Equality and freedom from discrimination are fundamental human rights that belong to all people, regardless of who they love or how they identify
The road to anywhere meaningful does seem to take a while and this has been true for many in Australia's LGBTQIA+ community.
- On 1st August 2013, the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 was amended to make discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status against the law.
- On the 9th December 2017, the Marriage Act 1961 was amended to recognise marriage as 'the union of two people to the exclusion of all others voluntarily entered into for life.’
So now marriage equality is law in Australia, what do same-sex couples need to know when it comes to organising their shared financial lives together?
7 Financial Decisions Same-sex Newlyweds need to make
The Free eGuide from Sapience Financial & Unusual Risks Insured
While LGBTQIA+ people are as diverse as the rest of the population, their shared experience of discrimination creates common financial issues. The problem doesn't lie with LGBTQIA+ people, but with the attitudes and behaviours of the society around them.
- Research shows LGBTQIA+ people have reduced access to both health services and relevant discrimination free, financial advice.
- The constant pressure of dealing with the homophobia of others makes avoidance of getting detailed financial advice relatively common.
Unique problems faced by many LGBTQIA+ couples
While not relevant for everyone, many couples report similar experiences.
- Each partner may have differing levels of support from their own biological families
- Each partner may have a different level of comfort about being out
- This imbalance can feel particularly uncomfortable when it comes to speaking with their biological family or considering speaking with a Financial Adviser
Almost half of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people hide their sexual orientation or gender identity in public for fear of violence or discrimination 1 Many never tell their financial adviser they have a same sex partner.
Good financial advice is about families, relationships and priorities
Not being able to talk about the needs of your same-sex partner or your family risks your quality of advice and its relevance to you.
- Many LGBTQIA+ people understandably feel uncomfortable telling an unknown financial adviser they have a same-sex partner or discussing what the specific needs of their same-sex family are.
- Many LGBTQIA+ people fear they may need to ‘come out’ during the financial interview process, then have to deal with the homophobia of others, then wonder if they'll receive less favourable treatment as a result.
There has to be a better way.
An uncomfortable truth about many financial advisers
While many financial advisers like to claim they ‘treat everyone the same’, this usually means they treat everyone as heterosexual.
Members of the broader LGBTQIA+ community don't need special treatment, but they do need access to relevant, high-quality financial advice that’s judgement and discrimination free.
Be the change you want to see in the world
So we made a detailed, free (and fabulous) educational eGuide designed especially for same-sex newlyweds called 7 Financial decisions same-sex newlyweds need to make
The eGuide covers the 7 key financial decisions every same-sex couple needs to make
- Learning how to budget as a couple
- Calculating your new joint financial net worth and credit history
- Financially protecting those who matter the most to you
- Getting your emergency support and estate planning documents finally sorted
- Deciding how you want to live financially as a couple for the next 12 months
- Starting to regularly talk about your family money matters as a couple
- Updating your beneficiary details in your life insurance and superannuation
We celebrate all families are different
Just as every new couple will need to learn new ways to navigate their shared financial journey together, so it’s just as important for same-sex couples to have their own Financial Adviser who understands them and their families.
So this is why we created our free gift to the LGBTQIA+ community.