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Recently, the lives of LGBTI people have been examined in the Australian media as rarely before, which can border on vilification. This commentary landscape has been primarily focussed on issues of school bullying, marriage equality, transgender people’s access to public bathrooms, parliamentary apologies for past legal wrongs, and how government policy can affect the lived experience of LGBTI people through support or active antagonism.
This presentation focusses on the real impact of media and socio-political discussions on the lives of LGBTI people and communities.
The upcoming Plebiscite on marriage equality will escalate public discussion about LGBTI people’s rights in Australia and has the potential to be highly divisive with these public conflicts impacting on expression, identity and mental health. Services may experience more contact with LGBTI people feeling under attack, and we will share some ideas about how to help in this context.