NSW GLRL calls for end to homophobia
In the lead up to Mardi Gras, the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) is calling for the community to get behind its push to end religious exemptions and remove homophobic legislation from the anti discrimination bill.
The campaign, ‘No Homophobia, No Exceptions,’ targets existing exceptions in anti-discrimination law, which allow religious bodies to discriminate against LGBTI people in service delivery and employment.
The campaign, will also target bi-phobia and trans-phobia.
The lobby is calling on the NSW and Federal Attorneys-General to shutdown the loopholes in the law which currently throw up barriers to full equality for the LGBTI community.
GLRL Convenor Justin Koonin said, “The impact of these exceptions is sometimes severe, ranging from student teachers having to hide their sexual orientation to gain accreditation, to young people who are bullied on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity being re-victimised in schools. There is even a documented case of a person seeking help for domestic violence being referred to so-called ‘conversion therapy’."
Anti-discrimination laws should protect the most vulnerable, but Koonin believes in these instances, the loopholes allowed scapegoating of LGBTI people.
Koonin said “Normally, anti-discrimination laws should be able to help protect these people from harm. Instead, the religious exceptions in both the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 and Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 operate to authorise, rather than prohibit, such discrimination.”
If you'd like to help the lobby fight the good fight to end discrimination, visit their booth at Fair Day or sign the petition calling for an end to religious exemptions HERE.