With marriage equality continuing to remain out of reach for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians, ACON, NSW’s leading HIV support, HIV prevention and LGBTI health organisation, and the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW have released a report on the public health evidence.
The report brings together key pieces of research with the aim of informing the current debate on marriage equality in Australia, as it is essential that policy makers, health professionals and the broader public understand how the health and wellbeing of LGBTI people is being impacted by the lack of marriage equality in Australia.
Minimal research evidence exists on the impacts of marriage equality and denial on transgender and intersex people. More work must be done to include transgender and intersex people in this debate and in a new definition of marriage. The evidence provided in this review reflects the focus on same-sex couples (LGB people) and the unfortunate lack of research that explores the transgender and intersex experience.
“Through the release of the report it is our strong desire to see the ongoing debate about marriage equality informed by the public health evidence base”.
The positive health impacts of marriage equality for same-sex couples are clear, as are the potential negative health effects of marriage denial and a potential plebiscite,” ACON President Dr Justin Koonin said.
“Together with the Centre for Social Research in Health, we hope to provide a tool for stakeholders and the broader community, in order to ground the debate in evidence, and to raise awareness of the significant health impacts or marriage equality”.
Read ACON’s full media release.