International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) is an important day to draw attention to the discrimination and violence that many LGBTI people still face.
It is also an opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved to promote equality and inclusiveness.
This year, with strong leadership from LGBTI organisations, activists, families and friends, we were able to defeat the divisive and damaging plebiscite.
In my home state of Queensland, over the past two years, the Palaszczuk Government have made great strides towards achieving equality with the introduction of same-sex adoption, the re-introduction of civil ceremonies, standardising the age of consent, and most recently the apology to the hundreds of people convicted of homosexuality before it was decriminalised in 1990.
But the work continues.
We are still yet to see marriage equality become a reality in Australia, and despite defeating the plebiscite bill earlier this year, the $170 million in funding for the plebiscite reappeared in the 2017-18 budget as a contingency measure.
This IDAHOBIT we should recognise the great strides that we have made and continue to fight to achieve equality.
WEDNESDAY, 17 MAY 2017