Volunteers James Witchard, Mark McDonald, Dave Mak and Katie Rose

Campaigns boosted at fair day

Mel Smith
Officer attached to GLBTI issues

Federation activists sought to promote the union and the public education, TAFE and Gonksi campaigns to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) communities at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day on February 9.

Fair Day is widely acknowledged as one of the most well-loved and popular Mardi Gras events, attracting up to 70,000 people.

The union’s stall was well received and supported by those in attendance with many people signing petitions in support of more funding for local public schools and TAFE.

Federation activists engaged in discussions on how to promote safe and inclusive schools for GLBTI students and teachers, and the members of the community expressed their concern about a conservative perspective to the education curriculum, particularly in health and sexuality education.

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

Members interested in receiving updates about GLBTI 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 GLBTI issues. To register your interest to be part of the SIG email glbti@nswtf.org.au.