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.

Apology for historical convictions for homosexual acts

At 10am on Tuesday 8 May 2018 the Northern Territory Chief Minister will deliver an apology in parliament to people who were convicted or impacted by historical laws in the NT that criminalised homosexual sex. Parliament is always open to the public, and the LGBTQI community is invited to attend the delivering of the apology.

This apology is to people alive and no longer alive who lived under this law and who were made criminals by this law. The NT is the last place in Australia to deliver an apology for these kind of laws, and to introduce an expungement scheme.

Members of the LGBTQI community are invited and encouraged to attend the apology in parliament. It will be followed by a morning tea in parliament from 10:45am.

There is a facebook event to assist in getting the word out.

For more details please contact the Chief Minister’s office. For details on the expungement scheme please see media release from the Attorney-General Natasha Fyles.

In the rest of this newsletter/scroll for more: book club, young person’s group, gay erotica reading at Fringe, LGBTI health clinics, beer can regatta construction crew, Qlife update, Rainbow Territory, Darwin Pride Festival 2018, lesbians of Alice, choir, Katherine Pride, IDAHOBIT, Black Divaz doco, and Seabreeze.