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.
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.
- Support equal marriage via legislation: oppose referendum or plebiscite
- Support state marriage and civil unions in the meantime
- 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
- 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
- Promote religious equality: end all preferential treatment of religious organisations inc. exemptions from discrimination law, and tax breaks
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
What do you want from your government? Add your wishes in the comments section.