Discrimination is a huge issue when it comes to LGBTQ+ communities, and while some lawmakers are working to add protections to those communities, they’re not doing enough to protect the most vulnerable.
Australia’s newly amended Sex Discrimination Act is a good example of that. While the act originally provided protections for women, it was expanded to prevent students from being kicked out of school over sexual orientation.
Under the act, those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc., are protected from being expelled, but the law has a huge flaw: It doesn’t offer protections for transgender students.
The Morrison Government has said it will amend the Sex Discrimination Act to protect same,-gender attracted students from being expelled BUT any other discrimination against these students remains lawful, and trans and gender diverse students are being left out all together. 2/4
— Equality Australia 🌈 (@EqualityAu) February 8, 2022
According to ABC News, Senator Birmingham said he was excited to see the amendments made to the act to protect both students and staff in schools from being expelled or excluded based on sexual orientation, but pushing the amendment beyond that (to cover protections for transgender staff and students) would “require more work.”
Many people are appalled that the Sex Discrimination Act doesn’t protect some of the most vulnerable populations. ABC News reported that Australian Senator Janet Rice, whose late wife was transgender, said that the decision to exclude transgender people is “absolutely appalling” and “is throwing trans people under the bus.”
Sign this petition to end trans and gender non-conforming discrimination in schools.
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