Magda Szubanski has shared a heartfelt message to transgender children and the broader LGBTIQ+ community after a “bruising week” of public debate on human rights.
The actress and comedian posted the video to social media in support of transgender youth on Sunday, with the hashtag #ReligiousDiscriminationBill.
“Hi there, I know this has been another one of those awful, bruising weeks for trans kids and for the LGBTQI people in general,” she said.
“And I just want to say, especially to trans kids, that we stand by you and with you.
“Hope you’re all okay and please take care.
“Know that there are so many people out there of different faiths who completely love and affirm you.”
Magda signed off by saying, “Lots of love. Take care.”
She shared the video on Twitter, writing, “This has been a hard week.
“If you get a chance to show support to a trans or LGBTQI kid please… do it.”
Last week, mental health experts and LGBTIQ+ advocates warned of the impacts the debate on the Morrison government’s Religious Discrimination Bill was having on the wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ communities.
Mind Australia reported a rise in referrals for support as the legislation was debated in Canberra in recent weeks.
If you need someone to talk to, help is available from QLife on 1800 184 527 or online at QLife.org.au, Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, or beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.
This has been a hard week.
— Magda Szubanski AO (@MagdaSzubanski) February 13, 2022
Magda Szubanski came out as gay 10 years ago
Ten years ago today, Magda Szubanski came out as gay on national TV.
On February 14, 2012, Magda made in appearance on Channel Ten’s The Project.
During the interview on Valentine’s Day she gave her “1000% support” for the campaign to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia.
“All Australians, including gay Australians, should have exactly the same rights, including the right to love, marry and take care of our partners,” she said.
She also added, “I absolutely identify as gay and for a very long time have.”
Magda said while her family, friends and colleagues had known her sexuality for years, coming out publicly was a big step for her.
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