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Labor urged to end discrimination excemptions in faith-based schools

Labor urged to end discrimination excemptions in faith-based schools

LGBTI+ advocates are calling on the federal opposition to remove discrimination exemptions for faith-based schools in light of their recent commitment to increase funding to such institutions. The Australian Labor Party recently pledged to increase funding for religious schools by $250 million. Veteran LGBTI+ activist Rodney Croome says these schools should be held to the […]

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Teacher loses his job after employer finds out he is gay

Teacher loses his job after employer finds out he is gay

After working as a high school teacher for three years Craig Campbell decided to switch to working as a relief teacher, aside from continuing on at the school he was part of the staff at, he also began teaching at a school that was close to his heart. It was the school he’d attended for […]

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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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Bullied: Ian Thorpe tackles bullying on ABC

Bullied: Ian Thorpe tackles bullying on ABC

Olympic swimming star Ian Thorpe presents a confronting new two episode documentary series that investigates the effects of bullying. The first episode introduces fourteen-year-old Kelsey who faces homophobic bullying at his high school, while the second episode focuses on sixteen-year-old Chelsea who has a physical disability and is tormented by her classmates. The teens are […]

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Equal Opportunity Commissioner supports gender neutral uniforms

Equal Opportunity Commissioner supports gender neutral uniforms

WA’s Acting Equal Opportunity Commissioner has shown his support for gender neutral school uniforms. Dr John Byrne said gender neutral dress options were a part of modern society. Gender neutral school uniform options not only allow male and female students to comfortably engage in the same physical activities, they often reflect acceptable dress codes in […]

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By Our Side: Safe Schools advocate Jack Garber

By Our Side: Safe Schools advocate Jack Garber

Jack Garber is a state councilor for Western Australian Council of State School Organisations (WACSSO). He has trained as lawyer, he’s a father, and the chairperson of two independent schools in The South Swan district. Significantly; Jack lobbied for and secured endorsement of the Safe School Coalition from WACSSO when funding was made available to […]

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Texas Senator proposes law forcing schools to out LGBT kids

Texas Senator proposes law forcing schools to out LGBT kids

Texas lawmaker and member of the Tea Party movement, Senator Konni Burton, has submitted a bill proposing that all public school employees must tell parents if their children identify as LGBT. The bill, known as Senate Bill 242, could see public school staff punished if they fail to inform parents of their child’s gender identity […]

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Perth College allow same-sex partners for Year 12 ball for first time

Perth College allow same-sex partners for Year 12 ball for first time

One of Perth’s top girls’ schools have made policy changes to allow students to bring female partners or guests to the ball. Perth College administration say they want to take the emphasis away from relationships and dating at the event. Principal Jenny Ethel told The Sunday Times the decision was not about same-sex couples, but they […]

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Safe Schools reveal ‘All Of Us’ media kit for inclusive learning

Safe Schools reveal ‘All Of Us’ media kit for inclusive learning

The Safe Schools Coalition have developed a new educational resource to help teachers to promote awareness of gender diversity, sexual diversity and intersex issues in Australian schools. ‘All Of Us’ is a media toolkit, developed in conjunction with teachers, students and youth groups to best create a tool that can encourage an inclusive and safe […]

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US Senate vote against LGBT protections in schools

US Senate vote against LGBT protections in schools

  The US Senate have failed to pass a bill which includes protections against discrimination for LGBT students in public schools. Democrat Senator Al Franken has been attempting to pass the legislation for years with very limited support. Franken has included his proposed changes in an amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act – […]

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