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2nd November 2005 Letter from Brisbane Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays to Attorney-General Linda Lavarch. PFLAG President Shelley Argent writes in reference to the opinions stated by the Attorney-General in her 25th October 2005 letter.

 

Shelley concludes by saying: “The AIDS Medical Unit, HIV/AIDS Report of 2004, states that HIV and sexually transmitted diseases are on the increase in Queensland. What responsibility will our government take when it begins to seriously affect our young people, or will they continue to fall beneath the cracks: as they are presently.”

 


 

.       PFLAG

Parents and friends of Lesbians and gays – support group

187 Melbourne Street, West End. 4101

PO Box 3142,South Brisbane. 4101     Queensland

Email: pflagbris@hotmail.com

Phone: 07 3017 1739

Hon. L. Lavarch MP,

Member for Kurwongbah

GPO Box 149

Brisbane. 4001

2nd November, 2005

 

Dear Ms. Lavarch,

 

It is with regret that I see that even though you acknowledge same sex attracted youth need safe sex information and that our laws need to operate fair and justly, the Queensland State Government will continue to do nothing to keep these already young marginalised people safe by not allowing same sex attracted youth equality regarding the legal age of consent.

 

As a mother I am sure you understand the effects of low self esteem in youth and for those who already have their own self loathing and feelings of possible rejection and lack of self worth it condones and encourages unsafe sex practices and for some promiscuity just as it does for any teenager regardless of their sexual orientation.

 

I understand that this is a vexing problem but governments should be run on what is right for the people not on opinions of those who have no real understanding of the ramifications when things go wrong. 

 

The AIDS Medical Unit, HIV/AIDS Report of 2004, states that HIV and sexually transmitted diseases are on the increase in Queensland. What responsibility will our government take when it begins to seriously affect our young people, or will they continue to fall beneath the cracks: as they are presently.

 

Yours truly,

 

 

Shelley Argent (President)

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)