Supporting GLBTI students

Supporting GLBTI students

Many teachers and school counsellors feel overwhelmed and underprepared for when a student discloses their sexual orientation or gender identity. A recent Australian study, "Writing Themselves In 3", written by Lynne Hiller, found that young people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities (including those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and gender questioning) are less likely to attempt suicide or self harm if they are greeted with a positive response to their identity.

Rejection from peers, parents and family members based on sexual orientation or gender identity is still a reality for many young people. They have the challenge of developing their sense of self and wellbeing in a world that is predominantly judgmental and unsupportive. As a result, a disproportionate number of same-sex attracted or gender diverse young people end up homeless, misusing alcohol or other drugs, and/or with poor mental health outcomes, including self harm and suicidality. This highlights a critical duty of care for teachers and school counsellors in responding positively if and when a student discloses their sexual orientation or gender identity, also known as ‘coming out’.

This is a two hour seminar accredited with Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) for maintenance of accreditation at Proficient. This seminar is presented by the NSWTF Trade Union Training and Terence Humphreys from Twenty10 will introduce you to the basics of same-sex attraction and gender diversity, what the latest research reflects, as well as outlining better-practice principles for responding positively to students who disclose their identity.

Supporting Safe Schools

Many school teachers may feel ill equipped to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ) students and seek guidance on how to tackle homophobia, and create a safe and inclusive educational environment.

This 2 hour seminar covers topics including the motivations for being a safe school, how to support LGBTIQ students, and provide the opportunity for participants to transfer knowledge gained in their own educational setting.

The seminar will also cover practical strategies and frameworks for understanding sexuality and gender identity, coming out and challenging a variety of homophobic behaviours in young people.

Inclusive Practice for Trans and Gender Diverse Students in School Settings

This 2 hour seminar aims to develop participants knowledge of gender diversity and assist teachers in establishing and implementing inclusive practices for trans and gender diverse students in order to engage and support students in school settings.

The seminar also aims to improve teachers understandings and knowledge of relevant legislative requirements and system/school processes that can support gender diverse students in order to ensure their wellbeing and safety in school environments.


Applications for the seminar are available on our website or by contacting Trade Union Training on (02) 9217 2198.

Online Application

If you require any further information or have other enquiries, please contact Mel Smith, Trade Union Training Officer, on 1300 654 369, (02) 9217 2100 or email

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