A New Equality Bill
It is time to remove all remaining discrimination of LGBTIQA+ communities and achieve holistic equality.
Over the last 40 years, we have broken down many barriers for LGBTIQA+ people to create a brighter future for younger generations. But not all barriers have been removed with discrimination still embedded in a number of laws. The recently released NSW Government LGBTIQ+ Health Strategy demonstrates the health and mental health impacts discrimination continues to have on our communities.
This is not acceptable and I will introduce an “Equality Bill” – a comprehensive omnibus bill to address all legislative barriers to LGBTIQA+ health and wellbeing.
I plan to incorporate in the one bill legislation to ensure access to gender affirming state documentation, a model for consent in medical procedures on people with intersex variations, removal of targeted discrimination including in schools, and a ban conversion practices, in addition to any other important reforms that arise during consultation.
It is my hope that the Equality Bill will modernise New South Wales laws to provide full equality for LGBTIQA+ communities.
The process of drafting this legislation will be consultative and multi-partisan. You can provide a submission on areas of reform that need to be addressed and your recommendations on how to achieve this in New South Wales law.
Please provide your submission to my office by the Friday 1 July 2022 via email: [email protected].