GLRL to mark 25 years of fighting for equality
The state’s leading equal rights lobby group for LGBTI people and their families, the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) will celebrate its 25th anniversary at the NSW Parliament House.
GLRL co-convenor Lainie Arnold said the event will celebrate the organisation’s achievements of the past two decades and honour those who have played a part in the fight for equality and social justice.
“The 25th Anniversary celebration recognises the significant strides towards substantive equality that have been made over the past 25 years. It is a way of publicly acknowledging the many current and past members and supporters who have played an active role, and often worked tirelessly, in the fight for gay and lesbian rights in Australia.”
Some of the Lobby’s major achievements include the recognition of same-sex relationships under Federal legislation, a passage of a motion through the NSW Legislative Council endorsing marriage equality and an amendment to the Federal anti-discrimination legislation which provides protection on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.
Although many major milestones have been reached for the LGBTQI community, GLRL co-convener Dr Justin Koonin said that “there is still much for us to achieve in legislative reform, public education and attitudinal change”.
The Lobby will focus future efforts on achieving marriage equality, removing exemptions for religious organisations in anti-discrimination law and eradicating homophobia and bullying from schools and workplaces.
The 25th Anniversary Celebrations begin at 6.30pm on Wednesday, October 23, and will be attended by Governor of NSW Marie Bashir, Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore, social and political commentator David Marr, Olympian Matthew Mitcham and DJ Dan Murphy.
All supporters of the GLRL are invited to join.
To book, go to www.glrl.org.au