The State Government has strengthened its support of the state’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex and Queer People (LGBTIQ) community through more than $200,000 in funding to help set-up a new advocacy program and arts hub in Adelaide.

The Feast Festival will use $150,000 in State Government funding to establish a Queer Arts and Cultural hub at Raj House, in the Adelaide CBD.

More than $80,000 will be provided to the Human Rights Law Centre in Adelaide to create a LGBTIQ advocacy program, run over two years, to help raise awareness and understanding of LGBTIQ issues. The program will also be based at Raj House.

Background

The State Government is committed to creating a more inclusive and tolerant South Australia and celebrating and supporting our LGBTIQ community, in areas as diverse as the arts and human rights advocacy, is one way to do this.

Earlier this year, the South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) review identified more than 140 pieces of South Australian legislation that discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and made a series of recommendations to address this.

On July 29, the first in a series of bills to make South Australian laws as inclusive as possible passed State Parliament. The Statutes Amendment (Gender Identity and Equity) Bill 2016 changes the language used in South Australian law to remove gender bias and ensure that gender identities, including transgender and intersex, are captured in state legislation.

On August 4, another bill, to enable South Australians to change the gender they are registered as on their birth certificate more easily was introduced to State Parliament.

The Feast Festival, which celebrates its 20th year in 2016, generated an economic benefit of $9 million last year and will now be able to host performances year-round.

The Human Rights Law Centre has a dedicated LGBTIQ Rights Unit that works to protect and promote the rights of the LGBTIQ community and the new advocacy program will enhance this work.

Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill

South Australia has a proud history of social innovation and we’re taking the next steps to try and make the state as inclusive as possible by funding two important organisations to do important work in this area.

This funding helps creates a central hub of support and advocacy that we can then open up to all areas of LGBTIQ community to use as a base of operation.

We want to actively change attitudes in the community – and this is a big step in the right direction.