SUPERFRIEND SUPPORTS MARRIAGE EQUALITY

25 August 2017

This statement represents the position of SuperFriend IFF Mental Health Foundation on marriage equality in Australia.

As leaders in promoting mental health and wellbeing, we believe that healthy, safe and respectful relationships are essential for the wellbeing of children, adults, couples, families and communities.

We support diversity in the workforce and recognise the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) people to live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by the broader community.

We know that people who identify as LGBTQI+ are at increased risk of exposure to institutionalised and interpersonal discrimination, which can lead to poorer mental health outcomes and higher rates of anxiety disorders and suicidality, compared to the broader population.

Legalised discrimination in one area allows discrimination to flourish in all areas.

These beliefs and commitments underpin our work to improve the mental health of all Australians.

SuperFriend firmly believes in the right of all people to observe their relationships fully and without discrimination.

On this basis, we support marriage equality – the right of all Australians to access marriage as a civil institution with their partner of choice, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation.

SuperFriend:

  • believes that every Australian should have the same rights under law, including the same right to make the choice to marry or not;
  • recognises that marriage equality is important to the physical and mental wellbeing of same-sex attracted people, their children and extended families;
  • supports the removal of legislative discrimination of people on the basis of their sex, sexuality or gender identity;
  • recognises that freedom of sexuality and choice of partner are fundamental human rights;
  • supports policy and action that promotes the acceptance and the celebration of healthy, safe and respectful relationships in all their diversity.

An equitable society, free of discrimination, also allows all employees to function at their best. Australia is a robust democracy however, we support treating all citizens equally.

Whilst there are many different views about marriage equality within our community, including the workplace, we appeal for a respectful and responsible debate.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing distress, please reach out to the support services available:

National 24/7 Crisis Support

Suicide Call Back Service         1300 659 467

Lifeline                                       13 11 14

beyondblue                                1300 22 4636

Mensline Australia                      1300 78 99 78

National LGBTQI+ Support and Advice

QLife                                            1800 184 527 (3.00pm – 12.00am)

Youth Specific Services

Kids Helpline                               1800 55 1800

Headspace                                   1800 650 890

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