Image for Rainbow families release "staying healthy" plebiscite guide

Rainbow families release"staying healthy" plebisciteguide

With families at the frontline of debate if Australia goes ahead with a plebiscite on marriage, the Rainbow Families network has released a guide designed to protect the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ parented families during the national campaign for marriage equality.

Rainbow Families know they will be targeted during a highly divisive debate for marriage equality. Its Plebiscite Guide includes a clear explanation of the plebiscite, tips for taking care of yourself and your family, and useful contacts for anyone needing extra support.

“During the plebiscite debate, LGBTIQ parented families, and in particular the children, will be vulnerable to the harmful and hostile attacks of the ‘no’ campaign,” says Rainbow Families co-chair Justine Maguire-Scarvelli.

“The fact that there have already been calls for anti-discrimination laws to be suspended during the campaign tells us just how ugly the debate is likely to become.”

The guide reminds same-sex parented families that “others have a right to an opinion, but not to express it in a way that threatens you or your family. Since 2013, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status is banned under the Sex Discrimination Act.

“We’re not defined by how people talk about us: We’re more than what others say or think. We have powerful stories of love and possibility and truth is on our side. Talk to your kids about the value of your family and set the tine of the debate with them. Talk to teachers and other parents so your kids feel safe.”

Rainbow Families is opposed to a plebiscite, calling on the Federal Government to listen to the 70% of Australians who are in favour of marriage equality by resolving the issue in parliament. But they also realise the plebiscite is a real possibility, and they need to be ready for it.

“Our families and our relationships should not be subject to a popular vote following a divisive and damaging campaign,” Maguire-Scarvelli emphasises.

“We’re still hopeful the Government will see reason, but given $160 million has been allocated to the plebiscite in this week’s federal budget, we are also realistic. We are ready to support the wellbeing of our community.”

The Plebiscite Guide is fully funded by Rainbow Families, and is the start of its marriage equality resiliency campaign, designed to minimise the harm a national debate will cause LGBTIQ parented families. Further initiatives will be launched in the lead up to the plebiscite, to inform, educate and support rainbow families.

Printed copies of the Plebiscite Guide are now being distributed, and you can read it online here at the Rainbow Families website.

Comments

www.samesame.com.au arrow left
45073
MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 8th May, 2016

This is a mature and much needed approach to giving support to LGBTI people and their families with the proposed plebiscite if the Coalition are re-elected.

I suspected the plebiscite was going to raise debate, yet from what I've been hearing from just a couple of conversations and remarks about same sex couples and families in both the workplace and in public is that this plebiscite looks like it will become very vicious and hateful if there are no boundaries set on public discourse and interpersonal debating about the issue.

Simoneybabe

Simoneybabe said on the 8th May, 2016



If it does it's only because the politicians have been dangling it in front of people and then pulling it a away at the last minute and then dangling it in front of people again, playing with people and stirring things up.

I don't think Ireland had any problems bringing it in, they just did it and no-one much noticed or cared.
But I don't think such a big drama was made of it by politicians and gay marriage organisations, so it remained fairly low key far as I am aware.

But all this politicians and marriage alliance people in Australia stirring things up makes a small issue into something that people think the future of the world hinges on is not good, and may give the fringe loonies a chance to come out of the woodwork.

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 8th May, 2016


But all this politicians and marriage alliance people in Australia stirring things up makes a small issue into something that people think the future of the world hinges on is not good, and may give the fringe loonies a chance to come out of the woodwork.

Yep, that's why it should just be legislated and end the whole marriage equality drama and let everyone get on with their lives.

local_warming

local_warming said on the 8th May, 2016



Agreed. I can't wait for it to be legislated for, and
to hear the end of it, and the blathering cretins that have crawled out of the cracks, foaming about marriage like it actually matters.

Simoneybabe

Simoneybabe said on the 8th May, 2016

I think a lot of people will feel lost when it's legislated; they have spent so much time and focus on it that the day after it becomes law they are going to go outside and look around and think, what do I do now? I feel lost. What am I going to do with my life? Everything in my life is still the same as yesterday. Everything still looks the same. Everyone still acts the same. I thought this was going to change the world.
Got to vacuum the lounge, do some washing, got to go and do some grocery shopping, the bar staff at Stonewall are still handing me my change on a saucer, standing there looking at me like a dog waiting to be thrown a treat as I laborously collect every last cent from the saucer.......... life goes on the same.

Dissily Mordentroge

Dissily Mordentroge said on the 8th May, 2016

I think a lot of people will feel lost when it's legislated; they have spent so much time and focus on it that the day after it becomes law they are going to go outside and look around and think, what do I do now? I feel lost. What am I going to do with my life? Everything in my life is still the same as yesterday. Everything still looks the same. Everyone still acts the same. I thought this was going to change the world.
Got to vacuum the lounge, do some washing, got to go and do some grocery shopping, the bar staff at Stonewall are still handing me my change on a saucer, standing there looking at me like a dog waiting to be thrown a treat as I laborously collect every last cent from the saucer.......... life goes on the same.

Queer homelessness, employment discrimination, school bullying, gay youth suicide, religious hate propaganda - - - no, it's more important to vacuum the lounge and do the washing etc ? - - I can't believe we are that bloddy stupid.

local_warming

local_warming said on the 8th May, 2016

^^^^^^you're stupid if you think the vast bulk of folks who got worked up about not being able to get married, are going to give a rats arse, about any of those issues above, once same sex marriage is passed. Besides, they've got to start planning on which invitations they are going to use (oh, and then selecting a husband as well)