THE deadline to enrol to vote is tonight at 8pm for the Federal election touted as one of the most important in recent memory for LGBTI communities.

The NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (NSW GLRL) is one of nine organisations to join the #RainbowVotes campaign, an election questionnaire covering 11 key topics which has been sent to major parties, micro parties and key independents. Areas of focus include LGBTI youth, discrimination, ageing, foreign affairs, gender diversity and intersectionality.

 Responses to the questionnaire will be published and distributed widely to voters ahead of the July 2 election.

The electoral rolls close tonight at 8pm with the NSW GLRL co-convenors Lauren Foy and Chris Pycroft urging people to make sure they’re enrolled so they can vote in favour of LGBTI issues, especially young people who will be voting for the first time and getting behind the #enrolforequality movement.

“By enrolling now and making sure those around you are also enrolled, you can help us show the Government that Australians everywhere believe in fairness and equality for LGBTI people – and will ‘rainbow vote’ for it,” Foy said.

“For the health, wellbeing and safety of our communities, it’s paramount that we ensure LGBTI issues are among the top of the agenda this federal election and we make our #rainbowvotes count.”

Pycroft said politicians needed to recognise the importance of equality to a large number of Australians.

“Now is the chance for us to show federal politicians the increasing number of voters that include equality for LGBTI people in deciding how they vote”, Pycroft said.

“Changes to the Marriage Act in 2004 meant increased discrimination and prejudice against our community, it was a statement which said that our love is not equal. We will continue to fight for a free vote in parliament, and for the passage of marriage equality.

“70 per cent of LGBTI Australians do not support a national vote on marriage equality. It is unnecessary, costly and potentially harmful to young or vulnerable LGBTI people and their families.”

Check or update your enrolment or enrol to vote here.

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