The LGBTIQ Taskforce was established in 2015 to provide advice to the Victorian Government on equality and inclusion for LGBTIQ communities. The Taskforce’s second term began in December 2017.
The second LGBTIQ Taskforce held its second meeting on 15 March 2018.
At the meeting co-chair Minister for Equality Martin Foley MP noted the good work underway including the LGBTIQ Equality Roadshow. He noted the positive experiences of Midsumma and Pride March.
Co-chair Brenda Appleton led an in-depth discussion encompassing vision, strategy, and community engagement.
Issues discussed included:
- the need to engage LGBTIQ communities and broader stakeholders about “the ultimate, optimal state” for LGBTIQ inclusion in Victoria
- strategic thinking to encompass intersectionality - that most LGBTIQ folk are members of multiple diverse social and cultural groups
- consideration of attributes and experiences impacting LGBTIQ people such as rurality, homelessness, disability and mental health
- a focus on all of the good work achieved to date, with a reflection on where progress still needs to occur and
- the appropriate role for government in the support and development of a community strategy
The taskforce discussed lessons and opportunities post marriage equality, noting that significant pain and distress from marriage equality debates remain for many LGBTIQ people, with on-going demand for services.
The Department of Education and Training (DET) presented on Safe Schools, which builds the capacity and understanding of government secondary schools to ensure safe, inclusive learning environments for all students and particularly those identifying as LGBTIQ.
The taskforce discussed the importance of education in supporting young people to reach their full potential, and the role of this program in responding to national and international research that homophobic bullying negatively impacts student achievement and educational outcomes. DET also presented an update on implementation of the Respectful Relationships initiative, a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Reviewed 02 August 2019