Visit to Albany

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The Commission recently undertook a trip to the centre of the Great Southern where members of the Engagement Team undertook training at TAFE, ran information sessions at a number of organisations and participated in the Albany Pride Festival.
Last updated: 7 March 2023
Diana MacTiernan and community members at Pride stall

On Saturday 4 March Manager Strategy and Engagement Diana MacTiernan and Communications Officer Sarah Johnston hosted a stall at Albany Pride Fair where they spoke to local members of the LGBTIQA+ community and their allies about discrimination and harassment.

"We spoke a lot about our gender history and sexual orientation grounds within the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (the Act); and informed people  we are hopeful the state government will support the Law Reform Commission's recommendations for those grounds following its review of the Act last year, " she said.

She said as in the metropolitan area, members of the LGBTIQA+ community in Albany were highly vulnerable to discrimination and harassment and were not sufficiently protected under the current Equal Opportunity Act.

"As in the city, we are finding young people transitioning gender in Albany are not sufficiently covered under the current gender history ground of the Equal Opportunity Act," she said.

On 2 and 3 March Community Educators Sara Shengeb and Greg Watson conducted a two-day Contact/Grievance Officer training course at South Regional TAFE while Diana and Sarah provided community outreach work at Pardelup Prison Farm, Albany Regional Prison and community organisations within the city.