‘I Just Want to Be Myself’: How We Can Challenge Homophobia, Transphobia, and Racism in Australian Schools

Drawing on the experiences of Safe Schools Coalition in Australia since 2010, this article focuses on the potential for successfully challenging homophobia, transphobia, and racism in schools.

The discussion challenges assumptions about the incompatibility of cultural difference with gender or sexual diversity, in particular the perceived irreconcilability of Islamic faith or culture with same-sex attraction. Comparing research on the health impact of homophobia and transphobia on students with the impact of racism provides the basis for a discussion of the benefits of challenging all forms of prejudice-based abuse and discrimination.

While there are some key differences, the methods and strategies used in schools to value and support cultural diversity can also be applied in schools to support gender and sexual diversity. Lessons from the practice experiences of Safe Schools Coalition suggest that all forms of diversity can and do positively interact to create more inclusive educational environments.

 

Careers at SHINE: Young Leader/Project Worker, Safe Schools Anti-bullying Initiative

SHINE SA, 6/6/17

Young Leader/Project Worker, Safe Schools Anti-bullying Initiative

  • ASO 4, part-time Project Worker position
  • Based at Woodville, SA
  • Opportunity to positively change young people’s lives

Is making school life safer and more inclusive for LGBTIQ people your passion?

We have an opportunity for an enthusiastic person to join our team on a part-time basis of up to 22.5 hours per week to support the development, implementation and evaluation of our Safe Schools Anti-Bullying Initiative. To be successful in this role, you will be committed to engaging positively and effectively with young people, demonstrate values and attitudes that celebrate sexual diversity and gender diversity, and strive to reduce homophobia and transphobia in schools.

SHINE SA is the leading sexual health agency in South Australia. We are a not-for-profit, non-government organisation working in partnership with government, health, education and community agencies, and communities to improve the sexual and reproductive health and relationship wellbeing of South Australians.

The position requires flexibility in hours to accommodate the needs of schools. Same sex attracted, intersex and/or gender diverse applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

 

This appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Child-Related Employment Screening. SHINE SA is an equal opportunity employer.

Closing date: 23/06/2017

  • Click here to download the Job and Person Specification.
  • For further information about the position contact Kelly Treloar on 08 8300 5328 or email kelly.treloar@shinesa.org.au
  • Apply online here