To our friends, family, and colleagues in the LGBTI+ community,
In the midst of the current public debate about marriage equality in the lead up to the postal vote, we felt it important to make a public statement about our position on this matter.
Collective Purpose’s vision is to be a dynamic and inclusive collaborative space that supports social justice for a diversity of communities. We are proud to be a community of people who work together for positive social change, and our values, which include embracing diversity, inclusion for all, equity and social justice, permeate everything we do here.
Collective Purpose unequivocally supports marriage equality and we support this happening through a free vote in parliament.
We support this because we believe in basic human rights for everyone, including the right to access the same legal institutions – in this case, marriage – for every member of the Australian community, regardless of gender or sexuality. We value and support the range of families and relationships that make up our communities and believe these add a richness to our society of which we are very proud.
Discrimination targeting LGBTI+ Australians has had, and continues to have negative impacts on the mental health and wellbeing of people denied access to the same rights, privileges, responsibilities and institutions as the rest of the population. Collective Purpose strongly believes that the Australian Parliament should continue to pass laws that remove discrimination and this should include laws to establish marriage equality.
We believe that the wellbeing of all Australians is best served by a society free of discrimination and that promotes social inclusion for all members of Australia’s diverse community.
At this difficult time when you are likely to be exposed to more discriminatory language and hurtful dialogue about LGTBI people and marriage equality across media coverage, social media and elsewhere, please remember to take care of yourselves and each other. We also hope that you can be heartened by the knowledge that the overwhelming majority of Australians believe in your right to marry and your equal value as members of our community.
If you find the events of the coming weeks overwhelming or they bring up issues for you, please remember there is help available and people to talk to including QLife 1800 184 527 (phone and web chat available 3pm – midnight) and BeyondBlue 1300 22 4636.
Collective Purpose is working to improve our accessibility and inclusivity for the LGBTI+ community. We are MindOUT! Champions and are registered as an ACON Safe Place. If you have feedback about what we could do to improve in this area, please get in touch and let us know.