A Tasmanian GLBT rights group says it is more hopeful the state will provide fair treatment for GLBT Tasmanians under the new leadership of Premier Lara Giddings.

Giddings was today sworn in as Tasmania’s first female Premier after David Bartlett abruptly announced his resignation yesterday.

Bartlett said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesman Rodney Croome said he hopes Premier Giddings will continue to show strong support for human rights.

“As Attorney-General, Lara Giddings showed her commitment to equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people by championing the legal recognition of same-sex parents, state civil union ceremonies and overseas same-sex marriages,” Croome said.

“Her commitment to human rights is also demonstrated by her strong support for a state Charter of Rights, surrogacy law reform, the decriminalisation of prostitution and voluntary euthanasia.

“Because of Lara Giddings’ strong human rights record, my hope is that under her leadership Tasmania will make substantial progress to becoming a more equal, tolerant and inclusive society.”

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