LGBTIQ Newsletter Term 3 2018



It was great to catch up with members of the LGBTIQ Special Interest Group over lunch during Federation’s Annual Conference. The event takes place at the beginning of the school holidays and is an opportunity for LGBTIQ members who have travelled to Conference from all across the state to meet with others who are already in Sydney, or also attending Annual Conference. There were plenty of familiar faces, and quite a few new people attending which is fantastic to see as the lunch provides an informal and relaxed opportunity to meet others with similar interests.
If you are on social media you might like to keep your eyes peeled for Federation’s daily posts and countdown to our centenary. As part of the countdown LGBTIQ history and/or events have been featured and include actions taken by members and officers. So far we’ve seen new activists in the south west supporting marriage equality, rallies supporting Safe Schools and Federation’s general support of LGBTIQ legal rights. The countdown will continue until mid-September when Federation celebrates our 100th year!

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


Federation joins Newcastle’s Fair Day for Pride weekend!

Newcastle Pride is planning a pride celebration on the weekend of 24 – 26 August. Federation will be involved in the free Fair Day event on Saturday 25 August from 12pm – 5pm.

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Wear It Purple Day

This year Wear It Purple Day will be held on Friday, 31 August – with the theme “Empower Together” – to assist LGBTIQA+ students to feel welcome in their educational setting and see the acceptance of others.

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LGBTIQ survey – findings released in report

Workplace discrimination against LGBTIQA+ teachers remains a significant issue across NSW, according to a recent joint research project between Federation and Western Sydney University.

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New Crossroads Program to be released

On the 29 July, Education Minister Rob Stokes launched the NSW Department of Education program to replace Crossroads. The Department says the new course, Life Ready, aims to help students in years 11 and 12 avoid the most common traps of young adulthood.

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Federation joins ACON’s Welcome Here Program

For a number of years the Federation has been part of the ACON Safe Place program. This was a program initially designed as a community response to street-based homophobic violence.

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Pinnacle Foundation

The Pinnacle Foundation exists to give young LGBTIQ students the chance to achieve their full potential. As they say, “To light the spark within.”

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Bisexuality Day 

Bisexuality Day is being celebrated on 23 September and aims to provide bisexual people with recognition and to celebrate bisexual history, bisexual community and culture.

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Dates to remember

While Mardi Gras has come and gone, there are a number of important dates of significance throughout the year for the LGBTIQ community. For those starting to integrate LGBTIQ dates into the workplace/school calendar, IDAHOT and Wear It Purple are significant days that can be celebrated and/or acknowledged in schools.

Newcastle Pride, Fair Day

August 25

Wear it Purple Day

August 31

Bisexuality Day

September 23

Australian LGBTI History Month


International Lesbian Day

October 8

Intersex Awareness Day

October 26

Intersex Solidarity Day

November 8

International Day of Tolerance

November 16

Transgender Remembrance Day

November 20

World AIDS Day

December 1

Human Rights Day

December 10

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

March 15 – 2, 2019

Transgender Day of Visibility

March 3, 2019

Lesbian Visibility Day

April 26, 2019

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)

May 17, 2019

Pride Month

June, 2019

Non-Binary Peoples day

July 14, 2019



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 3 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 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 654 367.

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