Group for Indigenous LGBTI Australians forms to fight homophobia in black community

Published: December 18, 2013

 A group to combat homophobic prejudice against LGBTI people in Australia’s Indigenous community has been formed in response to Australian boxer Anthony Mundine saying being gay was incompatible with Indigenous culture.

 
Black Rainbow describes itself as a group of, ‘strong and fabulous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, sistergirl (transgender) and queer people who would like to highlight our existence and the positive roles we undertake in our communities.’
 
The group hopes to combat homophobia by providing role models for LGBTI Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and highlighting the contributions of LGBTI people within the Indigenous community.
 
‘Our "Black Rainbow" peoples are making excellent contributions in politics, sports, arts, land rights, health, education, justice, business, science, research, the bureaucracy, healing, community life, family life and most importantly, in cultural survival and restoration,’ the group said in an open letter published in the Koori Mail 20 November.

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