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Safe Schools anti-bullying program rebrands as Inclusive Education WA

The Safe Schools anti-bullying resource for schools has been renamed following criticism from conservative groups after its initial launch, election campaigns and throughout last year’s Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Inclusive Education WA will provide the same support and resources to any school, school staff member, family or student who is seeking information on how […]

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What do you do when your workplace is making you sick

What do you do when your workplace is making you sick

Victoria* was working as a sales representative for a manufacturing company for only two weeks before the bullying started. At first, her trainer, Jenny*, made snide remarks like “Hanging out by yourself again this weekend, hey?” and “Oh, you’re eating that for lunch!” While she initially dismissed Jenny’s nastiness and thought it would soon pass, […]

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Smashby returns with ‘Wild One’

Smashby returns with ‘Wild One’

Queer British artist Smashby has a brand new tune and video. Wild One deals with themes of homophobia, bullying and acceptance and encourages the ‘wild ones’ to stand up. The young artist from Yorkshire first got our attention last year with his tune Birthday Suit. Smashby says he wrote the tune after hearing lots of people’s experiences of […]

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Disagreements at community radio station JOYFM play out in public

Disagreements at community radio station JOYFM play out in public

Disagreements at Melbourne’s community radio station JOY949 are continuing with suggestions of a police investigation and threats of defamation action. Last week a group called SAVE JOYFM launched a campaign calling for a Special General Meeting of the station’s membership. The group allege that a culture of bullying within the station has lead to many […]

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Don’t Panic! Benjamin Law investigates the Safe Schools scandal

Don’t Panic! Benjamin Law investigates the Safe Schools scandal

“Invigorating and borderline arousing” is how Benjamin Law described the last 24 hours of his life when he chatted to OUTinPerth. On the eve of the release of his Quarterly Essay, Moral Panic 101, which examines the controversy around the Safe Schools Coalition and its treatment in the media, The Australian published a story highlighting […]

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Author Benjamin Law criticised over Twitter comments

Author Benjamin Law criticised over Twitter comments

On the day his quarterly essay is released, author Benjamin Law has been criticised over a tweet he made late last month. Law, best known for his autobiographical book The Family Law, which inspired the popular SBS sitcom, is the author of the latest Quarterly Essay which focuses on the Safe Schools program. Titled Moral Panic 101: Equality, […]

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Protecting LGBTI students added to WA Labor policy

Protecting LGBTI students added to WA Labor policy

WA Labor have endorsed a policy to protect LGBTI students at the party’s state conference. A new clause outlining the party’s commitment to anti-bullying programs was added to WA Labor’s education policy. Andy Skinner, the President of Rainbow Labor, told the conference that young LGBTI people needed support programs that stopped bullying on the basis […]

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Wear It Purple at work, school and university this Friday

Wear It Purple at work, school and university this Friday

This Friday August 25th will be the seventh annual ‘Wear It Purple’ Day – an opportunity for people to show solidarity with LGBTIQ+ young people at school, university and in the workplace. Since 2010, playgrounds, classrooms and offices have been awash with shades of violet and grape worn by those who stand against bullying and […]

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Save Safe Schools: Protesters urge federal govt to fight bullying

Save Safe Schools: Protesters urge federal govt to fight bullying

Last Saturday, Perth’s Murray Street Mall was filled with supporters of the Safe Schools anti-bullying program – calling for its continuation across the nation. Though WA’s new Labor government have vowed to retain and fund the program once federal funding ends, the Save Safe Schools WA and supporters are urging the federal government and other […]

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Oh settle down, nobody said 50% of kids are gay

Oh settle down, nobody said 50% of kids are gay

OPINION Journalists, opinion writers and commentators are up in arms this morning over reports that Roz Ward, one of the founders of the Safe Schools program, suggested that 50% of kids are gay. Except Ward never said that at all. The latest ‘clutch your pearls’ moment from the mainstream media began with a report from Rebecca […]

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