Deputy PM's marriage equality surveys ‘not fair’

MEMBERS of the Fraser Coast Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) community say they are misrepresented by their local politicians.

LGBTIQ community member and Fraser Gays group co-ordinator Sally Cripps said she did not believe Wide Bay MP and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and MP Keith Pitt had conducted fair surveys, or spoken to enough people, to find an accurate representation of how the Fraser Coast felt about marriage equality.

"The gay community speaks for itself and I'm finding it interesting that there have been no consultations between the politicians and the community about marriage equality," Ms Cripps said.

"I'm pretty disappointed that they can make these sweeping assumptions and that the community has not been consulted."

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She said there were a lot of LGBTIQ members in the Fraser Coast community.

"I think there would be 200 to 300 people that are happy and out, but I think there'd be double or triple that, that aren't out here," she said.

"They're nurses, doctors, solicitors, teachers, hair dressers; they're in every community and I think it's a basic human right to be treated equal."



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