NSW parliament fails to commemorate trans day of remembrance
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NSW parliament fails to commemorate trans day of remembrance

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 21 November 2013 13:14 Written by // Cec Busby

The Christian Democrats have blocked a motion by NSW parliament to commemorate transgender victims on Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Greens NSW spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, described the blocking of the motion, which was to commemorate transgender victims of violence, as very disappointing.

“This morning, the Christian Democrats blocked a notice of motion acknowledging today as the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“It is very disappointing that the Parliament will not pass a motion commemorating victims of homicide just because they are transgender.

“The Greens motion highlighted the discrimination, harassment and social exclusion many transgender people face in our society.”

Faruqi said it was unacceptable any Australian should be subject to violence and bullying and as parliamentarians they should be moving to remove discrimination, not uphold it.

“As parliamentarians, we should be moving to remove discrimination from the law and prejudice from our society, not further entrenching it by refusing to even mark this important day.”

 

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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