Broadly, we are concerned with the experiences of sexual and gender minorities who live in emerging economies. “Sexual minorities” include anyone whose sexual orientation includes people of the same sex or gender. “Sexual orientation” can include sexual, emotional, and/or relational attraction to another person or people, as well as sexual behavior with someone of the same sex, but a person does not need to be sexually active to have a sexual orientation.

Why are we having a plebiscite at all, it’s a $160 million scheme thought up by Tony Abbott to delay having a vote in Parliament on marriage equality,” Mr Shorten said.

When LGBT people are denied full participation in society because of their identities, their human rights are violated, and those violations of human rights are likely to have a harmful effect on a country’s level of economic development. A wide range of scholarly theories from economics, political science, sociology, psychology, public health, and other social sciences support the idea that full rights and the inclusion of LGBT people are associated with higher levels of economic development and well-being for countries.

Modeling undertaken by accounting firm PwC says it would result in $280 million of lost productivity, on top of the cost of running the nationwide campaign, estimated at $158 million by the Australian Electoral Commission. The cost to the community of funding the two campaigns for and against the proposal would cost $66 million, while the impact on the mental health and well-being of the gay and lesbian community amounts to $20 million. [1]

If anyone claims to be in the light but hates his brother, he is still in the darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause of stumbling in him. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness. He does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. [2]

ACL Group keep pointing out that same-sex couples already have equal rights! That’s not right. Not according to Australian law, search this on google so before you vote – you know what you’re voting for. De-facto is not the same as marriage, it’s not even close to a civil union, John Howard changed all this. 15 years on and we are having a plebiscite. Our social obligation to humanity is inclusion for all, without indifference – regardless of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, class, religion, disability, and sexual orientation – has fundamental importance not only for the well-being of individuals but also for development and shared prosperity. However, before moving into a discussion of the effects of exclusion for LGBT people, it is important to clarify who it is we are talking about and who will be affected when we say “LGBT” and what we mean by “inclusion,” “exclusion,” and “development.”

Depending on their location or culture, a person’s sexual orientation may include identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, homosexual, queer, kothi, panthi, meti, MSM (men who have sex with men), or other local terms. “Gender minorities” include anyone whose gender identity and/or gender expression is different from the gender norms associated with their sex assigned at birth.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people like us live in every part of the world, they are members of every age, ethnic, and religious group, so it is something that everyone else has to learn to accept. How is it equal rights when in every country, LGBT people face discrimination, some are even killed because of their gender identity and sexual orientation, that sucks? As the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights notes;

“In all regions, people experience violence and discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity…Violations include – but are not limited to – killings, rape and physical attacks, torture, arbitrary detention, the denial of rights to assembly, expression and information, and discrimination in employment, health, and education. (High Commissioner, 2011)”

Life, Gets, Better, Together (LGBT), and because we are all human we have the opportunity to live and grow together, learning from one another in many disciplines. So it is not right to denying other humans the right to love or be loved just because they fall in love with the same sex, is one of the most inhumane practices that is allowed – and it is in the name of “Religious Freedom” that exempts religious organisations from discrimination, not very religious like is it. Why ACL get away with posting conjecture, or “fake news” as it has been coined.

But who are you to judge your neighbour? Do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the Law and judges it. And if you judge the Law, you are not a practitioner of the Law, but a judge of it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy. [3]

Discrimination or prejudice against homosexuals on the assumption that heterosexuality is normal is wartime propaganda. So, unless you want to see world war 3, don’t deny another human the same rights and entitlements, because you jeopardize the meaning of the word that connects us all. “HUMAN”. Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. Now, ask yourself “Did I choose, to be born heterosexual?” (explain in the comments section below)

They tell us a plebiscite will cost taxpayers $160 million, but what they won’t tell you is the rates of poverty, homelessness, depression and suicide have been found to be far higher among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people than in the general population. But it’s not just LGBT people who pay the price. We all do. Every LGBT child thrown out of the home and forced to miss out on education is a loss for society. Every LGBT worker denied their rights is a lost opportunity to build a fairer and more productive economy.

For the sake of humanity, and this planet – do your own research, and look at it from others perspective. Equal treatment for LGBT people in the workplace can have positive impacts on employer outcomes, either through increased productivity of LGBT workers or reduced costs associated with exclusion.

Everyone is entitled to share their OWN opinion, this is called “freedom of speech”, so verify everything that is preached; otherwise you will be in the darkness of the truth. Because the message has been clear from the beginning: we should love one another.

Sources:

[1] Retrieved from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-07/timing-of-same-sex-marriage-vote-clear-ministers-say/7226016 on the 15/8/2017. By political reporter Matthew Doran (Same-sex marriage: George Brandis claims his comments on vote timing match PM’s office)

[2] Retrieved from http://biblehub.com/1_john/2-9.htm on the 15/8/2017. By: 1 John 2:9

[3] Retrieved from http://biblehub.com/james/4-11.htm on the 15/8/2017. By: James 4:11

 

 

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