“This year we have more than 40 LGBTI candidates proudly running across all major political parties”, Dr Shirleene Robinson, National Spokesperson, Australian Marriage Equality said.
“This includes prominent Liberal Party candidates Tim Wilson and Trent Zimmerman, Labor Party candidates Pat O’Neill and Penny Wong, Greens candidates Jason Ball and Rob Simms, and the Veterans Party trans candidate Bridget Clinch.
“It’s fantastic that so many members of the LGBTI community are putting themselves forward at the next Australian Federal Election and that so many communities are backing them.
“Regardless of whether every candidate is successful at the election, it sends a powerful message to young LGBTI people in our community that they too can aspire to be a political leader in our country.
“As we look to achieve marriage equality in the next Parliament, it’s important that we have strong support from both LGBTI representatives and other supportive MPs committed to a fair go for every Australian.
“It is great that we are seeing diverse members of our community entering politics right around Australia and this increase is happening across all parties”, Dr Robinson said.