Please continue to support safer and inclusive school programs where GLBTI students can learn effectively and be themselves.
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Family Voice Australia have started a petition to try and shut down vital safe school programs such as Peninsula Pride at headspace Frankston. See petition here: https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/please-don-t-ask-vic-kids-to-try-homosexuality
Projects such as Peninsula Pride and Safe Schools Coalition Victoria are essential in reducing the level of homophobia and transphobia in Victorian schools. Every person has the basic human right to an education and schools ought to provide safe learning environment for all young people.
The petition by Family Voice Australia is innacruate and misinforming. It is steeped in pure hate, fear and homophobia. Programs with Peninsula Pride certainly do not pressure any students to decide on their sexuality. The programs adopt a safe and inclusive practice to engage in discussion about how to better support students who may identify as same sex attracted or gender diverse.
To express and actualise one's gender identity and sexual orientation is a basic human right.
From the Australian Human Rights Commission website:
"From 1 August 2013 it is unlawful to discriminate against a person on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status under federal law. Equality and freedom from discrimination are fundamental human rights that belong to all people, irrespective of sexual orientation, gender identity or because they are intersex. This can include discrimination and bullying in places of work and study, difficulties accessing appropriate health and aged care services and community attitudes that can lead to harassment and violence."
From Suicide Prevention Australia and their report titled: Suicide and self-harm among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities. (2009)
“Homophobia and transphobia in schools also remains a major concern. A nationwide study of SSA youth found that nearly 38 per cent of SSA young people had experienced discrimination, while nearly 50 per cent reported experiencing verbal abuse because of their sexuality (Hillier et al., 2005). Alarmingly, 74 per cent of this abuse occurred at school. It is perhaps unsurprising that SSA young people tend to leave school at a younger age than their heterosexual peers (Dyson et al., 2003) and that equally as many feel as unsafe at school as they do on the streets (Hillier et al., 2005). It has also been reported that homophobia frequently goes unchallenged by school teachers and staff” (Hillier et al., 2005).
GLBTI young people are at greater risk of harm, harassment and suicide, so let's all rally behind the projects that work to support them attain a safe education.
Please let Martin Dixon MP know that we want these programs to stay and to be supported.
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