***** WILL YOU ADD YOUR NAME TO OUR OPEN LETTER ABOUT SAFE SCHOOLS AND LACK OF SUPPORT FROM CORPORATIONS WHO CLAIM TO BE LGBTI-FRIENDLY *****
AN OPEN LETTER ON SAFE SCHOOLS TO THE SPONSORS OF MARDI GRAS & MIDSUMMA
To: ANZ, Qantas, Telstra, NAB, Coles, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Jetstar, IBM, AGL, Canon, AirBnB
Dear friends of the LGBTIQ community,
We appreciate the support and sponsorship you provide for some of our major yearly festivals such as the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the Midsumma Festival in Melbourne.
We understand your desire to show your support for us, for a cohesive workplace is a productive workplace.
But our friends in your midst have families too, and they include young children at school.
Right now the government has attacked the Safe Schools program that was established to protect them and provide a safe and nurturing place for them.
These are the children of your employees and executives. They are the raison d’être of your workforce.
We call on you to join with us and decry the forces that are attacking us, attacking your workforce and ultimately your productivity.
We are aware that some of the leaders of your corporations are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex.
We ask that you lend your voices. We ask that you lend your names to sign this open letter.
We ask that you join us in calling for the Safe Schools program to continue unchanged in its current form and for the program to be funded federally for years to come, not diluted and defunded completely as the Federal Government plans to do by next year.
Just as you are proud to support Mardi Gras or Midsumma publicly, we ask that you join us in a chorus of support for Safe Schools, a program that saves the lives of young LGBTIQ children and perhaps does more to benefit young lives than any festival.
You will also no doubt be aware of some of the disgraceful homophobic and transphobic attacks and vitriol heaped upon the LGBTIQ community in recent weeks, including from senior federal politicians.
These attacks have hurt children immensely and have been a major setback for the LGBTIQ community on the march to full equality.
As you are committed to equality we understand that you will realise the urgency of this call.
NOTE: This open letter has been written with the input of a number of other people, not only me. If you wish to add your name to the letter, send an email to PR4The People.