SA govt launches LGBTI-inclusion strategy
The South Australian government today released its Strategy for the Inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer people.
Released by the Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion Tony Piccolo, the strategy outlines how government can improve its policies and services to make South Australia a more inclusive state for LGBTIQ citizens.
The strategy was formulated following an extensive consultation period involving the Rainbow Advisory Council, the Women’s Information Service, the Equal Opportunity Commission and those who completed the South Australian Rainbow Survey or participated in one of the government’s LGBTIQ community forums.
Piccolo said the strategy showed the government is “strongly committed to the principle that all South Australians should feel valued and included”.
“Unfortunately discrimination, stigma, exclusion and even concerns about personal safety continue to be a real and unacceptable fact of life for family members, friends and colleagues who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer,” Piccolo said.
“This strategy is an important step forward in identifying and addressing such challenges, and provides numerous practical initiatives to be undertaken by government agencies.”
The strategy lists five priority areas for action: social and emotional health and wellbeing, employment and opportunities, awareness and education, inclusive service delivery, and engagement with LGBTIQ communities.
Under each area are listed key objectives and key criteria for government departments to improve inclusivity.
For example, under ‘Awareness and Education’ the strategy requires government departments to include LGBTIQ people in advertising, and schools to have appropriate activities to profile LGBTIQ people and “mechanisms in place to reduce and eliminate homophobia and transphobia in schools” including training teachers in LGBTIQ issues.
“This strategy is another example of the Government’s commitment to our strategic priority of building safe, strong communities in which all South Australians can live active and healthy lives and feel part of their community,” Piccolo said.
The implementation of the strategy will be led by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion over the next three years.