The Perth LGBTI Advisory Committee is a group of 17 young people from metropolitan Perth aged from 16 to 20 years.
These young people wanted to be part of the Commissioner’s Advisory Committee to explore solutions that could help improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or intersex young people in WA.
The Commissioner’s office will be supported by a Coordinator from Freedom Centre to assist in delivering the metropolitan committee.
25 October 2018
The Perth committee will be hosting a free seminar at The State Library on supporting trans and gender diverse children and young people in schools. Visit the Seminars page for more details.
26 September 2018
The fifth committee meeting took place and included updates and progress discussions on the different projects that they young people have been working on. The meeting was attended by members of the Law Reform Commission who are currently conducting the Review of Western Australian legislation in relation to the recognition of a person's sex, change of sex or intersex status. Young people provided feedback to the Law Reform Commission on their proposed models and their thoughts on the processes that were required to best support children and young people.
Prior to the meeting, the group working on the seminar met to plan out the details of the event and what their individual presentations would cover.
1 September 2018
A second filming day took place at the Freedom Centre and around Mt Lawley. Committee members Kira, Kit, Abayomi, Ella, Leon and Freedom Centre Coordinator Bryan Stewart all took part in the filming.
25 August 2018
The first filming day for the video group was held, with Committee members Ella, Leon, Hannah and Oscar taking part in a full day of filming around iconic Perth locations, with some support in the morning from another Committee member, Akio. The young people took turns in interviewing each other in pairs on screen and filmed some extra content to help give context for the videos as well as background footage for the videos.
15 August 2018
The video group met again with Lonely Mountain Video and staff from the Commissioner’s office to finalise details of the filming and video production. This included confirming exact locations for the videos to be filmed and the content and the way that young people would be interviewed.
11 July 2018
The Commissioner for Children and Young People sent a letter to key politicians and decision makers outlining the feedback that the committee had provided about the importance of improving protections for LGBTI children and young people and banning “conversion” practices in Western Australia. This letter can be viewed below.
Letter to Hon Sally Talbot MLC regarding anti discrimination legislation and conversion therapy ban
10 July 2018
The group focusing on developing the video resources for schools met with staff from the Commissioner’s office, Freedom Centre and a filmmaker from Lonely Mountain Video to discuss their ideas for the video resources – including the type of content that they thought the video could cover, who should be filmed for the videos, the style or feel of the video, and the types of locations to be filmed. A decision was made to create three short videos to educate, inform, inspire and engage LGBTI students and young people, non-LGBTI peers, and teachers and school staff to better understand and embrace LGBTI diversity.
The videos will include both LGBTI and non-LGBTI young people who are 2018 Advisory Committee members in both the Perth and Bunbury committees sharing their thoughts, perspectives and experiences on supporting LGBTI children and young people in schools.
The videos will be used predominantly for students and teachers in schools to support better understanding and inclusion of LGBTI children and young people, however may have relevance to other sectors or groups (e.g. parents, health professionals etc.).
4 July 2018
The fourth committee meeting was held to progress and explore the project ideas that the committee are working on looking at justice and legal considerations for LGBTI people, developing the seminar about supporting trans and gender diverse students in schools, a video resource for schools, and looking at more youth events and activities for LGBTI young people. The meeting was also attended by a representative from Inclusive Education WA, who is working with one of the small groups to deliver the seminar on supporting trans and gender diverse students in schools, and by a representative from Pride WA who spoke with the group working on events and activities to discuss the possibility of Pride hosting more LGBTI youth events and activities in the future.
The group also had discussion around the importance of improving protections for LGBTI children and young people, including removing religious exemptions from anti-discrimination acts which allowed religious schools to discriminate against LGBTI students, and the importance of banning “conversion therapy” practices. The information provided by the young people will be used to inform a letter that will be sent from the Commissioner to key stakeholders and politicians.
9 May 2018
The Committee met to discuss and progress the project ideas that they had shared at the second meeting. The young people’s project ideas had been reviewed by the Commissioner and feedback was given to the group about which project ideas would be most achievable and aligned to the work of the Commissioner's office.
In order to address the priority area about legal considerations for LGBTI people, the whole committee decided that they wanted to work with the Commissioner to develop letters which could be sent to key decision makers and politicians outlining the need to strengthen anti-discrimination laws and the need to ban “conversion therapy” practices.
The group focusing on the priority area of Schools and education have decided that they would like to develop a short film or video resources which could be used in schools to support better understanding and awareness about the experiences of LGBTI children and young people.
The group focusing on the priority area of Support for trans and gender diverse children and young people have decided that they would like to focus on educational sessions for schools and teachers about supporting trans and gender diverse children and young people.
The group looking at Events and activities for LGBTI children and young people have decided that they would like to focus on working with Pride WA to try and organise a youth event for Pride or inform the development of more youth-friendly events.
28 March 2018
The committee met for their second meeting in March and voted on the key issues they want to focus on for the year and brainstormed a range of ideas about how the committee and the Commissioner might be able to work together to address the key issues they identified, including:
- Legal considerations for LGBTI people - including looking at improving legislation to ensure that LGBTI children and young people are protected from discrimination, and that legal processes are accessible for LGBTI children and young people (e.g. to change gender etc).
- Schools and education – including finding ways to ensure that LGBTI children and young people feel safe and included in their schools, and that there is education and visibility of LGBTI children and young people within school and education settings.
- Support for trans and transitioning children and young people – including education and training for health professionals, increased access to support and information for children and young people and their parents, addressing costs of name change and lack of suppliers.
- Activities, events and support for LGBTI young people – including looking at increasing the access that LGBTI children and young people have to LGBTI youth events and activities, and finding ways to increase the visibility of LGBTI young people.
These ideas will be reviewed by the Commissioner for Children and Young People, and progressed at the next Advisory Committee meeting.
14 March 2018
Advisory Committee members Leon, Kira and Ella were interviewed by RTR FM’s All Things Queer radio program, discussing the work of the Committee, some of the key issues impacting LGBTI children and young people, and the importance of LGBTI children and young people having a voice. The program can be restreamed through the RTR website.
24 January 2018
Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit hosted a meeting for the committee at his office in Subiaco, bringing together new members for the first time and providing them an opportunity to get to know each other and learn more about the role of the Commissioner and the committees.
Members shared their thoughts on some of the areas where they would like to see positive change occur for LGBTI young people in WA, and the issues they would like to specifically hone in and work on as a committee.
Some suggestions included:
- improving LGBTI children and young people’s experiences in schooling
- the community, e.g. reducing discrimination and harassment
- raising awareness about LGBTI issues
- improving processes for trans children and young people
- housing and employment etc.
The group also spoke about how they might like to work together during the year.
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