CAN YOU HELP EXPUNGE HISTORICAL GAY SEX CONVICTIONS IN QLD?


The LGBTI Legal Service is on a mission to have historical convictions for consensual gay sex expunged in Queensland but they need your help!

The service is looking into law reform options and working with other stakeholders to prepare a discussion paper for submission to the State Government.

Legal Service director Emile McPhee said a key part of successful reform is personal stories of those affected by the archaic laws.

“We need to reach people who are willing to share their stories,” he said.

“We have no doubt that those people are out there, but we need to encourage them to come forward.”

Mr McPhee said it is important that those who were convicted under these laws finally be “freed” from that stigma and history.

“For some people, there may not be a noticeable difference. However, for others, there has been a continued struggle and internalised stigma attaching to a prosecution for something which should never have been illegal,” he said.

“We need to take steps towards righting that injustice.

“We need to be able to show the Queensland Government that there are people they represent who have, in some way, been affected.”

Mr McPhee emphasised that people can retain their anonymity. “We are alive to the issues which people may face in contributing their stories and are happy to work with individuals to ensure that they are comfortable with whatever is published,” he said.

Anyone interested in sharing their story can contact the LGBTI Legal Service by email on either [email protected] or [email protected] or by phone on 0401 936 232.

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