Homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and intersexphobia continue to be major problems in education within Australia.
If you aren’t convinced about that, then might I suggest you read the disturbing results of this survey from the start of 2017:
There are several contributing factors to this appalling situation.
One of the most important are the exceptions provided to religious schools allowing them to discriminate against LGBT students, teachers and other staff in most jurisdictions. These exceptions are summarised in the following post:
Perhaps the most disappointing part of this is that we are all paying – in the literal sense – for this discrimination:
Although in 2019 there is an opportunity to push for the removal of the special privileges which allow religious schools to discriminate against LGBT students, teachers and other staff. Here is my post encouraging people to make submissions to the Senate Inquiry into this issue:
And my explanation of where things stand ahead of the federal election on Saturday 18 May 2019:
Another problem is that what is taught in schools – all schools – is not inclusive of LGBTI content, and therefore does not meet the needs of LGBTI students. This includes both the national Health & Physical Education curriculum:
And the NSW Personal Development, Health and Physical Education syllabus:
A third issue is the decision by the Liberal-National Commonwealth Government to continue wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on the dangerous and unjustified National School Chaplaincy Program:
This stands in contrast to their 2016 decision, under then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, to axe funding for the Safe Schools program, despite the fact that it was effective, evidence-based, age appropriate and cost a mere $8million over four years. It is now up to state and territory governments (and potentially a new Commonwealth Labor Government) to restore funding for this program: