Thursday, 21 April 2016

New film in Pride not Prejudice series

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity as attributes protected under the Equal Opportunity Act, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is developing a series of short films featuring prominent LGBTI community members.

Pride not Prejudice: LGBTI and Aboriginal identities is the second in this series and features fascinating interviews with members of Victoria’s Aboriginal LGBTI community, including bryan Andy, Tim Goodwin, Deborah Cheetham AO, Rhys Kinsey and Mark McMillan, who provide insight into some of the issues specific to Aboriginal communities and LGBTI people.

Only 15 years ago in Victoria, LGBTI people had no protections under law against discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

It was clear the law needed to change to institute measures to combat homophobia, transphobia and social prejudice in the general community; and to promote and protect the human rights of people of all sexual orientations and sex and/or gender identities.

Due to the hard work and tireless advocacy of many individuals in the community, that change finally came in 2000 with the inclusion of two new attributes –  sexual orientation and gender identity –  to the Equal Opportunity Act.

Pride not Prejudice: LGBTI and Aboriginal identities features interviews with prominent members of Victoria’s Aboriginal LGBTI community who talk candidly about what it’s like to be part of Victoria’s LGBTI Aboriginal community.

Pride not Prejudice: LGBTI and Aboriginal identities was produced by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, with assistance from RMIT’s Masters of Media students. It is the second in a series of short films that engages with the 2000 amendment to the Equal Opportunity Act, which included protections for the attributes of sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

Other films in Pride not Prejudice series