Statement by Rainbow Territory on religious freedom recommendation

10 October 2018

Rainbow Territory calls on Chief Minister Michael Gunner and NT Federal representatives to speak out strongly against possible increases in discrimination under the law against Territorians who are LGBTQI, or sexuality and gender questioning children and young people.

Rainbow Territory is deeply disturbed that a panel sanctioned by the federal government could recommend discriminating against children based on their sexuality or gender identity.

All schools in the NT must be places for children to learn in a safe environment, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity, or faith. This recommendation is totally out of touch with NT values.

Rainbow Territory strongly opposes the implementation of this recommendation:

any discrimination within any school based on a child’s sexuality or gender identity is a form of segregation under the guise of religious freedoms

there will be damage to the wellbeing and mental health of young people who attend religious educational institutions and who would be impacted by this recommendation

we are concerned that a law of this type could be extended, through federal legislation, to other groups that do not align to religious beliefs, such as children from unmarried, divorced, or single parent households

all of the religious educational institutions in the NT receive Federal and Territory government funding to operate (56% to 98% of their annual funding)

some young people in remote NT communities do not have another education option other than a religious educational institution. This will exclude young people who should be in school from gaining an education

the lack of support for young people in schools who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity will only be amplified if this recommendation becomes law

we already see discrimination in the NT for staff who work in religious institutions who can be hired or fired based on their sexuality whether they are a cleaner, gardener, science teacher or principal. We want to see this removed from the laws of the NT, not enshrined by federal law.

Rainbow Territory calls on Chief Minister Michael Gunner and NT Federal representatives to speak out strongly against possible increases in discrimination under the law against Territorians who are LGBTQI and sexuality and gender questioning children and young people.


Formed in September 2014, Rainbow Territory is an unfunded Northern Territory community group that advocate for the human rights of Northern Territorians who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (‘LGBTQI’). Rainbow Territory aims to develop a safer, fairer and a more inclusive Northern Territory.

Facebook: rainbowterritory

Newsletter 23: Hello + how are you feeling

This is the twenty third newsletter from OUT NT.


This is a quick one, and its about health and diversity within the LGBTQI community.

There is a health needs assessment happening right now for the LGBTQI community. Basically the government is trying to figure out what health things our community uses currently or needs but doesn’t have access to. Have your say: link

Also this week, Ethnic LGBT+ is coming to Darwin. What is it? It is a project that “hopes to help other LGBT people of ethnic heritage navigate the cultural challenges they may face by being a member of the LGBT community”. Meet up details are below.

Did you know there is an LGBTQI group that has kicked off in Katherine? True story.

And finally, yes that is Cyndi Lauper up on top. No, she is not coming to Darwin, but the True Colours Chorus is performing as part of Darwin Pride, so it is almost like Queen/King Cyndi is here. More about Pride in next newsletter (early next week!).

Newsletter 23: Well done to young NT writer

Tiger-Lily Clements has taken out the top award in the Young Territory Author awards for her story about a same sex relationship. The central character of the story is working through her heartache over a relationship that has ended. A story we can all connect with. The work can (soon) be borrowed from the Casuarina Library. Well done Tiger-Lily, you look great in rainbow!

The awards are happening again next year, so if you have been inspired then get cracking.

Newsletter 23: Ethnic LGBT+ is visiting the NT

Dear Darwin LGBTIQ community, allies, supporters

My name is Mikhara and I would love to meet with you all. I would love to hear from members from all walks of life from the LGBTIQ community in Darwin.

The purpose of the meeting is to capture the stories, experiences and resources available to LGBTIQ people living in Darwin and surrounds. I run a national platform for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) LGBTIQ to share their stories and access support around the specific challenges they face. I believe stories save lives and know the power first hand of being able to see yourself in someone’s stories. I’d love to hear your stories.

When and where?
Mikhara will be at Roma Bar, Cavenagh St, this Thursday 13 September from 12-1:30pm, or you can meet up with Mikhara directly if this time or place does not suit, including if you are not in Darwin.

Contact details for Mikhara: | M (+61) 0424 044 247
Founder – Ethnic LGBT+ |

Newsletter 23: Beer Can Regatta…well done to the crew!

Well they didn’t take home the trophy this year, they got rammed by a metal and pointy ship and were tipped over like a slow motion action movie. The tide was out and this was against them also.

BUT, the crew did win the tug-of-war for the 3rd (or is it 4th?) year in a row. Against none other than a bunch of emergency service people with gloves and shoes. A mighty effort that has made our community proud.

For all of the photo highlights head to the international media coverage from Gaystar news!

Newsletter 23: Suicide prevention in the NT funding available

The NT has the highest suicide rate in Australia. Want would you do if you had the $$ to make a difference in the NT lgbtqi community? The government is providing funding to individuals and communities to take action for suicide prevention.

Do you have an idea for a project, activity or action for suicide prevention that can:
– build inclusive communities and strengthen community resilience
– address stigma and discrimination
– raise awareness of effective suicide prevention practices.

The NT government has released grants (closes 2 Oct) for individuals and groups for suicide prevention.