Equality and freedom from discrimination are fundamental human rights that belong to all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or because they are intersex. On 1 August 2013, the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 was amended to make discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status against the law.
Beyond Blue: need to talk? Feeling uncertain or anxious? This has links, information and anonymous people to talk to, ask questions of, or help.
Something in Common: LGBTI rights is just one of the issues covered on this site with information, videos and an informative infographic.
Safe Schools Coalition Australia: news and events, guides, booklets and posters to help create safer and more inclusive environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.
Stop Think Respect (Beyond Blue): “Why should anyone be made to feel like crap, just for being who they are?” – videos and personal stories about discrimination.
Reach Out: get the facts, ask questions (anonymously), and find support.
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: combatting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is an international issue and this site gives great information, current news and legal obligations.
Writing Themselves In is a national study on the sexual health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender questioning young people in Australia. It’s easy to read, current and thoroughly researched.
Free and Equal: United Nations fact sheets on the human rights challenges facing LGBTI people.
OII Australia (Organization Intersex International) is an excellent site to learn more about intersex people. It covers a broad range of associated issues and includes videos and current news and events.
Gender Spectrum is an American site which aims to help create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens, and thus will be probably be more of interest to teachers than students. Explore topics and follow the links to many useful resources.
Check this great range of videos:
- The Riddle (2:20 mins)
- Stand Up for Your Friends (5:16 mins)
- Idaho Campaign ‘G’ (Jack 3:16 mins)
- Idaho Campaign ‘B’ (Jesse 2:37 mins)
- Idaho Campaign ‘T’ (Archie and Alexis 7:39 mins)
- Idaho Campaign ‘I’ (Tony 5:09 mins)
- Faces (2:12 mins)
- Why should I be made to feel like crap just for being who I am? (1:30 mins)
- Dear My Year 7 Self – Straight People Against Homophobia (9 mins)
- Stand Out – Against Homophobia in Schools (5 mins)
- Being gay isn’t voluntary; hate is (2:35 mins)
- Stand Up at Work! (7:20 mins)
- Imagine a world where being ‘gay’ was the norm (19 mins)
- It Get’s Better (6:40 mins)
- Freedom Stories – Ashley (3 mins)
- Freedom Stories – Dib (2:38 mins)
- Freedom Stories – Helen (3:10 mins)
- Gayby Baby – a trailer for the documentary (2:21 mins)
- What’s it like to be intersex? (1:32 mins)
- Intersexion – a trailer for the documentary (2:39 mins)
Take a look at the United Nations infographic, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Throughout History.
Amnesty International: around the world, people face violent attacks and threats simply because of who they are or who they have sex with. But some brave activists are still standing up for their rights.
Safe Schools Coalition Australia: check out the practical ideas for schools to take a stand against homophobia and transphobia and actively support gender diversity and sexual diversity.
Stop Think Respect: “Being lesbian, gay, bi, trans or intersex is no different to being born left handed, it’s just who you are.” Get involved by joining, donating, blogging or just reading the information.
It Gets Better: take action and take the pledge.
The Gayby Project is a documentary that has polarised some sectors of the community – find out about it here and have your say.
Working it Out: a specialist service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and their families across Tasmania.
Minus 18: Australia’s largest youth led organisation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youth.
Switchboard: Anonymous, free telephone counselling, information and referrals for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex communities of Victoria and Tasmania.
OTHER LEARNING RESOURCES
A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and bookmarks on global issues such as gender and sexual diversity. Members are encouraged to contact AFW for a complete list of resources on this topic which are available free or on loan.
Working It Out is a Tasmanian service specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and transgender Tasmanians. It has the latest information about tackling homophobia in your school or workplace, setting up peer support groups and meeting your legal obligations under the Anti–Discrimination Act. WIO also houses the Tasmanian office of the Safe Schools Coalition which is dedicated to helping schools be safer and more inclusive for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, school staff and families.
Equal Opportunity Tasmania provides education and information sessions to schools, colleges and community groups which relate to equal opportunity and promoting non–discriminatory practices. Their website has fact sheets on a wide range of discrimination issues. Subscribe to their newsletter, “In Respect of Rights“.