Fair chance to show Federation colours

Mel Smith
Trade Union Training Officer

Federation members at the union's Fair Day stall

Federation’s stall at Fair Day gave members an opportunity to show support for LGBTIQ communities and promote other important union campaigns among thousands of fairgoers.

Students, teachers and families converged on Victoria Park, Camperdown on February 21 to participate in the event that marks the beginning of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festivities.

Federation’s stall was well received and supported, with many people registering their support for more funding for local public schools via the Gonski recommendations and backing the Stop TAFE Cuts campaign.

“Fair Day visibly demonstrates the Federation’s commitment to creating safe and supportive schools for LGBTIQ kids and the work its passionate members are carrying out in our schools,” said Federation member and primary school teacher Andrew Clifton.

Mr Clifton believes that the union’s participation at Fair Day sends a strong message to teachers, students, their families and the wider LGBTIQ community.

“As a NSW teacher it makes me proud to know that my union is dedicated to the cause of equality for all students by campaigning to end discrimination, prejudice and bullying in any form.”

Federation will continue its support of the LGBTIQ communities and inclusive education by taking part in the Mardi Gras parade, the second time the union has marched in the world-renowned event.

Members interested in receiving updates about LGBTIQ issues and activities can sign up to the gay and lesbian Special Interest Group (SIG). Membership of this group is voluntary and open to all members with an interest in LGBTIQ issues. Email in to register your interest to be part of the SIG or for further information about the Mardi Gras parade.