As students across the country zip up their backpacks and get on the bus for anther day at school, many will have more to focus on than memorising their schedules or making it to homeroom on time.
A new partnership between the AIDS Action Council of the ACT and newly established LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) youth project Encampment has just been signed by both organisations will see a bright future for many of Canberra’s LGBTIQ young people.
Do you want a safe space where you can meet other LGBTIQ young people, have fun and talk about stuff?
SPECTRUM is a group for 16-25yo LGBTIQ young people.
Meets fortnightly on Mondays (1st & 3rd of month) 4.30pm - 6.00pm at headspace in Queanbeyan
Contact Nat at headspace for more dets.
Headspace is committed to celebrating diverse sexualities & gender identities and promoting positive images & perceptions of LGBTIQ young people.
Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the Youth Mental Health Initiative.
Politician says anti-bullying campaign is a 'gay plot' to promote homosexual lifestyles and turn gay kids into 'celebrities' at school! A former Christian pastor and politician described an anti-bullying campaign as a 'gay lifestyle promotion program.'
The Safe Schools Coalition which recently lauched in Canberra by Sexual Health & Family Planning ACT is under attack by Christian groups. Groups like Family Voice and the Australian Christian Lobby have launched a campaign against the program and are busy recruiting people of faith and MPs to their cause.
Over 95% of students aged 12-15 want secondary schools to offer LGBTI workshops, according to a study commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Rainbow Youth. In 2013, Rainbow Youth's diversity education workshops which have been around since the 1990s but never formally evaluated...
LGBTQ Youth Study Reveals That It Really 'Does Get Better' Over Time. - Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning adolescents who face bullying and other types of abuse have been told in the media, "It gets better" - and new research supports that claim.
Did you come out at school? More students and young people are coming out as sexuality or gender diverse during their school years.
Young people are not waiting until they go to Uni or leave home, or move to the big city. This means schools need to develop solid practice responses. This can include treating the young person with respect, offering support appropriate to the individual student and creating a safe school environment free from bullying, harassment, homophobia, and transphobia.
In July there will be a workshop on “Developing Good Practice Responses and Protocols for LGBTIQ Young People in Schools and Youth settings ”. The workshop will be for the school community, teachers, school counselors, and youth workers. It is being developed and presented by a consortium of organisations that want to work together for a positive change for LGBTIQ young people in the ACT. This includes Northside Community Services, headspace, AIDS Action Council, Sexual Health & Family Planning, A Gender Agenda and the Youth Coalition.
In 2014, students and young people should be supported appropriate to their individual needs. The LGBTIQ communities have often identified school as a very difficult place to negotiate successfully. On the positive side students, young people, schools, teachers, counselors, and parents are wanting good quality information, support, and advice so they can do things right. This workshop will help identify what needs to be done to get it right for LGBTIQ students and young people in the ACT.
“I was a youth worker contacted by a school where a fifteen year old student had told a teacher he was gay. I was not able to see the student for seven weeks because the school felt it had to check if this was a reportable matter under child protection legislation. When I finally spoke to the student he had just wanted to talk to someone, he had never kissed anyone or had sex. He did not have a problem about being gay. He just wanted some support about telling his family and friends.”
There will be more workshops and opportunities for students and young people to have their say in the next few months, including the opportunity for parents to talk about the support they need.
For further information about the workshops,contact the Facilitator, Suzanne Eastwood at Northside Community Services 6257 2255.
There is more information in this Australian report. Growing Up Queer, Issues Facing Young Australians Who Are Gender Variant and Sexuality Diverse at: youngandwellcrc.org.au
Ms Harriet Horsfall has been announced as the 2016 Queensland Rhodes Scholar. The first alumni from The Pinnacle Foundation to receive the honour, Harriet joins a small group of just nine 2016 Rhodes scholars in Australia.
Harriet recently graduated with first-class honours from the School of Justice at the Queensland University of Technology. She also received prizes in five different subjects. Harriet was awarded a Pinnacle Foundation scholarship and paired with a mentor in 2011 in order for her to complete her education. She is one of many alumni who are making an outstanding impact on the LGBTIQ* community.
USA : In a few weeks, Chase Culpepper will go to her local DMV in and pose for her driver's license photo. This rite of passage, however, will have special significance. This week, Culpepper, who identifies as a transgender girl, won the right to wear makeup in her identification photo.