THE Human Rights Commission has increased pressure on the government by calling for the Marriage Act to be amended to recognise same-sex partners.
In a new report, the Commission has also said one in four LGBTI Australians have experienced harassment or violence.
To be launched this morning by Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson and Federal Attorney-General George Brandis, the Resilient Individuals report into sexual orientations, gender identity and intersex rights also calls for law reforms to eliminate state-sanctioned discrimination.
“Almost 75 per cent of respondents reported experiencing some type of bullying, harassment or violence on the bases of their gender identity or sexual orientation; and almost 90 per cent reported knowing someone who had experienced bullying, harassment or violence,” Wilson said.
“Reducing the unacceptably high rates of violence against LGBTI people is critical.”
The Commission will now undertake a “scoping project” and data analysis of violence rates towards those in the LGBTI community.
The report said the Marriage Act should be changed to equally recognise the partnership of two adult persons regardless of gender.
The Commission also called for inconsistencies between state and territory anti-discrimination laws to be ironed out and children under the age of 18 to access hormone treatment without recourse to the family courts.
“While marriage equality has been a prevailing focus of the national discussion about LGBTI rights, there are many other systemic issues and human rights challenges that urgently need to be addressed,” Wilson said.
“Our nation must do more to urgently address the unjust discrimination faced by LGBTI people.”