Rainbow chalking outside PM’s house in support of Safe Schools slated for today
Mar10

Rainbow chalking outside PM’s house in support of Safe Schools slated for today

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 10 March 2016 12:32 Written by // Cec Busby

An alliance of LGBTIQ advocates and activists will stage a peaceful political action in support of the Safe Schools program outside the prime minister’s Point Piper residence today.

The protest has been sparked by the concerted attack by conservative Coalition members and the Australian Christian Lobby to shut down the Safe Schools Coalition – a federally funded anti-bullying resource which aims to provide support to LGBTIQ students and assist teachers in developing more inclusive school environments.

In a statement to media, advocates suggest the recent attack which prompted the prime minister to order a review of the program - whose findings will be released tomorrow – sends an alarming message to young LGBTIQ people.

“Namely: LGBTIQA+ people deserve to be exposed to abuse, and must remain oppressed lest we realise how powerful our combined voices are,” the statement reads.

“By enabling Corey Bernadi’s attack on Safe Schools, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is permitting the ongoing abuse and denigration of LGBTIQA+ youth in our schools. All schools must be space where young people must feel safe and supported, in order to thrive, learn, and ultimately progress towards an active role in society, the workforce, and their communities.

“When that right to safety is challenged by Federal politicians, religious hate groups with ties to major political parties, and the media, it removes any sense of decency from public debates on sexual and gender identity. To use the health of Australian children as a tool of manipulation, by those purporting to be motivated by Christian values, is truly perverse. It has a direct and immediate impact on the wellbeing of young people, and wider implications on the LGBTIQA+ community.”

Advocates suggest the orchestrated attack on Safe Schools is tantamount to sanctioned abuse.

“Those young LGBTQIA+ people and their allies take the effects of that abuse home with them each day. School-based bullying and abuse cannot be left in the locker at the end of the day, it clings to the affected young people and resonates throughout their workplaces, extracurricular activities, and home life.”

Activists hope by taking the action to the streets outside the Malcolm Turnbull's home, the prime minister will be reminded that enabling abusers of LGBTIQ youth has repercussions on the homelife of thousands of Australians.

Rainbow Chalking at Malcolm's House: Meet at The Sheaf at 6.30pm for a 7pm walk to the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's property on Wolseley Road, Point Piper. There, DIY Rainbow will peacefully rainbow chalk the footpath in support of the Safe Schools Coalition and their anti-bullying program.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page here

Below is the 'Statement of Intent' by event organisers.

 

STATEMENT OF INTENT: SAFE SCHOOLS POLITICAL ACTION AT PRIVATE RESIDENCE OF PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL

"It's important that LGBTQI youth feel safe in their homes and at school. And that's why we are bringing this beautiful rainbow straight to PM Turnbull's home." - Alliance of LGBTIQA+ Community

The orchestrated attack on the Safe Schools program by the ACL, The Australian newspaper, and Liberal Party senators and members of parliament sends a clear message to young LGBTIQA+ people, and our community as a whole. Namely: LGBTIQA+ people deserve to be exposed to abuse, and must remain oppressed lest we realise how powerful our combined voices are.

By enabling Corey Bernadi’s attack on Safe Schools, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is permitting the ongoing abuse and denigration of LGBTIQA+ youth in our schools. All schools must be space where young people must feel safe and supported, in order to thrive, learn, and ultimately progress towards an active role in society, the workforce, and their communities.

When that right to safety is challenged by Federal politicians, religious hate groups with ties to major political parties, and the media, it removes any sense of decency from public debates on sexual and gender identity. To use the health of Australian children as a tool of manipulation, by those purporting to be motivated by Christian values, is truly perverse. It has a direct and immediate impact on the wellbeing of young people, and wider implications on the LGBTIQA+ community.

The orchestrated attack on Safe Schools does more than just sanction the abuse, bullying, and targeting of LGBTIQA+ youth in classrooms and schoolyards. Those young LGBTQIA+ people and their allies take the effects of that abuse home with them each day. School-based bullying and abuse cannot be left in the locker at the end of the day, it clings to the affected young people and resonates throughout their workplaces, extracurricular activities, and home life.

In delivering this non-invasive political action at the private home of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, organisers wish to remind him that enabling and protecting abusers of LGBTIQA+ youth has significant repercussions on the home life of thousands of Australians.

Tradition dictates that protest action directed at the Prime Minister would typically focus on his electoral office, outside Parliament Hose, or a public space. We recognise that certain aspects of a protest action directed at the private residence of an elected official are impolite. To that, we say: Prime Minister Turnbull, the actions of your government in relation to Safe Schools are beyond impolite; they are the actions of a perverse minority motivated by hate.

Prime Minister Turnbull, while you refuse to stand up to the elected bullies in your own party, we will stand up for the future of our community.

IMAGE: Photo by Matthew Neville. Courtesy DIY Rainbow

SHARE THIS ARTICLE

Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of GayNewsNetwork.com.au

Leave a comment

You are commenting as guest.