The meeting was attended by around 20 members of Parliament, with all major parties and the cross bench participating in the friendship group.
Harriet Shing, the first out woman MP in Victorian parliament and Coalition MP and LGBTI ally Margaret Fitzherbert have been elected Co-Chairs of the Friendship Group with LGBTI supporter Fiona Patton from the Australian Sex Party elected as Secretary.
The group will facilitate social interaction between parliamentarians and guests from the LGBTI community as a practical way to increase multi-partisan understanding and support for LGBTI issues.
The group will also provide a forum for MPs to hear about issues often not talked about in Parliament such as homophobic bullying in schools, access to adequate medical treatment for transgender people, or ending unnecessary surgeries performed on intersex infants.
The Equal Opportunity Act 2010 makes it against the law to discriminate against a person on the basis of their sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. It is also against the law to discriminate against someone because of their lawful sexual activity and physical features.
The Commission has developed a number of guidelines, resources and programs to educate the public about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights.