STAND OUT

Against Homophobia, Biphobia
and Transphobia in Schools

Stand Out

We are the young people leading change in our schools - and we want to give you ways to Stand Out against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in yours.
It can be as simple as putting up posters, or as big as starting a Stand Out group (also known as a queer-straight alliance). Here's what we've learned from standing out in our schools around Australia.

Ways You Can Stand Out

Know Your Friends and Supporters
Figuring out who the support students and staff are can be a massive help.
Be Seen and Heard
Put up posters, write a speech on sexuality and gender diversity, and have conversations with other students.
Challenge Homophobic and Transphobic Behaviour
Let teachers know when it happens, or call it out yourself.
Share Information
Like resources, queer books and online support so that everyone has access to it.
Run An Event
Like a rainbow day or BBQ that celebrates gender and sexual diversity.
Form A Stand Out Group
Also known as a Queer Straight Alliance to support others create action in your school.

LUELLA

We created the group SSAYF (‘Same Sex Attracted Youth and Friends) after being inspired by the groups that other schools had made. We didn’t really have that much of a problem with homophobia or transphobia but sexuality or gender weren't talked about much.

As an all girls school we wanted to be a powerful image of women, and accepting of all different ways of life

Once it started, people were coming to me saying “this is really great – I wouldn’t have thought of it before – I’m so glad this is happening”.

It changed the school environment, and feels really fantastic.

TATUM

I grew up in a beachside town in Western Australia. It was a pretty chilled out environment. I’m a transgender female, and I’ve been living like this for about 6 months nearly.

The way I’ve stood out against transphobia at my school has been to educate people as much as I can about what being transgender actually means. I found that there has been just so much misinformation on a lot of the basic concepts. Probably the biggest misunderstanding is that sexuality and gender identity are the same thing.

I’m living how I wanted to live for my whole life. I’m using the girls’ toilets and locker rooms, and I’m treated in the same way as all my female friends are treated. I just feel amazing.

Get Started Today

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WORKSHOPS

Not sure how to start? We can come to you and run a workshop with students or staff, and teach you our tips for standing out.