Since 1988, the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby has been leading the fight for substantive equality and social justice for lesbians, gay men and their families in NSW.
We’ve achieved a lot. Our campaigns and advocacy have led to key reforms, including:
1990 – Introduction of Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers (GLLOs) across NSW police stations.
1991 – Establishment of the Lesbian and Gay Anti-Violence Project.
1993 – Introduction of homosexual anti-vilification legislation.
1998 – Establishment of a Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer in the NSW Attorney General’s Department.
1999 – Property, hospital, next of kin, inheritance and relationship rights for same-sex couples in NSW.
2003 – Equal age of consent.
2004 – First recognition of same-sex relationships in federal superannuation legislation.
2008 – Recognition of parental status for co-mothers in NSW.
2008 – Federal same-sex reforms: equal de facto rights for same-sex couples in areas including tax, super, immigration, social security, Medicare, aged care, veterans’ and defence entitlements, family law and child support.
2010 – Introduction of a NSW Relationships Register.
2010 – Reforms to ensure adoption equality and altruistic surrogacy in NSW.
2011 – National Human Rights Action Plan introduced.
2012 – NSW Legislative Council passed a motion endorsing marriage equality.
2014 – Removal of the ‘gay panic defence’ from the Crimes Act.
2015 – Developed and launched National LGBTI University Guide.
2016 – NSW Parliamentary apology to the 78ers.
2016 – Rainbow Votes Federal Election campaign.
This is just a snapshot and we’re not done yet. Our current campaigns focus on comprehensive federal anti-discrimination legislation and marriage equality.