“These laws send a message to all Australians that LGBT people are unworthy of protection.”
Last year the Uniting Church voted to allow ministers the right to decide if they want to perform same-sex marriages.
“Freedom needs to be protected – including and especially the right to dissent from the rainbow gender-fluid world view,” Lyle Shelton said.
“As a principal I’m highly aware of the disturbing mental health statistics for those who are trans or gender diverse… these aren’t just numbers. They represent real people who deserve our support.”
New guidance says the Church “welcomes and encourages the unconditional affirmation of trans people, equally with all people, within the body of Christ, and rejoices in the diversity of that body”
We need a comprehensive review of the extent and harms of faith-based discrimination against LGBTI people in 2019.
The report rejected several of the leaked recommendations from the Philip Ruddock-led religious freedom review.
The government’s leaked bill bans discrimination against LGBTI students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, but allows it indirectly on the basis of “religious ethos”.
“I have advice to the straight community. Don’t think it’s easy now for LGBTI kids just because the laws have changed”