Federation members and friends joined the rally and march in support of the Safe Schools program that was held in Sydney on March 12.
Beginning with a rally outside of Sydney Town Hall, the gathered supporters heard from LGBTIQ activists including student activists from high schools and universities, and from Greens candidate for Wentworth Dejay Toborek.
All spoke about the importance of Safe Schools and the importance of education in ending bullying and violence towards the LGBTIQ community. Trans woman Stephanie McCarthy spoke of her experience of being violently assaulted in a Newtown pub, and highlighted how important is was for programs like Safe Schools to teach understanding as a way to curtail violence.
Following the rally, activists marched through the Sydney CBD. Federation Officers and members joined in, carrying Federation flags as part of the march. You can see some of the highlights in the photo gallery.
The findings of the Safe Schools review were handed to the Federal Government on March 11, reportedly recommending the continuation of the program. Already conservative MPs are trying to discredit the review findings as they continue to call for the program to be shut down.
To support Safe Schools you can still sign the petition at Megaphone.org.au titled "Support the Safe Schools Program — no review needed!"