Senate debates

Thursday, 14 May 2020


International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

12:25 pm

Photo of Janet RiceJanet Rice (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

Before moving general business notice of motion No. 577, I ask that the names of Senators Dean Smith and Wong be added to the sponsoring of this motion. I, and also on behalf of Senators Pratt, Dean Smith and Wong, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) on May 17 1990 the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems,

  (ii) May 17 is now recognised as International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT),

  (iii) IDAHOBIT is an opportunity to celebrate LGBTIQ+ people, and acknowledge the ongoing discrimination that LGBTIQ+ people still face in Australia and overseas, and

  (iv) LGBTIQ+ people around the world are facing unique challenges in the context of COVID-19; and

(b) calls on all parliamentarians to:

  (i) acknowledge the resilience and strength of LGBTIQ+ people, especially in these unprecedented times,

  (ii) affirm and celebrate the many and varied contributions of LGBTIQ+ people in Australia, and

  (iii) condemn all forms of violence and discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people.

Question agreed to.


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