AEU Queer Group

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The AEU Queer Group exists to support schools in Tasmania to become places where LGBTIQA+ people feel safe and supported – where every family can belong, every teacher can teach, and every student can learn. To create a supportive and inclusive education sector where diversity is celebrated. And to build connection and community while we’re at it. 

AEU Queer Group members are proud to stand with our trans community against the rise in anti-trans hate and political activism by the far-right. We have zero tolerance for transphobia in AEU member spaces or wherever it rears its ugly head!

The AEU is committed to providing support and resources to LGBTIQA+ teachers, parents, students and the broader community! Get in touch if you’re looking for a resource and let’ see if we can point you in the right direction!

AEU Federal Sexual Orientation, Gender Identify and Intersex PolicyThe Australian Education Union is committed to protecting the industrial and professional and civil rights of its members and the rights of all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTIQ) people throughout the world.Gender, Identity, Sexuality and Diversity PolicyMore Info
Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools and CollegesThe Guidelines for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools and Colleges ensure all young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex are included and supported in education in Tasmania.Teachers as Workers, Gender, Identity, Sexuality and Diversity PolicyMore Info
Guidelines for Inclusive LanguageThese guidelines have been developed to provide Department of Education (DoE) staff and students with advice regarding inclusive languageGender, Identity, Sexuality and Diversity Policy, Teachers as WorkersMore Info
Learners First Strategic PlanThe Strategic Plan provides DoE with a shared commitment to Tasmania’s learners; shared values; shared goals to improve learning outcomes;Gender, Identity, Sexuality and Diversity PolicyMore Info
Respectful Schools and Workplaces Strategic FrameworkThe 2018–2021 Department of Education Strategic Plan, Learners First: Every Learner, Every Day provides us with a shared commitment to inspire and support all learners to succeed as connected, resilient, creative and curious thinkers.Gender, Identity, Sexuality and Diversity PolicyMore Info
Combating Bullying Fact SheetEvery student has the right to feel safe and respected at school regardless of their background, circumstances or experiences.Gender, Identity, Sexuality and Diversity PolicyMore Info
Respectful Schools respectful behaviourThis resource supports the Guide for Inclusive Practice. The Guide outlines leadership actions and provides examples of evidence to support schools to continuously improve inclusive practices to ensure all students learn, contribute and participate meaningfully in all aspects of the life of the school.Gender, Identity, Sexuality and Diversity PolicyMore Info
Diversity in Tasmanian Public schoolsThe Department of Education celebrates diversity among our students, knowing that diversity deepens learning for everyone.Gender, Identity, Sexuality and Diversity PolicyMore Info
Department of Education, TasmaniaAs an employer, the Department of Education in Tasmania has the responsibility to provide a safe working environment for its employees. The Department has a number of documents that aim to deal with sexual and gender diversity in schools that can be accessed from the Department’s website:Teachers as WorkersMore Info
Equal Opportunity TasmaniaDiscrimination against someone because of their sex or sexuality (i.e. you are gay or lesbian; someone thinks you are gay or lesbian; or because you have a relative, friend, associate or work colleague who is gay or lesbian, or someone thinks they are gay or lesbian) is against the law – including in employment. It is also generally against the law in Tasmania to treat someone unfairly or harass them because they transgender, or because they have a relative, friend, associate or work colleague who is transgender.Teachers as Workers, Teachers as EducatorsMore Info
Australian Human Rights CommissionInformation about LGBTI people’s human rights as well as information from projects and publications by the Human Rights Commission are accessible on their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Equality webpage.Teachers as WorkersMore Info
Gay and Lesbian Rights LobbyFacts sheets and links are available on the Gay and lesbian Rights Lobby website. The information provided informs people that lesbians and gay men are protected from workplace discrimination, harassment, vilification and unlawful termination by federal and state laws.Teachers as WorkersMore Info
beyondblueThere are a number of fact sheets available at beyondblue which highlight the factors that affect LGBTI people.Teachers as WorkersMore Info
