(Greens-Media) Greens queer forum - Offering hope to GLBTI community amid major party attacks

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 28/09/2004 - 19:21

The Greens Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender and intersex policy forum will take place at 6pm on Thursday September 30 at the Builders Arms Hotel, 221 Gertrude Street Fitzroy.

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Simon Lansdown
media.campaign@vic.greens.org.au
September 27, 2004
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The Australian GREENS MEDIA RELEASE

MS GEMMA PINNELL, CANDIDATE FOR MELBOURNE

Monday September 27, 2004

The Greens are hosting the forum addressing key election issues for the GLBTI community. Activists and lobbyists Rodney Croome and Felicity Martin will speak along with special guest star Oscar winning filmmaker Adam Elliot.

Local Greens candidates Gemma Pinnell (Melbourne), Number 1 Victorian Greens Senate candidate David Risstrom, and Batman candidate Alex Bhathal will host the evening.

Key Greens GLBTI policies to be discussed at the forum will include:

* Freedom of sexuality and gender identity as fundamental human rights

* The Australian Greens believe that the acceptance and celebration of diversity, including sexuality and gender diversity, are essential for genuine social justice and equality

* legalising marriage and de facto relationships between two people irrespective of their sex or their gender identity and achieve the equal treatment of all such relationships in law and government policy

* ensure equal access for LGBTI people to adoption, fostering, artificial insemination and in vitro fertilisation procedures

* equalise the ages of consent for sexual activity regardless of the participants’ sex or sexuality and remove all other discrimination against LGBTI people in criminal law and the legal system

* actively support the granting of political asylum on humanitarian grounds to LGBTI people who are persecuted within their own countries on the basis of their sexuality or gender identity

* fair and equal treatment of all such relationships in taxation, superannuation, social security, immigration family law, the Commonwealth Public Service, the Australian Defence Force and any other relevant federal area

* measures to prevent discrimination against parents on the grounds of sexuality, sex or gender identity, including in family law cases involving children

* legal recognition for parents, including full parental rights, regardless of the sexuality, sex or gender identity of the parents and equality of access to artificial insemination, sperm donation programs and in vitro fertilisation procedures, regardless of sexuality, sex or gender identity.

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For more information, please contact:

James Norman: 0415 248 768

BACKGROUND ON SPEAKERS:

Australian Greens GLBTI policy launch
Thursday September 30th, 2004 6-8pm
Builders Arms Hotel
Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

1. Felicity Martin
Felicity has been Co-convenor of Prospective Lesbian Parents Victoria for two years. She is a member of the Fertility Access Rights Lobby, the working group of the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby. Together with her partner Sarah, Felicity compiled a submission to the current Victorian Law Reform Commission into Assisted Reproductive Technology and Adoption documenting the stories, hopes and dreams of many prospective lesbian parents in Victoria, and is also the PLP representative at the upcoming Law Reform Commission Eligibility Roundtable.

2. Adam Elliot
Adam is an Academy Award winning director and one of the worlds most celebrated animators. For almost a decade, his films, UNCLE, COUSIN, BROTHER and HARVIE KRUMPET, have been viewed by millions of people around the world and have participated in over four hundred film festivals. They have won almost eighty awards, and in 2003, HARVIE KRUMPET, won the Oscar for best animated short film, eclipsing the work of the Disney, Pixar and Fox studios. All his films have been eligible for Academy Award ® consideration, and in total have won five Australian Film Institute Awards from six nominations; more AFI Awards than any other Australian director. Adam was Young Victorian of the Year in 1999 and is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. The appeal of his films is universal. Infused with a balance of humour and pathos, his simple and endearing characters touch a nerve with so many people from all walks of life. Adam has a passion for human observation and his films are highly personal and detailed explorations of the human spirit.

3. Rodney Croome
Rodney Croome will be known to many LGBT Australians as a spokesperson for the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group. In that capacity he fronted the long, bitter and ultimately successful campaign to decriminalise homosexuality in Tasmania. That campaign saw Tasmanian activists take their case for equality not only to the parliament and people of Tasmania, but to the United Nations, the Federal Government and the High Court. Thanks to the work of Rodney and many other Tasmanians, the island state has been transformed from having Australia's worst laws and attitudes on homosexuality to having the best.

He has been the project officer of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's rural LGBT youth network, Outlink, and Co-convenor of the Australia Council for Lesbian and Gay Rights. In this latter capacity in 1993 Rodney became the first gay advocate to speak at a United Nations forum. Currently Rodney is a member of Tasmania's four LGBT community / government liaison committees and is a Board Member of the Tasmanian LGBT support organisation, Working It Out. In this position Rodney has taken a leading role in establishing a standard challenging-homophobia curriculum in Tasmanian state schools. He is a spokesperson for the Equal Rights network, but is appearing at the forum in a personal capacity.

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