The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) has admitted only around six submissions have been made to its review of discrimination against LGBTI people in the Jewish community.

Speaking on Melbourne LGBTI radio station JOY94.9 last week, JCCV president John Searle said he was disappointed with the response.

The JCCV’s GLBT Reference Group collected submissions over four weeks in August and is due to release a report in coming weeks.

Local gay activist Mannie De Saxe has criticsed the Reference Group for its secrecy.

“We expect that organisations such as the JCCV … would have the openness and honesty to announce who the members of this group are and who should be subject to the scrutiny of the GLT communities,” De Saxe told the Star Observer.

“Jewish members of our communities should be able to make submissions and obtain assistance from people who are activists in our communities.”

Searle said members of the reference group feared criticism from the LGBTI community.

“Most, if not all, of those people [will] sign the report with their names, but they’ve confided in me they’ve been reluctant to put their names out in the public domain for fear of some vilification, strangely not from the non-gay community, but rather from the gay communities and other people who perhaps haven’t yet appreciated the work we’re doing,” Searle told JOY.

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