All of Us – Safe Schools Coalition AustraliaAll Of Us is an innovative new teaching and learning resource that aims to increase students’ understanding and awareness of gender diversity, sexual diversity and intersex topics. It is funded by the Australian Government, and has been jointly developed by Safe Schools Coalition Australia and Minus18. The resource captures the real life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people through a collection of short videos and teaching activities that are aligned to the Year 7/8 Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian Curriculum.Teachers as WorkersMore Info
Australian Human Rights Commission: rightsEdThe Australian Human Rights Commission’s human rights education resources for teachers – rightsED – aims to help students develop a critical understanding of human rights and responsibilities, as well as developing the attitudes, behaviours and skills to apply them in everyday life.Teachers as EducatorsMore Info
Family Planning TasmaniaFamily Planning Tasmania offers school and youth programs providing best practice Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) to Tasmanian students from K – 12, including alternative education and post-compulsory education. All programs are developed to suit clients, include content as directed and can complement the scope, sequence and learning outcomes of the National Australian HPE Curriculum where applicable.Teachers as EducatorsMore Info
PridentityPridentity stands for pride + identity and is an education program to help students become informed about sexuality and sexual diversity, the myths and facts about same-sex attraction and transgender issues, homophobia and bullying, and gender stereotypes.Teachers as EducatorsMore Info
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)GLSEN is the leading American education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. GLSEN has a range of resources and programs that can be helpful in creating safe and inclusive learning environments including:Teachers as EducatorsMore Info
Day of SilenceGLSEN’s Day of Silence involves hundreds of thousands of students across the world take a vow of silence on a Friday in April. This powerful, student-led action raises awareness about the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination.Teachers as EducatorsMore Info
Ready Set Respect! – Elementary ToolkitGLSEN developed Ready, Set, Respect! to provide tools to support elementary educators. The kit provides a set of tools that will help to prepare to teach about respect and includes lesson plans that can help to seize teachable moments. The lessons focus on name-calling, bullying and bias, LGBT-inclusive family diversity and gender roles and diversity.Teachers as EducatorsMore Info
Safe Space KitThe Safe Space Kit is GLSEN’s Guide to Being an Ally to LGBT Students. The guide provides concrete strategies that help support LGBT students, educate about anti-LGBT bias and advocate for changes in schools.Teachers as EducatorsMore Info
ThinkB4YouSpeakThe ThinkB4YouSpeak campaign aims to raise awareness about the prevalence and consequences of anti-LGBT bias and behaviour in schools.Teachers as EducatorsMore Info
It’s ElementaryIt’s Elementary models excellent teaching about family diversity, name-calling, stereotypes, community building and more. The accompanying 136-page It’s Elementary guide to community organizing, professional development, and K-8 curriculum is shares ideas and resources for using It’s Elementary to make change on many levels in the classroom, in schools of education, with school boards and within communities.Teachers as EducatorsMore Info
Supporting Safe SchoolsThere are a variety of tools and resources available to assist schools to become more supportive of sexual diversity and to promote student wellbeing for everyone.Supporting Safe Schools
National Safe Schools FrameworkThe National Safe Schools Framework from provides the overarching document for all schools with a vision and a set of guiding principles for safe and supportive school communities that also promote student wellbeing and develop respective relationships. A range of supporting resources can be found at the Safe Schools Hub. The Hub provides school communities, teachers, school leaders, students, parents and specialist professionals with a range of safe school strategies.Supporting Safe SchoolsMore Info
Safe Schools Coalition AustraliaSafe Schools Coalition Australia is a national coalition of organisations and schools working together to create safe and inclusive school environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families. It is funded by the Australian Government and convened nationally by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA).Supporting Safe SchoolsMore Info
Wear It PurpleWear It Purple is a student lead initiative that supports sexuality and gender diverse (i.e. “rainbow”) young people to be proud of who they are.Supporting Safe SchoolsMore Info
