It was a decade of tireless campaigning, but in the end, it was the unwavering support of friends, families, and those who believed in doing what's right that led to our victory in achieving marriage equality.
This year, we can get behind our First Nations voices, experiences, and leadership. This call to action is the culmination of decades of advocacy by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are seeking a fairer future and a say in the policies that affect them.
Rainbow Families extends our support to the Aboriginal community, a community that intersects with our own, in their quest for a Voice to Parliament. While it’s been somewhat divisive so far, and will continue to be, so was the fight for marriage equality.
The LGBTQ+ community understands the struggle of working hard to be heard, to have our rights acknowledged, and what it takes to implement change. It's about fairness and doing what's right, and we wholeheartedly stand for that.
Rainbow Families EO Ashley Scott stated, 'As part of the queer community, we’re proud to stand in solidarity with our Aboriginal friends and allies in supporting The Voice to Parliament. We understand the power of unity and the importance of ensuring everyone's voice is heard,” he said.
“It's not just about standing up for our own rights; it's about standing together for a fair and inclusive Australia where everyone's experiences and perspectives are valued.
We’ve said yes before, and we need to say, ‘Yes’ again.”
To find out more about The Voice to Parliament, we recommend checking out this ABC piece that breaks it all down in a concise way: ABC Article on The Voice to Parliament. (https://www.abc.net.au/news/voice-to-parliament-referendum).
* Art by Wiradjuri and Birpai man, Wayde Clarke. Also known as Alejandro Lauren.