Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of
6th October 2011 Email to Premier Anna Bligh. Regarding her 4th October 2011 video contribution to the USA based “It Gets Better” campaign, which aims to support same sex attracted youth who are at risk of depression, self-harm and suicide. I remind the Premier that her Labor Government has not yet enacted the necessary legislation reform which is needed to fully protect and support Queensland’s own same sex attracted youth. Queensland’s unequal age of consent criminalises same sex attracted youth and validates the actions of any bully who wants to abuse or attack them.
Email From: John Frame
Sent: Thursday, 6 October 2011 12:06 AM
To: Hon. Premier Anna Bligh
Subject: Premier Bligh's YouTube video posting to the "It Gets Better" campaign
I note with strong interest the publicity in several media (Brisbane Times, Sydney Star Observer and Gay News Network) since 4th October 2011 regarding your video contribution to the "It Gets Better" campaign.
I would very much like to be able to join some others in praise for your statement, however I cannot do so until I see evidence that your Government is making an adequate effort to protect Queensland's own youth from bullying.
The current gross inequity in age of consent law, which defines same sex attracted 16 and 17 year old males as potential criminals, serves to validate the actions of any bully who wants to abuse and attack same sex attracted youth.
I know you are well aware that Queensland Labor's own Policy Platform includes a specific commitment to enact a truly equal age of consent. Section 7.9 of the Justice and Governance Chapter has, since at least 2008, been: “7.9 Labor will ensure uniformity of age among laws relating to the age of consent for lawful sexual activity;”
It would have been wonderful, and truly praiseworthy if you had enhanced your "It Gets Better" contribution by simultaneously announcing that your Government would be bringing Queensland into line with the rest of Australia by enacting "uniformity of age among laws relating to the age of consent for lawful sexual activity." It would have been an opportunity to very positively reinforce your commitment to the protection of youth.
The opportunity to pass this morally vital legislation only exists while Labor holds a majority. And so I urge you to see the great value and justice in publicly declaring that your Government has plans to act swiftly in ensuring that all Queensland youth are protected and supported equally under the law, regardless of their gender or their sexual orientation, or the sexual activity to which they may consent.
I welcome your response and action.
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