Exempting bigotry


Crusader Hillis highlights a recent case of legalised discrimination that appears to have been swept under the carpet.

Trans activist Sally Goldner: the sole voice of protest in the queer media.

Reading about the furore caused by the Peel’s ability to refuse entry to straights and lesbians, I was struck by how, just a couple of weeks ago, Hanover Welfare Services in St Kilda was granted a similar exemption by VCAT to ban transgender clients from its two women’s rooming houses. The ban was sought, and granted, after a pre-operative male to female trans person walked naked through the refuge, displaying her genitalia.

Both exemptions are bad news for queers; not just because they create precedents for more segregated public services, but because they encourage thinking that sees human sexuality and gender as binary and easy to categorise.