Wear It Purple DaySchools and workplaces are able to register their support of the day and organise an event to show their support of rainbow youth.Supporting Safe SchoolsMore Info
Working It OutWorking It Out provides resources, counselling, education programs, and information sessions for students. This includes the current national program by the Safe Schools Coalition.Supporting Safe SchoolsMore Info
Free2Be?: Exploring the Schooling Experiences of Australia’s Sexuality and Gender Diverse Secondary School StudentsThis report details the findings from a 2013 nationwide survey of sexuality and gender diverse Australian secondary school students that explored the question whether school is a place where it is safe to be yourself. It also investigated links between students’ reported school climate and various measures of their school wellbeing and associated academic outcomes.ResearchMore Info
From blues to rainbows: Mental health and wellbeing of gender diverse and transgender young people in AustraliaThis report brings together statistical data and stories from 200 young people (aged 14-21) from every state and territory who identify as gender diverse. The results demonstrate the diverse identities and experiences of these young people, and emphasises the importance of supporting gender diverse, trans* and intersex young people so that they feel safe and welcome in all parts of their community, and can reach their full potential.ResearchMore Info
5th national survey of Australian secondary students and sexual health 2013The Fifth National Survey of Secondary Students and Sexual Health was carried out in 2013 and involved over 2,000 Year 10, 11, and 12 students from the Government, Catholic and Independent school systems and from every jurisdiction in Australia. Released 2014ResearchMore Info
GLBTIQ teachers in Australian education policy: protections, suspicions, and restrictionsThis paper by Jones, Gray, & Harris examines new Australian education policies impacting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) teachers in Victoria. Published in 2014 in Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning (Volume 14, Issue 3)ResearchMore Info
Comparing Trans-Spectrum and Same-sex Attracted Youth: Increased risks, increased activismsJones & Hillier compares a group of 91 trans-spectrum youth from the study to “cisgender” same-sex-attracted peers. Comparisons are made on topics including identity disclosure and support; experience of abuse; suicide and self-harm; and school experiences. Published in 2013 in the Journal of LGBT Youth (Volume 10, Issue 4)ResearchMore Info
Sexuality Education in Australia in 2011Research into sexuality education in Australia by Anne Mitchell, Anthony Smith, Marina Carman, Marisa Schlichthorst, Jenny Walsh and Marian Pitts of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society at La Trobe University.ResearchMore Info
I can’t wait to leave school so I can get educatedArticle from Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli about the absence of education and affirmation in Australian schools in relation to bisexuality (published in Redress, Aug 2011)ResearchMore Info
POSH booklet Outsmarting homophobiaThis booklet for young people challenges beliefs and assumptions about same sex attraction and same sex attracted people.Student WellbeingMore Info
My Friend is GayMy Friend is Gay includes information for young people, friends or family members who want to find out more about same sex attraction and how to support friends or family members – produced by the Monash City Council Youth & Family Services, Pride & Diversity Project.Student WellbeingMore Info
HeadspaceHeadspace is the national youth mental health foundation. They help young people who are going through a tough time. Headspace is helping thousands of young people get their lives back on track.Student Wellbeing, Support GroupsMore Info
Diversity LauncestonDiversity Launceston started as a street party for the GLBTIQ community. Now our friends, family and supporters join us to create a more diverse Tassie.General LinksMore Info
ECQLS East Coast Queer Life SupportContact Peter on 0467 000 748 or email: ecgls.tas@gmail.comGeneral LinksMore Info
Edge Radio 99.3 FM Bent Air, Hobart’s only queer radio show, every Thursday from 10-11amGeneral LinksMore Info
Launceston Lesbian Lounge Launceston Lesbian Lounge is a “Facebook place” for those who live in the greater Launceston area that support the LGBTIQ community. You don’t have to be a lesbian to be involved. They run social activities where you can meet others in a fun a safe environment.General LinksMore Info
Man2ManHealth and lifestyle info for Tasmanian men who have sex with men.General LinksMore Info
Rainbow Communities Tasmania aims to effect changes in community attitudes and policies that ensure that sexual and gender diversity is acknowledged and valued, and encourages individuals to come out with pride and to live in their community with dignity as fully respected and participating members. They also have social events.General LinksMore Info
