On January 21st our CEO, Dr Ian Law, represented RAQ at the Queensland Government’s LGBTI Roundtable at Parliament House.

Hosted by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Child Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, the meeting was attended by community leaders and key stakeholders in the provision of services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities.

The purpose of the day was to better understand ways to effectively engage with Queensland LGBTI communities and ensure their voices are heard, towards building a more equitable and inclusive society.

The process of consultation drew on participants’ understandings and experiences of past initiatives and their impact on LGBTI populations, as well as views and perspective on the best ways forward for the government, in supporting these communities.

The half-day meeting incorporated a number of activities to explore some of the key themes and obstacles in the life-cycle of many within LGBTI communities. Participants worked in groups before feeding back to the large group and findings were documented for use in the ongoing process of consultation.

Some key recommendations from participants included the provision of a dedicated LGBTI contact within the Premier’s department and the appointment of a dedicated minister or commissioner for equality (akin to the Victorian model).

The Minister committed to take the findings from the roundtable into discussions with her Cabinet colleagues, to plan how government can best engage with LGBTI community in the future. It is anticipated that there will be a follow-up to this roundtable, but the format will be finalised at a later date.

RAQ feels proud to be amongst those individuals and organisations in Queensland which are helping to shape more inclusive government policy in relation to diverse communities.