LGBTIQ Newsletter Term 1 2019



Welcome to the new LGBTIQ newsletter. As a member of the LGBTIQ SIG, you will continue to receive Federation’s LGBTIQ newsletter. But there are some small changes. The newsletter will now link to articles and information previously published by Federation over the course of the Term. We’ll publish them as they happen on our website, and collate them for you in this newsletter. You will also receive specific information about upcoming events or issues as they arise (as you do now), and emails from the LGBTIQ SIG will stay at around two per term.

The start of this term has been very busy, with many SIG members involved in Mardi Gras workshop days, where we created rainbow wings for those members marching with Federation’s float. We looked fantastic on the night and it was great to see lots of new SIG members as part of the float! SIG members also volunteered at Federation’s stall at Fair Day and promoted LGBTIQ matters in public education, and broader union campaigns around the funding of TAFE and schools.

This year we have also created rainbow Federation badges, which Organisers will be distributing to SIG members throughout term 2. We have also created new (soft copy) rainbow Federation posters for people to print and place on Federation noticeboards and other places, which are included in this newsletter.

We are also working to create resources for teachers to increase the visibility of LGBTIQ matters, and hope to have these available later in the year.

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


Federation shows its colours at Mardi Gras

An estimated 500,000 spectators lined the footpaths, rooftops and balconies of Oxford Street to cheer on more than 12,500 marchers celebrating Sydney’s LGBTIQ communities on Saturday, 2 March.

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Book Reviews

George By Alex Gino and Wrestle! By Charlotte Mars, Maya Newell and Gus Skattebol-James have both been recently reviewed for Federation's journal.

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Transgender Day of Visibility

On 31 March, Federation marked International Transgender Day of Visibility, an annual day to celebrate transgender people around the globe and acknowledge the courage it takes to live openly and authentically as a trans person. The day is also used to raise awareness around discrimination and violence that trans people still face in their daily lives.

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Association LGBTIQ contact

Every year Associations elect members into a range of positions to ensure the smooth running of the local body, and to share information on specific matters in which Federation is involved. One such position is the LGBTIQ Association Contact and members may be interested in standing for this position.

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LGBTIQ special interest group poster

Download and display our new LGBTIQ Special Interest Group poster for your staff room.

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Fair Day

Federation celebrated the start of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with its stand at Fair Day. The union hosted a stall at the event to communicate our support of LGBTIQ communities and celebrate our LGBTIQ members.

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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.

Day of Silence (USA)

April 12

International Day of Families

May 15

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)

May 17

Pride month


Wear it Purple Day

August 30

Bisexuality Day

September 23

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


LGBTIQ Special Interest Group

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

Meetings take place in Sydney, with the next one scheduled for 12.30pm on Saturday 5 May 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 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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