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Lifestyle Opinion /
In July 2009, the Federal Gove
amended 85 pieces of legislatio
discriminated against same-sex
ese changes a ect our lives, rights,
relationships and families, but how ?
swer your questions, the Federal Gove
has funded a campaign titled Wear I
Pride aimed at increasing aware
and understanding of these reform
produced by ACON on behalf of th
National LGBT Health Alliance.
e campaign is enlisting the help of
ambassadors - celebrities like Natalie
Bassingthwaighte, Ruby Rose and Juli
McCrossin, as well as prominent mem-
bers of the gay and lesbian community
such as Dr Kerryn Phelps and partner Jackie Stricker
- to spread the word about the reforms. Wear It With
Pride promotes the changes to existing federal laws
through a series of 85 T-shirts custom designed by
some of Australia's hottest artists and designers.
Entertainer Natalie Bassingthwaigthe is a proud
ambassador for the campaign stating that "love is
universal... it's for all of us." Bassingthwaighte has
a lot of friends in the LGBT community (includ-
ing her best friend of 29 years) and is "really excited
about the changes that have been put into place." e
songstress has dedicated her new single 'Love Like
is' to celebrate the campaign and will give all of
her pro ts from the single to the ongoing support of
the LGBT community. e colourful video features
many of the T-shirt designs as well as introducing the
Focusing on changes to parenting laws, the T-
shirts worn by Dr Kerryn Phelps and partner Jackie
Stricker promote awareness of changes that mean
privileges that heterosexual couples have had availa-
ble to them are now a orded to same sex couples and
their children. Dr Phelps points out, "It is one thing
to change the laws, it's another for the community to
understand what those changes are and what they
mean to individuals. e thing that we were most in-
terested in was being involved in the education cam-
paign around letting people know what their rights
were under the changes."
Although the changes are a huge step forward
in terms of equality for same-sex attracted couples,
this is certainly not the end of the road. Dr Phelps
points out that although the 85 Federal laws have
been reformed, "the state laws have not come in line."
Both Phelps and Stricker are keen to "really encour-
age more of the ground ow of activity and activism
around changing the laws at state level so that they
come in line with the laws in Federal sphere." In ad-
dition, there are some unintended consequences of
the changes, particularly in relation to social security
and aged couples. e key to understanding what
Phelps calls the "the cloud in the silver lining," is
for the public to inform themselves about what the
changes mean, identify what work still needs to be
done and to "get active." Getting active, and visible,
involves members of the LGBT community and the
wider general public talking about the changes with
family and friends, lobbying state parliamentarians,
government o cials and as Stricker puts it, "taking
an active interest themselves in their own lives and
future and the future of their own children."
Similarly, Natalie Bassingthwaigthe sums up
perfectly the spirit of the campaign and encour-
ages the community to become involved: "Just
get behind it, knowledge is power, tell your
friends, get onto the website wearitwithpride.
com.au, get a T-shirt, this is all about us stand-
ing by one another and whether you are straight,
gay, bisexual, whatever... just get behind it and
learn more about it... the more we can spread
that word, the more changes will be made in the
To learn about the 85 reforms, see the 'Love
Like is' Video or purchase a T-shirt, head to
wearitwithpride.com.au. For an extended ver-
sion of this article log on to lotl.com.
Natalie's single 'Love Like This' is available on
iTunes, bandit.fm and all digital retailers.
Nat Bassingthwaighte is
happy to wear it with pride.
Amanda Keeling reports.
"Just get behind it, knowledge is
power, tell your friends..."
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