No longer an optional extra: Doing LGBTI policy differently

Submitted by Sunil Patel on Friday, 3 May 2013 - 7:16am.

This video is one of La Trobe University's 'Big FAT Idea' series.

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

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