NSW has a special place in the history of LGBTIQ+ equality. It’s where the trailblazing 78ers bravely stepped out of the bars and into the streets in protest for the first Sydney Mardi Gras.
And the NSW Parliament eventually followed, acting since the 1980s to strengthen our rights and protections under law.
But the job is not finished, and the state is falling behind. Parliament is failing to progress full equality for our communities and allowing One Nation to play politics with our rights.
As members and supporters of the LGBTIQ+ community, we call on all members of the NSW Parliament to reject One Nation’s Education and Religious Discrimination bills, and act for equality by supporting:
- The appointment of a Minister for Equality to ensure our communities have a seat at the table
- Reform to ensure all LGBTIQ+ people are protected under anti-discrimination laws, including by removing carve-outs that allow religious organisations to sack, expel or deny service to LGBTQ+ people
- An end to harmful conversion practices and ensuring support for survivors
- The removal of legal barriers to ensure trans and gender diverse people can access ID that aligns with their gender
- Ending unnecessary medical procedures on people born with innate variations of sex characteristics without their consent
- The development of a comprehensive whole-of-government strategy on LGBTIQ+ inclusion, health and wellbeing
- Additional funding for LGBTIQ+ community support services.
Will you call on the NSW parliament to act for equality?