Rights Lobby Agenda

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What’s your Agenda? the stirrer is running a series throughout this election, highlighting the issues affecting G.A.Y.* people urgently needing attention. The Victorian and NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobbies have issued a joint statement outlining their agenda for the election:the full statement is at the link above, the key points are listed below.

Youth

  • Reduce violence and harassment against LGBTI students
  • Ensure young LGBTI people feel safe at school.

Engagement

  • Human Rights Commissioner with specific responsibility for LGBTI
  • Party spokesperson on issues relating to the LGBTI equality,
  • Whole-of-government LGBTI Ministerial Advisory Group.

Equality and non-discrimination

  • Remove certain exemptions from anti-discrimination laws, including provisions affecting trans and intersex sportspeople.

Health and ageing

  • Ongoing funding for the national LGBTI telephone support helpline, Q-Life.
  • A national, co-ordinated approach is needed to address the heath needs of LGBTI Australians, particularly the needs of older LGBTI people

Relationship recognition and marriage equality

  • No public vote on marriage equality
  • Hold a vote of the Parliament.

*G.A.Y. = the acronym formerly known as LGBTI2QQAA+

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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.

“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)