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Love-In starts campaign for equality
Written by QP news team
IT was Valentine's Eve and, on a warm and windy Sunday afternoon, stalwart LGBT community activists joined with youth in the safe and spectacular surrounds of New Farm Park's Rose Gardens to celebrate love and call for an equal age of consent under Queensland Law.
A minibus full of young people from rural Toowoomba (USQ-Plus and Silver
Wheat Society) complemented a strong turnout by local
Men and women from PFLAG, Queensland AIDS Council and the Gay &
Lesbian Welfare Association were also there to prove solidarity in support of
equality for youth, through reform of the Queensland Sodomy Law.
Queensland citizens are encouraged to sign. Simply perform a web search
The e-petition calls on MPs to apply the age of consent equally to all
Meanwhile the campaign for an equal age of consent received an indirect boost from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, which last month condemned the West Australian Opposition's plan to raise the age of consent for gay men in that state.
"Legally sanctioned discrimination against young same-sex attracted men, such as the unequal age of consent, impedes health services provision and can have a range of negative health consequences," said AFAO president Don Baxter.
"The threat of legal penalties for themselves and their sexual partners may inhibit young sexually active men from accessing vital health and support services such as counselling, testing and treatment for HIV and other STDs."
He said a key element of the National AIDS Strategy was to create the right 'enabling environment' for people at risk to access information and services, and that criminalisation of gay sexual behaviour was completely contrary to that outcome.
Further activities in support of an equal age of consent in