Wear it Purple Day and IEU opposition to One Nation Education bill
Wear it Purple Day 2020 – Friday 28th August
Wear it Purple Day is Friday the 28th of August, 2020. Wear it Purple Day is about showing LGBTIQ+ young people that they have the right to be proud of who they are.
It is about creating safe spaces in schools, universities, workplaces and public spaces to show LGBTIQ+ young people that they are seen and supported.
Last year over 750 schools, community organisations and universities held events across Australia, and through the activities of schools that recognise Wear it Purple Day, an estimated 600,000 young people were reached, seeing the respect, acceptance and inclusion that surrounds them.
Wear it Purple Resources
Here are some digital resources on how you can celebrate Wear it Purple day in you school.
Proposed One Nation Education Bill
Legislation was recently introduced in the NSW Parliament that seeks to change the way teachers support the wellbeing of students and the subject material that can be covered in classes.
This legislation, introduced to the NSW Parliament by One Nation’s Mark Latham, aims to outlaw the teaching of gender diversity and the acknowledgement of trans and gender-diverse students and their families and seeks to strip professional accreditation from any teachers and school staff breaking such a law.
The IEU opposes this bill and is proud to add our voice with those of other community and civil society leaders in a joint statement coordinated by the GLRL (Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby) condemning and opposing the toxic bill.
This bill is a serious and blatant attack on young people, their families, teachers, school staff and our communities. The Bill erases the very existence of trans children, encourages direct transphobia and positions intersex children as disordered in NSW.
All students and their families across NSW must feel safe and supported at school. All teachers must feel safe and supported to practice professionally and personally.
Attacks on young people, teachers and school staff who support them in school settings have been based on scare campaigns and misleading information.
We believe that in modern Australia, there is no place for putting teachers at risk of losing their right to work as teacher, no place for prohibiting schools and school staff from teaching diversity and no place for shaming, stigmatising and silencing LGBTIQ+ children.
Fair access to quality education no matter what a person's identity or circumstance MUST come first.
This Bill does the exact opposite.