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LBGT and Intersex

CAFS
groups in context

Aisha Hume

             2017              

 

 

P R E V A L A N C E
In 2011, 0.7% of couples were same-sex and 3300 same-sex identified themselves, however this is only the amount who admitted to it. Over the years from 1996 to 2011 the number of same-sex couples have increased approx 10,00. The ABS 2013 reported that same-sex partners account for 1.6% of all partners aged 15-24. In Australias capital cities, 0.9% of all couples were same-sex, Sydney and Canberra both being the highest at 1.1% with Perth and Adelaids both at 0.6%. The cenus shows that just ovr 1 in 10 same-sex couples. 11 in 100 Australians are one of the LGBT.

In a gay/lesbian relationship, one of the partners play a butch; husband rold and the other plays the femme; wife role. For example gay man like to wear makeup, show skin, wear tight clothes, use the flick of the rist. Where as lesbians are quiet butch through speech, clothes e.g baggy pants, t-shirts, sneakers, short hair. LGBT individuals form a diverse gorup that is made up of individuals (glbt) with different gender identies; gender is not the same as sexuality. The group is built up with different race's, ages, gender and religion. This creates diversity in the group, but the individuals are involved in this group becuase they are LGBT.

At times they regard them selfs as the opposite sex; they have made a conscious desciosn to be that way. Only a very small percentage can be identified by stereotypic mannerisms and characteristics. 

"Transgender people are not the same as transvestites, cross-dressers, drag queens, or drag kings. Beingtransgender is about gender identity"

GLBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which was used to replace the term gay in reference to the LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s.

LGBT and Intersex

Government Policy 

 

Equity issues for GLBTIs ; meeting needs, access to services, health care, privacy and confidentiality e.t...

  • Surrogacy Act 2010 (NSW)

    "An Act to recognise certain surrogacy arrangements, to prohibit commercial surrogacy arrangements and to provide for the status of children of surrogacy arrangements, and to make related amendments to other Acts". 
    -  Allows LGBTs to have children because for lesbians and gays specifaclly they cannot concieve bettween themselves. So with surrogacy pregancy it fixes equity issues becuase it allows them to have a family, a new relationship is formed. It allows LGBTs to feel excepted by the community and just because they have differen views doesnt mean they should be held back by the wonders life gives. It adds another aspect to their lives and gives them a sense of identiy

  • Adoption Amendment (Same-Sex Couple) Bill 2010 (NSW)

    "An Act to amend the Adoption Act 2000 to enable couples of the same sex to adopt children and to make related amendments to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 and certain other legislation"

    - LBGT couples can now be apart of something and arnt being held back from simple disers they cannot carry out themselves in the 'normal' way. "It's a celebration to be had, that our families are now recognised legally and we feel more secure," - "I don't think people understand the difference it makes in the lives of people in our community; the recognition it provides, the normalcy. Allowing LGBT's to adopt, it can help with their mental state and that their arn't different from the community, becuase they are only seeking love and equity.

  • Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission)
    prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, marital or relationship status, actual or potential pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status or breastfeeding in a range of areas of public life"
    - This act provides accomodation, work, education, factilties, services and the provision of goods. Which helps meets the specfic needs of this group. e.g.. adequate standard of living, health, employment, safety and security...
    In regards to LGBTIs this act helps to eliminate discrimition amognst family members and the public society so LGBTIs feel equal.





 

                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   

 

Support Organisations 

"The AIDS Council of NSW is one of Australia’s largest LGBTI sexual health and wellbeing organisations, with a variety of services on offer, including free rapid HIV testing clinics, counselling, resources, substance support, and more."
Specfically they have services that help them cope with their overall health so their needs are met. They also give out services that help them cope with homophobics and with that their sense of identity can be protected.
Counselling and Legal Advice is provided for those undergoing domesctic violence so their needs are met through safety and secruity.

ACON

"The Gender Centre is committed to developing and providing services and activities, which enhance the ability of people with gender issues to make informed choices". They provide accomodation, suppourt, and servies that help meet the specfic needs required of an indvidual -
e.g adequate standard of living, health, saftey and secruity. Which gives benefits to their overal mental health and the state of their wellbeing. They also provide services to educate the wider community so they can undersatand/help the needs of people with their gender issues. Services such as - cross-dressing, family and gender-queer suppourt are provided also.

