LGBTIQ Newsletter - November 2017



While Term 3 has often been considered the “quiet” term, with an absence of reports and school-based performances, this year's Term 3 seemed full of action with the marriage postal survey, associated campaigning as well as all of the other school activities crammed into the term.
Federation hopes that everyone has taken the time and action to take care of themselves, and used the holidays to rest, recuperate and recharge. If you need to reach out and access support, there are many services available including the Employee Assistance Program, the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW, BeyondBlue and Lifeline. ACON have also created the poster below to remind people how to practise self-care during the marriage postal survey (and beyond).

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


Marriage action

Federation has been involved in a number of activities calling for marriage equality, which was most recently reaffirmed by a decision of 2011 Annual Conference

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Survey risks

Federation commends the Department of Education for acknowledging the risk to student wellbeing posed by the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

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LGBTIQ survey

A large number of responses have been received to Federation’s survey of LGBTIQ members in conjunction with researchers at the University of Western Sydney

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History month

In other countries such as the UK and the US, there are well-established “history month” initiatives that educate people about LGBTIQ history and encourage teachers to incorporate LGBTIQ history and perspectives into teaching and learning

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Looking ahead

One area that can often benefit from further development is further integration of LGBTIQ perspectives into school policies, procedures and practises

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Mardi Gras 2018

There are two main events that the union will participate in to demonstrate our support of LGBTIQ members at Mardi Gras

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For the diary

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

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 is open to any interested member of Federation. It is concerned with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) issues and how these issues affect teachers and schools.

Meetings take place in Sydney, with the next one scheduled for 12.30pm Saturday, 25 November, 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 Federation on 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 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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