What should I write?
- Stick to the point – be clear that you are writing to ask them not to change the Surrogacy Act 2010 or the Status of Children Act 1996, and any other laws that impact on lesbian and gay Queenslanders and their children.
- Tell your story – why are these issues important to you, how will you and your family be affected by the proposed changes? What will the impacts be on children in your family or friendship circle?
- What is your vision for Queensland? Why do you love Queensland? – Share your beliefs in a progressive and fair Queensland where every child and family is valued and their rights protected, express your disappointment in the current way minorities are being discriminated by our elected representatives
- Give them the facts
- In the 2011 census, Christianity was the number one religion among gay and lesbian couples – with 40 per cent of couples practising the faith
- There are 5986 same sex couples in Queensland (Census 2011), 10% of the total currently have children and 25% of female couples have children
- Many leading child welfare, psychological and child health organisations have issued statements declaring that a parent’s sexual orientation is irrelevant to his or her ability to raise a child, for example the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Medical Association
- There is numerous amounts of credible academic research that demonstrate that children of same sex parents have the same outcomes academically, socially and emotionally as their peers. A good summary is here http://www.psychology.org.au/publications/statements/lgbt_families/
- End with some questions that you want a response to urgently -
- What is their position in relation to this legislation?
- Are they willing to support and represent LGBTI Queenslanders in their electorate and make a stand in the LNP party room?
- Do they support a full and proper committee process for any changes to this legislation and a full consultation with the broader community?
- If the LNP introduces Bills to parliament, will they advocate a conscience vote as Labor did when they changed the laws?
- From the perspetive of a rainbow family – here are two letters written by concerned parents – Letter One and Letter Two
- This letter has some great questions that are very direct – from an individual to his MP -here
- From a legal perspective – please read and use points from this fantastic letter by lawyer Stephen Page on his blog here
- For family members of people affected by legislation changes here is a letter written by a family member
- For friends and allies – here is an example letter written by a supportive friend
Hon Jarrod Bleijie
GPO Box 149
BRISBANE QLD 4001
07 3247 9068