• A new petition is calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to meet with members of the LGBTI community to discuss their safety. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
The Australian Equality Party has "grave concerns" for the safety of the LGBT+ community.
By
Alyssa Braithwaite

16 Jun 2016 - 1:11 PM  UPDATED 21 Jun 2016 - 1:10 PM

A petition calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stand up for the LGBTI community following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando has been started by the Australian Equality Party.

The organisers of the Change.org petition are requesting that Turnbull meet with a delegation of LGBT+ community leaders to discuss their "grave concerns for the safety and well-being of the Australian LGBTI community". 

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The petition states that "anti-LGBTI rhetoric is clearly on the rise in Australia... we fear that this rhetoric will start to spill over into acts of violence against people in our community".

It goes on to say that “Every Australian has the right to live, love and learn in freedom, and to grow old in safety, with dignity and respect” and that "we feel that these fundamental freedoms are under threat". 

So far, nearly 1300 people have signed the petition, which has a goal of 1500 signatures.

Prominent LGBTQIA+ Australians, including Magda Szubanski and Troye Sivan, have been putting pressure on Turnbull to offer more than just "sympathy" to the community. 

Singer and YouTube star Troye Sivan also used his Twitter page to hit out at Turnbull, writing, "@TurnbullMalcolm few things - 1) you failed to mention that this was an attack on LGBT people in an LGBT space.

"2) we don't need sympathy. We need rights. Let us marry. Stop segregating LGBT people from the rest of our society".

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