Equality is a key human rights principle.
In 2011 the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a historic resolution on the rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people that sought “ equal rights for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation”
Since then in Australia, and all around the world, progress has been made to end LGBTIQ discrimination. Many individuals and communities have embraced equality and celebrated the diversity that lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and intersex people bring to our communities.
At the same time, however, many of us have been concerned about the increasingly loud voice and profile of those who advocate against reform and equal rights. We were heartbroken to see the consequence of the escalation of this in Orlando and the divisive misinformed campaign against the Safe Schools Program in Australia. The ongoing discussion about, and potential plebiscite, on marriage equality give licence to negative and hurtful discussions about LGBTIQ families and their relationships.
We know most Australians believe that everyone in our community should have the same rights, choices and opportunities to be equal. Before the law, with our families and relationships, at work, at school, on the sporting field and in the playground.
just.equal is about inspiring and engaging Australians in a mature conversation about how, as a nation, we will ensure dignity, respect and equality for LGBTIQ Australians, their families, friends and communities.
Join us and be an advocate and champion for equality.