Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Postal survey was deeply painful to LGBT people - study

Comment replying to me under ACL YouTube video during survey

*Update: You can find the study itself here.

Turnbull is going around crowing his head off about how good the survey was and what a great idea to do it. However he appears to ignore the fact that in hoisting the survey on us was equivalent to throwing us to the wolves. Does he have any idea what it would be like to have who you are and your personal relationship debated publicly across the country? I don't think he has an inkling of the sort of vileness out there in some parts of the community against us. It certainly surprised me.

Now a study of the effects of the survey on the LGBT has been released, and it gives an indication just how deeply hurtful and upsetting it was to many of us. We have paid a very high price for Turnbull's political career. It wasn't needed and it all would have been over months ago with a free parliamentary vote. For Turnbull now to take credit for marriage equality is sickening. After what he put us through he should be apologising to us not crowing.
Mr Turnbull also noted he was the only Australian prime minister to be "unequivocally and consistently in support of legalising same-sex marriage", and said it would be "forever to the credit of the Coalition that this momentous social change occurred with the overwhelming mandate of the Australian people" through the postal survey. 

  However, new evidence emerged on Monday of the negative experiences endured by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community during the postal vote. 

A survey of 9500 LGBTIQ people by the left-leaning Australia Institute and the National LGBTI Health Alliance identified higher levels of personal stress and trauma than are widely appreciated. There was also anecdotal evidence of increased verbal and sometimes physical assaults. 

The survey showed more than 80 per cent of LGBTIQ people found the survey stressful, and as many as seven out of 10 people in the affected community avoided being with people in general as a way of coping. 

Australia Institute deputy director Ebony Bennett said the postal survey result was "overwhelmingly positive politically" but the debate "has taken a real toll on the LGBTIQ community". The Age  

From the study