The Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLRL) is set for a shake-up with current co-convenor Hayley Conway announcing last week she will step down.
Conway, who also wrote a column for Southern Star, will still remain on the Lobby’s committee of management until the end of the year.
Holding the position for just under two years, Conway served beside former convenor Stephen Jones and current officeholder Dr Anthony Bendall during a time of historic gains for the Australian gay and lesbian community.
“The federal law reform and the 2007 federal election, they would probably be the highlights for me, and then the implementation of the same-sex law reforms, our education campaign [and] securing money to action some of those things we haven’t been able to do previously,” Conway told Southern Star.
The VGLRL lobbied for funding for the National LGBT Health Alliance which recently rolled out the Wear It With Pride education campaign.
In Victoria, the Lobby supported the Rainbow Families Council’s campaign for Assisted Reproductive Technology laws.
Legislation passed in late 2008 allows single women and lesbians access to IVF and provides for both same-sex partners’ names on a child’s birth certificate.
With both state and federal elections due this year, the VGLRL has marriage equality and state surrogacy and adoption laws in its sights.
“Over the next 12 months, [the VGLRL] will be looking to ensure voters can make as informed a decision as possible about parties that will be, not only open to, but supportive of our agenda,” Conway said.
Conway will work with Greens Senate hopeful Dr Richard Di Natale on his federal election campaign.

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