Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities deserve equal treatment in the law and the community. Sexual and gender diversity benefits our society

Principles

The Australian Greens believe that:

  1. All people have fundamental human rights and are entitled to equal protection of the law without any discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.
  2. Inclusion and celebration of diversity are essential for social justice and equality.
  3. People have the right to their self-identified gender, which is integral to people's lived experiences as citizens and members of the community.
  4. Society should be free of harassment, abuse, vilification, stigmatisation, discrimination, disadvantage or exploitation on the basis of the actual or assumed sex, sexual orientation or gender identity of a person or someone they are associated with.
  5. Society should be free of discrimination based on family formation, or the sex, sexual orientation and gender identity of parents and carers.
  6. The health needs of all Australians should be provided for without discrimination of any kind. Everyone has the right to have their specific health needs met with equity, dignity and respect.
  7. All people, including intersex and gender diverse people, have a right to bodily autonomy and physical integrity.

Aims

The Australian Greens want:

  1. An end to discrimination in marriage against same-sex attracted, gender diverse and intersex people.
  2. All de facto relationships to have equal status in law and government policy regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.
  3. Equal access, regardless of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity and marital status, to adoption and fostering, and assisted reproductive treatment.
  4. Equal rights and protections, including recognition of legal parentage, for children with same-sex attracted and gender diverse parents.
  5. The education system to provide age-appropriate information to students, and training and resources to teachers, about respectful relationships and the diversity of sexuality, gender identity, intersex variations and family structures.
  6. Access to a full range of publicly-funded health services for people with needs related to their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.
  7. Adequate funding for services to address the whole-of-life health and welfare needs of people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations - including, but not limited to, drug and alcohol use, mental health, domestic violence, suicide prevention, coming out, gender transitioning and affirmation, counselling, peer support, youth programs, aged care, and housing services and programs.
  8. Accessible and inclusive family and domestic violence prevention programs and services for people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations and their families.
  9. Timely, accurate information and appropriate support services for intersex people and their parents and carers.
  10. To ensure that intersex and transgender people are able to alter their sex or gender on all official documents, consistent with how they live and identify and irrespective of their marital status.
  11. Where possible, sex or gender to be removed from official documents, or a voluntary, opt-in third gender marker to be included on such changes.
  12. Amended identity documents to not reveal a person’s past sex or gender identity.
  13. Irreversible medical intervention for children born with an intersex variation to occur only when they are able to give informed consent, unless it is determined to be both in the best interest of the child and necessary for the maintenance of health or the preservation of life.
  14. Governments and their agencies to consult with communities and representative groups of people with diverse sexualities, diverse gender identities and intersex variations, on the development of policies and programs relevant to them.
  15. Relevant training available to service providers involved in the delivery of health, mental health, community and aged care services to people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations and their families.
  16. Tailored support for people with diverse sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations living in regional areas and their communities in response to their specific needs.
  17. A dedicated Commissioner for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Rights at the Australian Human Rights Commission with equivalent powers to existing commissioners.
  18. The removal of religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws.
  19. An end to vilification on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics.
  20. Nationally-consistent age of consent laws, in which there is no distinction between heterosexual and homosexual sex.
  21. The removal of convictions for homosexual acts between consenting adults from legal records. Where a person has been charged under laws in the past against homosexual acts, that are now legal, this should be removed from the criminal record.
  22. Legislative action to end the incitement of offensive and indecent behaviour.
  23. The removal of discrimination against transgender, gender diverse and intersex athletes in competitive sport.
  24. The granting of asylum in Australia to people persecuted in their own countries on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.
  25. A ban on reparative, sexual orientation and gender identity conversion therapies.