Sexuality and Gender Diversity

Margaret Court award decision gives licence to discrimination, spread of hate and distress: Greens

Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity Hon Alison Xamon MLC has strongly opposed the decision of the National Australia Day Council to promote former tennis player and Perth fundamentalist church pastor Margaret Court to Companion Division in the Order of Australia.

Ms Xamon said the decision to award Ms Court yet another award was inappropriate given her widely-publicised, extremely homophobic and transphobic views.

LGBTIQ mental health and suicide prevention

Members of the LGBTIQ+ community experience rates of depression; anxiety and psychological distress much higher than the general population. Historically, stigma; discrimination, and a lack of public support for LGBTIQ+ Australians and their relationships has meant many struggled to achieve a sense of personal and collective worth, which is recognised as crucial for good mental health and overall wellbeing.

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