Dear Ms Gillard,
Like most Australians, I take a general interest in politics, but wouldn’t say I have educated myself in it enough to ever make judgements for or against any one party. I am educated enough to know of the media’s tendencies to sensationalise most things… And a lot of the time these things are in relation to your background, choices, comments you have made… Anything they can get their hands on really.
I was reading an article this morning, suggesting you had advised religious leaders that they are free to discriminate when it comes to the hiring and firing of staff etc, if they are deemed as “sinners.” I didn’t pay too much attention to this but it was the little push I needed, that lead me to voice my opinion to you after a couple of years of sitting back and watching.
I am a normal, mid-twenties girl with a full time job. I work hard, love my country, love my family and friends, love animals and love my girlfriend.(Yes, I am gay)
My life is pretty great, but it wasnt always this way. I battled depression and being suicidal throughout my teenage years. I was bullied and told by a church when I was 15, that I was going to hell because I had demons. (gay demons apparently!) That is a pretty big cross to bear for a child. It followed me through my whole teenage life. I went to a Christian school, and was told the same. I was outcasted, i went through periods of having no friends. I would eat lunch in the change rooms just to avoid being alone in the playground. All this finally lead to hospitalisation for three months for severe depression which was treated with copious amounts of anti depressants and sedatives.
I am now glad to say that through my own determination, I got through it. And now you will find a functional, happy and healthy individual, always willing to contribute positively to society.
I came off all the medication 6 years ago, because I realised that medication wasnt what I needed. It was acceptance. I made new friends, I feel accepted within my own circle. I have an amazing family and friends… I just want my government to support me in the same way. I want to be able to work where I want. I love charity work, but a lot of these places are religious… I don’t want to be told I can’t be involved in bettering the life of someone else (for example) because I’m gay.
I want to get married one day. And the biggest factor isn’t even for love, it’s so that I have rights, if god forbid, anything ever happened to my girlfriend. The way the law is now, I would have no rights to request information etc because I would not be considered “family.”
I’ve earned myself a tough skin, but please, save the next 15 year old girl the same trauma. I lost my childhood because I wasn’t an equal or accepted… Make the change.