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Tas marriage forum a success
More than 400 people attended a forum for mar-
riage equality at the University of Tasmania organ-
ised by independent federal MP, Andrew Wilke as
part of a motion calling for community consulta-
tion. Despite a small anti-gay protest, the well be-
haved debate heard Dr Olivia Rundle explain the
difference between civil and religious marriages;
gay rights activist Rodney Croome says marriage
today is about love, commitment and family and
Rev Campbell Markham Presbyterian Minister,
says marriage is primarily about the complemen-
tarity of men and women before comments from
Attendees were divided over support for gay mar-
riage, and Wilke said he would report the feed-
back to parliament.
Australian Marriage Equality has reported a flood
of anti-gay emails since the motion was passed,
and has urged the community to fight back
through a webform allowing emails to be sent
easily to your federal MP. Visit: http://bit.ly/euEPIX
Sex discrimination laws a must
Following extensive community consultation, the
Australian Human Rights Commission has found
broad support for federal laws to protect people
from discrimination on the grounds of sexual ori-
entation and sex and/or gender identity.
Participants in the Commission’s consultation
report, Addressing sexual orientation and sex
and/or gender identity discrimination revealed
distressing stories of how their sexual and gen-
der identity was used as a basis for discrimina-
tion, violence and bullying.
Commission President and Human Rights Com-
missioner Catherine Branson QC said federal
laws were urgently needed. “Providing federal
protections against this type of discrimination
would be a significant symbolic gesture which
would help to bring about attitudinal change and
ultimately improve the day-to-day lives of many
people of diverse sexual orientations and sex
and/or gender identities,” she said.
Participants also suggested marriage equality
would be an important step towards full equality
for the LGBT community in Australia.
Words of Support
As the 20th anniversary of Lesbians in the House
looms, the event’s organisers, Creative Womyn
Down Under (CWDU) have received messages of
support for the upcoming concert event at the Syd-
ney Opera House. Political heavyweights and local
luminaries throwing their weight behind the con-
cert include: Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Her Excel-
lency Professor Marie Bashir Governor of NSW, Lee
Rhiannon Greens NSW Senator, Fiona Byrne Mayor
of Marrickville, Clover Moore MP Lord Mayor of
Sydney, Penny Sharpe MLC, Linda Burney MP Dep-
uty Leader NSW Opposition, Tanya Plibersek MP,
Anne Summers Feminist Writer, Sally McManus
Secretary Australian Services Union, Steph Sands
Co-Chair New Mardi Gras, Kellie McDonald Co-
Convenor NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby and
Siri May Manager Community Development ACON.
Brisbane Pride Fair Day has been cancelled as part of
this year’s two week Brisbane Pride Festival because
of poor community support for last year’s event.
However, a new event called Brisbane Carnivale will
be held on Saturday June 11, sponsored by local gay
magazine QNews as a replacement.
It’s hoped a strong turnout and subsequent
financial success will enable the festival to
relaunch BPF Fair Day in 2012.
The one-off Carnivale will be held at Perr y
Park, home to the Strikers soccer club, in Albion.
A set amount per person will be donated to
BPF even if the event loses mone y.
The festival is also calling for volunteers to help
set up venues, be marshals at the Pride rally or
help out on the door as fundraisers.
Visit pridebrisbane.org .au/volunteer or email
Kobi Cooke at email@example.com
Shelley Argent, national spokesperson for
PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and
Gays) has launched a YouTube campaign to force
Prime Minister Julia Gillard to take action on
marriag e equality. Her one minute, 57-second
video, cal ls on supporters of gay marriage and par-
ents and friends of gay people to take up arms with
a video camera and tell the world, and Gillard that
“you expect more from them regarding this issue”.
Arg ent has been a staunch supporter of gay
rights for more than 15 years after learning one
of her sons was gay. She began working with the
Queensland AIDS Council and later PFLAG in
an effort to provide more support and information
to families. She has tirelessly campaigned for equal
rights for queer people, and has been recognised
with a Medal of the Order of Australia, and award-
ed the Queensland Senior Australian of the Year.
In her video, Argent tells Gillard she expects her
gay son to have the same rights and choices as his
straight brother, and condemns her for ignoring the
issue. “Miss Gillard, it’s hard to respect someone
who uses religion and tradition as an excuse for
discrimination. Remember it was once tradition that
as a married fema le we automatically became the
husband’s property and generally had limited rights,
including the right to vote, let alone become our
country’s first female prime minister choosing to live
in a de facto relationship.
See the video in f ull youtube.com/
Shelley to Julia:
I expect better
Carnivale for Brisbane
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