 

Gender Centre

beyond blue

"Since 2009, beyondblue has been working to reduce prejudice and discrimination that can lead to higher rates of depressionanxiety, and suicidal thoughts for lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, intersex (LGBTI)1 and other diverse communities".
Families like mine is an online multimedia guide offering advice on how to suppourt families members so their sense of identiy can be met. Stop. Think. Respect, is a TV online campaign working to reduce the impact of discrimination on the mental health. They also support the development of
 free educational resources for aged care providers to improve mental health for older LGBTI people which falls under the needs for educational needs

Positive Contribution & Advocacy 

P O S I T I V E  C O N T R I B U T I O N
Ellen DeGeneres, a well known and loved talk-show host, is a part of the LGBTIs community; with identifying her self as a lesbian. Ellen came out 20 years and it was significantly important for the  LGBTIs community because it gave them encouragemnt to follow in her foot steps and to not be afraid but proud. She is so widley liked and full of kidness which is significant to the wider community becuase it made us challenge our own assumptions. Also helped remind us that we have more in common. 
It took a lot of courage for Ellen to come out, and to boradcast it. Gives hopes to those who are hiding in their shadows. She has showed that no matter who you are or what you are you can make a difference. Obama - "she inspires us to be better, one dance, one joke at a time". Ellen has had a vast impact on the wider community through her postive attributes which has helped better their opion. 

A D V O C A C Y
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade - (SGLMG) is a non-profit member-bases organisation that puts on the SGLMG Parade and festival in the streets of Syndey to raise awareness and visibility of GLBT communites. One of the worls largest and most loved LGBTIs celebration. It communicates the universal message of diversity, equality and infinite love though all the colours of the kaleidoscope. Many people come from different regions to attend the destival in pride of who they are. It has been created for the benefit of Sydney's LGBTI community and an acceptance of LGBIT rights.

Their aim is to raise visibilty for the gorup through;

- providing the oppourtunity for LGBTIs through the use of SGLMG to make a statment of pride

- providing resources and opportuites to their community for creative and politicsal expression

- embracing LGBTIs from the broader community to share their vision

They speak up for the group in the sense that we should love all, no matter what colour, race, relgion, gender identiy and celebrate the power and beauty of diversity.

 

 

Reference/Bibliogrpahy

  • INTRODUCE YOUR GROUP
    Obear, K. (1989, March). What Do You Know About Gay/Lesbian Lifestyles. Available: http://www.d.umn.edu/~hrallis/professional/presentations/ally_training/glbt_questionnaire.htm. Last accessed 08/04/2017
    By Eugene Volokh. (July 15, 2014). What percentage of the U.S. population is gay, lesbian or bisexual?. Available: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/07/15/what-percentage-of-the-u-s-population-is-gay-lesbian-or-bisexual/?utm_term=.4d16318cfe59. Last accessed 08/04/2017

  • GOVERMENT POLICIES
    -  Alison Beattie/ Beth Girvan/ Bronwyn Rayner/ Kate Rayner/ Kelly Bell. (n/a). Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Communities. In: n/a Nelson Community and Family Studies Australia: Deborah Barnes. 173-194
    - n/a. ( Wednesday, March 08, 2017). Surrogacy. Available: http://www.gaydadsaustralia.com/surrogacy/ . Last accessed 08/04/2017
    -Alex Buxton. (08 Jul 2013). Family bonds: how does surrogacy impact on relationships?. Available: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/family-bonds-how-does-surrogacy-impact-on-relationships. Last accessed 08/04/2017
    - Lauren Waldhuter. (17 Feb 2017). Same-sex couples welcome introduction of adoption equality in SA. Available: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-17/adoption-approved-for-sa-same-sex-couples/8281070. Last accessed 08/04/2017
    - New South Wales. (2010). Adoption Amendment (Same Sex Couples) Act 2010 No 66. Available: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/num_act/aasca2010n66377.pdf. Last accessed 08/04/2017
    - Australia. (2013). Marriage Act 1961. Available: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2013C00164. Last accessed 08/04/2017
    n/a. (15 March 2016). Sex Discrimination Act 1984. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_Discrimination_Act_1984. Last accessed 09/04/2017

  • SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS: 
    - Beyond Blue. (2016). Lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex (LGBTI), and bodily, gender and sexually diverse people. Available: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/who-does-it-affect/lesbian-gay-bi-trans-and-intersex-lgbti-people . Last accessed 08/04/2017
    -  The Gender Centre. (2016). SERVICES FOR THE TRANSGENDER & GENDER DIVERSE COMMUNITY. Available: https://gendercentre.org.au/. Last accessed 08/04/2017
    - ACON. (2017). We’re here for HIV prevention, HIV support and LGBTI health. Available: https://www.acon.org.au/. Last accessed 08/04/2017 

  • POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS:
    - Obama. (23 November 2016). Ellen DeGeneres lauded for gay rights influence. Available: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38073567. Last accessed 09/04/2017
    - Brent Lang. (JUNE 30, 2015). Ellen DeGeneres Influenced Gay Rights Views More Than Any Other Celebrity (Study). Available: http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/ellen-degeneres-gay-rights-gay-marriage-1201531462/. Last accessed 09/04/2017

  • ADVOACY:
    - Alison Beattie/ Beth Girvan/ Bronwyn Rayner/ Kate Rayner/ Kelly Bell. (n/a). Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Communities. In: n/a Nelson Community and Family Studies Australia: Deborah Barnes. 173-194