LGBTI advocates lobby for more inclusive Tasmania in lead up to election
With a state election looming in Tasmania, LGBTI rights advocates are pushing candidates for more inclusive policies for Tasmania’s LGBTI community.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said the rights group would be surveying all the major parties on key issues such as same-sex marriage and anti discrimination so LGBTI people will be fully informed when it is time to cast their vote.
“But our main goal is to ensure that whoever wins government will maintain Tasmania's trajectory towards being more inclusive and accepting of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and interest people."
Currently both Labor and the Greens support same-sex marriage and have voiced their support for expunging criminal records for gay men convicted of gay sex prior to decriminalisation in 1997.
While the Liberal Party has not supported the reform, leader Will Hodgman gave in-principle support last week to expunging state criminal records for gay sex and apologising to those affected.