Campaign to end Vic’s low queer representation in parliament | Impacts of Covid delays to gender affirming surgery | Yarra council votes to include ‘A’ in LGBTQIA+ | The Informer – 30 Sep 2021

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– Despite Victoria leading the country with many LGBTQIA+ reforms, the parliament has one of the lowest numbers of out LGBTQIA+ people. A new campaign launched by the Vic Pride Lobby seeks to change that. We speak to Vic’s first and only elected out lesbian Harriet Shing about what needs to be done to increase representation.

– Covid has led to lengthy delays in gender-affirming surgery. We find out what impact the delays are having on people.

– Yarra City Council has voted unanimously to begin including ‘A’ in LGBTQIA+ in all council materials, along with mandating training for all councilors to help better understand issues impacting the queer community. We speak with the mayor about the changes and learn about the experience of asexual and aromantic people in the community.