Tim Brown is the owner and operator of Connections Nightclub and has worked here for nearly 20 years. He has been very involved with the gay and lesbian community of this city for all that time. In that time he's seen huge changes in our community and the wider publicâ€™s attitudes towards us but knows we still have work to do to be seen as, and to see ourselves as, equal. These reforms are a very important step towards that.
Tim has lived with his partner, Peter for 17 years and although they are no longer a couple, they are still business partners in Connections.
That means Tim is free to work his way towards sharing his super with someoneâ€¦ just not in a Winnabego!
Law reform is of vitally important for our community. Recognition under the law is crucial to our acceptance as a community and as individuals.
Having worked in Connections for many years Iâ€™ve met dozens of young people who hadnâ€™t felt like they belonged or even had families until they discovered this community. This is an insidious and pervasive form of discrimination, with young people feeling like they canâ€™t be who they are and not seeing themselves as equal.
More equitable laws will make the wider community more aware of who we are and that we are no different to them. They will also serve to remind us that we are equal and that who we are is something to be proud of.
Because they are concrete recognition of who we are as people, that is, that we are equal, underÂ theÂ law.
Australia prides itself on being an egalitarian society. We are part of that society and, as such, this is a huge recognition of our equality.
Well, it made me laugh out loud when I saw it. Unfortunately though, Iâ€™m not really a Winnabego sorta guy. Maybe my T-shirt should have had a 5 star hotel on itâ€¦