As we look to the future of LGBTIQ+ equality in Victoria, it is important to know where we have come from and what progress we have made.
Aboriginal LGBTIQ+ Victorians have lived on these lands for more than 60,000 years. While we look at recent progress, it is crucial to recognise the thousands of years of LGBTIQ+ Aboriginal history that has come before this.
Over the past five decades, we have seen significant shifts towards LGBTIQ+ equality, particularly in the past 20 years. These changes reflect decades of campaigning by LGBTIQ+ older people and emerging leaders, activists, allies and advocates. They also show a government commitment to equality that has seen Victoria referred to as the Equality State. More recent reforms recognise inequalities across the diversity of LGBTIQ+ cohorts and groups.
Understanding LGBTIQ+ progress in Victoria gives a glimpse into the history of LGBTIQ+ repression and ongoing struggles for equality. Discrimination was often enshrined in the state’s law and institutions. The LGBTIQ+ strategy is the logical next step in advancing LGBTIQ+ equality in Victoria, ensuring a coordinated response across the Victorian Government.
‘We need to pay full respect to our elders – acknowledging their pioneering work in our communities, leading the way.’
Workshop participant, LGBTIQ+ elders consultation
Reviewed 05 February 2022