Labor delivering for the LGBTQ+ community
Queensland Labor has a proud history of delivering for the LGBTQ+ community.
In 1990, the new Goss Labor Government ended generations of discrimination by finally decriminalising homosexuality in Queensland, removing it from the Criminal Code.
Peter Beattie’s Labor Government offered legal recognition to same-sex couples in 1999, reforming property division, domestic violence protection orders and employment law.
Labor introduced further reform in 2002 with the Discrimination Law Amendment Act, leading to the recognition of same-sex couples in over 60 pieces of state legislation. The definition of a “de-facto” relationship was changed to include same-sex couples, leading to couples and transgender persons attaining improved protection under existing Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Vilification legislation.
Anna Bligh’s Labor Government introduced laws in 2010 that enabled same-sex couples to become parents through altruistic surrogacy arrangements.
In 2011, Labor introduced civil unions in Queensland for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples with the option of an official ceremony.
Since the election of the Palaszczuk Government in 2015, Labor has continued to deliver for LGBTQ+ Queenslanders:
Age of consent discrimination removed
Labor introduced and passed the Health and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016, removing legal discrimination against gay intercourse by standardising the age of consent for all forms of sexual intercourse to 16. The new laws also removed stigmatising “sodomy” references in Queensland law.
Historical homosexual convictions to be expunged
The Criminal Law (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill 2017 was introduced by Labor in May 2017, an effort to allow men convicted or charged with historical homosexual convictions to have their convictions struck from the public record. An official apology to all men convicted under these archaic laws was also tabled in Queensland Parliament.
Gay panic defense eliminated
Queensland Labor introduced the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2016 to clarify the Criminal Code in not allowing “unwanted sexual advances” to be considered provocation for murder. This bill was passed in March 2017 and finally eliminated the discriminatory and shameful “gay panic defence” from Queensland law.
Same-sex adoption legalised
The Labor Government introduced and passed the Adoption and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016, removing the ban on same-sex adoption and legislating to allow single people (including those identifying as LGBTQ+) and couples undergoing fertility treatment to adopt.
Crucial funding restored
The Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) had $2.5 million of funding eliminated by the Newman LNP Government, causing the organisation to lose 74% of their staff. The Palaszczuk Labor Government re-introduced this funding, endorsing a continued focus on preventative health, research and promotion. In early 2016, Labor invested $6 million dollars in the PrEP HIV prevention program with the aim to end new HIV transmissions in Queensland by 2020.
Labor has also ensured The LGBTI Legal Service will get $406,000 over the next three years from the Queensland government, the first time this vital volunteer-run legal service has received any state funding.
Civil partnerships re-introduced
Labor re-introduced civil partnerships in Queensland in 2015, following their abolition by the Newman LNP Government in 2012. The Relationships (Civil Partnerships) and Other Acts Amendment Act 2015 ensured that any couple has the option of participating in an official ceremony prior to having their relationships registered.
As Deputy Premier, it was great to attend Brisbane Pride Festival on behalf of Annastacia Palaszczuk MP and the #Queensland Government to honour and celebrate our LGBTIQ Queenslanders.
And it was great to attend because #PrideFairDay is ALWAYS fun!
Posted by Jackie Trad on Saturday, 17 September 2016