Tuesday, 24 February 2015 14:59

Commissioner’s message of support to Safe Schools Coalition

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is proud to be an official supporter of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia program.

Research shows that most homophobia experienced by same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse (SSAIGD) young people occurs when they are at school (80 per cent). This negative experience has a significant impact on SSAIGD students' health and wellbeing during a crucial period of their development.

The Commission is committed to promoting acceptance and respect for SSAIGD students through initiatives such as the Fair go, sport! schools project, which promotes inclusive and safe environments. It's not just the right thing to do, the Equal

Opportunity Act 2010 give students the right to participate in most Victorian schools without discrimination or bullying on the basis of their sexuality or gender identity.

We are proud that the national program builds on the model established right here is Victoria in 2010 at La Trobe University. Programs such as the Safe Schools Coalition Australia can have a lasting positive impact, both for SSAIGD students and for their classmates, teachers and families.

Feeling comfortable at school helps create a sense of belonging and provides physical, mental and social benefits.

- Kate Jenkins, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.

Read all messages of support.

Join Safe Schools Coalition Australia

Schools that are members of Safe Schools Coalition Australia have access to a range of resources and support to make them safer and more inclusive of same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, their families and teachers.

Find out how your school can join.

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