Queer Youth in the Macedon Ranges
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Queer Youth Group @ Macedon Ranges Health Youth Clinic Are you 12 to 21 years of age, and identify as same-sex attracted, bisexual, intersex, transgender, gender diverse, queer, questioning or ally? Do you live, work, study or recreate in Macedon Ranges? If so, we would love you to join our fortnightly queer youth social and support group! The group will be held every fortnight on a Wednesday from 4pm-6pm, starting on the 8thof June at …
LGBTQ+ Formal for Disadvantaged Teens in Enmore NSW
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GQA has received this message from Madeline Kenney, a member of the Rainbow Kids facebook group who is working on a LGBTQ+ formal in Enmore, NSW. Hi. My name is Madeline Kenny and I am currently running a campaign to fund a formal for disabled (and abled) teens in the LGBTQ+ community who have been disallowed by their schools to not attend their formals. You can help out by donating at the gofundme page: https://www.gofundme.com/3qunejhw …
Now there’s a surprise (Edit: they’ve lost the petition)
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EDIT: Apparently the petition being circulated around the government backbench has gone missing. Read more Here’s a surprise for our readers: Conservative politicians declare a review into Safe Schools is “a joke”, a “stitch up” and “a fraud.”. Fairfax reports the review of Safe Schools, performed by Emeritus Professor Bill Louden of the University of Western Australia has not fallen on sympathetic ears. The review was intended to be educational in nature; to query whether …
The burn!
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It looks like all the shouting at Safe Schools Coalition by the arch-conservative elements in the Liberal Party (together with other commentators) has backfired spectacularly. The Guardian today reports that 32 new schools nationwide have signed-up for the programme, with only one withdrawing due to outside pressure. “Since the announcement of the review there has been a spike in school membership nationally, with an additional 32 schools becoming registered and only one school deciding to …
ABC Media Request Lateline
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Tierney Bonini, a producer at ABC’s current affairs program Lateline,  is currently working on a story about young people growing up in Australia who are gender diverse; including their reflections on gender, as well as some of the challenges and joys they have experienced due to their gender identity. Tierney is wondering if any young people would be interested in sharing their story. They are looking for young people between the ages of 12 and 19 who are …
Working with Transgender & Gender Diverse Young People
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Rainbow Network and Zoe Belle Gender Collective (ZBGC) invite you to attend a half day training to increase your capacity to work with transgender and gender diverse young people. The training will provide you with new skills, the opportunity to network with other professionals in the sector and engage in conversations discussing best practice. This 101 training doesn’t require previous experiences or is great chance to refresh your knowledge. 17th MARCH 10am -12:30pm Latrobe University Teaching …
New State guidelines for transgender students and school sport
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Victorian schools will soon have to follow new participation guidelines aimed at tackling discrimination against transgender students in sport. Transgender students are often excluded from girls and boys teams, and can spend years on the sidelines while their classmates play sport. “The department continually ensures that its policies align with anti–discrimination legislation. This includes supporting schools in creating environments where transgender students are not discriminated against in sport.” Read more about it HERE
Would you let Cory Bernardi near your kids?
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Today, the Australian government decided they’d have a meeting. And in that meeting a bunch of ministers decided to save the children. Not just any children. The children who would be most hurt by learning that just because you’re different, doesn’t mean you’re someone to fear. They complained mainly about the “appropriateness” of asking school children to consider other viewpoints.
The scourge of equality
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In the Age newspaper today is a report about the STOP SAFE Schools Coalition, an apparently new group presumably against making schools safe for everyone who attends. Their Facebook page explains their manifesto: A page to get real information about the Australian Governments “Safe Schools Coalition” initiative and the danger it presents to all children. SSSC have posted on their Facebook page that their members should purchase tickets for Minus18’s Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal. PLEASE …
Trans* Pathways Survey
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Penelope Strauss is a researcher with the University of Western Australia, and she’s part of a team researching the mental health of trans young people and their parents and guardians. This research is a collaboration between the University of Western Australia, Telethon Kids Institute, Curtin University, YouthLink and the Freedom Centre. She writes: I am reaching out to you because my research team is currently conducting a study looking into the mental health and barriers to …