Over the past week, we've received considerable interest in the Tasmanian case on single-sex spaces. We've produced a media statement detailing our viewpoint.
A PDF of our statement can be found here.
As Australia’s largest advocacy group for same-sex attracted people, we’re proud to contribute to the proposed NSW Equality Bill. This important proposal will have a profound effect on our community so it’s important to ensure we have a voice.
PUBLIC STATEMENT REGARDING KATHERINE DEVES, LIBERAL CANDIDATE FOR WARRINGAH
There has been a lot of recent public discussion about comments made by Liberal party candidate for Warringah, Katherine Deves, including scrutiny around her work on women’s sex-based rights. Deves is a co-founder of Save Women’s Sport Australasia, a group whose focus is outside our scope, but whose mission we support. Although we do not always agree with the language used by Deves, we agree with her overall message that single-sex sports are important for inclusion and fairness to girls and women. Our organisation similarly advocates for single-sex spaces, such as spaces for same-sex attracted people i.e. lesbian-only spaces and gay male-only spaces. As a non-partisan group, we invite discussion of greater nuance than is currently being held in the highly politicised pre-election environment.
LGB Alliance Australia unequivocally supports trans and gender diverse peoples’ right to hold trans-only events at the exclusion of all other people. However, we would like it documented that it has been deemed discriminatory in Australia for LGB people to hold same-sex only events i.e. events exclusively for lesbians or gay men. We find this unfair and hypocritical.