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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.
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.
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.Read more
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.
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
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.