Brunswick Safety Roundtable

// December 2nd, 2009 // Within Victoria

Brunswick’s LGBT community found themselves with strong allies to address homophobia and safety fears when co-convenor of the Victorian Gay& Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLRL), Hayley Conway, and Labor candidate for Brunswick, Jane Garrett today hosted a Safety Roundtable at Brunswick Town Hall (see them here)

They were joined by the LGBT’s Anti Violence Project of Victoria, representatives from Moreland Council, local businesses and the traders’ association, concerned residents, community health workers, queer venue management and Victoria Police with a simple but urgent agenda – to discuss initiatives to ensure the rights of LGBT people living in Brunswick are protected and they feel safe and secure, no matter what time of the day or night.

This meeting builds on previous local initiatives which responded to homophobic local incidents targeting lesbians, and brings together work undertaken individually by the VGLRL and the AVP. Further work is planned for this Roundtable that will build and strengthen community partnerships, at the same time lead to the development of responses that addresses homophobic violence in Brunswick, increase the reporting of violence and make a strong statement that being safe from hate or prejudice motivated violence is a fundamental right.

Hailey Conway, Convenor, Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby – 0415 314 293
Jane Garrett, Labor Candidate for Brunwick – 0408 810 633
Greg Adkins, Executive Director, Anti Violence Project of Victoria Inc. – 0407 664 442

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