On the weekend almost 2000 Melbournians participated in the first Move in May event – running and walking around the Botanical Gardens to raise awareness the discrimination LGBTI people encounter. The Move in May concept was developed by Angie Greene (who has a gay brother) and is part of a project called Stand Up – which challenges discrimination. The photo below shows members of the Glamourhead Sharks swim team and members of the Executive of Celebrate Ageing preparing for the walk.
Trigger warning: this post contains disturbing information about gay hate crimes.
New South Wales Police have launched ‘Operation Parrabell’, a review of the deaths of 88 gay men in Sydney dating back to the 1970s to the 1990s. The review aims to determine whether gay hatred motivated the victim’s death. About 30 deaths previously identified as unsolved – ranging from declared suicides to savage bashing murders – are included in the 88 cases. They were highlighted in research by former NSW Police gay and liaison officer Sue Thompson and criminologist Stephen Tomsen. The Operation Parrabell team are pictured below and you can read the full article from the Sydney Morning Herald by clicking on the link below. Still feels so wrong to have the words ‘gay’ and ‘hatred’ in the same sentence.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/police-to-review-88-possible-gayhate-deaths-20160519-goz7x6.html#ixzz49QlXJuKN
A very special congratulations to Edie Mayhew and Anne Tudor who won the “Outstanding achievement by a volunteer: supporting diversity award” at the 2016 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards this week. Edie and Anne have generously shared their experiences of living with dementia, to educate others – they are pictured below (left to right: Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy MP, Anne Tudor, Edie Mayhew and Parliamentary Secretary for Volunteers & Carers, Gabrielle Williams MP.
On 24 May 2016, the Victorian Government will make a formal State apology in Parliament to those convicted under unjust and prejudiced laws against homosexual acts prior to decriminalisation in 1981. The apology will be made to those who were directly affected by the laws and to Victoria’s LGBTI communities.
This follows the introduction of an expungement scheme in September 2015 after changes to the Sentencing Act 1991. These changes recognised that homosexual sex between consenting adults should never have been a crime.
The Apology is open to members of the public. If you would like to attend, please email email@example.com. You will also be able view the live stream of the Apology on the day from the Parliament website – http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/
We would like to acknowledge Crystal Johnson, sister girl and educator from Tiwi Island. This gorgeous photo is part of a story by SBS and you can click here to read the story and watch a video made by SBS.
We also pay tribute to Jack Charles. In 2015 Jack was named the Victorian Senior of the year. That same year Jack was refused a taxi – because he is an indigenous man. Earlier this year he was refused a taxi again. We have a long way to go before we are an age-friendly and respectful society.
We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land. Particularly our aboriginal LGBTI elders. We would particularly like to pay tribute to Noel Tovey AM who has given so much of himself to change attitudes, policies and the law. We salute you Noel