Discrimination in the LGBT community

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Conference
2016 National LGBT Conference
Date
19 July 2016
Decision

This Conference welcomes the work that has been done to ensure that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group is a positive, welcoming and inclusive group, to the extent that it can be seen as a good practice model for other LGBT organisations to learn from. This is not least because too many LGBT community organisations are not known for their inclusivity and diversity.

This Conference believes that that success has been the result of a willingness to be honest in examining the group’s organisation and practices, and a willingness to accept change for the better. This Conference also believes there is still work to do through continuing to apply our values and through deliberate policy and practice development.

This Conference further believes that it is vital that discrimination within our own community that manifests as sexism, racism, disablism, biphobia or transphobia must be challenged and eradicated.

This Conference also believes that it is important for the LGBT group to be clear that it is important that respect is observed not just in formal spaces, but also in social and other informal settings, acknowledging issues on the scene.

This Conference calls on the national LGBT committee to work to:

1. Counteract the impact of society-wide discrimination and to challenge norms;

2. Continue to monitor the LGBT group’s practices and bring any necessary recommendations for change to this Conference;

3. Invite those attending to the group’s network days to dedicate some time to considering what LGBT group practices, if any, need to change to make their members feel more welcome and supported, and to refer any matters to the national LGBT Committee;

4. Intervene in relevant public discussions to put positive arguments for creating a welcoming and inclusive community that will challenge discrimination.