About this site
The Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group is a community-based organisation campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights in Tasmania.
The TGLRG led the successful 1988-1997 campaign for gay law reform in Tasmania, as well as subsequent campaigns for state anti-discrimination and same-sex relationship laws.
For more about these historic campaigns visit our archives.
Its ongoing activities include parliamentary lobbying, media liaison, community education and direct action. It has a commitment to visibility and community empowerment.
The Group continues to campaign for LGBT law and policy reform in Tasmania and nationally.
To find out more about what we're up to read on...
CHRISTIAN LOBBY WRONG TO LINK FORCED ADOPTIONS AND SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
This media release was issued by the TGLRG on 21.8.12
Tasmanian gay rights advocates have hit back at the Australian Christian Lobby for linking the State Government's apology for forced adoptions to same-sex marriage and parenting.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome said,
"Research shows the children of same-sex couples are as happy and well-adjusted as other children, and do not suffer the same hurt and sense of injustice experienced by many of those people who were forcibly adopted."
"In the past, some children were forcibly adopted because their family arrangements were thought to be inherently inferior to others, which is exactly the same mentality behind the Christian Lobby's current resistance to same-sex marriage and parenting."
"BUY TASMANIAN" CALL FROM MAN WHO ONCE LED BOYCOTT AGAINST STATE'S FORMER ANTI-GAY LAWS
This media release was issued by the TGLRG on 21.8.12
The man who led the 1994 boycott of Tasmanian products in protest at the state's former anti-gay laws has urged Australians to "buy Tasmanian" in the wake of Premier Lara Giddings' announcement that the state will lead the nation on same-sex marriage.
In an article published today, the chair of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Peter Urmson, said,
"Tasmanian is now a beacon of hope for other Australians, with progressive people and strong leaders who know what is right."
"I'm urging as many people as possible to buy King Island cream, Lactos cheese, Cascade beer and other Tasmanian products."
"It is our way to show how much we support and value how important Tasmania's brave and principled stand is for the nation as a whole."
500 brave rain in Hobart to support marriage equality / Advocates welcome S.A. decision to follow Tassie
This media release was issued by the TGLRG on 11.8.12
"Jay Weatherill's announcement vindicates Lara's Gidding's decision to pursue marriage equality at a state level."
- Rodney Croome
500 people braved cold and wet conditions in Hobart today to show their support for marriage equality at a rally addressed by State Premier, Lara Giddings.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said the turn-out on such a gloomy day shows how excited many Tasmanians are about the state leading the way on marriage equality.
"The rally was further evidence of what recent polls have already shown - Tasmanians support marriage equality and want their state to take the lead."
Mr Croome welcomed reports from Adelaide that South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, has followed Lara Giddings' lead and announced his Government will have a conscience vote on marriage equality. South Australian Liberal leader, Isobel Redmond, has also said the SA Liberals will also have a conscience vote.
"Jay Weatherill's announcement vindicates Lara's Gidding's decision to pursue marriage equality at a state level", Mr Croome said.
"The SA Liberals' conscience vote will increase pressure on Will Hodgman and the Tasmanian Liberals to do the same."
"The clear message to federal parliament is that if it fails to provide equality, the states will instead."
Poll shows majority of Tasmanians support marriage equality and want Tassie to take the lead
This media release was issued by the TGLRG on 10.8.12
POLL SHOW MAJORITY OF TASMANIANS SUPPORT MARRIAGE EQUALITY AND WANT THEIR STATE TO LEAD THE WAY
HIGH YOUTH SUPPORT SHOWS REFORM WILL BE "DEFINING MOMENT FOR AN ENTIRE GENERATION"
LARA GIDDINGS TO ADDRESS RALLY IN HOBART TOMORROW
A new poll released today shows a majority of Tasmanians believe same-sex couples should be able to marry, and a majority support Tasmania being the first state to enact the reform.
