Students and teachers are about to return to school not knowing how safe they are from discrimination, expulsion, or firing if they're at a faith-based school. But there's hope that this could change.
A group of Senators are having an inquiry into proposed new laws to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination, and the inquiry will kick off next week with dozens of written submissions from organisations and individuals across the country advocating their position.
Equality Australia's legal experts are putting the finishing touches on our submission. It represents the values of our community – that no one should face humiliation or discrimination because of who they are or who they love. But the inquiry is missing something incredibly powerful – it's missing your voice.
Together, our voices have the power to change laws and change lives. Will you add your voice now by signing the petition?
Sign now: https://equalityaustralia.org.au/protect-students-and-teachers
Conservative religious politicians are working hard to increase discrimination against LGBTQ students and teachers, they've even got one of their own in charge of the inquiry.
They also struck a deal with the Centre Alliance in South Australia to try and pass their own much worse laws.
There's a federal election this year, so we've got the chance to make this a key issue our politicians can't ignore – students and teachers deserve protection from discriminatory religious exemptions now.
Will you sign the petition? https://equalityaustralia.org.au/protect-students-and-teachers/
Protection for students and teachers was the number one issue voted by Equality supporters in December, and together we're hitting the ground running to get new protections in place. Having our direction set by supporters just like you is what makes Equality different, and it's what makes us stronger. Together, we're a movement to make Australia more equal.
CEO, Equality Australia