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.
As members and supporters of the LGBTIQ+ community and their supporters, we call on all members of the NSW Parliament to commit to:
- 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
- Ending harmful conversion practices and ensuring support for survivors
- Removing the cruel and unnecessary barriers trans and gender diverse people face when accessing ID that aligns with their gender
- Ending unnecessary medical procedures on people born with variations of sex characteristics without their consent
- 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?