Pride & Precedent: an evening on the 40 years of LGBTQIA+ reform

Pride & Precedent: an evening on the 40 years of LGBTQIA+ reform
Image: President of NSW Legislative Council, Ben Franklin, MLC, who will chair the panel discussion. Facebook, NSW Legislative Council

NSW Parliament will host on July 19 Pride & Precedent: Law, Representation, Reform, a seminar on the 40 years of LGBTQIA+ reform across the Legislative Council and the Supreme Court of NSW.

The evening conversation will delve into the stories behind the state’s landmark reforms, including decriminalisation and anti-discrimination to equal recognition of same-sex families, as well as efforts to redress past injustices.

In addition to the NSW Legislative Council, the seminar will be co-hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of LGBTIQA+ Community.

President of the NSW Legislative Council, Ben Franklin MLC said the evening would be an opportunity to engage the broader NSW community through stories of the trailblazers that shaped today’s Upper House.

“Over more than four decades, we have witnessed profound and positive legal reform affecting the lives of many within the LGBTQIA+ community, starting with the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1984,” President Franklin said.

“This is an opportunity to reflect on these momentous achievements and celebrate how far we have come.”

The panel discussion will also feature former and current judicial officers and parliamentarians, who will share their experiences and insights.

  • The Hon Virginia Bell AC, former justice of the Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia
  • Justice Richard Weinstein SC, current justice of the Supreme Court of NSW
  • The Hon Penny Sharpe MLC, Minister for Climate Change, Minister for Energy, Minister for the Environment, and Minister for Heritage, Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
  • Trevor Khan, local magistrate and former Deputy President and member of the NSW Legislative Council

The seminar takes place on Friday, 19 July from 7:00 to 8:30pm at NSW Parliament House, 6 Macquarie St, Sydney. Bookings are essential. Tickets are $25 – register to secure your spot here.


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