Workshops on discrimination and protections
The NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) have announced a series of workshops to identify areas in which same-sex attracted and gender diverse people experience discrimination and educate them on their rights and protections.
Funded by a federal Human Rights Education Framework grant, the first workshop - on youth issues - will take place in Parramatta on Wednesday, August 29.
A subsequent youth workshop will take place in Newtown on September 8 and an ageing/seniors workshop will take place in Hamilton, Newcastle, on October 6. A women’s form will be held late October with a venue yet to be announced.
“These workshops provide a platform and opportunity to open a dialogue on these issues and empower people to claim their rights”, GLRL co-convenor Justin Koonin said.
“There are currently no comprehensive federal anti-discrimination protections for sexuality, sex and gender diverse people despite the fact that these groups continue to be subject to discrimination in all aspects of daily life.”
While the various states all have laws preventing discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and gender diversity they vary from state to state.
As part of the federal National Human Rights Action Plan, a consolidation of federal anti-discrimination legislation is expected to provide protection on the grounds of sexual orientation and sex and/or gender diversity for the first time, Koonin said.