No longer an optional extra: Doing LGBTI policy differently

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Director, Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV), College of Science, Health and Engineering

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No longer an optional extra: Doing LGBTI policy differently

In this Big FAT Idea: No longer an optional extra doing LGBTI policy (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender intersex), Liam raises the question - should we consider policy doing LGBTI differently?

Liam argues that what is needed now are not only initiatives that provide services to the victims of homophobic and transphobic abuse, what is needed now is not only legislative and social reforms and public education campaigns that target deeply held prejudicial attitudes towards LGBTI people.

What is needed now is a new approach, in which these initiatives sit under a policy framework that tells the entire population that LGBTI people are valued, and a unique part of the diversity that makes up our shared humanity.

What is needed is an approach that gives positive social value and weight to how LGBTI people live their own lives - in a world in which the particularities of doing LGBTI have everything to do with difference and diversity and nothing to do with prejudice and discrimination.