An LGBTIQ+ community-led alliance will use an expanded roundtable as the vehicle for better engagement with the Queensland government.
The state government will back the alliance with $100,000 annually for the next two years to support engagement with the LGBTIQ+ community.
Minister for communities and housing Leanne Enoch explained in a statement that a decision to set up the alliance was made following a review of the roundtable.
Feedback from the review called for more regular interaction between the government and LGBTIQ+ community, greater diversity of gender and sexual identities in engagement, and more consultation facilitated by the LGBTIQ+ community.
“Since 2018, the roundtable has continued to grow and allow government to consult with LGBTIQ+ Queenslanders on matters of importance to them,” Enoch said.
The state government reinstated the roundtable six years after it was axed by the previous LNP government in 2012. Previous members have included LGBTIQ+ representatives from non-government organisations, university representatives, government agencies, and First Nations people.
“New terms of reference for the [next] roundtable have been drafted and applications are now open for the next Roundtable members,” Enoch said of the expanded roundtable.
“Recognition and empowerment of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, sistergirl and brotherboy identities will be central to the roundtable.”
The minister said bringing back the roundtable acknowledged that it was an important way for the government to engage with diverse sexualities and genders.
Under the Palaszczuk government, LGBTIQ+ rights in Queensland have been strengthened with the restoration of civil partnerships, abolishing the gay panic defence, legalising adoption for same-sex couples and expunging consensual homosexual sex convictions.
“Since our election in 2015, we’ve worked hard alongside Queensland’s LGBTIQ+ community to ensure they are treated fairly and equally,” Enoch said.
“I will continue to work with the roundtable to progress issues that matter to LGBTIQ+ Queenslanders, through meaningful and respectful engagement.”