LGBTI community prepares for federal election

Date: Aug 30, 2013

The federal election will be held on September 7, and LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex) organisations across Australia are doing everything they can to help people make informed decisions when it comes time for voting.

The New South Wales Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (NSW GLRL), in association with the Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby, Organisation Intersex International (OII) Australia and Transgender Victoria, recently sent out a survey to the major contenders in this year's election.

The LGBTI 2013 Election Survey asked participants 42 questions across 12 topics that are close to the hearts of the LGBTI community.

Justin Koonin, co-convenor of the NSW GLRL, said that marriage equality is one of these issues, and has been receiving a huge amount of attention from both political parties and the media in the lead-up to the election.

However, there are more LGBTI issues that need to be brought to the public's attention, and many rights still to be fought for.

In particular, explained Mr Koonin in an August 29 statement, the LGBTI community is looking for "a clear commitment to treat LGBTI families equally under [the government's] proposed paid parental leave scheme".

He explained that the LGBTI community would also like confirmation that other programs, such as the national LGBTI ageing and aged-care strategy, will function as normal following the election.

In addition to this, he hopes "Australia's active engagement on LGBTI issues internationally" will proceed and continue to grow

Sally Goldner, spokesperson for Transgender Victoria, said she was pleased that "trans and gender diverse issues" were being thrust into the limelight this election.

OII Australia's secretary Morgan Carpenter added that questions about intersex issues were included in the LGBTI 2013 Election Survey, and political parties' responses to these reveal they are "starting to understand the issues faced by intersex voters".

On the whole, it seems that many political contenders are planning to support the LGBTI community, their rights and their families.

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