Gay students miss out on anti-bullying day
BRISBANE: Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays has expressed concern that the ‘Bullying No Way’ website has not been updated to specifically include gay-targeted bullying in time for the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on Friday, March 15.
The website and day of action are overseen by the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE).
Last month, PFLAG members met with an official from DETE to report on teachers’ involvement in gay-targeted bullying in Queensland schools.
Sharon Mullins, executive director of State Schooling Operations and Strategy with DETE, undertook to include guidelines about gay-targeted bullying on the national ‘Bullying No Way’ site, as well as DETE's own website.
PFLAG said research showed 70 per cent of gay and lesbian young people report being discriminated against or bullied at school by students and/or teachers, with abuse by teachers resulting in the greatest impact to their lives.
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Andrew Shaw worked in Melbourne's media scene for 12 years as a news journalist, arts writer and editor, before making a sea change to Brisbane to become editor of Queensland Pride in 2012. He was editor of Melbourne Community Voice for six years, worked in the Media Unit at Monash University and was assistant editor/editor of statewide magazines for secondary school students and teachers respectively.