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Victorian Greens Rocked By Transphobia Claims Again

The Greens party in Victoria has once again been internally rocked by claims of transphobia – this time over the election of its new state convenor Linda Gale. Gale has been accused by Greens members of making anti-transgender comments in the past. Trigger Warning: This story discusses transphobic comments, which might be distressing to some readers. For 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention call Lifeline on 13 11 14. For Australia-wide LGBTQI peer support call QLife on 1800 184 527 or webchat.While Gale reiterated that she would uphold the Greens policy with regard to trans rights, many in the party pointed out that she hadn’t yet retracted or apologised for her past views, which remain in the public domain.
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Melbourne Pride: One-Day Pride Street Party On February 13
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