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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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Our families experience many forms of discrimination, and we don’t think that is OK. One of the ways Rainbow Families supports LGBTQ+ parents is to work to remove this discrimination for our community.
Cathy Brown has headed up our advocacy work for the past few years and had decided it is time to hand the reigns over to someone new. We have a position on our Board for a new advocacy lead.
- Working through the recommendations in our two reports into discrimination our families face from government
- Preparing submissions for parliamentary enquiries
- Consulting with our community to establish advocacy goals
- Working with other organisations to remove discrimination for LGBTQ+ families
- Leading our advocacy committee
If you are interested in taking on this advocacy position, please contact us.
At Rainbow Families we acknowledge families are created in various ways. We also acknowledge that not all parents identify as “mum” or “dad”, and some parents may be exploring their gender identity, or transitioning. We also acknowledge some parents may have a child or teenage who is exploring their gender identity, who may identify as transgender and/or non binary or gender diverse (TGD).
Here are some wonderful resources including some groups.
TransHub is a comprehensive resource for anyone with a TGD family member or friend, as well as for members of the TGD community.
For TGD parents
Rainbow Families Gender Diverse Parents Facebook Group
Trans and Gender Diverse folks and their supports and allies.
The Gender Centre
Relationship peer support
Australian TGD Peer Support has two groups. One is for those in the relationship, the other group is for non-transitioning partners and ex partners. There are also a number of parents in these groups as well.
There is also a full list of resources on this page.
For parents who have children or teens who are trans and/or gender diverse
Parents of Gender-Diverse Children
For YOUR parents
Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG) who, despite the name, do cover families of TGD people as well.
The NSW Gender Centre run groups specifically for parents.
We hope this helps!
Rainbow Families is launching a new advocacy campaign - for law reform in relation to surrogacy laws and the status of parents whose children are born overseas.
For children born through international surrogacy their parents aren’t necessarily their legal parents. Under Australian law, parents raising their own children are not recognised as legal parents sometimes, leaving some children with less legal rights than their peers. We believe all children deserve equal rights. We want to make legal parentage easily transferred to parents who use international surrogacy to create their family.
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.
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.
Rainbow Families is excited to share an amazing video created by our community for our community about postnatal depression in our community.
This project has been ongoing for a number of years with research conducted at our playgroup in 2015. This led to an information booklet being created for our community to show that postnatal depression can affect LGBTIQ+ parents and carers, and what to do if you are affected by postnatal depression or anxiety.
Following on from the booklet, midwife educator Janet Broady continued to work on the project, creating this amazing video.