State LGBTQIA+ Issues
Unfortunately in many areas of law, Western Australia is far behind the other States in removing discriminatory laws and adding required protections for LGBTQIA+ people.
Hate Speech laws in WA apply only to race. These laws need to be updated to include other areas including sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.
Inclusive Education WA (the rebranded Safe Schools program) had its funding ceased from October 2020. This means there is currently no program to provide training, resources and curriculum support for school staff, psychologists and parents to better understand the needs of LGBTQIA+ students in WA.
"Special Religious Exemptions" remain under WA laws (1984 Equal Opportunity Act) which allow religious organisations to discriminate against LGBTQIA+ people and their families by refuses services, declining enrolment or employment applications and expelling students or firing staff. This includes where services are publicly funded - such as emergency services, homelessness support, youth programs, health care services and schools.
Non-binary people have no legal recognition of their gender and transgender people in WA are unable to have their gender legally recognised without first undergoing expensive, invasive and often unwanted medical interventions, and going through a lengthy application process with the "Gender Reassignment Board."
Intersex people (individuals with unique variations in chromosomes, hormones, reproductive or sex anatomy) continue subject to non-consensual surgery and medical procedures in WA.
The McGowan / Cook Labor Government have made various announcements regarding these issues, but despite being in power for six years and having a majority in both houses, these issues remain with no clear time frame on if / when they will be addressed.
South West Contacts
If you live in the south west and would like to contact the relevant Labor members to request they take action on these issues, please contact:
Don Punch, MLA, Member for Bunbury - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackie Jarvis, MLC for the South West - Jackie.Jarvis@mp.wa.gov.au
Sally Talbot , MLC for the South West - email@example.com
The following are all Labor politicians who attended Perth Pride 2023 (Pride parade and/or Pride Fairday):
Premier Roger Cook - firstname.lastname@example.org
Attorney General John Quigley - email@example.com
Katrina Stratton MLA - Katrina.Stratton@mp.wa.gov.au
Peter Foster MLC - Peter.Foster@mp.wa.gov.au
Dave Kelly MP - Dave.Kelly@mp.wa.gov.au
Stephen Dawson MLC - firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Louise Pratt - email@example.com
Stuart Aubrey MLA - firstname.lastname@example.org
Divina D’Anna MLA - Divina.DAnna@mp.wa.gov.au