LGBTI Advisory Committee to be created by Brisbane City Council

Principal Petitioner Phil Browne, Teneriffe
Date Closed Tue, 08 Sep 2015 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 364 signatures

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Residents request that Brisbane City Council create a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Advisory Committee. There is a mass of data, including Australian Bureau of Statistics figures and university studies, showing the prejudice and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people leads to far worse health and social outcomes. This includes higher rates of anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions, having no family members for support, homelessness, chronic health conditions and, alarmingly, a four times higher rate of suicide attempts. All levels of government have a responsibility to address this. However, as Council is the level of government most connected to the communities that impacted people reside in, Council should implement an LGBTI Advisory Committee as a matter of urgency. This follows numerous other Australian Councils that already have LGBTI Advisory Committees or similar. Council wants all residents to be included in civic life, as demonstrated by the Living in Brisbane 2026 plan. However, some groups face barriers to inclusion. For example, many LGBTI residents face discrimination, marginalisation, exclusion and non-representation. This prevents them from engaging fully in civic life. Brisbane City Council has recognised multiple other disadvantaged groups by creating Council boards, committees, roundtables or advisory groups to address the issues unique to each group. The Federal Department of Health, and mental health agencies beyondblue and headspace, address the worst outcomes for LGBTI people by running LGBTI-specific programs.

The petitioners therefore request that within six months (or a longer time if this is reasonable and required) from the commencement of the 2016 to 2020 Council term , Brisbane City Council appoint an LGBTI Advisory Committee to advise Council on LGBTI issues and provide a formal consultative mechanism between Council and the LGBTI community. This LGBTI Advisory Committee is to be endorsed by Brisbane City Council and is to consist of bi-partisan and independent city Councillors, representatives from LGBTI support/community/advocacy agencies including, but not limited to, Brisbane Pride Festival, Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (i.e. industry partners), and LGBTI community members.