The Brumby Government has made its strongest commitment to Victoria’s  GLBTI community yet, announcing wide-ranging support ahead of that state’s November 27 election.

If re-elected, the Brumby Government would commit $2.5 million over four years to support the community in a variety of anti-homophobia initiatives.

“We believe in a society that embraces diversity,” Premier John Brumby said in a statement.

“A re-elected Brumby Government would support our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities and ensure their members are safe, valued and respected.”

Support would include $400,000 to support  a GLBTI peak body to represent community; establish a whole-of-government advisory committee on GLBTI issues; provide $50,000 annual ongoing funding  the Midsumma Festival; commit $100,000 over two years for a summit with Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria to address GLBTI issues; $200,000 over four years to support the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard; and $200,000 for the Anti-Violence Project to support victims of homophobic crime.

Crusader Hillis, CEO of Victorian GLBTI advocacy group the ALSO Foundation, said it was a “red letter day” for the Victorian GLBTI community.

“Through these election pledges, the State Government has offered the resources that will better enable GLBTIQ Victorians access to full citizenship within the State of Victoria,” he said.

“The Government’s planned investment in community organisations will allow our aspirations for capacity building and the development of our community to become a reality”.

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