I HAVE been reading the letters over the last couple of weeks and have noted a lot of talk about the plebiscite and marriage equality.
There have been many lovely supportive comments, but also some disappointingly negative ones.
I am co-chair of the Sunshine Coast Pride Network. Over the last few years we have worked very hard to help our local LGBTI community feel accepted and included.
Issues such as this plebiscite argument are causing a lot of division; not only between the gay community and their haters, but also due to confusion as to what the plebiscite actually means.
We have spent a long time fighting for equality and the ability to marry is just another aspect of that fight. Basically, we just want to be treated exactly the same as every other human in Australia.
The plebiscite does nothing to create equality. It only polarises us and causes resentment.
There are those that will say that the ability to vote on this issue is using democracy - but it is not.
Social justice is not about using one group of people to decide on whether another group of people should have the same rights as you.
Australia has a diverse and multicultural society and we should not be discussing other peoples' lives as though they mean nothing. Everytime you publicly debate this plebiscite, it hurts.
I know some of you doubt this argument will cause mental health issues amongst the LGBTI community but, let's be very clear, it will and it already has.
We have already seen the rise in calls to our counselling services, legal representatives and the ADCQ.
If you are unsure on whether a plebiscite is necessary, take the time to talk to a gay person.
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