Im beyond you, Beyond Blue.

Its been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve felt really disillusioned lately by the amount of hurtful, hate-filled comments that have been thrown around by anti-marriage equality advocates. The latest one involving Jeff Kennett, the founding chairman of Beyond Blue.

Beyond Blue has for a long time been my Australian charity of choice. My professional background is in marketing and events, and I have assisted in fundraisers for the charity, as well as advocated for them personally amongst my peers, including those struggling with sexual identity-related issues. Last week, Kennett authored an opinion column for the Herald Sun, in which he expressed his concern regarding the stress and anxiety levels amongst Australian children. He stated that “clearly the best environment in which to bring a child into the world is a stable, loving environment in which a male and female are married to each other.”

Jeff Kennett

Beyond Blue is Australia’s national depression organisation. LGBT depression and suicide rates are some of the highest in the country. Why would anyone struggling with sexual identity issues ever want to seek help from an organisation which has publicly declared them as second rate citizens?

Children of LGBT families are not stressed and anxious because of their parents gender, Mr Kennett, they are stressed and anxious because of prejudice and bigotry like this. 

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One response to “Im beyond you, Beyond Blue.”

  1. Sara Mattsson says :

    That’s ridiculous, how can a man being the front figure for an organisation like that and express this opinion. It’s clearly not encouraging for their target group to join after that statement!

    “Children of LGBT families are not stressed and anxious because of their parents gender … they are stressed and anxious because of prejudice and bigotry like this”. Very well stated Hayley, I could not agree more.

    Keep up the good work, I look forward to read more like this!

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