A group of Anglican schools, many of them very prominent schools in Sydney, have written an open letter to Parliament, wanting to retain the right to expel children and young people who are same sex attracted and to dismiss or not employ teachers or other staff who are, or who do not espouse the ‘Christian values’ of the school.
Many members of our community are alumni of these schools, or have children attending these schools, or teach or have taught or worked in these schools.
We need to let these schools know that their own school communities don’t tolerate discrimination.
If you are a member of these school communities, we are urging you to write to the Principal and to tell them that schools should not be able to discriminate against LGBTIQ+ people and our families.
Tips on writing the letter
Start off by letting the Principal know how you’re connected to the school
Are you a parent of a current child, alumni, former staff member? Did your parents or other family attend this school?
Tell your story
Personal stories are much more effective than proforma emails. Let them know how this affects you and your family on a personal level.
Discrimination is not a part of the Christian ethos. And expelling children because of who they are, or refusing their enrolment because of who their parents are, goes against every tenet of the Christian faith.
Send a copy of your letter to your Federal MP
This legislation is going to come before the Parliament, and our MPs need to know just how this actually affects kids and families that they represent.
You can look up contact details for Federal MPs and Senators here.
Please also send us a copy of the letter
Rainbow Families would like to compile personal stories about how this affects our community. Let us know if you would rather be anonymous.