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Your school principal, teachers and all staff should respect, value and understand children and young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning (LGBTIQ+).
Homophobic and transphobic bullying must be addressed with student well-being at the forefront of decision making.
The Queensland Department of Education and Training has an Inclusive Education policy statement which states that all school sectors must provide all students with access to high-quality schooling that is free from discrimination. Their document Diversity in Queensland Schools - Information for Principals has key features:
- Language use and definitions e.g. intersex
- Links to legislation e.g. the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991
- Strategies for schools e.g. trans students to have a say in toileting issues
If your school is not supporting you or your child, you should contact your Department of Education regional office for help and advice.
Start a parent support group
“Eleven in 100 Australians are of diverse sexual orientation, sex or gender identity” (Human Rights Commission). This means approximately three students in a school class of 28 and eleven teachers in every 100 may identify as LGBTIQ+. The number of same-sex couple families is also increasing.
If you and your child have “come out”, you may find other parents in your school to have a conversation with. You could form a parent support group that could offer help and advice to the school principal as well as other parents.