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We asked what matters – here’s how you responded to the 2021 Rainbow Families Survey

We asked what matters – here’s how you responded to the 2021 Rainbow Families Survey

Late last year as part of their company-wide Impact Day, Deloitte carried out some research with Rainbow Families to better understand our members and supporters. We are very grateful to the hundreds of LGBTQ+ parents who took the time to participate!

The research gave us some valuable insights into the wide diversity of family types that look to Rainbow Families for support. It confirmed our awareness that there is no “one size fits all” type of family. There are blended families, families just starting on the journey of parenthood, multi-generational families and sole parent families. Families with lesbian mums, gay dads, bi-parents and trans and gender diverse parents.

One thing that came across very strongly is the way the needs of our children changes as they navigate the milestones of growing up. Many commented that while playgroups and other community networks provided wonderful reinforcement for Rainbow Family children, entering primary school can then mean having to confront a range of challenges.

An important thing for kids in primary school according to many participants is children having confidence and pride in their family. This is helped by having connections with families “just like them”.

The teenaged years also bring new challenges as many teenagers do not want to “stick out” as different. Resources and support for teenagers are something many families are looking to access.

Many participants also highlighted the difficulties of living in regional and rural areas, where there may not be the kind of LGBTQ+ community that exists in places like Sydney.

Overall, the survey highlighted that “community”, “Inclusion” and “support” during every stage of the journey in becoming a Rainbow Family is what really matters. These are definitely front and centre of our thinking ahead for 2021 as we finalise the events, resources and other activities we’re planning.

 

 


Help Stop The Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020

Mark Latham has introduced another piece of legislation that directly attacks LGBTQ+ people. The Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020 harms trans and gender diverse students by denying their existence and preventing teachers and counsellors from supporting them. It allows parents to withdraw their child from a class or program which tells them LGBTQ+ people are just like everyone else.

The bill threatens a quality education system that provides an inclusive and supportive environment for ALL children.  Learning to understand and accept others who are different is a core part of the school years.

We need your help to stop this harmful Bill.

 

The NSW Parliament has allowed One Nation NSW Leader Mark Latham to chair an inquiry into his own Bill! The inquiry is now accepting submissions through this online questionnaire.

While you can complete the questionnaire as you wish we suggest answering question 1, saying you oppose the Bill in question 2 and then share a story about a teacher who made a difference to you or someone you love in question 8.

Have your say now

Rainbow Families has been invited to make a submission into this bill and our wonderful volunteer equality team are busy working on this to make sure our voices are heard.

If you would like to share your story for us to use in our submission you can here

 

Every student in NSW should have the opportunity to reach their potential, to learn with their peers, and feel a sense of belonging in their school.

In the last few months especially, we have seen the level of care that teachers put into their jobs. Our teachers often go above and beyond to make sure their students feel included and cared for in their school. This Bill explicitly threatens to punish teachers that welcome and support trans and gender diverse students.

This Bill: 

  • prohibits schools from teaching that trans and gender diverse people exist and should be treated with respect;
  • prohibits school counsellors from affirming a trans or gender diverse student or providing them with any support or referrals to gender affirming support;
  • puts teachers at risk of losing their job when they support a trans or gender diverse student in affirming their identity;
  • eshrines biological fallacies, describing intersex people as disordered;
  • allows parents to deny their children access to lessons in public schools which may contradict their political, social or personal values, including their views about LGBTQ+ people; 
  • requires schools to present discredited counter narratives when teaching classes like science or history.  For example, discussing creationism when teaching evolution, raising anti-vaccination theories when teaching about immunisation, or raising racist ideologies to explain the over representation of First Nations people in prison.

 


One Nation NSW Religion Bill - What You Can Do

One Nation has introduced a bill in the NSW Parliament which contains a number of alarming provisions which could have a range of really negative impacts for our families.

In NSW, our families already can face discrimination in faith-based education and community settings.

The Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 would expand these significantly.

