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Rainbow Ghettos

By ThatUniStudent - 3 April 2012 94

In light of the past story on Pink Ghettos in Canberra I was wondering if there were any Rainbow Ghettos in this city? That is places that are friendly to, and good employers for sexual orientation and gender diverse people?

I’ve had some friends leave a major government employer specifically because of their poor attitude towards gender diverse people (hint hint they did a review of the treatment of women, but ignored Trans people). Similarly there are some businesses that some of my gay and gender diverse friends would never work at because they have gained a reputation as being very hostile towards them.

So, are there employers in this city where being gay or gender diverse is welcomed? Where discrimination is the exception rather than the norm? Where one’s life style choices are not going to see them face a glass ceiling? Where a man wearing a dress isn’t going to be harassed? Where a woman with a girlfriend isn’t going to be grounds for gossip then eventual dismissal? Where being a lesbian isn’t going to see the males in the organisation or business harass her for not going out with them?

I’m asking about all the flavours of the rainbow too, not just gay, lesbian or bi. Trans and Intersex as well thanks.

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94 Responses to
Rainbow Ghettos
Here_and_Now 10:45 am 04 Apr 12

Ditto!

p1 9:35 am 04 Apr 12

I find the term ghetto, used in this way, to have a really negative connotation. Probably because of the way it came into the English language, and certain notable usages in history – and the inclusion of the gender and sexual orientation diverse people in that unpleasantness of mid last century.

You are trying to refer to a area which is good to be in a a LGBTI person yes? Not a overcrowded slum you are forced to inhabit?

Disclaimer: I have tried to craft the above carefully to avoid breaking any of the laws of the interwebz, I apologise if I didn't succeed.

Ben_Dover 9:35 am 04 Apr 12

“Help! Help! I’m being repressed!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS_1bzaj2fw

Rollersk8r 8:51 am 04 Apr 12

Good to see people are shocked and appalled by unsubstatiated rumours, especially when it involves a minority. I guess that’s what the internet, this post and QANDA tweets are for.

Ben_Dover 8:43 am 04 Apr 12

Rainbow ghetto’s? Give. Me. A. F#ck!ng. Break.

DUB 8:34 am 04 Apr 12

Dilandach said :

Self segregation wouldn’t help your cause at all. It discourages acceptance, on both sides.

+100500, very true, short, to the point statement!

Dilandach 8:22 am 04 Apr 12

Self segregation wouldn’t help your cause at all. It discourages acceptance, on both sides.

deejay 8:15 am 04 Apr 12

If you’re working in Queanbeyan. don’t bother with NSW HREOC (I haven’t had experience with ACT Human rights, they might be better). HREOC is a toothless tiger. They’ll try to massage the situation to a conclusion, then if they fail, they’ll tell you you can always sue but you’ll bear a costs order if you lose. Totally useless. Oh, and they’ll give the corporate entity months to respond and endless accommodation about dates, but then tell you you have to play ball on a certain date a couple of days into the future, no ifs or buts.

DUB 7:48 am 04 Apr 12

AMC (part of ACT Justice) will be a good place for you to work, I hear inmates, whom you’ll be helping to rehabilitate,indeed, are very fond of rainbow people.:) You’ll be getting all the attention that you want, since you’ve always been attention whore, ThatUniStudent. 🙂
Seriously, political correctness has gone maaaaddddddd!!

Mdm_Fahrenheit 7:37 am 04 Apr 12

I work for a small Commonwealth Govt Dept that is accepting of everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender diversity and we have all flavours of the rainbow too. There are good people and employers out there, unfortunately sometimes you have to deal with the bad first though.

Deref 7:25 am 04 Apr 12

daniel said :

I’m very disappointed to read those anecdotes, particularly as government is supposed to be a model employer. That kind of behaviour is unacceptable. I realise it doesn’t necessarily help you right now, but have you (and others who have been discriminated against) considered making a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission or the ACT Human Rights Commission?

+1

I’m appalled that you’d be forced into leaving by discrimination. You should definitely pursue it through the Human Rights Commission. Good luck, and let us know how you go.

Merle 7:07 am 04 Apr 12

I think labelling particularly gay-friendly workplaces as ‘rainbow ghettoes’ would be damaging and counter-productive. I don’t think anyone wants gay people to be ghettoised any more than they want it to be done to women, and adopting that kind of language isn’t useful.

ThatUniStudent 6:42 am 04 Apr 12

It has been

daniel said :

I’m very disappointed to read those anecdotes, particularly as government is supposed to be a model employer. That kind of behaviour is unacceptable. I realise it doesn’t necessarily help you right now, but have you (and others who have been discriminated against) considered making a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission or the ACT Human Rights Commission?

That has been done, by myself and many more people:
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/human_rights/lgbti/lgbticonsult/report/section5.html
Not much has happened since then.
It is better to focus on fitting in and getting work than what has been done in the past.

Here_and_Now 10:35 pm 03 Apr 12

Yes, plus-one to that. It’s pretty appalling that a government employer or in fact any employer is doing that.

I’ve good experience with the ACT Human Rights Commission. In the interests of full disclosure, I have heard less than glowing reviews, but they’re usually from people telling each other not to go to them because they can’t/don’t/won’t do anything. I mean, of course they can’t, if no-one goes to them…

daniel 7:19 pm 03 Apr 12

I’m very disappointed to read those anecdotes, particularly as government is supposed to be a model employer. That kind of behaviour is unacceptable. I realise it doesn’t necessarily help you right now, but have you (and others who have been discriminated against) considered making a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission or the ACT Human Rights Commission?

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