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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:04

Still Too Many LGBT Students Suffer In Schools In South Australia

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Schools and sporting clubs of South Australia are invited to better treat LGBT youth.

Anne Gale, Equal Opportunity Commissioner, reported various incidents suffered by LGBT students in schools in South Australia.

As listed on The Herald SunThe Herald Sun, a lesbian student was banned by her school from hugging other girls, despite it being permitted for other female students.

A a six-year-old transgender girl was banned from wearing a boy's uniform to school.

A transgender girl, aged six, was banned from boys’ sport despite identifying as a boy.

Gale also states that in the second case, the sporting club squarely considered the child as sick.

"The parents of a transgender child of six that makes mixed sport have been informed by the club that they must provide a medical report for the child to continue to play their chosen gender," she told The Advertiser.

"The SA Equal Opportunity Commission has recently identified an increase in inquiries relating to sexual diversity, intersex and gender diversity,’" she added.

Gale requires schools and clubs to put in place measures to eliminate such discrimination. She also wants gender-neutral school uniforms are created.

At present, 24 schools in South Australia have already joined the Safe Schools Coalition Australia programSafe Schools Coalition Australia program created by the commission.

Photo credit: Safe Schools Coalition

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