Standing up for full equality and diversity: Every MP, every vote, every time.
Changing social conditions for our LGBTI community has been hard fought over the last 40 years or so. And we have made significant progress against sexual oppression and discrimination, but there is some way to go.
The inequality in our marriage laws is a matter of discrimination, plain and simple.
LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) people continue to face discrimination in NSW, under the law as well as due to ongoing discrimination on the basis of sex, sexuality and gender identity.
Discrimination and inequality also manifest themselves in housing, employment, education, identification documents, relationship status including marriage, and many other aspects of life. These inequalities have lingering detrimental effects for LGBTI people in NSW.
Evidence suggests that the rate of suicide attempts for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people is 3.5 to 14 times higher than for the general community while suicide and self-harm rates for same sex attracted youth and LGBTI Aboriginal people are even higher. The experience of discrimination, violence and abuse, and social isolation, all contribute to the elevated risk of suicide in the LGBTI community.
The Greens have always stood up for full equality for LGBTI people, and for a society that celebrates and encourages diversity, and we always will.
The Greens are the only party resolute in standing for marriage equality, no ifs and no buts. We don’t believe people’s human rights are a matter of conscience and Greens MPs will always vote for marriage equality - every MP, every vote, every time.
Only the Greens are standing up for genuine equality laws, to stop religious schools, hospitals and homeless shelters from turning LGBTI Australians away or firing them because of their sexuality or gender identity.
There is overwhelming community support for marriage equality from every demographic, including people of faith, people in regional and rural areas and older people, but the old parties still hold LGBTI Australians back from equality nationwide. Disappointingly, the same-sex marriage bill was defeated in NSW parliament in 2013 by essentially one vote. The Greens will keep pushing for full marriage equality at both the state and federal level.
We will keep working hard to implement policies, programs and legislative changes that will end discrimination, achieve full equality for LGBTI people and support their health and social needs.
We have historically been a driving force behind successful efforts to legislate same-sex adoption, equalise the age of consent, and decriminalise consensual homosexual acts. In recent years, the Greens have been at the forefront of campaigns in support of communities from across the LGBTI spectrum.
It was the Greens in Tasmania that decriminalised homosexuality there in 1997, after more than a decade of campaigning and negotiating.
In 2014, in NSW we introduced a bill that would remove the cruel “unmarried requirement” of the Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act that forces married transgender people to divorce their partner in order to register a change of sex.
We have given strong support to the successful homosexual conviction expungement bill and removing religious exemptions from the Anti-Discrimination Act.
Our parliamentary motions to recognise IDAHOT, Intersex Awareness Day and Transgender Day of Remembrance have been passed successfully.
Further, our strong advocacy for intersex people’s self-determination and human rights has opened up debate on intersex inclusion in NSW.