Decision Maker Response

Steven Miles’s response

Jun 27, 2018 — The Palaszczuk Government is committed to fighting for equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people and has a very strong record of removing discriminatory legislative requirements. This includes our most recent removal of a law that forced married transgender people to divorce if they sought legal recognition of their gender.

I share your concerns regarding gay conversion therapy and have strongly opposed any suggestion that homosexuality is a disorder which requires treatment. Thank you again for sharing the change.org petition. I was delighted to be able to post a response to its more than 40,000
supporters. I have also taken the step of writing to Queensland's Health Ombudsman to seek his views on whether his current legislative powers would enable him to act against a person or organisation purporting to provide gay conversion therapy.

Our Government is committed to working toward a Queensland where good health outcomes are shared equally across population groups, diversity is celebrated through social cohesion and inclusiveness, and individual sexuality can be expressed without fear of discrimination and stigma. This commitment is reflected in the Queensland Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021, which identifies the link between stigma and discrimination and poor health outcomes for the LGBTIQ+ community, and outlines a number of key actions that are underpinned by respect, the promotion of positive human relationships and recognition of the diversity in the community.

Thank you again for raising this important issue with me and for the work you are currently undertaking to end discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people in Queensland.