Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:02

Commissioner calls for all Victorians to take a stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

 Acting Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Karen Toohey has called on all Victorians to band together to stamp out all forms of homophobia, discrimination and harassment this IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia).

While more people support same sex marriage than ever before and the majority of Victorians are refusing to tolerate discrimination and homophobia, many gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) people continue to regularly experience forms of discrimination and harassment, such as bullying, abuse and exclusion.

Ms Toohey said that we will only be successful in overcoming homophobia when we all stand up to hate and send a message that we will not tolerate harassment of people based on their sexual orientation or identity.

“Every one of us has a role to play in standing up to the homophobia and transphobia that exists in our workplaces, schoolyards, businesses, on the sporting field and in and other public places.”

This IDAHO, the Commission is proud to endorse No to Homophobia’s new campaign which asks individuals and organisations to take a public stand against sex and gender-based harassment, abuse and discrimination.

“The Commission has been a proud supporter of the No to Homophobia campaign from the beginning and we encourage everyone in the community to stand up to homophobia," Ms Toohey said.

“It is up to all of us to take action and to send the strong message that homophobia in all its forms is destructive, unacceptable and against the law. There is no place for hate, discrimination and harassment in our community.

“The Commission commits to our role as the central and lead agency for developing a human rights culture in Victoria and highlights the ongoing and critical need to keep tackling discrimination and will continue to protect and promote the rights of the Victorian GLBTIQ community,” Ms Toohey said.


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