The poll of 1000 people conducted by EMRS Research and commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality was almost entirely completed before Premier Lara Giddings made her announcement that Tasmania will be the first place in Tasmania to allow same-sex couples to wed*.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said,
"These results vindicate Lara Gidding's decision to move ahead on marriage equality."
"Tasmanians can see that we have nothing to lose and everything to gain from this landmark reform."
The poll found that 61% of Tasmanians believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry (up from 59% in September last year), while 54% believe the state should go ahead with its own marriage equality laws.
Polls show swing to Tas Libs if they support marriage equality free vote
This media release was issued by the TGLRG on 8.8.12
Tasmanian gay rights advocates say they have not given up hope of a Liberal Party conscience vote on marriage equality, highlighting polls which suggest as many as 30,000 non-Liberal voters would be more likely to vote Liberal if Will Hodgman reverses his opposition to a free vote.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said a national poll released yesterday by Galaxy research shows a net 20% of non-Liberal voters, or almost 30,000 Tasmanians, would be more likely to vote Liberal if the Party has a free vote on same-sex marriage.
"By denying a conscience vote Will Hodgman is hurting his own party's chances at the next election, as well as those couples and families who deserve equal recognition", Mr Croome said.
"Liberals should support marriage equality because it will strengthen relationships and families, boost the Tasmanian economy and swing more voters their way." More...
Couples and families to be focus of Tas marriage equality campaign
This media release was issued by the TGLRG on 6.8.12
Advocates say their campaign to achieve marriage equality in Tasmania will focus on the human face of the issue.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said the best advocates for marriage equality are the couples and families who will directly benefit.
"The international experience shows that marriage equality strengthens relationships and families, and we will be encouraging Tasmanian politicians to meet the people who can communicate this message best of all."
Mr Croome said the marriage equality campaign will also highlight the social and economic benefits for Tasmania.
Tas marriage equality supporters celebrate equality
This media release was issued by the TGLRG on 5.8.12
About 70 Tasmanian marriage equality supporters gathered at Parliament House today to toast Premier Lara Gidding's announcement that Tasmania will become the first Australian state to allow same-sex couples to marry (two pictures attached).
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said there has been an overwhelming response to yesterday's announcement by Premier Giddings.
"In the last 24 hours the response to Lara Gidding's announcement from same-sex couples and their families across the state and the nation has been overwhelming, with emails pouring in asking 'when can we marry?'."
"Overnight, Tasmania has become a beacon of hope for hundreds of thousands of Australians."
Advocates hail Tasmanian Government's commitment to state marriage equality
This media release was issued by the TGLRG on 4.8.12
Tasmanian gay rights advocates have praised the leadership of state premier, Lara Giddings, for her pledge to enact laws allowing same-sex couples to marry.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said Ms Gidding's pledge is a historic moment for Tasmania and for the gay community nationally.
"Tasmania will be more socially inclusive, we will build stronger relationships and families, our economy will benefit and we will dispell our lingering reputation for intolerance forever."
"Nationally, pressure for marriage equality will increase as couples married in Tasmania demand recognition from other Australian governments, and as it becomes clear that the sky doesn't fall in when same-sex partners wed."
Tas Parliament marriage equality motion welcomed / Call on major-party MPs to reflect public support for equality
This media release was issued by the TGLRG on 18.9.11
Tasmanian gay activists have welcomed a move that could see Tasmanian become the first Australian jurisdiction to give in-principle support to marriage equality.
Greens Leader, Nick McKim, today announced he will table a motion on Tuesday, to be debated Wednesday, that will call on Parliament to agree that same-sex couples should be able to legally marry.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said the motion is a historic opportunity for Tasmania to lead the nation towards full equality for same-sex couples and called on both major parties to support it.
"By supporting the motion, Tasmanian MPs can show they believe the benefits of marriage should be shared equally by all Tasmanian couples regardless of gender", Mr Croome said.