Mark Latham has introduced another piece of legislation that directly attacks LGBTIQ+ people. The Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020 harms trans and gender diverse students by denying their existence and preventing teachers and counsellors from supporting them. It allows parents to withdraw their child from a class or program which tells them LGBTIQ+ people are just like everyone else.
Every student in NSW should have the opportunity to reach their potential, to learn with their peers, and feel a sense of belonging in their school.
Schools provide children with their first relationship with the world outside of their families, enabling the development of social relationships and interactions. All students, no matter who they are, deserve to live and study with dignity.
In the last few months especially, we have seen the level of care that teachers put into their jobs. Our teachers often go above and beyond to make sure their students feel included and cared for in their school. This Bill explicitly threatens to punish teachers that welcome and support trans and gender diverse students.
- prohibits schools from teaching that trans and gender diverse people exist and should be treated with respect;
- prohibits school counsellors from affirming a trans or gender diverse student or providing them with any support or referrals to gender affirming support;
- puts teachers at risk of losing their job when they support a trans or gender diverse student in affirming their identity;
- eshrines biological fallacies, describing intersex people as disordered;
- allows parents to deny their children access to lessons in public schools which may contradict their political, social or personal values, including their views about LGBTIQ+ people;
- requires schools to present discredited counter narratives when teaching classes like science or history. For example, discussing creationism when teaching evolution, raising anti-vaccination theories when teaching about immunisation, or raising racist ideologies to explain the over representation of First Nations people in prison.
Tell our Premier, Deputy Premier, Education Minister, Opposition Leader, and Shadow Education Minister to stop this harmful Bill.