It’s shameful but true.

There have never been any improvements for members of the LGBTIQ community without active campaigning and lobbying. And in most cases, this change has never happened without years of advocacy and campaign work.

The decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria in the early 1980s was a major step towards equal rights, opportunities and a freely visible lifestyle for gay men and lesbians. Yet it took 15 years to secure limited anti-discrimination protection. It was not until 1995 that anti-discrimination protection was achieved, and then only under the unsatisfactory grounds of “lawful sexual activity”.

And of course there is still much more to do before equality is achieved. Each year the VGLRL determines a set of campaign priorities for the year ahead. These campaigns have political, business or communitysignificance across a range of areas affecting the daily lives of LGBTIQ people.

This information was prepared in 2007 and is not up to date. VGLRL cannot give personal legal or financial advice. The information we share is no substitute for professional, legal or medical advice. We strongly suggest that you approach and consult with the appropriate professionals. We recommend the Fitzroy Legal Service which has a specific legal advice service for the LGBTI community.

Fitzroy Legal Service
LGBTIQ Legal Advice Service
Every Second Thursday
6.30pm – 8pm
(03) 9419 3744
By appointment only

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