Announcing the #RainbowVotes Forum: 28 June, 7pm

With electoral rolls now closed and the countdown to the longest election campaign in our history rolls on, NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (NSWGLRL) are moving into the next phase of the #RainbowVotes campaign.

In the lead up to the Federal election NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (NSWGLRL) is calling on all parties to make a commitment to end discrimination and harassment against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians.

“We will be holding a panel discussion with MP’s and candidates based on our scorecard which has been sent to all major and selected micro parties.” says Co- convenor Chris Pycroft

Co-convenor Lauren Foy highlights “that the forum will provide an opportunity for candidates to put forward their policy positions on number of issues of importance to the many LGBTI voters. These issues include LGBTI youth, discrimination, ageing, foreign affairs, gender diversity and intersectionality”.

Participants of the forum are:

  • Federal Member for North Sydney, The Hon Trent Zimmerman (LNP)
  • Liberal Candidate for Sydney, Geoffrey Winters (TBC)
  • Greens Candidate for Sydney, Sylvie Ellsmore
  • Greens Candidate for Wentworth, Dejay Toborek
  • Federal Member for Sydney, The Hon Tanya Plibersek (ALP)
  • Labor Candidate for Wentworth, Evan Hughes

The format of the evening will consist of a list of pre-prepared questions which will be provided to all candidates. The format will also include an audience Q and A session, seeking questions from members of the public in attendance.

“In recent months we’ve seen young same-sex attracted and gender diverse kids used as political pawns through orchestrated attacks on programs designed to keep them safe. Attacks that, along with scare campaigns about LGBTI families, are the emerging foundation of a plebiscite “no” campaign”, says Co-convenor Lauren Foy

Co-convenor Chris Pycroft informs, “Yet through all of this, there are a range of other issues that don’t get the attention they deserve. Issues that over the next term of Parliament will affect our communities for many years to come. The #RainbowVotes survey of the political parties standing for the next election will enable our communities to know where the parties asking for their vote, stand the range of issues important to them.”

The event will take place on Tuesday 28th June, 7pm at The Teachers Federation, 22- 28 Mary Street, Surry Hills NSW

We look forward to a frenetic conversation on how these candidates plan on supporting you, in what is set to be an enigmatic and telling conversation between the parties, and our communities.

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