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Joint statement from the Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities, the VMC and VEOHRC

Monday 20 March 2023 10:30pm

Victorians should never feel unsafe for being who they are.

What happened in Melbourne on Saturday outside Victoria’s Parliament was a display of hatred, bigotry, transphobia and antisemitism.

Victoria protects the human rights of all people, and we strongly condemn any form of hate speech, transphobia, antisemitism, islamophobia, any faith-based vilification, racism or other form of discrimination.

We have zero tolerance for incitement and vilification in any form.

We respect and celebrate Victoria’s multicultural and multifaith communities, including the Jewish community.

We also stand with and celebrate our trans and gender diverse communities.

The work to free our state of intolerance continues.

We welcome the Victorian Government’s commitment to strengthening the State's vilification legislation, including expanding the banning of the Nazi Hakenkreuz to outlawing the Nazi salute.

Together we are steadfast in our commitment to protect the rights of all LGBTIQ+ people and create a more harmonious society.

Any LGBTIQ+ people and allies who need support are encouraged to reach out to Rainbow DoorExternal Link from 10 am to 5 pm on 1800 184 527, or QLIFEExternal Link from 3pm to midnight on 1800 184 527. Support is available for anyone 24/7 from Beyond BlueExternal Link on 1300 22 4636 or LifelineExternal Link on 13 11 12.

Dr Todd Fernando (he/him) Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities

Ro Allen (they/them), Commissioner, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

Vivienne Nguyen AM (she/her), Victorian Multicultural Commission Chairperson

Reviewed 21 March 2023

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