Posted by: Joel Brooks | 20 November, 2014
You may click the link at the bottom of the article to listen to a 5 minute interview with Tom Elliot of 3AW on their website.
Heterosexuality is being left out when it comes to discussion about sexual orientation, which is discrimination in itself according to Casey Councillor Rosalie Crestani.
At a recent diversity training program at the Council, Cr Crestani noticed that heterosexuals were never mentioned in the discussion, whereas for example; homosexuality and transgender were.
“I regard everyone as equal and I believe everyone should access to services with true equality,” she said.
“We shouldn’t talk about sexual orientation on the agenda, but if we are let’s just talk about it to include heterosexuals rather than discriminate against them by excluding them.”
“They’re actually leaving heterosexual off the list when they talk about sexual orientation.”
An example Cr Crestani used was if a gay person was called a derogative name.
“I said isn’t just the same as calling someone else a derogative name?” She told Tom Elliott.
“It would just be, write a complaint, you wouldn’t call names it doesn’t have to be specified in any one discussion.
“It should just be we have respect equally for all, we don’t have to put everyone in a box.”
Sexual preferences do not need to be made public, according to Cr Crestani.
“We don’t have to look at people and ask them what sexual orientation they are, we should offer them services regardless,” she explained.
“I think it’s their private business they have behind closed doors, it shouldn’t have to be bought out in the public arena.”