Historic timeline LGBTIQ equality

Victoria's leading the way in legislative and historic firsts for LGBTIQ Victorians. Find out what’s happening.

Fairer Birth Certificates for trans and gender diverse Victorians

28 August 2019

Trans and gender diverse Victorians wanting to alter the sex recorded on their birth certificate will no longer need to undergo sex affirmation surgery under new laws passed by the Victorian Government.

First LGBTIQ equality event at Government House

15 May 2017

The Governor hosts an event for the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. ‘We look forward to a day when an occasion like this will be rather commonplace – or better still, unnecessary.’ Governor of Victoria, Linda Dessau.

Victoria’s first pride centre location announced

17 March 2017

Pride Centre to be built on Fitzroy St, St Kilda.

All couples allowed to adopt

1 September 2016

Changes to the Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Act 2015 in Victoria allow couples to adopt regardless of their sex or gender identity.

Victorians gather in solidarity following the shooting in Orlando

16 June 2016

2,500 Victorians gathered in Federation Square on 16 June to show solidarity following the tragic shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando where 49 people were killed.

State apology for criminalising homosexuality

24 May 2016

Premier Daniel Andrews acknowledged the shameful historic laws that criminalised homosexuality in Victoria.

Before homosexuality was decriminalised in 1980, men could be sentenced for up to 15 years in prison for having consensual sex with other men. 'These laws did not just punish homosexual acts, they punished homosexual thought. They had no place in a liberal democracy. They have no place anywhere,' the Premier said.

Removal of old criminal convictions

1 September 2015

A person or representative of a deceased person can apply to remove old convictions for homosexual sexual activity, that is no longer a criminal offence. This is known as expungement.

1st Gender and Sexuality Commissioner

15 July 2015

Ro Allen announced as Victoria’s first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner.

Removal of HIV transmission law

2 June 2015

Intentional HIV transmission had harsher penalties of up to 25 years in jail, compared to 20 years for manslaughter. Section 19A of the Crimes Act was removed. Intentional infection of HIV is now part of existing criminal offences such as ‘causing serious injury.’

1st Equality portfolio

3 December 2014

The first time there is a Minister for Equality and Equality portfolio in Victoria. Its purpose is to champion the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex (LGBTIQ) Victorians.

Reviewed 13 September 2019

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