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No Place for Homophobia in Wyndham

DEFGLIS Transgender Adviser Amy Hamblin from RAAF Base Williams – Point Cook joined with the Mayor and residents of Wyndham City to raise a rainbow flag for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

“We’ve come a long way in Australia, but unjust laws and unfriendly attitudes mean that discrimination against GLBTIQ people is still widespread,” said Kim McAliney, Mayor for the municipality that includes RAAF Base Williams – Point Cook and Laverton.

The rainbow flag was raised at the Wyndham City Cultural Centre, which had been colourfully redecorated in rainbow colours as part of the council’s strategy to increase the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) persons within the local community.

In the 'Pathways to Change' report, homophobia within Defence culture was recognised as an area that needs to be addressed to ensure the fair treatment and inclusion of LGBTIQ persons.

“Irrational fear, hatred and discrimination of LGBTIQ persons is counter-productive to inclusion and the formation of effective working relationships in the workplace and the community,” said Vince Chong, Chairman for DEFGLIS.

Michael Young from the newly formed Wyndham Rainbow  Neighbours group also lent his hand today and called on his local member, the Prime Minister Julia Gillard to help end discrimination. 

Young's group is focused on bringing together and supporting LGBTIQ persons in Wyndham.  He voiced the strong support that his group he has received from the community and local council.

Chaffey Ward Councillor Cr Marcel Mahfoud, Victoria Police Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers Tracey Duhig and Dawn Youla and many youth of Wyndham's Same Sex attracted support group were also on-site to support the event.

INFO: Wyndham Rainbow Neighbours is on Facebook as Wyndham Rainbow Neighbours

IMAGE1: Amy Hamblin - DEFGLIS, Mayor Kim McAliney - Wyndham City Council, Cr Marcel Mahfoud, Chaffey Ward Councillor Wyndham City Council, Michael Young - Meet your LGBTIQ Neighbours,  Brett Bowen - Wyndham City Council Youth Development Officer and residents of Wyndham City raise a rainbow flag for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. 

IMAGE2: Amy Hamblin - DEFGLIS and Michael Young - Meet your LGBTIQ Neighbours

 

 

About the Author
Author: Vince Chong
Vince is the President of DEFGLIS. He is a project manager and an electronics engineer.
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