Sat May 23, 1992
g) Lots of non LGBT issues
"From other nations estranged": social justice in Tasmania
What are the challenges and opportunities for people seeking social justice in Tasmania?
(alternative address to the Tasmanian Social Services conference, Rutherglen, 1992)
That paper deals with a number of different issues including legal reforms and administrative inaction. It talks about the unnecessary restrictions that encumber the lesbian and gay people in this state and talks about the plethora of unmet needs that we have as individuals and as a community. It refers to gay men I know who have been beaten up in a Hobart street by gay bashers who shouted "we hate you, you faggots your criminals we hate you"and it uses this event as an example of why Tasmania's anti-gay laws must be removed. The paper concludes by comparing the oppression of lesbians and gay men to a fire without flames and vows that we continue to do everything in our power to fan this fire so that no-one can ever again ignore or perpetuate our oppression..
Today I only have five minutes in which to address you so I will not read that paper. Instead I will take this opportunity to say a few general things about social justice in Tasmania.
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