Federation at Fair Day

Mel Smith
Trade Union Training Officer

Federation hosted a stall at the event

As Federation showed its support for safe schools at Fair Day, the launch of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, members of the community expressed their happiness at seeing teachers out in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people.

Thousands of people, including students, teachers and families, converged on Victoria Park, Camperdown for the celebration on February 22.

Federation hosted a stall at the event with members and Officers engaging with LGBTIQ communities on public education in schools and TAFE funding cuts. The stall was well supported, with many people registering their support for more funding for local public schools via the Gonski recommendations and for an end to funding cuts to TAFE.

Federation activists engaged in discussions on how to promote safe and inclusive schools for LGBTIQ students, teachers and families.

Federation member Natalie Hudson said the union’s participation at Fair Day sent a strong message to teachers, students, their families and the wider LGBTIQ community.

“Federation’s participation at Fair Day helps to promote and advance important campaigns about schools funding and TAFE and demonstrates the strength of NSWTF as the union focuses on social justice, campaigning for the rights of LGBTIQ persons in our communities,” she said.

The stall also promoted Federation’s Gender, Sexuality and Identity kit and other resources available to schools to address homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism.

Members interested in receiving updates about LGBTIQ issues and activities can sign up to the gay and lesbian Special Interest Group (SIG) to receive updates. Membership of this group is voluntary and open to all members with an interest in LGBTIQ issues. To register your interest to be part of the SIG, email glbti@nswtf.org.au.

Mel Smith is Officer attached to GLBTI Issues.