LGBTIQ Newsletter Term 3 2019



Term four is usually an eventful time, with a variety of pre-planning and celebrations for the end of the year – from kindy transitions to year 12 graduations, as well as presentation and award nights and school performances.

Throughout the term we also start pre-planning for the year ahead which is a great opportunity to reflect on current policy and practice in order to ensure that it is inclusive. Under the Department’s Wellbeing Framework for Schools, all schools need to seek to meet the safety, emotional and wellbeing needs for all students including those who are LGBTIQ and/or in LGBTIQ families. Classroom programming can also ensure that a diverse range of perspectives are included in the topics covered – including those of diverse gender, sexuality, race, culture and geographic backgrounds, to mention a few.

Spending some time reflecting on the content of your programs could go a significant way to ensure more students in your class feel seen and recognise themselves in the content covered. Federation's library is a starting point to search for resources that can be incorporated into your teaching and learning programs.

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


Member presence at Pride events telegraphs support to LGBTIQ people

Federation has been involved in a number of regional Pride and LGBTIQ related celebrations this year and encourages local associations to be active and engage in these community events.

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Book Review - The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus is a true story of two young people whose paths cross one day with significant impact. This book would make for excellent discussion in a range of senior classrooms including, but not limited to, Society and Culture, Legal Studies, Modern History and English.

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Bi+ Visibility Day

Bisexuality Day, also known as Bi+ Visibility or Bi Pride Day, was celebrated on 23 September, and provided bisexual people with recognition and a chance to celebrate bisexual history, community and culture.

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Be inclusive every day

Days of LGBTIQ recognition seek to celebrate or bring visibility to particular issues that are specific to LGBTIQ communities.

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Teachers signal their support for an inclusive society

Members have been volunteering to work on Federation stalls at several local LGBTIQ-related celebrations, including Newcastle Pride’s recent Fair Day.

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Wear It Purple Day 2019

Federation joined with more than 750 schools, universities, community organisations and workplaces to celebrate Wear It Purple Day, and to show young rainbow people that they have respect, acceptance and support.

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Book Review - So You Want To Talk About Race

Have you ever sat down to read a book, but found that instead of reading the book, it somehow absorbed into your psyche and changed something deep within?

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Dates to remember

There are a number of important dates of significance throughout the year for the LGBTIQ community that can be provide opportunities to integrate LGBTIQ dates into the workplace/school calendar.

Intersex Solidarity Day

8 November

International Day of Tolerance

16 November

Transgender Remembrance Day

20 November

World AIDS Day

1 December

Human Rights Day

10 December

Fair Day

16 February 2020

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

29 February 2020



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 15 February 2020  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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