GLBTI Newsletter - May 2015

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Dear Colleagues,

I hope you have had a restful and enjoyable school vacation.

The glbti newsletter, published each term, provides information about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) matters and upcoming events which can be helpful in generating understanding of these topics in your workplaces, and may also assist in establishing safe schools for GLBTI staff, students and their families.

For a printable, pdf copy of the newsletter please click here.

Mel Smith
Trade Union Training Officer and Officer attached to GLBTI matters

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Click here for activities for your school on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17.

Safe Schools events

Safe Schools Coalition NSW is visiting regional schools to train teachers and support staff to support gender diverse/transgender students. The organisation’s Introduction to Sexuality and Gender Diversity course will be held on July 17 and the Safe Schools Symposium will be held on July 30 at Sydney University. Read more

Lunch date at Annual Conference

A catch-up for members of the Gay and Lesbian SIG and their allies will be held on June 29 at Vapiano (corner of King and York St, Sydney), during the conference's lunch break. To book a place at the table contact Mel via so reservation numbers can be confirmed and the time (yet to be determined) can be communicated to you.

Wear It Purple

On August 28 school students and workplaces across Australia will wear purple to show support for same-sex attracted and gender questioning, or "rainbow", young people.

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Build your confidence

Twenty 10 offers a one-day workshop to build confidence in working with young people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities. The Here and Now course will be offered on August 28 and November 26. Read more

beyondblue campaign aims to address discrimination

beyondblue recently re-launched its Stop. Think. Respect: Left Hand campaign after a study it commissioned found alarmingly high rates of homophobia among young men. Read more

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

Federation campaigned at Fair Day and participated in the Parade for the first time.

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Australian Education Union policy update

The Federal Australian Education Union's Annual Conference recently unanimously adopted the Sexual Orientation, Gender Equity and Intersex Policy. The policy was moved by Victorian branch President Meredith Peace and seconded by Queensland Teachers Union President Kevin Bates.

The policy session at the conference was excellent and included a presentation by Roz Ward from Safe Schools Coalition Victoria, who provided an informative and engaging address about the Safe Schools Coalition program and the need for safe and inclusive schools for all students and staff.

Calendar entries

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

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

World AIDS Day

December 1

Human Rights Day (UN observance)

December 10

Gay and Lesbian Special Interest Group

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

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Restricted Committee

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Restricted Committee works towards implementing actions listed in the Gender Sexuality and Identity policy, which relates to matters of diverse sex, sexuality and gender.

The committee also contributes to the publication of this newsletter and undertakes other actions as appropriate. The committee consists of up to six members. Congratulations to Waine Donovan, Kat Hand, Alicia Heymel, Jenny Moes, Cameron Reynolds and Alexandra Heagney who have recently been elected for the current biennium. The Officer attached to the committee is Mel Smith.


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

If you, or a colleague, is experiencing homophobia, discrimination or harassment contact your local Organiser for advice, or alternatively call Federation's Communications Room on 1300 654 369.


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