GLBTI Newsletter - February 2015


February 2015

Calendar entries

Below are some significant dates throughout the year that can provide an opportunity for the educational community to raise awareness of GLBTI issues or perspectives, or to celebrate GLBTI people and communities:

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

February 20-March 8

Mardi Gras Parade and Party

March 7

Day of Silence (GLSEN campaign)

April 17

International Day of Families (UN observance)

May 15

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT):

May 17

Wear it Purple Day

August 28

Intersex Awareness Day

October 26

International Day of Tolerance (UN observance)

November 16

Transgender Remembrance Day

November 20

Human Rights Day (UN observance)

December 10

Mardi Gras 2015

Fair Day

Don't forget that as part of the Mardi Gras Festival this year, Federation will host a stall at Fair Day on Sunday February 22. We will be calling for volunteers to assist with the stall from the GLBTI Special Interest Group, however, any member can also contact the Federation via email at to volunteer to assist on the stall.

If you can volunteer an hour on the day, it would be great to see you there and it is an excellent way to meet other GLBTI teachers and allies, as well as to hear about current campaigns and issues being addressed by Federation.

Mardi Gras Parade

This year Federation will be involved in the Mardi Gras parade on Saturday March 7. Members are welcome to join the parade and be a part of Federation's float. To be a part of the parade you will need to contact Mel Smith at

Help your school become a leader in addressing homophobia

Safe Schools Coalition Australia has begun a national rollout, now reaching schools across Victoria, South Australia and NSW. Steered nationally by the Foundation for Young Australians, the program supports schools to create safe and inclusive learning environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse young people.

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WA Young Person of the Year James Clarke

James Clarke, a supporter of the Safe Schools Coalition, has been named the Western Australian Young Person of the Year. The 17 year old proud Aboriginal man attends Lockridge Senior High School in Perth and is a strong advocate for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse high school students.

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Unity in the Community

The Unity in the Community campaign is a youth-led initiative designed by 12 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander young people with "the ambition to bring about positive change to the perception of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer community". "Our vision is to fight discrimination through awareness and support."

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Rainbow Day - Moruya High School

Moruya High School 2015 school captain Dakota Feirer attended the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy with James Clarke from Western Australia in June 2014. He was also very heavily involved with the production of the Unity in the Community campaign.

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Transgender Students in schools - legal rights and responsibilities

Legal Issues Bulletin No. 55, issued in December 2014, states the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) is committed to providing safe and supportive learning environments that respect and value diversity and are free from violence, discrimination, harassment and vilification.

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You Can Play Forum - Raising the Discussion on Homophobia

On the November 5, 2014 the You Can Play forum was held in Canberra and broadcast online. SBS journalist Anton Enus hosted the forum, which featured an expert panel, a live studio and online audience via a webcast.

The forum was held to raise awareness and discussion on issues of homophobia in sport.

Camp Out - 2015

The 2015 Camp Out will be held from the April 13-17.

Camp Out is a camp for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ), sex and/or gender diverse, same sex attracted, curious and questioning teens and their allies, aged 13-17.

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Twenty10's Here and Now professional development course

Twenty10 training packages offer a high standard of challenging and interactive adult-learning workshops. Their core training package, Here and Now, is a one day practical workshop for building confidence in working with young people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities. It provides the opportunity to consider how you can best provide a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment where young people feel safe to be themselves.

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GLBTI Special Interest Group

The Gay and Lesbian Special Interest Group (SIG) is open to any interested member of the NSW Teachers Federation. It is concerned with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues and how these issues affect teachers and schools.

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If you have feedback in relation to the newsletter or website, or information regarding GLBTI issues please contact Mel Smith, NSW Teachers Federation on (02) 9217 2100 or via

If you, or a colleague, is experiencing homophobia, discrimination or harassment contact your local Organiser for advice, or alternatively you can call our Communications Room on (02) 9217 2487 or 1300 654 367.


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