Under the Newman administration, the LGBTI Community has suffered blow after blow. This started with the defunding of QAHC – amid suspicions that this was retribution for their active push for same-sex marriage based on concern for the mental health of their clients. Then we had the Civil Unions Act watered down as much as possible. Then we were told that surrogacy would be the next to go.
On Friday, I felt depressed and saddened, a sense of gloom and hopelessness stretched out before me. They were doing this to me and there was nothing I could do about it… I considered moving to Melbourne, or Sydney, or back to Tasmania… But over the last two days I have realised that this is not true and a move is not needed. There is hope. There’s a good possibility that after three years QLD will wake up and oust the LNP from its parliamentary roost (especially after Newman announced he’s axing approx 20000 jobs from the public service). There’s a possibility that the Federal Government will legislate around same-sex marriage and render the state discussion pointless. There’s even a possibility (however remote) that the LNP will shake off its arch-conservative religious shackles and be a force for short term economic might (which they arguably already are) as well as providing the required infrastructure for Queensland’s ongoing prosperity and the necessary leadership to show that Queensland, well, appreciates its Queens…
These things can only happen if people stick around to push for them. While LGBTI people pour out of QLD in response to ACL/LNP policy, it makes it harder for those who stay to make an impact. While the Queer community stays obscure enough that “Walking backwards to Broome if there’s a homosexual in my electorate” isn’t met with “Well you’d better get walking” immediately, while GLBT individuals fail to stand up and be counted, nothing will ever change. (Which is not to say you shouldn’t leave if you don’t feel you can cope)
I’m staying in Queensland. For all its faults, I like it here. I refuse to be chased out by a politician who cannot stand on his own beliefs and call for Same sex marriage to be made legal. I refuse to let other GLBTI people be bullied by a callous and uncaring government without standing up and saying “No more!”
I am here. Things will get better. They will get better because I am here, and I am speaking out. If we all speak out together, rise up with one voice, then we will be heard, and things will get better.