As the 2022 federal election looms, QNews gives each of the major party candidates for the seat of Brisbane an opportunity to share why they believe our communities should vote for them. Trevor Evans Liberal is the current member for Brisbane.
Trevor Evans Liberal
When I was elected to Parliament in 2016, I became Queensland’s first and only openly gay parliamentarian. It was an honour and a privilege, and I’ve been working hard to fight for Brisbane’s LGBTIQ+ community since. I’m pleased to see that I’m no longer alone, having been joined in the Parliament by a number of colleagues from our community over the past few years. By working together, we’ve delivered some fantastic results for equality.
In 2017, after a decade of inaction in Canberra, I fought hard for marriage equality and was heartened to see Brisbane voted overwhelmingly in support of this change. In fact, we saw the
second-highest yes vote anywhere in the country – just under 80%. It’s now law. I am especially grateful to everybody who I campaigned alongside for equality both in Parliament and in the community since I popped the question to my partner Roger last year. Spoiler: he said yes!
Fully funded PrEP
In Canberra, I fought for and secured fully-funded PrEP on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, giving millions of Australians affordable access to this life-saving drug. Before this, only around 14,000 Australians were able to access subsidised PrEP through clinical trials – the rest could expect to pay around $1,000 per month for a prescription. Now, subsidised PrEP is available from any GP for as little as $6.80 per month. Thanks to our efforts, Australia is now on track to become one of the first countries in the world to end the transmission of HIV.
Open Doors Youth Service
Closer to home in Fortitude Valley, I’ve worked to support Open Doors Youth Service’s Jellybeans program for gender diverse youth, which was on the verge of shutting its doors when I was first elected back in 2016. Through the program, Open Doors provides a safe and inclusive support environment for people who identify as genderqueer, gender questioning, gender non-conforming, gender diverse or transgender aged 12-24. Since then, I have been able to secure almost $200,000 in federal funding to ensure this crucial service remains available for the most vulnerable in our community and the program is still going strong with what I understand to be record demand for its services.
But there is still much more work to be done.
With the federal election just around the corner, it has never been more important to ensure that the LGBTIQ+ community has a strong voice in Canberra, who can not only advocate for our interests but influence policy and legislation from inside government. I’m confident that we can build on the achievements of recent years and continue to make Australia a fairer place for LGBTIQ+ Australians.
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