RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DEBATE TAKING HEAVIER TOLL ON LGBTIQ+ AUSTRALIANS THAN POSTAL SURVEY
LGBTIQ+ AUSTRALIANS WANT MPs WHO VOTED FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY TO SPEAK UP IN FACE OF NEW THREATS
The religious freedom and discrimination debate is taking a heavy toll on LGBTIQ+ people, with more than 80% saying they feel worse now than during the 2017 marriage equality postal survey.
The stark figure is from a survey of almost 4,500 LGBTIQ+ Australians and their allies conducted by just.equal.
Other headline results include
70.9% of LGBTIQ+ people agree that the primary aim of religious freedom advocates is to take away the rights of LGBTIQ+ people.
43.5% of LGBTIQ+ people agree Australia is not accepting, which is almost double the percentage (22.3%) who felt it was not accepting before marriage equality.
62.2% of LGBTIQ+ people feel vulnerable, 67.2% angry and 78.4% not respected.
97.9% of LGBTIQ+ people believe religious organisations like schools and hospitals should not be allowed to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity, while 92% believe individuals should be able to say whatever they want about LGBTIQ+ people in the name of religion
84.9% believe the media is biased against transgender people, 88% believe politicians are less interested in trans rights than they were in marriage equality, and 90% believe trans and gender diverse people are suffering as a result.
70.8% want to see much more LGBTIQ+ equality advocacy from moderate Liberals. 58.7% want much more from Labor and 32.9% want much more from the Greens.
Just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said,
“It is a shameful indictment on Australia’s leaders that LGBTIQ+ Australians feel worse now than during the postal survey.”
“The message to all politicians who voted for marriage equality but are currently silent is this: your complicity with homophobia and transphobia is hurting LGBTIQ+ Australians, so speak up for our equal dignity and against religious privilege now!”
“We will make sure every politician who voted for marriage equality has a copy of this survey on their desk asap.”
The survey looked at LGBTIQ+ family and friends and colleagues, as well LGBTIQ+ people themselves. Similar results among these allies indicate that the negative impact of the current religious discrimination and transgender debates extend to many millions of Australians.
Key allies results are:
78.0% felt unhappy because of the current religious discrimination and transgender debates
70.3% had noticed LGBTIQ+ friends, colleagues or family members feeling upset or unfairly treated
The survey was designed by social science researcher, Dr Sharon Dane, with a multi-mode recruitment strategy to ensure the sample reflects the demographic diversity of the broader population.
The survey results are below.
For a copy of this statement on the web, click here
For more information contact Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668 or Dr Sharon Dane on 0403 895 268.
National Survey conducted 27th August to 8th September 2019