Members of the Northern Rivers lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are set to get ‘shirty’ when the Wear It With Pride campaign is launched at Lismore later this motnh.

In July last year the federal Government amended 85 pieces of legislation which discriminated against same-sex couples in areas such as employee entitlements, privacy rights, tax, superannuation, child support and insurance. The new education campaign aims to increase awareness and understanding of these reforms among members of Australia’s LGBT community.

The Wear It With Pride campaign is based around a series of 85 designer T-shirts, with each shirt linked to one of the 85 historic reforms. Organisers are encouraging same-sex couples and other LGBT community members to learn more about their new rights and responsibilities by visiting the campaign website — www.wearitwithpride.com.au — and finding out which ‘shirts’ fit them.

The Commonwealth-funded campaign is being produced by ACON on behalf of the National LGBT Health Alliance.

ACON Northern Rivers manager Dermot Ryan said he hopes the campaign will inspire local LGBT community members to find out more about the new laws.

“Despite the continuing debate around same-sex marriage and adoption, these new laws represent an important milestone for human rights in this country, an achievement of which we can all be proud,” Ryan said.

“They also mean a range of new and amended entitlements for same-sex couples, so I encourage all local LGBT community members to visit the website or to contact ACON’s Northern Rivers office for more information about the impact these new laws will have on their lives.”

The Northern Rivers launch is on Sunday, March 28 during Beats, Bowls and Blingo, a special community event in Lismore.
The launch will be attended by Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre manager Angela Pollard who will be available to answer any questions about the law reforms.

Wear It With Pride campaign coordinator Corey Irlam will also be on hand to answer questions about the campaign.

info: Beats, Bowls and Blingo + Wear It With Pride launch will be held at South Lismore Bowling Club, Wilson St, South Lismore on Sunday, March 28 from 1pm-7pm.

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