According to a study commissioned by the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), only 43% of Australian LGBTQ people feel comfortable holding hands with their partner in public.
Meanwhile, 94% of Australians believe anybody should be able to hold hands in public.
The study was conducted in partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu says the study highlights the issues the LGBTIQ community faces daily.
“It’s a simple and loving gesture to hold your partner’s hand, however for fear of discrimination, and experiences in violence and abuse – the reality is that many in the community still don’t feel safe,” says Casu.
In response to these findings, ANZ released a video urging queer couples to hold on:
It’s a lovely video, but it doesn’t really deal with the root of the problem: the threat of violence that makes LGBTQ people afraid to hold hands in public.