FAQs

Student resource

The following FAQs provides a quick reference point for students in how to prevent and respond to homophobic bullying. Bullying is not simply part of growing up but can have negative effect on young people’s self-esteem and in some cases lead to mental health difficulties.
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FAQs for students

  • What is sexuality and gender based bullying?

  • What evidence is there that students are affected by sexuality and gender based bullying?

  • Who experiences sexuality and gender based bullying?

  • Who does bullying based on sexuality and gender diversity?

  • Will people think that I am a lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBTI) person if I attempt to address LGBTI issues in my school?

  • What does sexuality and gender based bullying look like?

  • What if people say that words are harmless?

  • What is the effect of this type of bullying, discrimination and harassment?

  • Does homophobic bullying affect student learning?

  • Why should I challenge homophobia and transphobia?

  • Sexuality is a private matter. Why is it relevant to school?

  • What if people say primary school students are too young to understand?

  • Our primary school teachers don’t think that we need to address LGBTI issues.

  • I attend a religious-based school. Will be teachers be able to talk about LGBTI issues in my school?

  • What about transgender people?

  • What if teachers think that these issues are too controversial?

  • What if people say that I am advocating a homosexual agenda?

  • What do I do if teachers feel strongly that we should not be discussing this information in our school?

  • What if teachers tell me that no LGBTI students exist in their schools or classrooms?

  • What do I say to teachers who fear losing their jobs because they address LGBTI issues in their classrooms?


Principals, school leaders and teachers resource

The following FAQs provides a quick reference resource in how to prevent and respond to homophobic bullying. The intent of the questions/answer guide is to provide a supplementary resource in support of school’s existing policies and practices. Of primary focus is the development of safe, inclusive school communities in which all students feel safe and protected from bullying.
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FAQs for principals, school leaders and teachers

  • What is sexuality and gender based bullying?

  • What evidence is there that students are affected by sexuality and gender based bullying?

  • Who experiences sexuality and gender based bullying?

  • Who does bullying based on sexual and gender diversity?

  • Why should the school be involved?

  • What does sexuality and gender based bullying look like?

  • What is the harm in ‘harmless banter’?

  • What is the effect of this type of bullying, discrimination and harassment?

  • How does this affect student learning?

  • Some parents may not want to respond to homophobic bullying. What do we do?

  • Primary school students are too young to understand?

  • I am a primary school teacher. I don't think that we need to address LGBTI issues in primary schools.

  • What about transgender people?

  • I teach in a religious-based school. Can I address LGBTI issues in my school?

  • What do I do if teachers feel strongly that we should not be discussing this information in our school?

  • What if teachers think that these issues are too controversial?

  • What if people say that I am advocating a homosexual agenda?

  • What if teachers tell me that no LGBTI students exist in their schools or classrooms?

  • What do I say to teachers who fear losing their jobs because they address LGBTI issues in their classrooms?

  • What do I do if parents complain about these issues?


Parents and community members resource

The following FAQs provides a quick reference resource for parents and community members in how to prevent and respond to homophobic bullying. The intent of the guide is to provide a supplementary resource in support of school’s existing policies and practices. Of primary focus is the development of safe, inclusive school communities in which all students feel safe and protected from bullying.
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FAQs for parents and community members

  • What is sexuality and gender based bullying?

  • What evidence is there that students are affected by sexuality and gender based bullying?

  • Who experiences sexuality and gender based bullying?

  • Who does bullying based on sexuality and gender diversity?

  • Why should the school be involved?

  • What does sexuality and gender based bullying look like?

  • What is the harm in ‘harmless banter’?

  • What is the effect of this type of bullying, discrimination and harassment?

  • How does this affect student learning?

  • I don’t feel it is the responsibility of the school to respond to homophobic bullying.

  • Primary school students are too young to understand? It is the family responsibility to talk about homophobia.

  • I don't think that we need to address LGBTI issues in primary schools.

  • What about transgender people?

  • My child attends a religious-based school. How could the school address LGBTI issues?

  • What do I do if teachers feel strongly that we should not be discussing this information in our school?

  • What if teachers think that these issues are too controversial?

  • What if people say that I am advocating a homosexual agenda?

  • What if teachers tell me that no LGBTI students exist in their schools or classrooms?

  • Are teachers at risk of losing their jobs because they address LGBTI issues in their classrooms?

  • What should I do if I have concerns about these issues?