Inclusive teaching online

Cameron Reynolds
LGBTIQ Restricted Committee member

Personal stories used to promote inclusivity

Short videos and teaching activities designed to assist students in understanding gender diversity, sexual diversity and intersex topics has been developed by Safe Schools Coalition Australia and Victorian-based Minus18.

The All Of Us resources are aligned with the Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian Curriculum, with the entire resource being linked using Bloom’s Taxonomy.

The videos used in All Of Us capture the real lives of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians in order to bring their stories into your classroom, with the learning activities being built around the personal stories and experiences of these young people to facilitate genuine discussion and generate understanding. Beyond the classroom, All Of Us may be used as part of a sustainable, whole of school approach to challenging homophobia and transphobia, thereby better supporting sexual and gender diversity as well as people who are intersex within the school community.

The All Of Us resource is available via the Safe Schools Coalition website (www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au/all-of-us#download-resources).

Safe Schools Coalition Australia is a national coalition dedicated to helping schools to be safer and more inclusive for same-sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, schools staff and families, for the purpose of increased engagement and learning. It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and sits within the National Safe Schools Framework. Minus18 is a Victorian based youth-led organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex identifying youth.

Australian and international research shows that around 10 per cent of people are same sex attracted, around 4 per cent are gender diverse or transgender, and around 1.7 per cent are intersex.

Seventy five per cent of same sex attracted young people experience some form of homophobic abuse or bullying, according to the Writing themselves in three report. Additionally, Growing up queer reports gender diverse and transgender young people are subject to discrimination that results in negative health and wellbeing.