The Stirrer Election Manifesto

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He’s baaaack!!! Kevin Rudd by DonkeyHotey

With the return of Kevin Rudd to the Labor leadership, the federal election is once again a two horse (and a miniature pony) race. It’s going to be a lot tighter than anyone was expecting. Which means every vote – including gay votes – will count.

  • No party should expect to be given a single LGBTI vote as of right.
  • No party should expect a single gay vote based on what they did in the past.
  • It’s about what they will do for us going forward: nothing else.

So I have put together a draft list of the policies I would expect from a government claiming to be LGBTI-friendly. The plan is to send it to every candidate for the House and Senate, ask which policies they will support, and report back to you with their responses.

Add your wishes in the comments section.

My Gay Agenda – Tess

Maintain the gains

  • Maintain the discrimination laws just passed – including the aged care protections
  • Maintain the certificate of no impediment reforms
  • Maintain the gender and sex identity guidelines,
  • Continue to support and fund existing LGBTI mental health and other initiatives.

My Gay Agenda – Dylan

Marriage

  • Support equal marriage via legislation: oppose referendum or plebiscite
  • Support state marriage and civil unions in the meantime

My Gay Agenda – Doug

Foreign Affairs

  • Offer refuge and asylum to LGBTI refugees from homophobic states such as Uganda, Zimbabwe, Saudi, Dubai, Senegal, Gambia etc
  • Make foreign aid and engagement contingent on decriminalisation of gay sex
  • Run pro-LGBTI events overseas under embassy/consular aegis, especially in countries where homosexuality is illegal
  • Appoint openly gay ambassadors and consular staff

My Gay Agenda – Brian

Health

  • Outlaw all therapy, counselling and coaching claiming or attempting to modify sexual orientation, paid or voluntary.
  • Continue to fund and promote HIV care and prevention
  • Fund and support trans* healthcare including surgery
  • Outlaw genital ‘correction’ surgery on intersex children incapable of consent

My Gay Agenda – Phil

Religion

  • Promote religious equality: end all preferential treatment of religious organisations inc. exemptions from discrimination law, and tax breaks

My Gay Agenda – David

Administration

  • Broaden ‘whole of govt’ initiatives and bodies on social inclusion to include GLBTI
  • Establish a Ministry for LGBTIQ Affairs
  • Fund and establish GLBTI community centres in all cities and major town centres, and subsidise their operation

My Gay Agenda – Michael

Education

  • Remove chaplains and religious instruction from state schools and replace by ethics lessons, comparative religion education and qualified secular counselling
  • Include LGBTI history in all schools from primary onwards: support a National Gay History Month on the English model
  • Mandate properly funded and profesionally delivered secular age appropriate diverse sex education in ALL schools from primary onwards independently audited and monitored: include in National Curriculum requirements.
  • Require all teachers to qualify in LGBTI diversity, inclusiveness and anti-bullying to maintain professional accreditation.

My Gay Agenda – James

Sport

  • Make all sports funding contingent on embedding of externally audited ongoing pro-active anti-homophobia training into AFL, NRL, NFL, Australian Soccer and all other sports from junior to elite levels

My Gay Agenda – Ian

Business

  • Require all corporations, businesses, professional associations, unions and non-profits doing business with the government and its agencies to demonstrate externally audited pro-active sex and gender diverse hiring and employment policies and activity as a contractual obligation
  • Demonstrate commitment to principle by operating the same policies and activities in all government bodies and agencies, at home and abroad.

My Gay Agenda – Adam

What do you want from your government? Add your wishes in the comments section.

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About the author

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)