RMIT students have worked with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to produce a series of videos on current events.
Only 15 years ago in Victoria, LGBTI people had no protections under law against discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
To promote and protect the human rights of people of all sexual orientations and sex and/or gender identities the law needed to change.
Due to the hard work and tireless advocacy of many individuals in the community, that change finally came in 2000 with the inclusion of two new attributes – sexual orientation and gender identity – to the Equal Opportunity Act.
Pride not Prejudice is a collaboration between the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) and RMIT Master of Media students in the course Collaborative Media Project.
It is a series of short films that engages with the amendment to the Equal Opportunity Act in 2000 that included protections for the attributes of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The videos feature interviews with prominent members of Victoria’s LGBTI communities 15 years after the amendment came into effect.
RMIT Lecturer Patrick Kelly said the aim of the project was to give students the opportunity to work on real-life projects, responding to a client brief that helps them prepare for a career in media.
“The project responds to RMIT's values around impact and inclusion, and our goals to provide a transformative student experience, creating impact through collaboration,” Kelly said.
“Working with the VEOHRC to document the fight for measures to protect the LGBTI community from discrimination in Victoria offers our students the unique experience of working on real-world projects that matter.”
The second film in the series, was released in May to coincide with the formal apology from the Victorian Government to the LGBTI community for those convicted under unjust and prejudiced laws against homosexual acts.
Kristen Hilton, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner said the collaborative project between the VEOHRC and RMIT's Master of Media course, Pride Not Prejudice, is a video series that gives voice to a range of important stories from Victoria's LGBTI communities.
“The professional facilities and the hard work of the students and teaching staff at RMIT helped us produce a high-quality series that we hope leads to greater understanding and respect for the people in our community who fight to eliminate discrimination in Victoria," Hilton said.
The latest film deals with the issue of expunged homosexual convictions and features interviewees discussing the impact these historical convictions have had on people’s lives and why we need to protect people from discrimination on the basis of an expunged homosexual conviction.
Story: Wendy Little