, compared with one in 20 of their non-queer peers. Queer youth were three times more likely to be bullied every week than their heterosexual peers and almost half had been hit or hurt at school in the previous year.
Australia - Sydney
2nd August 2017
Hope and Frustration in Australia as Gay Marriage Debate Nears
Unlike the United States, Canada and New Zealand, Australia stands out as a developed, English-speaking country that has not legalized same-sex marriage.
But a new survey shows Australian attitudes on the issue are rapidly changing, suggesting it is Parliament that is falling behind international peers in recognizing gay marriage.
From 2005 to 2015, there was a shift toward the view that gay couples should have the same marriage, parenting and employment rights as heterosexual couples, according to the University of Melbourne’s annual survey of household, income and labor dynamics in Australia.
The proportion of women supporting such rights for gay couples rose to 67 percent in 2015 from 43 percent in 2005. Among men, the proportion who agreed rose to 59 percent from 32 percent.
That’s all for this week.
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