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Tue 26 Nov, 2013
By Robert Ingham

Coming to grips with sexuality and gender identity and revealing it to those close to you can be a challenging time

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Quentin Bryce Airs Her Views On Sexuality

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Days after controversially flagging her support for gay marriage, Governor-General Quentin Bryce again aired her views on sexuality at a mental health event in Melbourne today.

The Queen's representative refused to reiterate the comments she made during her landmark lecture on Friday as she helped launch beyondblue's guide for families of lesbian, gay, bisexual and gender diverse people in Carlton.

Ms Bryce, a beyondblue patron, instead spoke of the dangers of discrimination against gay people, in particular the alarmingly high depression and suicide rates among those struggling with their sexuality.

"Coming to grips with sexuality and gender identity and revealing it to those close to you can be a challenging time," she said.

"Many fear that they will be rejected by their loved ones. A supportive family can make all the difference."

In Friday's Boyer lecture, Mr Bryce said she hoped Australia would become nation where "people are free to love and marry as they choose".

The Governor-General, who will step down in March, also backed Australia becoming a republic in the wide-ranging speech.

Her comments have drawn fire, with some quarters claiming she overstepped her role by voicing her opinion on sensitive political issues.

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