"Bills in the federal and New South Wales parliaments have sought to stop
teachers talking about gender and sexuality diversity in the name of either
religious freedom or parents’ rights.
If passed in its current form, the NSW Education Legislation Amendment
(Parental Rights) Bill 2020
would prohibit teachers from discussing gender and
sexuality diversity. It would also make offering targeted, requested support to
gender and sexuality diverse (often known as LGBTQ+) students grounds for
revoking teachers’ accreditation.
At NSW universities, the bill will mean programs that educate student teachers
about the existence of LGBTQ+ students and how best to support them at school
would be at risk of losing their accreditation. The same goes for registered
professional development of NSW teachers.
Such bills fail to acknowledge the daily realities for many LGBTQ+ youth. These
young people experience one of the highest rates of school bullying in the
Asia-Pacific and are almost five times more likely to attempt suicide than
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Partner, Glass Wings
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