Rainbow Families Want To Hear Your Experiences Of Discrimination By Government Services

Advocacy group Rainbow Families has released a survey calling for LGBTIQ parents and carers to have their say on discrimination they may have faced when accessing federal government services.

“We have seen some really important reforms for LGBTIQ people, but our children and families are still experiencing discrimination at alarming rates,” the group’s co-chair Vanessa Gonzalez said.

“Rainbow Families will use the survey results to create a report outlining issues LGBTIQ parents encounter when interacting with federal government services.

“[We’ll] then use the report as a guide for our advocacy campaigns at a federal level.”

The survey is seeking personal experience from LGBTIQ parents and carers on issues regarding legal parentage, passport applications, Centrelink, the family law system, dad and partner pay, the Census.

Ms Gonzalez said the final report will be presented to ministers and shadow ministers of the relevant portfolios, recommending ways they can remove discrimination against LGBTIQ parents and their families.

She said the new survey was a follow-up to Rainbow Families NSW’s consultation with the LGBTIQ community about their experiences with state government services, which led to their Love Makes A Family report launched last year.

Rainbow Families had received a positive response to the report and were in conversation with New South Wales government ministers and departments about many of the report’s recommendations.

The survey is available to fill out here. For more information about Rainbow Families visit their Facebook page.

Nerelle Harper

Nerelle is a contributor for QN Magazine and QNEWS Online

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