The GLBT 2020 is back and this time it is as a survey of the priorities and aspirations of every person in the community, not just the major organisations.

This comes as talks are underway about a future role for the Sydney Pride organisation as a peak body in the gay and lesbian community.

The first GLBT NSW 2020 roundtable last September was hailed as historic and optimistic by the 17 community organisations from NSW that attended, but was also criticised by Community Action Against Homophobia and Sex and Gender Education Australia for not allowing more groups to take part.

An online survey launched today by the GLBT 2020 Working Group will allow individuals and other community groups to rate the key priorities from that earlier roundtable, or suggest their own.

Equality and anti-discrimination laws, anti-homophobia resources in schools, better dialogue and a more caring community were among the priorities identified by the community groups.

The survey will also ask what services GLBT people want to see in their local area, such as a GLBT community centre or more health, aged care, news, religious, or youth services.

The results of the survey will inform the agenda of the next GLBT 2020 Summit later this year.

GLBT 2020 Working Group chair Sebastian Rice said he hoped the survey information would provide a strong base for community organisations to work from.

We’re hoping we’ll get a much stronger sense of priorities. There are a lot of issues that came up at the roundtable, he said.

At the end of the survey processes, the material will be turned into brief reports, which will be made available to all of the participating community groups.

No criteria have yet been developed for which community groups would be invited to the next roundtable.

CAAH spokeswoman Emilia Lawonski said they would definitely want to be involved.

We feel it’s important for a lot of different community views to be heard, she said.

We would like to see more unity across all the different organisations and more organising together as a whole. At the moment a lot of the organisations are working separately, so if we had more things we worked together on I think it could be more effective.

The GLBT 2020 Working Group has been in talks with Sydney Pride about fostering intra-community planning through an independently-run community directory.

The Pride Festival itself has been adopted by Stonewall’s Glenn Hansen this year. No decisions have been made about who will take future responsibility for either function.

Disclosure: Harley Dennett is a member of the GLBT 2020 Working Group.

info: The GLBT NSW 2020 survey is online at starobserver.com.au/glbt2020

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