Today is International Day Against LGBTIQ+ Discrimination (IDAHOBIT) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) stands proudly in support of our LGBTIQ+ staff and community members.
The QPS acknowledges the hurt caused by all forms of discrimination, and IDAHOBIT is an opportunity to show our dedication to eradicating LGBTIQ+ discrimination and to visibly demonstrate our shared commitment to creating an equal, inclusive, and diverse society.
In support of IDAHOBIT, the LGBTIQ+ rainbow flag was raised on police headquarters in Brisbane City this morning, and QPS members around the state have organised activities in support for the day.
QPS LGBTI Liaison Program State Coordinator Sergeant Rodney Bell said it was important for police to show their support for the day.
“We know that crimes motivated by hate can often have particularly long-lasting and devastating repercussions on the lives of those who are targeted,” Sergeant Bell said.
“Those affected can be particularly vulnerable and may feel isolated or excluded.
“In some cases, LGBTIQ+ discrimination can be a crime, and the QPS encourage the reporting to police.
“The QPS has over 150 LGBTI liaison officers around the state who have received specialist training and are ready to support LGBTIQ+ people.
“LGBTI liaison officers promote trust and understanding between the QPS and the LGBTIQ+ community, providing discrete, non-judgemental advice, assistance and referral in police matters.
For further information about QPS support for LGBTIQ+ people including vilification offences under the Anti-Discrimination Act and how to contact an LGBTI liaison officer, visit the QPS LGBTIQ+ Community webpage.