Greens First To Pledge Support for LGBTI Worldwide

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Greens leader Christine Milne has become the first Australian political leader to sign  the  Kaleidoscope Trust Australia pledge of support for gays and lesbians worldwide.

The Kaleidoscope Trust Australia is asking all political leaders in Australia to pledge their support during the current election. The Greens Pledge says:

We make this solemn pledge our support to the furtherance of LGBTI rights as a strong component of wider human rights through these concrete actions:

  1.  Australian support for initiatives at the UN and in other multilateral forums to protect LGBTI people from discrimination and persecution
  2.  Advocacy for the equal rights of LGBTI people in Australia’s bilateral human rights dialogue
  3.  Australia’s active support for the removal of anti-LGBTI criminal laws in the Asia Pacific region

The Australian Labor Party and the Liberal-National Coalition have yet to respond to the trust’s request.

The Kaleidoscope Trust advances the human rights of LGBTI people internationally by listening to, amplifying and communicating their voices to a wider audience, and by standing with them in persuading public and political opinion of the need for an end to all discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Originally launched in the UK in 2011, with the support of the leaders of all three major British political parties, the Trust has carved out a niche as the main UK NGO working to uphold the rights of LGBTI people internationally.

“Our journey in Australia is in its infancy but we hope to have similar success,” said local director Douglas Pretsell. 

 

 

 

The pledge that Senator Milne signed:

 

We make this solemn pledge our support to the furtherance of LGBTI rights as a strong component of wider human rights through these concrete actions:

 

1.       Australian support for initiatives at the UN and in other multilateral forums to protect LGBTI people from discrimination and persecution

 

2.       Advocacy for the equal rights of LGBTI people in Australia’s bilateral human rights dialogue

 

3.       Australia’s active support for the removal of anti-LGBTI criminal laws in the Asia Pacific region

 

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Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. And now he's been nominated for LGBTI Journalist of the Year 2017, which is great news, as he hasn't won any of these things for years! If you want to nominate him too - the more the merrier - you can do it here http://www.australianlgbtiawards.com.au/public-nominations.html "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)