LGBTIQ Newsletter - August 2017



Catching up with members of the LGBTIQ Special Interest Group (SIG) from around the state at our informal lunch at Annual Conference was a great experience. It was lovely to meet a number of new faces, as well as connect with more well-known members of our group. This lunch is one of the few opportunities we have in an informal setting to meet each other face-to-face and network with like-minded individuals, and it was great to see so many people keen to catch up over lunch. Hopefully we can see more new faces in the future!

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


Wear It Purple Day

Wear it Purple Day in 2017 is not just a great opportunity to paint the town purple, it’s a chance to move forward as a fair and inclusive community by encouraging people to explore diversity, promote respect and a sense of belonging.

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Are schools really safe places?

The 2016 Eric Pearson Study Grant was awarded to Michelle McCormack, who compared the work of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia with support models for same-sex attracted, intersex and gender-diverse students in Singapore, the UK and US.

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Library search

Federation’s library collection has increased to the point where we can’t fit all the LGBTIQ resources on the LGBTIQ Hot Topics Guides! So, now we have a search option for browsing material.

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Come Camp Out

Camp Out is not only a much-needed break from the pressures of life and school but also a space where young people are not judged for who they are, who they like, or how they choose to express themselves.

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Safe Schools Coalition

The Safe Schools Coalition Australia program ceased operating in NSW at the end of June but there are still some resources available. We show you where to find them.

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Mark your calendar

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day and the march in February and March are the standout dates of significance for the LGBTI community. There’s also a full calendar of important dates for the year.

Wear it Purple Day

August 25

Australian LGBTI History Month


Intersex Awareness Day

October 26

International Day of Tolerance  

November 16

Transgender Remembrance Day

November 20

World AIDS Day

December 1

Human Rights Day

December 10


LGBTIQ Special Interest Group

The LGBTIQ Special Interest Group (SIG) is open to any member of the NSW Teachers Federation. It is concerned with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) issues and how they affect teachers and schools.

Meetings take place in Sydney, with the next one scheduled for 12.30pm on Saturday October 22 at Federation House, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills. The meeting provides members with the opportunity to discuss relevant LGBTIQ issues, inform Federation of specific areas of concern and provide advice to the Federation concerning policies relating to LGBTIQ issues. Teleconference facilities will be available for those who are not able to be at the meeting in person. To RSVP to the meeting and gain the details for teleconferencing, please email

The SIG welcomes new members, including LGBTIQ identifying members, or allies. To join the LGBTIQ SIG please contact Federation on (02) 9217 2100 or email . Teachers can also access information on LGBTIQ issues on Federation’s website.


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

If you, or a colleague, are experiencing homophobia, discrimination or harassment contact your local Organiser for advice or call our Professional Support Team on 1300 654 369.

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Authorised by John Dixon, General Secretary February 2017

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