The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) will tomorrow release its survey of the major political parties as well as individual candidates in the media and on its website. The survey, developed in conjunction with ACON, rates each of the parties on their policy platform as well as their demonstrated commitment to equality and their general understanding of the issues faced by lesbians, gay men and their families.
Co-Convenor Emily Gray said today, “On the issue of equality for gay men and lesbians, there is a clear divide between the major parties. While both the Coalition and the ALP still refuse to provide formal recognition for our relationships in the form of civil unions or marriage, on issues such as de facto recognition, equal access to IVF and a commitment to consulting with the gay and lesbian community, the ALP comes out on top.”
“The Democrats in particular not only have well-developed policies, but an excellent track record of supporting and introducing legislation aimed at achieving equality for the gay and lesbian community,” continued Co-Convenor Peter Johnson. “The Greens also displayed a high level of commitment to end discrimination against lesbians and gay men, unlike Family First, which refused to even reply to provide a response to our survey.
Emily Gray said, “While lesbians and gay men vote for a variety of reasons when they go to the polling booth, we hope that all people will consider the issue of gay and lesbian equality when casting their vote”. Peter Johnson continued, “With relatively high proportions of gay and lesbian voters in key seats such as Wentworth and North Sydney, the pink vote will play a pivotal role in the upcoming election. Gay and lesbian issues will continue to be important as long as political parties pursue policies that financially penalise and discriminate against people for who they love”.
The survey will be formally launched this Sunday at the GLRL’s ‘Pink Picnic for Equality’ from 12pm at Rushcutter’s Bay Park. Candidates for Wentworth as well as other politicians and community members will attend the picnic to meet the gay and lesbian community and call for an end to discrimination based on sexuality.