  • The Bill would give protection to religious activities that vilify our families;
  • Faith-based foster-care organisations could challenge NSW Government policies that require them not to discriminate against prospective LGBTQ foster carers;
  • Faith-based organisations will be able to discriminate on the grounds of religion in employment, education and service delivery, even when receiving public funding;
  • it will be almost impossible for government and non-government employers, educators and professional and licencing bodies to foster inclusive cultures, or meet shareholder, customer or community expectations, when their employees or members use their religion privately to hurt others
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Family Violence Prevention - Community Consultation

Rainbow Families and Prosper (Project Australia) have received funding via the Australian Government’s Community-led Projects to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children grant round, to work within the extended community of LGBTIQA+ families to deliver a number of community education campaigns to prevent violence.

We are seeking your input to determine key themes and issues for these campaigns.

Our project will run within the community of LGBTIQA+ families, particularly those with children.

We would be grateful if you could complete the following questions with as much detail as you can.

Have your say here

 

 

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Advocacy Update

Recently, the Rainbow Families Advocacy team had a meeting with the Office of the Prime Minister in relation to our Love (Still) Makes a Family report.

This was an exciting development for us, and a great chance for us to ensure that the issues impacting our families are being seen at the highest levels of government.

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Religious discrimination bills update

Towards the end of last year, the Government released a second draft of the religious discrimination bills. For our families, these Bills are even worse than the first drafts.

While Rainbow Families strongly supports people being protected from discrimination on the basis of their religion (or no religion), these Bills would allow people and organisations to discriminate against our families by allowing discriminatory behaviour, and refusing services and accommodation. The drafts also over-ride existing anti-discrimination protections.

Along with Rainbow Families Victoria and Rainbow Families Queensland, we made a second submission to the Government about our concerns. Check it out here.

But as a community, we still need to let our elected representatives know about how these Bills will affect our families and ask them not to support the proposed legislation.

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Religious Discrimination Submission

We have been working with Rainbow Families Queensland and Rainbow Families Victoria on a joint submission into the Religious Discrimination Bill. 

We do not support the Bills in their current form

The 2nd exposure draft has not only failed to adequately address the many community concerns raised about the first exposure draft but now contains even more troubling elements that will encourage and licence others to discriminate against our families.

Because of our community’s diversity there are endless possibilities of where discriminatory comments could impact our access to health care, education, good or services in our day to day lives.

  • Our children who should not, and should never be, discriminated against because of who they are, how they were created or what kind of family they come from, a family with sole parents, divorced parents and from a rainbow family where one or more parents or carers is LGBTIQ+.
  • Any health service of any description receiving government funding should not be allowed to discriminate based on a person’s sexuality, gender diversity, family structure or relationship status.
  • Any educational institution of any description receiving government funding should not be allowed to discriminate based on a person’s sexuality, gender diversity, family structure or relationship status.
  • As lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer, transgender or gender diverse, non-binary community members and/or as intersex people, we should not be discriminated against based on our sex, gender identity, sexuality, relationship status including polyamorous relationships, or marital status.

 

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Australia's Family Law System

Rainbow Families has made a submission to the Federal Parliament's Joint Select Committee on Australia's Family Law System. In preparing our response, we surveyed members of our community about their experiences and views on issues as raised in the terms of reference affecting our community:

  • The financial costs to families of family law proceedings
  • The impact of family law proceedings on the health safety and wellbeing of children and families
  • Avenues to improve the performance and monitoring of professionals involved in family law proceedings

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Family Law System Submission

Rainbow Families has been invited to contribute to the Federal Parliament's Joint Select Committee on Australia's Family Law System. You might recall that there was a comprehensive Australian Law Reform Commission review of the Family Law system in 2018 which resulted in detailed recommendations. The Federal Government has not responded to those recommendations, instead agreeing to Pauline Hanson's demand for a further review of the family law system. You may have heard media about Senator Hanson's personal views about the roles of men and women in family law proceedings. In particular she has sought to minimise the impact of domestic and family violence.
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What’s Happening with the Laws around Religious Freedom?

At the end of August, the Morrison Government released draft legislation that would provide new privileges to people of faith, and override existing protections from discrimination for LGBTIQ+ people and our families.

 

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