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Albany Pride Statement: Regarding the Lord Mayor’s Comments

On the 28th October, 2020, new Lord Mayor of Perth, Basil Zempilas made disgraceful and derogatory remarks on his 6PR radio show, specifically targeting Trans people and people with intersex variations – which we will not repeat here. This segment took place only twelve days before Pride WA’s PrideFest was due to take place in the […]

8th November, 2020

On the 28th October, 2020, new Lord Mayor of Perth, Basil Zempilas made disgraceful and derogatory remarks on his 6PR radio show, specifically targeting Trans people and people with intersex variations – which we will not repeat here. This segment took place only twelve days before Pride WA’s PrideFest was due to take place in the Lord Mayor’s own city.

We echo the words of Hunter Gurevich, chair of TransFolk of WA: “…it puts LGBTQIAP+ people at increased risk of harm, when we are already a vulnerable group in society”.

It goes without saying that Albany Pride strongly condemns the Lord Mayor’s disgraceful comments, which are shameful, ignorant and narrow-minded. He deliberately and wilfully used his public media platform to ridicule Transgender, gender-diverse and Intersex-variant people for what he calls a bit of “radio banter gone wrong”. LGBTQIA+ people do not exist to be the subject of cheap, opportunistic jokes and ‘banter’ on somebody’s radio show, let alone one hosted by a person who has been elected by the people of Perth to ‘lead their community’ and to “develop and promote it”.

As the Lord Mayor of our state’s capital city, he has badly let down Western Australia and tarnished our reputation. If he cannot handle being a media personality with a penchant for offending vulnerable communities in our society, then perhaps he’d be wise to step down as Lord Mayor and concentrate solely on his media career, as “shock jock” inflammatory statements in the name of ‘entertainment’ are clearly incompatible with the roles and responsibilities of a Lord Mayor of a vibrant, diverse and wonderful city such as Perth, as outlined by the Council’s own policies.

Albany Pride has a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity. We strive, as an organisation, to be a safe-space and source of support for all people across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, which includes Gender-Diverse people – including, but not limited to – the Trans community, the non-binary community, and the Intersex community. Importantly, we are always looking to actively improve so that nobody feels left behind, isolated or unrepresented; and as such we genuinely and sincerely value and encourage feedback, and opportunities to learn from our mistakes, and crucially, from each other.

In light of this, we would like to offer some statistics regarding Gender Diverse peoples, provided by the National LGBTI Health Alliance in 2020, located at the bottom of this post – we would encourage you all to read it.

Reach Out If You Need Help

In the meantime, if you or anyone you know needs help:

Lifeline on 13 11 14
Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
SANE Australia on 1800 18 7263
Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
ReachOut at au.reachout.com
Headspace on 1800 650 890
QLife on 1800 184 527
Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) on 1800 008 774

We highly recommend reading the joint letter from Pride WA and TransFolk of WA at https://www.pridewa.com.au/latest-news/, which provides an invaluable insight into the principles elected officials should meet.

The standards for members for the City of Perth Council can be accessed at https://www.perth.wa.gov.au/…/reports-and…/Policies…

Telethon on Gender Diversity (Telethon7 Perth):
https://www.telethonkids.org.au/…/res…/gender-diversity/

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The Statistics

Transgender Community

– Transgender people aged 18 and over are nearly eleven times more likely to attempt suicide;

– 48.1% of transgender and gender diverse people aged 14 to 25 have attempted suicide in their lifetime;

– Transgender people aged 18 and over are nearly eighteen times more likely to have thoughts of suicide;

– 41% of transgender people and non-binary people aged 18 years and over reported thoughts of suicide or self-harm in the last two weeks;

– Transgender people are six and a half times more likely to self-harm;

– 53% of transgender people aged 18 and over have self-harmed in their lifetime, 11% currently self-harming;

– 79.7% of transgender and gender diverse people aged 14 to 25 have self-harmed in their lifetime;

– LGBT people in general are twice as likely to be diagnosed and treated for mental health disorders;

– 37.2% of LGBT people aged 16 and over reported being diagnosed or treated for any mental disorder in the past three years;

– Transgender people aged 25 and under are nearly ten times more likely to be diagnosed with depression in their lifetime;

– Gender diverse people aged 18 and over are nearly five times more likely to be diagnosed with depression in their lifetime;

– 57.2% of transgender and gender diverse people aged 18 and over have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime;

– 74% of transgender and gender diverse people aged 14 to 25 have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime;

– Transgender people aged 25 and under are ten to thirteen times more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety in their lifetime;

– 39.9% of transgender and gender diverse people aged 18 and over have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in their lifetime;

– 72.5% of transgender and gender diverse people aged 14 to 25 have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.

People with Intersex Variations

– People with an intersex variation aged 16 and over are nearly six times more likely to attempt suicide;

– 19% of people with an intersex variation aged 16 and over had attempted suicide on the basis of issues related to their intersex status;

– People with an intersex variation aged 16 and over are nearly five times more likely;

– 60% of people with an intersex variation aged 16 and over had thoughts about suicide on the basis of issues related to having congenital sex variation;

– 26% of people with an intersex variation aged 16 and over have self-harmed on the basis of issues related to having a congenital sex variation, 42% have had thoughts about self-harm;

– People with an intersex variation are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression;

– 21.3% of people with intersex variations aged 16 and over have been diagnosed with depression;

– People with an intersex variation aged 16 and over are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety in their lifetime;

– 12.9% of people with an intersex variation aged 16 and over reported being diagnosed with anxiety;

– 7.7% of people with an intersex variation reported being diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Reference:

https://www.lgbtihealth.org.au/statistics

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