Schools need to do their homework too to be inclusive for LGBTQI families.
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Schools don't always know how to support LGBTQI+ parented families. Here are some suggestions for how they can.
The first Sydney Mardi Gras in 1978 was a defining moment in the history of LGBTIQ rights in Australia.
Research shows awareness-raising days can have long-term impact if they have a clear call to action, leverage the passion of those involved, or target policy-makers.
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.
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.
Revellers celebrate Sydney Mardi Gras. Oxford Street has been the centre of LGBTQI celebration and activism since the 1970s.
Sydney's LGBTQI heartland has moved and changed over time, but the importance of urban space to queer communities remains a constant.
A scene from ‘Inxeba’.
The banned film Inxeba certainly deserves more than to languish in the mire of South African scandal.
Marchers at the 1978 Mardi Gras parade.
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On the Sydney Mardi Gras march of 1978.
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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.
LGBTQi+-inclusive sexuality education reduces negative stereotypes and biases, creating a safer school environment for LGBTQi+ students.
Leaving young people to figure sexuality and sex out themselves could result in ill-informed decision-making, and withholds knowledge that is their right to have.
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.
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 ethical mindfield of AI gaydar.
The current push towards AI categorisation of people is in danger of embedding a binary view of society.
Pride in Bogota.
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Conflict resolution across the world frequently leaves LGBT citizens behind.
Aaron Pedersen as Cam Delray in Jack Irish. In 1999, Pederson was one of two Indigenous actors on Australian TV.
Indigenous representation in TV dramas has surged, but other culturally diverse groups are still under-represented on screen.
BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival
The need for lesbian love stories that aren’t doomed is just as great now as it has ever been.
Alex Gino’s book tells the story of Melissa, a ten-year-old girl who the world sees as a boy named George.
George tells the story of Melissa, a ten-year-old girl who the world sees as a boy named George. Such books will, hopefully, move from being anomalies to part of the status quo.
Violence plays out in highly gendered ways. But many more factors are at play.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people experience family and sexual violence at rates similar to, or higher than, heterosexual women.
The gender binary does not adequately describe the experience of people who identify as genderqueer.
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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.
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.
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.