Seasoned LGBTI and marriage equality campaigners have hit the frontline again to fight for LGBTI rights in Australia.
Some of the team behind the successful ‘yes’ campaign in last year’s postal vote on marriage equality have launched a new group to tackle discrimination.
Called ‘Equality Australia‘ the group will battle to change laws to protect LGBTI students from discrimination.
‘When we work together, we have the power to change laws and change lives. The resounding YES result of one year ago shows that Australians know that equality makes us stronger. And we are not done yet,’ the group said in a statement.
Debate has raged in Australia about faith-based schools’ right to expel LGBTI student and fire teachers. The government delayed voting on a bill to remove those discriminations until 2019.
‘Faith-based schools are allowed to legally expel trans and gay students, as well as fire teachers because of their sexuality or gender identity,’ the groups said.
‘People born with intersex (a combination of male and female) biological characteristics are considered broken and subjected to ‘normalising’ treatments and surgeries as infants and children before they can ever give consent.
‘So-called ‘conversion therapy’ is still happening inside certain religious communities that see gay and trans people as sick and broken, instead of human and whole.’
Equality Australia brought together high profile LGBTI advocates to star in a video about the new group.
‘We stand together and we stand proud because no one deserves to be treated as less-than for simply being who they are. Not the rainbow family,’ the group said.
‘Not the trans teenager. Not the teacher or student just trying to go to school.
‘There are voices we still need to amplify, stories we still need to tell and wrongs we still need to right.’