According to the Australian Government I am a valued tax paying member of society.
According to my passport & Visa , I am an Australian Individual of extraordinary ability and achievement.
According to the Australian tourism & export industry, I am a valuable Australian musical commodity.
But according to the current Australian laws & government, I and all LGBTQ+ citizens are still considered second class Australian citizens - without the same immediate legal rights to all relationship protections and responsibilities that married couples are granted.
Why is the legalities of marriage as important to some as the spiritual union? Let's start here - If the person you love was in an emergency situation, a marriage certificate allows married partners to easily prove their legal rights if challenged - this is especially important for same sex couples as they are often discriminated against in this scenario.
LGBTQ pay the same taxes.
LGBTQ are service men and woman, first responders, military, politicians, doctors, surgeons, nurses, journalists, school teachers, valued contributors of our communities, hospitals, military, arts, and society.
LGBTQ lead not for profits, and are contributors to tourism for Australia.
LGBTQ should be afforded the EQUAL rights for protection, entitlements and equality in our country.
We have 24 hours left to enrol and let our voices be heard to correct this in Australia. So please make sure you have registered!
I've seen countless signs posted of hate propaganda against same sex parents and the LGBTQ community ahead of this vote - and the psychological impact & physical bullying those messages have on LGBTQ youth or kids of LGBTQ & same sex parents continues to present itself in damning statistics.
I am here because we must continue to speak louder than the voices that aim to divide us.
We won't stop until we live in an all inclusive Australia for everyone🏳️🌈