NSW Young Labor has launched a queer network as part of its annual conference held in Sydney last weekend.

“The aim of the network is to promote a safe and welcoming environment in Young Labor. It will be an important place for LGBTIQ members of Young Labor to discuss queer policy and issues,” said co-convenor Andre Charadia.

The network will focus on the issues that affect young LGBTIQ people, in line with Young Labor’s commitment to be a voice for young people within the party and the wider community.

“Today, in schools across NSW, bullying and isolation are common. Some young people even face homelessness if they disclose their sexuality to their family,” said co-convenor Katherine Hudson, who started the Wear It Purple organisation to raise awareness about mental health problems amongst LGBTIQ youth.

Labor MLC Penny Sharpe will help launch the network.

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