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Ensure schools are safe spaces for LGBTQ+ students and teachers

TAKE AWAY THE POWER OF SCHOOLS TO SACK LGBTQ+ TEACHERS
TAKE AWAY THE POWER OF SCHOOLS TO EXPEL LGBTQ+ STUDENTS OR RAINBOW CHILDREN
 
Sign our petition to the Prime Minister demanding that LGBTQ+ teachers and students, and the children of rainbow families, be protected from discrimination, firing or expulsion on the basis of who they are.

Imagine being fired from your job because of your gender or sexuality. 

Imagine being fired from your job because of the gender or sexuality of your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend or partner. 

Not because of anything you did or said, but because of who you are.  

Imagine your child being expelled from school, not because of anything they did or said, but because of who they are. Or because of who their parents are. Because of their gender or sexuality.

All the above scenarios are possible, and some have been reported to have already occurred, under current law. Many LGBTQ+ teachers go to work each day fearful of losing their jobs. 

Three years ago, PM Scott Morrison promised to change the law to ensure that no student at any school could be expelled on the basis of their sexuality, or the sexuality of their parents.

“Our government does not support expulsion of students from religious non-state schools on the basis of their sexuality,” he said. The PM promised legislation that “will give all students and parents the certainty they require... in the next fortnight.”  

Three years later LGBTQ+ teachers and students are still waiting for that certainty.

Legislation before parliament right now, in the form of the Religious Discrimination Bill, creates even more uncertainty for LGBTQ+ parents and LGBTQ+ teachers and students, and may erode their protection from discrimination, firing and expulsion even further. 

It's time to give rainbow families and the LGBTQ+ community certainty, and protection from discrimination, in all schools and education settings. 

Sign our petition today to ensure schools are safe spaces for rainbow families, LGBTQ+ students and teachers.

Dear Prime Minister

We, the undersigned, demand that commonwealth legislation clearly protects the rights of LGBTQ+ teachers and students, and the children of LGBTQ+ parents. 

We demand that your Government act to:
* Remove existing exemptions in the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act that allow students and staff to be discriminated against in faith-based schools because of their sexual orientation, gender identify or relationship status.

* Ensure no aspect of the Religious Discrimination Bill currently before parliament enables or increases the likelihood of discrimination toward adults or children on the basis of sexuality or gender.
* Create a Gender Identity, Sexuality and Intersex Status Commissioner or an LGBTIQ+ equivalent as part of the Australian Human Rights Commission, to help protect the rights of teachers and students and others in the community.

We respectfully remind you that:
1. 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;

2. The children of LGBTQ+ parents 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.

3. 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;

4. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender diverse, and / or nonbinary community members should not be discriminated against based on sex, gender identity, sexuality, or relationship status.

We look forward to your swift action to ensure LGBTQ+ Australians are able to live, work, study, attend school and play, without fear of exclusion or discrimination.

Thank you 

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