Eva Cox | Pensioners might find gay equality’s not all it’s cracked up to be

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Gay and Lesbian rights advocates are celebrating recent changes to Commonwealth Social Security policy that will give equal rights to same sex partners.

In an article written for Crikey Eva Cox reveals that the reforms may actually disadvantage older gay couples, particularly women. She explains that after suffering a lifetime of discrimination, some older lesbians now face economic disadvantage and fear of being ‘outed’ by Centrelink investigators.

It is the least advantaged who wear the costs, not those who lobbied for the changes while ignoring gender and other inequalities within the Gay and Lesbian groupings.

Cox calls for a ‘grandfather’ clause to protect the most economically vulnerable members of the gay and lesbian community.

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