Say no to homophobia and transphobia

Posted on May 17, 2017

Today is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)! We’re standing against discrimination and in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) members, colleagues, families and friends.

In 2017, no one should be discriminated against for who they are or who they love.

LGBTIQ people are still experiencing homophobia, biphobia or transphobia at work and in the community. As Together members, we know that there is no place for discrimination and hate in our workplaces and community.

In a stand against homophobia, last week the Queensland government apologised for the suffering caused by our state’s laws that criminalised homosexuality and moved to expunge these convictions.

We are very proud of the Together members who were part of this campaign. One of those members is Phil Carswell. Here’s what he had to say about it:

"These laws have ruined the lives of those individuals who were wrongly charged. It stopped them getting jobs and volunteering in their community. It had much wider implications for the gay community – forcing them to hide from and be scared of who they are and not get the health care they needed.  

"It is important to recognise the impacts of these laws on IDAHOT because they were the direct personification of homophobia in Queensland. The Premier’s apology was a sign that our state is moving out of the 18th century and into the 21st century."

My message to LGBTIQ members is we stand with you today and every day as we fight the injustice of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia together.  

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