Marriage Equality: We support 'Wear it Purple' Day in solidarity with the LGBTQI community

As the postal plebiscite electoral roll registration period nears its end, National Director Claire Mallinson reminds us that, “Marriage equality is a human right.”

Amnesty International Australia’s National Director Claire Mallinson said the organisation is proud to support ‘Wear it Purple’ Day on Friday 25 August 2017.

“Today is an opportunity to highlight that young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people share the same human rights as all other members of our community.

“As our country heads into a national plebiscite on marriage equality, it is important to recognise that marriage equality is a human right. And nothing, not a plebiscite, not the hate of those who oppose us and not the inaction of parliament will ever remove, reduce or belittle that right.

“Amnesty International will stand with and defend the rights of the LGBTQI community in Australia and abroad.

“Every person is born free and equal in dignity and rights and is entitled to those rights without discrimination. Young LGBTQI people have the same rights to be safe and supported at home, in school, in sport, at work and in the community as other young people.

“These rights are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“Everyone has the right to be treated equally by the law. LGBTQI people have the right to be proud of who they are. They have the right to be safe, to have access to education and health care and the right to work.

“We believe that supporting the human rights of young LGBTQI people is especially important and encourages everyone to show their support by wearing purple on 25 August 2017.

“In solidarity.”