Interrupting and challenging homophobia

The Safe Schools Coalition Australia is a network of organisations working with schools to create safer and more inclusive environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.

Mary Flaskas and Darby Car presented the first of three modules, in partnership with the IEU, on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 March.

While the program was the subject of some controversy last year, particularly from some conservative politicians and commentators, we believed that our members deserve the opportunity to listen to and discuss the issues first hand, so decisions could be based on evidence, not hearsay.

Across religions and cultures, there is a shared belief in the right of people to be safe, happy and healthy and to be treated with respect. As a Union, we believe in and trust the professional judgement of teachers and know that while some things may make us feel a little uncomfortable or take us out of our comfort zone, that can often be the catalyst for positive change.

The second of the three modules, Supporting Sexuality and Gender Diversity, will be presented at Ultimo on Wednesday 3 May and Penrith on Thursday 4 May. The third of the three modules, Interrupting and Challenging Homophobia, will be presented at Ultimo on Tuesday 6 June and Penrith on Wednesday 7 June.

Further information is available via our website

Karen Forbes
Professional Officer