Time is running out to demonstrate your support for equality for LGBTI people in Australia. There are only three days left to take a stand in support of new laws to prevent discrimination - submissions close Friday 21 December.
The exposure draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill (2012) is currently being reviewed by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal & Constitutional Affairs. The result of years of consultation and lobbying, it promises to provide improved protections from discrimination for LGBTI people on the basis of "Sexual Orientation" and "Gender Identity" in Federal law, and the LGBTI community is campaigning for the Bill to include protection on the basis of “Intersex” status as well.
The committee, however, needs to hear from you. There is a concerted effort by opponents of the Bill, including fundamentalist groups, to see it defeated and, with that, the dreams and aspirations of many to live lives free of discrimination quashed. Already, a number of submissions have attempted to label LGBTI people as perverted or diseased and some have even called for aged-care facilities to be able to actively exclude LGBTI people, treating them as second-class citizens and denying them a right to age with dignity.
You can join us in taking a stand for LGBTI rights and write an email to the Senate committee, but we need to act now! To make a submission all you need to do is simply send an email to
telling them you support the Bill, suggest making a few changes and urge the Committee to recommend the Bill be passed before the next election. Your email must also include your full postal address and contact details to be valid. We recommend that you choose some or all of the following messages - using your own words.
- Support the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill and ask the Committee to recommend it be passed in this parliamentary term.
- Include a story of how you or someone you know has been discriminated against and why you want Australia to protect LGBTI people from discrimination.
- Support the definitions of "Sexual Orientation" and "Relationship Status", which is broad enough to include gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning people.
- Recommend using the 2012 Tasmanian definition of "Gender Identity" (which is inclusive of Gender Expression/Presentation)
- Recommend the inclusion of "Intersex" as a protected attribute, using the 2012 Tasmanian Definition
- Support the prohibition on discrimination for Commonwealth-funded aged-care services administered by faith based organisations
- Recommend all Government funded services are restricted from discriminating, including faith based organisations
- Recommend faith based organisations, including in aged care, should not be allowed to discriminate against employees
- Recommend faith based organisations wishing to discriminate must publish a statement in position descriptions, on their website and in any brochures about their service, so that people know in advance what the organisation is about
- Recommend that the position of Commissioner responsible for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity discrimination be established in the legislation.
Thank you for taking the time to read our call to action. Now is the time to act - join us in supporting the positive measures in this Bill, and get your friends involved too. Email, Facebook or Tweet this page (or the shortened version http://goo.gl/AriuI) and, together, let’s make history!