Yesterday a group called STOP SAFE Schools Coalition posted this on their Facebook page.
That’s right, that’s a group of adults buying tickets to a same-sex gender diverse formal to stop LGBTI kids from being able to get a ticket. So far they’ve apparently bought 50 of the 500 tickets.
That follows on from a conservative campaign in the last week against the Safe Schools programme, a voluntary scheme that seeks to educate children in late primary and early high school about homosexuality and transsexuality. Some objections claim that teaching kids about LGBTI issues will “confuse” children. Others are offended at what they claim are efforts to “bully” heterosexual kids (apparently objecting to homophobic taunts is “reverse bullying”). Indeed the admins behind the “Stop Safe Schools Coalition” are now complaining that they’re also being bullied online.
This is the topsy-turvy world of Australia’s gay rights debate, where people who oppose a program called “Safe Schools” are victims of bullying, and heterosexuals are oppressed by the mere discussion of homosexuality. It’d be absurd if the wider context wasn’t so tragic. Gay kids kill themselves at four times the national average, and up to 50% of trans people have actually attempted suicide.
Watch the incredible Cate Macgregor candidly talk to Mamamia about her experience. (Post continues after video.)