Tasmania Police Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Liaison OfficersContact if police treatment of LGBTI people is inappropriate not for the initial reporting of the crime. Available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Contact (03) 6230 2111General LinksMore Info
Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases Established in 1985, the Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis and Related Diseases is Tasmania’s primary, non-government HIV and hepatitis bodyGeneral Links, Support GroupsMore Info
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group A community-based organisation campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights in TasmaniaGeneral LinksMore Info
TasPrideDedicated to celebrating, uniting and promoting the Tasmanian Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer communityGeneral LinksMore Info
Tasmania University UnionSexuality and Gender Equality Officers in the South and the North.General LinksMore Info
TasUnityAn ecumenical support and study group, contact Pat on 63442357General Links
Another ClosetThis website is written for people in same-sex or LGBTIQ relationships who are or may be experiencing domestic violence. It contains information on what domestic violence is, what to do if you are experiencing abuse, tips for making a crisis plan and the details for some referral services in NSW. It also has information for people supporting an LGBTIQ friend or family member who is experiencing abuse.Support GroupsMore Info
Gender Help for ParentsThis website has been created by Australian parents who have struggled to find information about services and support for issues around their children’s gender identity.Support GroupsMore Info
Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays (PFLAG)A non-profit voluntary organisation whose members have a common goal of keeping families togetherSupport GroupsMore Info
QLifeQLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for people of diverse sex, genders and sexualities. QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people of all ages. Check out the website for further information on phone-based, online chat or email contact options. QLife counselling services include phone counselling (1800 184 527) and web chat services which are available 3pm – midnight, 7 days a week.Support GroupsMore Info
Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) Support Group Australia Inca peer support, information and advocacy group for people affected by AIS and/or related intersex variations, and their families. (Note that intersex is also known as a Disorder of Sex Development or DSD).Support GroupsMore Info
Colage KidsA comprehensive resource for people of all ages with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer parentGeneral LinksMore Info
FTM AustraliaFTM Australian offers peer support, education and information for people who are affirming their masculine identity. They have available online fact sheets, resource manuals, the TORQUE newsletter and moreGeneral Links, Support GroupsMore Info
FTM InternationalThis site is the Internet contact point for the largest, longest-running educational organisation serving FTM transgender people and transsexual menGeneral Links, Support GroupsMore Info
The Gender CentreThe Gender Centre is based in Sydney, New South Wales. It provides a range of services to the Transgender community as well as up to date information for professionals. The Gender Centre- publishes the magazine Polare every two months, which provides a forum for discussion and debate on gender issues. These are available to download from this siteGeneral LinksMore Info
Minus 18Australia’s largest youth led organisation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans young peopleGeneral LinksMore Info
Organisation Intersex International Australia LimitedOII Australia is a national body by and for people with intersex variations. Our goals are to help create a society where our bodies are not stigmatised, and where our rights as people are recognised.General LinksMore Info
Registered Relationships Information from the Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania on registering a personal relationshipGeneral LinksMore Info
Twenty 10NSW organisation for Gay and Lesbian Youth and Family SupportGeneral LinksMore Info
The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society Leading national and an international Centre for research on sexuality, health and gender and for research training in these fieldsResearchMore Info
Australian Marriage EqualityA national, membership-based organisation working for equal marriage rights for all Australians regardless of their gender or sexualityPeak Bodies, General LinksMore Info
The National LGBTI Health AllianceProvides health-related programs, services and research targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and other sexuality, sex and gender diverse peoplePeak BodiesMore Info

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