Help Expunge Historical Gay Sex Convictions In Queensland


Expunge Historical Gay Sex Convictions In Queensland

The LGBTI Legal Service is on a mission to have historical gay convictions in Queensland for consensual gay sex expunged!

The service is looking into law reform options and working with stakeholders to prepare a submission to the State Government.

Director Emile McPhee said a key part of successful reform is the personal stories of those affected by archaic laws.

“We need to reach people who are willing to share their stories,” he said.

“We have no doubt that those people are out there, but we need to encourage them to come forward.”

Mr McPhee said it is important that convictions under these laws finally be “freed” from that stigma and history.

“For some people, there may not be a noticeable difference. However, for others, there is a continued struggle and internalised stigma attaching to prosecution for something which should never have been illegal,” he said.

“We need to take steps towards righting that injustice and remove all historical gay convictions!

“We need to show the Queensland Government that this affects the LGBT community.”

Mr McPhee emphasised that people can retain their anonymity. “We are alive to the issues which people may face in contributing their stories and are happy to work with individuals to ensure comfort with whatever published,” he said.

Anyone interested in sharing their story can contact the LGBTI Legal Service by email at either lgbtilegalservice@gmail.com or info@lgbtilegalservice.org or by phoning 0401 936 232.

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