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To: Members of the Victorian Parliament

Protect LGBTQ+ Victorians from discrimination

Everyone deserves to live, work and study with dignity and respect, but currently, Victorian laws still allow religious institutions to discriminate against people because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, a single parent, in a de-facto relationship, or even if they are pregnant.

In good news, the Victorian government has announced that it will amend the state’s Equal Opportunity Act this year to narrow these gaps in protection.

Parliament must come together to wind back the outdated carve-outs that allow faith-based institutions to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people and others, when working and studying in religious schools, or working in or seeking access to services made available by faith-based organisations to the public, such as homelessness services or community housing.

Why is this important?

All people should be treated equally wherever they work, study or access goods and services, regardless of who they are or who they love.

But Victorian laws currently allow faith-based organisations to refuse service to someone based on their sexual orientation or because they are transgender, and allow religious schools to dismiss or expel LGBTQ+ students, staff and teachers. People can also be discriminated against based on their marital or parental status.

The Victorian government has announced it will be changing these laws this year and we know the conservative Christian lobby will fight to have the proposal watered down. We must come together in our thousands to show our community supports the changes, and to ensure the strongest possible reform.

Will you sign our petition today?

Victoria, Australia

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Reasons for signing

  • I signed to keep me and other people apart of the community safe and happy
  • It is a disgrace that LGBTQ+ taxpayers money is being used to fund religious schools that can discriminate against them.
  • At present, governments can fund religious groups to discriminate in ways that are illegal for the government providing the funding. It functions as a way around anti-discrimination legislation. If you take public money to provide a service, you should have to comply with the legislation the government would have to obey if it provided the service itself.

Updates

2021-10-29 17:11:11 +1100

5,000 signatures reached

2021-09-17 09:06:24 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2021-09-16 18:31:10 +1000

500 signatures reached

2021-09-16 13:28:18 +1000

10 signatures reached