The Bunbury Senior High School Advisory Committee includes 18 young people between Year 8 and Year 12 who are members of their school’s Diversity Group.
The group includes young people who identify as LGBTI as well as other students in the school who want to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex young people in WA.
27 March 2018
The committee met for their second meeting and voted on the key issues that they wanted to focus on for the year as well as brainstormed a range of ideas about how the committee and the Commissioner might be able to work together to address their identified key issues:
- Support for LGBTI children and young people – including finding ways to make sure that young people are supported to understand their identity, have the information they need, and know where to go to support and assistance.
- Access to hormonal treatment and supports for transgender or transitioning children and young people – including looking at improving the processes and supports available for young people, in particular young people living in regional WA.
- Addressing bullying, harassment and discrimination against LGBTI children and young people.
20 February 2018
The Commissioner for Children and Young People, Colin Pettit, visited Bunbury Senior High School for the first Advisory Committee meeting. This provided an opportunity for students to hear about the role of the Commissioner and the way in which the Committees inform the Commissioner on important issues affecting children and young people. The Committee members shared their thoughts about some of the key issues that they think affect LGBTI children and young people, and the ways in which they think the Committee could work to improve some of these issues.
Some of the issues that members discussed as affecting LGBTI people included:
- bullying, harassment and discrimination
- lack of community acceptance and understanding
- being unable to be open about being LGBTI
- access to support (including support services, medical treatment as well as supportive environments)
Members also discussed some of the ways that their school was already supporting LGBTI students including raising awareness of LGBTI people through activities at the school, staff training and individual support for students who are trans or gender diverse.
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