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New PM is anti LGBTIQ, say Greens

Media Release
Janet Rice 5 Sep 2018

It has only taken a week for the new Prime Minister Scott Morrison to repeatedly show he doesn’t care about the wellbeing or welfare of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer kids, say the Greens.

“Scott Morrison’s barely settled into the job, yet he’s made every effort to demonise young LGBTIQ people. He has done so much damage in such a short time,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson.

“On Monday he refused to condemn dangerous LGBTIQ conversion ‘therapy’ and the ideology that drives it, saying it wasn’t an issue for him.”

"This morning he posted on social media that a program to help teachers identify trans and gender diverse kids is gender whispering, saying ‘let kids be kids’. The article quoted an unqualified ‘gender expert’ with links to the Australian Christian Lobby who has been a candidate for Fred Nile’s Christian Democratic Party.”

“Well I’ve got news for the Prime Minister - some kids are trans. Some kids are gay, lesbian, bisexual. Some kids are questioning their gender or sexuality. And they need to be supported by their families, communities, schools and their representatives in parliament.”

“He said to Australians last week that the Liberal party is “on your side.” He clearly forgot to mention that only applies if you’re heterosexual and cisgender.”

“It’s pretty clear the Prime Minister doesn’t give a rats about young LGBTIQ people.”

“Imagine being a young trans or gender diverse kid and seeing your Prime Minister talk about you in this way. LGBTIQ young people experience worse mental health outcomes than heterosexual young people, and it’s because of behaviour like this from our so-called leaders. It’s totally unacceptable and harmful.”

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