(Community Recognition Statement, 20 October 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney electorate, I'd like to record the Rainbow Families support network. Rainbow Families is an inclusive volunteer group for any lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer person who has a child or children; or is planning on having a child or children. They advocate for, empower, support and celebrate the diversity of families, reinforcing the idea that love makes a family and all children should have equal rights. The group provides lots of peer support for rainbow families, with information resources and education, child friendly social events, LGBTQ+ antenatal classes and playgroups and a children's resilience program. Rainbow Families was an active campaigner during the marriage equality campaign and has continued this advocacy in reports like 'Love (still) Makes A Family' to push for equality when accessing government services, and lobbying for inclusive changes to passport applications and the NSW Blue Book personal health record for parents and children. I thank Rainbow Families for these ongoing efforts to make sure that rainbow families and their children are treated fairly without discrimination, and included in all government programs and services and amongst the wider community.