LGBTI Education

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:

The State of Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia: Part 4, Discrimination in Education


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:

Back to School, Back to Discrimination for LGBT Students and Teachers


Perhaps the most disappointing part of this is that we are all paying – in the literal sense – for this discrimination:

Who Pays for Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia?


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:

Protecting LGBT Students and Teachers Against Discrimination

And my explanation of where things stand ahead of the federal election on Saturday 18 May 2019:

What ever happened to protecting LGBT students against discrimination? An explainer.


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:

Letter to Minister Pyne Calling for COAG to Reject Health & Physical Education Curriculum Due to Ongoing LGBTI Exclusion


And the NSW Personal Development, Health and Physical Education syllabus:

Every Student. Every School. Submission on Draft NSW Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) K-10 Syllabus


Invisibility in the Curriculum


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:

Dear Joe Hockey, $245 million for School Chaplains? You Cannot be Serious


Treasurer Frydenberg, Please Abolish the 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:

Saving Safe Schools