LGBTI people still face high levels of vilification, a new report shows.
The report – Outing Injustice: Understanding the legal needs of LGBTI communities in NSW – was compiled by the Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) to look at areas of legal need for LGBTI people.
Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said it was important LGBTI people knew their rights.
“We look forward to the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in federal discrimination laws,” she said.
“The final step against discrimination is the introduction of marriage equality for same-sex couples.”
The report surveyed more than 600 LGBTI people in NSW. More than 58 percent of respondents had experienced vilification, usually in the form of hurtful or humiliating comments from a stranger in a public place.
More than 19 percent had been threatened with physical violence, while 10 percent had experienced violence.
Almost 24 percent said they had been discriminated against in a shop, restaurant or other public venue.
More than 25 percent said they had experienced harassment, bullying or mistreatment by a work colleague, while more than 33 percent of transgender respondents said they have felt uncomfortable, unsafe or scared inside their home because of a neighbour.
The ICLC has had an increase in enquiries from LGBTI people about superannuation, wills, Centrelink and Medicare benefits, parenting and relationships.
The report recommended LGBTI rights receive more promotion and called the development of a legal training package on LGBTI discrimination and homophobic viliﬁcation for solicitors.
ICLC director Daniel Stubbs said the report showed discrimination against LGBTI people was still a problem.
“Discrimination, harassment and vilification occurs against LGBTI people in regional and remote areas, as well as in Sydney. This research highlights the issues faced by the community and provides recommendations about steps we can take,” he said.
“There are a range of laws that have been brought in which benefit LGBTI people but many [people] are isolated or simply not aware and so are not enjoying their rights.”
The Gillard Government has committed to including sexual orientation in revised federal anti-discrimination legislation.