Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Human beings of all sexual orientations and gender identities are entitled to the full enjoyment of human rights (article 1, Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law in relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity). To that end, Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that every person, irrespective of whether they identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and/or intersex, is entitled to enjoy their inalienable human rights. Specifically, Community Legal Centres Queensland adopts the stance expressed in the Yogyakarta Principles: Principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity. Namely, ‘sexual orientation and gender identity are integral to every person’s dignity and humanity and must not be the basis for discrimination or abuse’: at 6.
Community Legal Centres Queensland supports actioning preliminary steps to end human rights violations against LGBTI people, including:
- Criminal sanction for homophobic and transphobic violence;
- Freedom to work without fear of homophobia or transphobia;
- Medical and legal service provision to the same standard as experienced by non-lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex citizens;
- Legal recognition of genders other than male and/or female
Community Legal Centres Queensland advocates
- gender protection and recognition of transgender queer people in Federal discrimination and human rights laws;
- equity of services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex people in citizens’ institutions;
- Freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex people from all forms of discrimination and violence.
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