On the 10 August 2017, NSW Parliamentary Friendship Group of LGBTIQ invited Rainbow Families to present the findings of the report “Love Makes a Family: A Report into Discriminations faced by LGBTQI parents when accessing NSW Government Services.”
Mat Howard, Rainbow Families board member and author of the report provided an overview of the findings and recommendations. Mat thanked the 200 community members who shared their personal stories and experience during the consultation period. We thank Jo Haylen Member for Summer Hill for a warm welcome and being a strong and supportive ally, Alex Greenwich Member for Sydney and Jenny Leong Member for Newtown for your thoughtful response to the report.
During the morning many families had opportunities to meet their local members, and children delivered the report in hand drawn enveloped to all members.
We thank the many community members and allies that attended the meeting. And a special thanks to the Erskineville Rainbow Playgroup who had an excursion to NSW Parliament for the morning to help raise awareness of the discrimination and issues faced by our community.
In the weeks following the event, Rainbow Families board has met with the Health Minister’s office, the Attorney General and NSW Health. We will seek to meet with all ministers and shadow ministers who have recommendations in the report to discuss the best ways of making all NSW government services safe and inclusive for LGBTIQ parents and their children.