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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced he will amend laws that allow schools to expel gay students. Joel Carrett/AAP

There’s no argument or support for allowing schools to discriminate against LGBTIQ teachers

Public opinion polls and a survey of Australian youth show there's little support for allowing schools to hire or fire teachers based on their sexual orientation.
It’s a mistake to think of coming out as a once-off declaration: many LGBTIQ+ people have to come out to new colleagues and workplaces again, and again, and again. Nadia Snopek/Shutterstock

Coming out at work is not a one-off event

When LGBTIQ+ people change jobs, gain new workmates or a new boss, they again must weigh up the risks of coming out. Inclusive workplaces realise the benefits of workers who can be their true selves.
Marchers at the 1978 Mardi Gras parade. Sally Colechin/The Pride History Group

Essays On Air: On the Sydney Mardi Gras march of 1978

On the Sydney Mardi Gras march of 1978. The Conversation, CC BY31.7 MB (download)
On a cold Saturday night in Sydney on June 24, 1978, a number of gay men, lesbians and transgender people marched into the pages of Australian social history. I was one of them.
It’s important to speak to your kids about the same-sex marriage debate, but how much and what will depend on their age and level of interest. Shutterstock

How to talk to your kids about today’s same-sex marriage postal survey result

Australia voted Yes to legalising same-sex marriage today, and it's more important than ever to talk to your children about same-sex marriage and relationships.
The gender binary does not adequately describe the experience of people who identify as genderqueer. Black Hill Design/www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is genderqueer?

Germaine Greer's comments that "post-operative transgender men are not women" have provoked outcry from transgender activists. So let's have a meaningful discussion about gender, sex and the complex relationship between the two.
Gay fathers like Jason Howe, left, and his husband Adrian Perez-Boluda - pictured with their three-year-old twin daughters in Los Angeles - can teach us a great deal about parenting beyond traditional roles. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

What gay fathers can teach us about feminism and parenthood

Gay fathers often operate outside traditional gender roles and provide a model of "conscious parenting" that could offer some important lessons to heterosexual partnerships.
Heterosexual students don’t benefit from not knowing about homosexuality. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Making schools safer and more welcoming for LGBTQI students

The Australian curriculum is completely silent on the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersexed (LGBTQI) students and discusses sexuality only in terms of the biological.

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