Petition to Members of the NSW Parliament, the Premier of NSW
A NSW parliamentary inquiry into the NSW Police Force's response to gay hate crimes
In the 1980s, 1990s and 00s many gay men and trans people were beaten and murdered in locations around Sydney because of their sexuality. Some were thrown off cliffs and others were left to die in parks. When these deaths were discovered or reported, sometimes investigators harboured homophobic and transphobic prejudices themselves, leading to an unwillingness to treat evidence with care, find answers to problems or even investigate at all. Dowson Turco Lawyers is Australia's out loud and proud LGBTI law firm and is acting for 1989 gay bashing victim Alan Rosendale: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-28/sydney-gay-hate-crimes-still-unsolved/9800046 A parliamentary inquiry will ensure that suspicious deaths of gay men and trans people can be formally reviewed by an independent committee that is tasked with considering the responses of the NSW Police Force at the time. ACON NSW, Alex Greenwich MP and Jenny Leong MP are two of several parliamentarians supportive of an independent inquiry into the reporting, investigation and management of gay and trans bashings and murders. The victims of these heinous crimes deserve the community's support in identifying police errors and further identifying the perpetrators of violence against the LGBTIQ community. Many offenders are still alive and they work, walk and live among us.
Petition to rugby Australia
Follow through with your policies. Israel Folau's contract should be rescinded.
Rugby player Israel Folau has condemned gay people to hell on an Instagram post. Rugby Australia has let him off with a slap on the wrist even though they continue to make posts which further perpetuates the homophobia from the religious factions and really shows their disdain for this part of the community. We need to make a stand and keep Rugby Australia accountable on their move towards 'inclusiveness.' There are many other Christians who play football why does Folau have an issue and find the need to condemn a group publicly? I will take this petition to Rugby Australia for their action and speak to media moguls in order to get a movement happening.
Petition to Australian Football League, Andrew Demetriou
I’ve experienced homophobia in Aussie Rules Football first hand -- now it’s time to end it.
This is a terrifying petition to write. But it’s important. I’d like to tell you what it’s like being a gay footy player, because today there’s a real chance we could begin to change the culture of homophobia in the AFL. I’ve played amateur footy every season since I was five - almost all in the Yarra Valley league. I was raised in a household that lives and breathes the game. But when I realised I was gay the idea that my teammates might find out was terrifying. It’s a blokey culture -- and gay slurs are a regular part of games and training. It’s a horrible reminder that you’re different, reviled and unwelcome. It felt like the footy club would be the one place I could never come out. Whether it’s intentional or not, the reality is that the culture of the AFL is hostile to fans and players like me. Young gay people are up to 6 times more likely to be depressed, to self harm, or to contemplate suicide. I was 12 when I realised I might be gay, and footy was my life. It was a really hard time for me and if I had known of positive gay role models in society, in football, it would have made a world of difference. The AFL has done amazing work tackling racism -- now it’s time for the AFL to take real and substantive action to build a culture where people like me are welcomed and supported - and where homophobia is simply not acceptable. Last week, the AFL issued a statement saying it supported the No to Homophobia campaign (www.notohomophobia.com.au). It’s a great first step, and now the AFL needs to do more. I believe if the AFL and Andrew Demetriou are serious, they should show the No to Homophobia ad on the big screen at the Grand Final, and even add it to the footy record. It'd show to the hundreds of thousands of people watching that this time their commitment is real. They should commit to a Pride Round, just like they have done with the Multicultural and Indigenous Rounds -- it would have a massive impact in building a more inclusive and respectful culture towards the GLBTI communtiy in sport.It was my teammates who eventually told me they knew I was gay, and that it wasn't an issue for them. I think I'm pretty lucky to have such a supportive group of players around me - especially in a regional town. It could have gone the other way - and it's no wonder to me that there are no openly gay players in the AFL. I know how they feel. But I think the players are ready for change. The clubs are ready for change. The supporters are ready for change. We just need the AFL to lead and help shift the sporting culture so that players and fans like me can openly be who we are without fear.*****I want to show the AFL that there are other players and fans just like me -- who’ve experienced the highs and lows of being gay and intimately involved in the sport we all love. *** Please tweet about this campaign at #aflpride and join this facebook group if you want to help be part of creating a more inclusive and welcoming culture for gay people in the AFL: http://on.fb.me/Nhb5IP
Petition to Steven Marshall MP, Peter Malinauskas
Abolish The "Gay Panic" Law
South Australia is the last state in Australia to have the "Gay Panic Defense" law and it's about time we change it! With the recent legalization of SSM. We need to protect our LGBTQ+ Community in anyway possible. Queensland recently became the second to last state to abolish the horrible law and it's about time South Australia does! So quickly sign this law, share it and let's get it over with!