Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce has launched an online resource for LGBTI people by Australia’s national anti-depression initiative BeyondBlue, speaking of her concern about the high rate of suicide among LGBTI young people.
Bryce launched the Families Like Mine e-book and website in Melbourne earlier today, noting that young LGBTI Australians were 6 times more likely to commit suicide than other Australians.
‘This is too high a price to pay for our young people,’ Bryce said at the launch event according to The Age, ‘We cannot allow another person to be lost.’
‘Fear of rejection and, particularly, fear of being rejected by a loved one is shown to increase anxiety and the risk of suicide and self-harm. But a supportive family can make all the difference.’
Bryce’s comments come just days after she made public her support for same-sex marriage.
Delivering the final 2013 Boyer Lecture on Friday night in Sydney, Bryce said she hoped to one day see an Australia where ‘people are free to love and marry whom they choose.’
Bryce offered to resign to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott when he was elected to government in September as she is the mother-in-law of the current Labor Opposition leader Bill Shorten but he has allowed her to serve the rest of her term in office.
She will retire as Governor-General in March. A successor is yet to be announced.
Australia is a democratic constitutional monarchy and the Governor-General is appointed by the Australian Government to be the Queen’s representative in Australia though the role is largely ceremonial and independent.
In the event of a constitutional crisis the Governor-General has the power to sack the Prime Minister of Australia.