Today the Victorian Government and Premier Daniel Andrews have apologised to countless men convicted of offences while homosexuality was criminalised in the state. Until 1980, homosexuality was an offence in Victoria, and men could be sentenced for up to 15 years in prison for sex with other men. The Premiers speech in the House of assembly was very moving and he quoted from the experiences of men he met who had been convicted.
The Premier said it was a shameful and dark period of our history.
COTA congratulates the Premier for his determination to right the wrongs of the past and his outstanding leadership in ensuring Victoria is a safe place for all its citizens today.
Last week COTA Victoria hosted a LGBTI morning tea as part of our commitment to encouraging diversity.