With the Marriage Act now amended to include same-sex couples, many Australians may be under the impression that equality for has been achieved, but the reality is this move has barely begun to scratch the surface of LGBTQI rights.
From your work at The Channel, what do you see as being the next big challenges for LGBTQI rights? How do these challenges shape your outlook both strategically as an organisation and personally as a part of the wider LGBTQI community?
The Channel is one of very few organisations in Australia that provides philanthropic funding specifically to LGBTIQ+ communities. They are a giving circle; a collective giving vehicle that raises and pools funds from the contributions of its Members and distributes them in the form of grants to ‘rainbow’ community projects nationally. The projects they support are decided upon through member vote. They came in to being in late 2016 off the back of the realisation that the philanthropic sector was simply not funding in this space, and government could not be relied upon to support community initiatives working towards equality.