Affirming diverse sexualities and genders in schools
PPTA rainbow taskforce convenor and secondary school teacher Shawn Cooper says, “There have always been students with diverse gender identities and sexualities, that’s not new. What is new is we’re now calling on schools to develop safe and affirming practices to help these students thrive!”
“Each student has the right for their unique identity to be recognised, respected and celebrated.”
“PPTA is taking the lead in this work because we believe it is our role as teachers to bring out the unique strengths of each child, so they can make the most of every opportunity at school and beyond,” Cooper says.
“Students with diverse sexualities and gender identities face many challenges at school which routinely distract from their learning. Inappropriate toilet and changing room facilities and restrictive uniform regulations unnecessarily exacerbate stress and anxiety.”
“Efforts to recognise and celebrate diverse genders and sexualities work to combat bullying for students who are disproportionately targeted in schools.”
“We want every school and every teacher to have the resources they need to build an inclusive school culture.”Roberto Taddeo on Flckr. License