Target: Legislative Assembly Queensland, Australia
Goal: Stop enforcing an old law that can be used to justify crimes in cases of “gay panic.”
In recent years, the so-called “gay panic” defense has come under fire in a number of locales. One of the most recent to join this list is Queensland, Australia, which is taking steps toward repealing the gay panic defense. Sign the petition and encourage the repeal of this homophobic and backward law.
Officially known as the Homosexual Advance Defense, the gay panic law is part of Queensland’s criminal code. It states that “a defendant can claim temporary insanity as a result of a homosexual advance,” LGBTQ Nation reports. The law has been removed or amended in many other Australian jurisdictions, leaving only Queensland and South Australia with the original law still on the books.
The law is a blatant example of codified homophobia and can also be interpreted as a victim-blaming measure. It has no place in a modern legal system. Sign the petition to encourage lawmakers to remove the Homosexual Advance Defense from Queensland’s criminal code.
Dear Legislative Assembly,
I am writing to encourage Queensland lawmakers in their efforts to remove the Homosexual Advance Defense (HAD) from Queensland’s criminal code. The HAD and other “gay panic” laws are remnants of a more homophobic, less accepting time, and they have no place in modern government.
Queensland is one of only two Australian jurisdictions in which “gay panic” defenses remain on the books in their original form. In the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory, and New South Wales, the defense was amended to prevent it from being used in cases of nonviolent advances. In Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia, the law was repealed completely.
The repeal of this law would have a significant social impact as well as a legal one. It sends a strong message that homophobia and transphobia will not be tolerated in Queensland, and I support you in your efforts to update this backward law.
[Your Name Here]
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