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A US report has revealed anti-trans murder rate doubled in 2015. Source: WikiCommons

Wynnum drug forum to discuss community solutions

Wynnum will be hosting a ‘Breaking the Ice’ forum, about the drug ice, early next month, and in the lead up to this the community has been discussing ways to combat drug use in the community.

Experts have revealed education and counselling are integral to preventing and treating ice addictions, while an increase in arrest rates does little to solve the problem.

Event organiser and Federal MP Ross Vasta said community and communication are crucial in tackling the spread and impact of ice addiction.

Senate to consider HIV prevention drug

Senate is considering a motion to remove barriers to access the HIV-prevention drug Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and other HIV prevention tools in the lead up to World AIDS Day.

The drug is currently available in overseas markets, and in San Francisco it has seen rates of new HIV transmissions drop by 30%.

PrEP is currently being reviewed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and is likely to come on the market in 2017, or earlier if the senate motion is approved.

Melbourne hospital 'riddled with asbestos'

Redevelopment of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has been halted after the building was found to be ‘riddled with asbestos’.

The nearly 200 million dollar redevelopment, which was to be completed in 2017, looks to blow out by at least 30 million dollars in light of the news.

The State Government has commissioned an independent report on how to fix the problem which is due to be completed in four weeks.

Sydney muslims face discrimination

A survey into the experiences of Muslims living in Sydney has revealed they face discrimination at three times the rate of other Australians.

Despite these experiences, most of the survey respondents felt that relations between themselves and non-Muslims were friendly.

Almost 600 Sydney Muslims participated in the survey, which will be officially presented at the second Australasian Conference on Islam held in Parramatta.

US report reveals anti-trans murder rate doubled in 2015

Last week the US National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released a report which showed that transgender or gender-related homicide had nearly doubled this year, compared to the previous two years.

The report also emphasised the role gender and race play in hate crimes: more than three quarters of the trans people murdered this year in the US were black or Latina trans women.

The news comes as the US has legalised gay marriage in many of its states, and Queensland is considering civil unions. However many trans activists argue that these victories don’t combat issues such as the violence committed against marginalised members of the LGBT community.