Aleph Melbourne will endorse all political candidates who unconditionally support equal rights for LGBTIQ+ Jews and whose values align with ours.
Thank you for your email asking for a candidate statement on LGBQTI+ inclusion.
All persons should be free to live free from persecution and vilification, irrespective of their sexuality, cultural background or religion.
In general, I believe that there are certain principles that should be adhered to when considering legislation, so that it takes into account the needs of LGBQTI+ persons:
- People in the LGBTIQA+ community come from all backgrounds and walks of life, so policy should be diverse in reflecting that
- Allies of the LGBQTI+ community should ask for direct input from members of the LGBQTI+ community when considering legislative changes and policies
- Every person in Victoria and in wider Australia deserves to live without fear of discrimination, and should be able to live without fear relating to their gender or sexual identity
- Specific protections should be considered in a legislative framework that provide a strengthened response to higher rates of discrimination that members of the LGBQTI+ community face
I wish you continued success with your important work at Aleph.