Today is IDAHOBIT – the international day against homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and discrimination against intersex people. It's a timely reminder to stand against discrimination in workplaces, schools, on the street and at the ballot box.
As we go to the polls tomorrow, let's remember those candidates who championed marriage equality ... from the Liberal "rainbow rebels" to independents like Derryn Hinch.
But we also remember those who didn't. While 4 MPs and 12 Senators voted 'no', I watched senior members of the government including Scott Morrison walk out of the chamber for the vote. The same people who forced the damaging and unnecessary postal survey on us left the room when the vote was called.
The election campaign has seen some positive commitments from all the major parties. We've done our research and I encourage you to read more about what we can expect for the LGBTIQ+ community from the Coalition, Labor or the Greens.
And while there are champions for the LGBTIQ+ community within the Coalition and we've seen some strides forward under the last Government (Prep on the PBS, for example), when it comes to our future Prime Minister we can't ignore Scott Morrison's record on the LGBTIQ+ community.
Scott Morrison has attacked the needs of transgender children on social media; he tabled hostile amendments during the marriage equality debate; and when it came to the Labor Bill to stop discrimination against LGBTQ students in schools – he proposed amendments that would have actually increased discrimination, which meant the bill couldn't be supported to pass the parliament last year.
No matter which electorate you live in – you can choose to vote for LGBTIQ+ equality this election.
We know that 100,000 mostly young and progressive voters joined the election role to vote 'Yes' in 2017.
If we all stand together and support candidates who champion equality and stand up against discrimination, we can have a huge impact this election.
The fight against discrimination is far from over – and your vote can make a real difference.
Yours in solidarity
CEO Equality Australia
P.S. If you're not sure where the parties stand on issues affecting LGBTIQ+ people there is still time to take a look at our election survey.