Welcome to Equal Love Armidale

All people are equal and are treated equally right? Well not yet.

Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender and Intersex Australians are not given a fair go.

But we can change that.

Armidale is on the move. It’s one of the EVO cities being marketed to the nation as an alternative to the big overcrowded and over-expensive cities. Our MP is an Independant in the balance of power. It’s the perfect place to raise these issues. Join us in working for a fair go, for safety, for equality in the growing Armidale region.

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NSW school safety program at risk before it even starts?

This article expresses fears that the proposed trial antihomophobia school program may never get off the ground unless it garners support from all parties.

Liberals, Nationals etc, if you don’t support such a policy (unless you have a genuinely better one! Better being measured by it’s consequences not expedience) the consequence would be becoming responsible for the consequences of the bullying of same sex attracted and gender questioning youth. Read the Writing Themselves In 3 study and ask yourself, now that you get to make a decision on it and become responsible for the consequences of that decision what will you be, a protector of the lives of bullied children or a protector of the bullying and therefore harmer of those children’s lives!

And if you are aLiberal or Nationals voter and/or have one as your representative please do write to them and discuss the issue with them.

Lets save the kids from bigotry-based bullying and the lifelong harm it can cause.

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Sexism, the source of Homophobia, Transphobia etc?

This is i think a post with a really excellent point, and one that deserves much discussion everywhere. Please do yourself the favour of reading it. Bye Bye Oppression Olympics

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Attack on Transgender woman in Albury Wodonga

What details there are in this are quite shocking so those who may find that distressing should be warned.

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Trial program against homophobia in NSW schools!

It’s a great step. And i hope the trial is successful and rolled out accross all schools which receive government funding.

However when i was at the NSW Parliamentary Forum on homohobia in schools it was made clear that Transgender and Intersex kids suffer worse than same-sex attracted kids.

So i hope that this measure is properly taking that into account!

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The Coercive Steralisation of Transgender people In Australia

Some of you may have heard about this ongoing case of legal battles by a couple of Transsexual men trying to get their rights recognised

And there’s more on it here and even more detail and discussion of the cases impact here where it’s pointed out that the last court finding requires them to travel overseas and get an operation not available in Australia costing in the range of $100,000!

Note that this directly relates to the peoples right to reproduce. While in parts of Australia IVF and Surrogacy are avalable to Gay Lesbian and Bisexual people in much of Australia you must be steralised if your are Transgender or you face discrimination by the government!

Australian Governments forcing people to be steralised? Yep.

And with the discovery by Australian scientists of the Transsexual Gene http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7689007.stm that means this coercive policy ends up being in practice a Eugenics policy. An idea a lot of people won’t want to accept but thats the right word for it.

Forced Sterilisation and Eugenics policies are things we equate with nazi germany (who sent transgender people and gay people to the death camps) sure, but this is happening right now in Australia. And not just in WA either!

Amongst the many things you can do if you want to do something about this issue is to donate to the fund fighting this in court in WA

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Attorneys General look into major gender reforms

In what could be a major victory for many Intersex and Transgender people with bi-gender or genderless identities it’s entirely possible people may be one day soon able to have their ‘sex status’ on documents changed to Unspecified if the Attorneys General working group comes up with the goods and they have the simple decency to go through with it. Article on this with great comments by Gina Wilson of OII here.

 

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So far no word from Armidale’s Faith Groups on Violence and Bullying of GLBTI people and Kids

Of course the Christmas post is slow so replies by mail to the letter sent to them in the mail may not arrive for some time yet.

However of all the emails sent several bounced back because the addresses appear no longer in use and there was one automated response because the University Uniting Church Chaplaincy is currently unstaffed.

Still a lot of emails were sent. And so far no-one has replied. Why is that? Did we ask them to support Gay Marriage? No. (and we note that the Catholic Church is actually campaigning against Marriage for Intersex Transgender Bisexual Lesbian and Gay people!) Did we ask them to support federal antidiscrimination legislation? No. Did we ask them to support Equal Rights? No.

We asked nothing even so simple and easy as that. No we asked them to do something so simple, something without any conflict or even hint of such with the tenants of faith of any religions to our knowledge, something so totally basic that every decent person should have been able to do.

We asked them to say that bullying, harassing and committing violence against people and especially young people because they are ITBLG is wrong. We pointed out to them there is rising bullying of this group in schools. We asked the to speak out against it. We pointed out to them that this bullying and violence leads to high risk of youth suicide. We asked them to speak out against it for the sake of those kids lives.

We made sure that they could do this without fear of supporting equality or marriage getting in the way. So far we have heard nothing.

I hope the reply is in the mail. I hope they have already spoken against this in their sermons or planned to mention it in their Christmas Mass.

Because the alternative is too horrible to think about. The alternative would be that they support the bashing of ITBLG people, the bullying of ITBLG kids. Despite the calls against violence and for tolerance in their own religious texts. Despite some of these having responsibility for the safety of children and being in charge of schools where much of this violence takes place. Can they really want or be willing to let kids kill themselves from bullying for being ITBLG? Can they really be ok with their parishioners shouting out abuse at people in the street or physically attacking them?

Surely not? Surely the response is still coming?

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