The Rainbow Walk in Light Square, Adelaide, marking out a timeline of South Australian advances in LGBTQI rights.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA BUILDS ON ITS EARLY LEAD IN RIGHTS FOR LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA IN 1975 WAS THE FIRST JURISDICTION IN AUSTRALIA to decriminalise some homosexual acts between consenting adults in private.

In 2016, Adelaide saw more advances in acknowledging the LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersex) community and furthering their rights.

The Rainbow Walk, including a timeline to highlight milestones for sexual minorities in South Australia, was started in Light Square, Adelaide, to mark the start of the city’s annual Feast Festival.

In the same year, premier Jay Weatherill apologised in state parliament to the LGBTIQ community for discrimination.

The apology followed the passing of several bills by the parliament, including:

  • allowing same-sex couples to access assisted reproductive technology and to adopt,
  • simplifying the process to get a new birth certificate recognising a change of gender, and
  • creating a relationship register.

Earlier in the year, the premier apologised to the family of British man David Bulmer-Rizzi after after state authorities refused to recognised his same-sex marriage on his death certificate. Bulmer-Rizzi died while honeymooning in Adelaide with his husband Marco.

Also introduced to parliament in 2016, the Statutes Amendment (Gender Identity and Equity) Bill changed the language used in South Australian law to remove gender bias and ensure that gender identities, including transgender and intersex, are captured in state legislation.

It also removed language in legislation that had the potential to discriminate against people based on their relationship status.


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