LGBTIQ Newsletter - July 2015

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Common name for Federation's LGBTIQ groups

Language has an impact on how we see ourselves, others and the world around us, which is why it is important to be aware of the language that we use when we communicate. Language is also constantly changing and over the years the words and terms that are acceptable and appropriate to use in relation to varied sex, sexualities and gender identities have become more wide ranging and diverse.

So, the names of Federation's Restricted Committee, Special Interest Group, newsletter, Facebook group, website pages, email and other references to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ) matters will be updated to reflect current community use of the acronym LGBTIQ. This reflects current community use and is more inclusive than the terms currently used. Both the Restricted Committee Special Interest Group recommended the change.

Wear It Purple

School students and workplaces across Australia will once again show support for same-sex attracted and gender questioning, or "rainbow" young people, by wearing purple on August 28.

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Host a preview screening of GAYBY BABY

Schools can host a preview screening of the Australian documentary GAYBY BABY for students, teachers and their respective families on Wear It Purple Day. The film looks at lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender parenting from an observational perspective without entering the political debate around the issue.

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Human Rights report indicates homophobic and transphobic violence

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Australia continue to face unjust state-sanctioned discrimination, unacceptable levels of violence, harassment and bullying and a lack of visibility of the issues that directly affect them in accessing essential services, according to a new report released by Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson.

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Safe Schools

Young people, teachers, service providers and supporters passionate about creating safe and inclusive school communities for all same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, school staff and families participated in the National Safe Schools Symposium.

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Supporting marriage equality

LGBTIQ people should not be discriminated against based on their sex, sexuality or gender identity, and therefore supports marriage equality. The next Marriage Equality Rally to take place in Sydney will be held on Sunday August 9 at 1pm in front of Town Hall in George Street.

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Family Planning — Creating Supportive Schools

Any teacher keen to make a difference for same-sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse young people is invited to apply to attend Family Planning Creating Supportive Schools courses.

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Twenty10 — Here and Now Training

Here and Now is a one-day practical workshop for building confidence in working with young people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities. It offers you the opportunity to consider how you can best provide a welcoming and supportive service where young people feel safe to be themselves.

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LGBTIQ Special Interest Group

The SIG is open to any interested Federation member and is concerned with LGBTIQ issues and how these issues affect teachers and schools. The group meets once a term during lunch time at Council in a social atmosphere. One of the SIG's responsibilities is to discuss issues that affect LGBTIQ people both in schools and the community and to formalise recommendations for the Federation to act upon (recent examples include the use of the term LGBTIQ for the Restricted Committee, SIG, Facebook closed group, email and the newsletter; and the purchase of rainbow Federation banners to be used at future rallies, events and Mardi Gras).

The next meeting is scheduled for 12.30pm on Saturday September 4 at Teachers Federation House, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills. 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, or to join the group please email Teachers can also access information on LGBTIQ issues by accessing Federation's website.

Calendar entries

Wear it Purple Day

August 28

Intersex Awareness Day

October 26

Asexuality Awareness Week

Oct 26 - Nov 1

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


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 (02) 9217 2487 or 1300 654 367.

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


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