TASMANIAN GAY AND LESBIAN RIGHTS GROUP
Tuesday October 2nd 2012
GAY ADVOCATES WELCOME NEW TASMANIAN STATE SCHOOL RELATIONSHIPS AND SEXUALITY STRATEGY
Tasmanian gay community advocates have welcomed the release of the State Education Department’s new relationships and sexuality education strategy.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome said,
“We welcome the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues in the new strategy because having gay and lesbian relatives, or friends with gay parents, is a fact of life for many students of all ages.”
“Students are already surrounded by public discussion about same-sex relationships, so it is appropriate for schools to provide safe and structured environments for them to ask questions and receive unbiased information about these relationships.”
“The percentage of students who are same-sex attracted will also benefit from their relationships and sexuality being dealt with in an informed and non-judgemental way.”
Mr Croome said the release of the new strategy complements the Education Department’s efforts to challenge homophobia in the class room.
“The Tasmanian Education Department has led the nation in clamping down on homophobic bullying and discrimination, and the new strategy will complement those efforts.”
Mr Croome went on to say the release of the new strategy shows marriage equality will not lead to discussion of homosexuality in schools as some opponents of reform fear.
“Allowing same-sex marriage won’t lead to discussion of same-sex relationships in schools because that discussion is already happening”, he said.
Rodney Croome Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group. Australian Marriage Equality