Past failures on hate crime show urgent need for immediate reform of police oversight
MEDIA RELEASE 27/6/2018
The report from NSW Police Force Strike Force Parrabell has been released today, highlighting systemic failings by the police in responding to gay hate murders between 1976 and 2000. The report found that one third of the deaths considered were likely gay hate killings.
Marriage Equality in NSW and an End to Forced Divorce for Trans People
Jenny was thrilled to support a bill bringing NSW into line with commonwealth marriage equality laws, and finally putting an end to forced divorce for Trans people.Read more
Statement regarding investigation into racist and sexist Facebook posts by NSW Police
Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP, has resorted to using the Government Information (Public Access) Act, to seek information into the findings of an investigation set up in response to racist and sexist abuse of her by members of the NSW Police.Read more
Celebrating 40 Years of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Read Jenny's Speech in parliament celebrating the fourtieth anniversary of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
News: Newtown Mural
Jenny praised the community response to the destruction of iconic street art in Sydney.Read more
Parliament Celebrates Historic Yes! Vote on Marriage Equality
Today the NSW Parliament celebrated the historic result of the marriage equality survey. Read Jenny's speech marking the occasion below.
Newtown Police Homophobia Case Under Scrutiny
In response to reports on the matter connected with the Newtown Local Area Command currently before NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal the Greens Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP said:
"It is crucial that there is independent scrutiny of this serious issue and I will be watching the progress of this matter closely."
Choose Love, Vote Yes
Choose Love and Vote Yes
In response to the Liberal Governments decision to hold a national postal survey on marriage equality, over 40,000 people rallied in Sydney on Sept 10 in support on equal rights for the LGBTIQ+ community. Jenny Leong MP addressed the rally on behalf of The Greens.
Click here to watch the video.
"Thank you all for coming out! I’d first like to acknowledge that we are here on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and pay our respects to their elders and thank Tim for that incredible acknowledgment of country. This always will be and always was Aboriginal land.
My name is Jenny Leong and I am here today to speak on behalf of The Greens. There are Greens MP’s scattered throughout the crowd, and I can say that as Greens MP’s we support marriage equality every vote, every MP, every time.
Can I say to Tony Abbott, to John Howard, to Eric Abetz – can you feel the love? Can you feel the love? Let’s all blow them a kiss! Let’s blow Tony Abbott and John Howard a kiss and ensure that they can feel the love today here in Sydney.
We should not be here. It is absolutely disappointing that we are here. I’m so sorry that we are here. It is unacceptable to me, to all of you and to The Greens that we are expecting people to put their equal treatment under the law to a public opinion poll. I have seen people in our community, leaders of the LGBTIQ+ community in tears because of the fear and the hurt and the pain that they are feeling as a result of having to have their personal love, their personal relationships out there for the public to debate.
And let’s not kid ourselves. The LGBTIQ+ community is used to steeling itself against homophobia, against transphobia and against queerphobia. You are resilient and you are strong. But what is so hurtful about what we are seeing from this Liberal Government and their support of this postal plebiscite, is that the people who have those homophobic views, those transphobic views, those queerphobic views are now being given a legitimate piece of paper to express them publically. That is something that we must reject!
We didn’t want to be here, but we are here. And that means that we must do all that we can to get out the most massive Yes vote that you have ever seen. Imagine for a minute – imagine what it will be like the day you wake up when the postal votes have been counted. Imagine you read the headline and it says “Enormous, Overwhelming Support for the Yes Vote”. Imagine how you will feel when “The Government Will Not Be Able to Ignore Yes Vote” is the headline that we see before us. Imagine how you will feel when you know that you have done all that you can, despite the challenges, despite the haters to campaign for the most amazing, overwhelming Yes vote. It will feel good because love will win. That is what we are working towards.
I want to remind you of a small piece of history. It is only because of organisations and groups like Community Action Against Homophobia and the public support we are seeing here today, that we have political parties on all sides coming out in support of marriage equality. Back in 2004, 13 years ago when John Howard introduced these amendments it was a shameful moment for the Liberal Party, but at that time Labor did not oppose those amendments. It is because of you that we see Bill Shorten here today, and I welcome him joining the community and coming out in support of marriage equality. The Greens will stand with you until love wins! Thank you very much."
Daily Tele Homophobia is the Real Threat to Youth Health
Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong MP, and NSW Greens spokesperson on Sexuality and Gender Identity has condemned the article in today’s Daily Telegraph which includes same-sex attraction in young people as ‘unhealthy’. She has made a formal complaint to the Australian Press Council.
“The portrayal of same-sex attracted young people in today’s Daily Telegraph as a ‘health concern’ is nothing short of blatant vilification”, she said.Read more
Greens Defend Safe Schools in Parliament
Read our defense of the Safe Schools program in Parliament today, as we called on the Premier and Education Minister to make a clear statement in support of LGBTIQ young people to combat the damage done by the bullies in their party.