Equality is not negotiable

A landmark 10-year plan to drive inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) Victorians was launched at the annual Midsumma Pride March.
7 February 2022
Group of colourful people representing diversity in LGBTIQ+ communities

 

Pride in our future: Victoria’s LGBTIQ+ strategy 2022-2032 is Victoria’s first long-term plan for LGBTIQ+ equality. It outlines four areas of reform:

  • protecting equal rights and freedoms
  • making services more equitable, inclusive, and accessible
  • building evidence to drive decision making
  • ensuring LGBTIQ+ communities are safe and strong.

It also includes specific actions the Victorian Government will take over the next decade to ensure that all Victorians feel safe, are healthy, have equal human rights and can live wholly and freely.

An immediate $6.5 million investment goes towards making organisations safer and more inclusive for LGBTIQ+ Victorians, supporting the health and wellbeing of people with an intersex variation and continuing peer support for trans and gender diverse Victorians.

It also includes campaigns to tackle discrimination, making sure those who have been long excluded from services and opportunities in the community because of who they are, feel included.

The strategy was shaped by more than 1,600 contributions from LGBTIQ+ people, organisations and allies.

Victoria has made great progress towards equality in recent years, removing discrimination from legislation, providing strong support for LGBTIQ+ organisations and events and delivering the Victorian Pride Centre, but there is always more to do.