LGBTI Australians have celebrated and mourned former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser today, who died early this morning after a short illness.

Fraser was Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Party from 1975 until 1983, coming to power following the dismissal of Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

While he was the object of significant resentment from the progressive side of politics during his time in office, in large part due to his role in the Whitlam dismissal, in his later years Fraser became estranged from the Liberal Party.

He left the party in 2010 following increasing public criticism of its policies, particularly around foreign affairs and asylum seekers.

Fraser was a supporter of same-sex marriage, and argued the Liberal Party’s failure to grant its MPs a conscience vote on the issue was evidence the ideology of the party had shifted from classically liberal to conservative.

Many prominent LGBTI Australians have taken to social media today following the news to share their thoughts and memories of the man, praising his human rights advocacy and liberal values.

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