The Victorian trans community is calling on the Gillard Government to commit to enacting federal anti-discrimination legislation that covers sex and gender diversity and sexuality if re-elected on August 21.
Borrowing from Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s election slogan, Transgender Victoria spokesperson Sally Goldner said regardless of which party is elected, federal laws affecting the trans community needed “forward movement”.
“We were pleased to notice PM Gillard’s commitment to fairness in the workplace as part of her address to announce the polling date,” Goldner said.
“Fairness across federal workplaces can only be achieved with strong consistent laws, rather than an ad hoc approach that can and does leave the health and wellbeing, possibly the life, of trans and other people at risk.”
Goldner said documentation reform for sex and gender diverse people should be a top a priority for the new government, as well as improving health care services for trans people and providing equal access to marriage rights.
“One thing TransGender Victoria will not accept is any rationing of reform,” Goldner said.
“Trans people, along with our gay, lesbian, bisexual and intersex cousins deserve the full menu of human rights reforms, not just a few crumbs from under the table.”
In the lead up to the August 21 election, Australian Marriage Equality will also be asking candidates to air their personal views on same-sex marriage and if and how they intend to push the issue.