LGBTIQ Newsletter - February 2016

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Dear colleagues,

The beginning of the year provides an opportunity to reflect on current practice and develop new teaching programs and practices that are inclusive. Teachers have the responsibility to create safe classrooms and schools where all students, regardless of their sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or gender expression feel valued and included. A range of inclusive strategies can apply across all stages.

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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras festival

Members are invited to be part of Federation's float in the Mardi Gras Parade and volunteers are also needed to assist with the union's stall at Fair Day.

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A look at the lives of intersex people

"The lack of any discussion of human diversity in sex education, in biology, in other parts of the curriculum has a negative impact on people, says the co-author of as new book.

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Research highlights lack of support for LGBTIQ students in schools

A new report identifies how to address the lack of support for LGBTIQ students in schools.

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New library guides

Federation's library has three new LGBTIQ library guides to assist members in accessing resources

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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

There are several ways workplaces can draw attention to the violence and discrimination that LGBTIQ people continue to encounter on May 17

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Training opportunities

Twenty 10's Here and Now LGBTIQA+ Inclusivity Training helps explore how better practice principles can make a difference for you, your students and your school when working with LGBTIQA+ people.

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Calendar entries

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Feb 19 - Mar 6

Fair Day

February 21

Mardi Gras Parade

March 5

Day of Silence

April 15

International Day of Families

May 15

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 17

Wear it Purple Day

August 26

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's next meeting is scheduled for 12.30pm on Saturday February 13 at Federation House, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills.

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

Need assistance?

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

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


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