Wednesday 9 September 2018
Today, the Daily Telegraph published on the front-page the story “Teachers align on gender spotting” and that the Prime Minister Scott Morrison commented on Twitter that: “We do not need ‘gender whisperers’ in our schools. Let kids be kids”.
Prejudicial attitudes result in an increase in trans and gender diverse young people experiences of marginalisation, stigma, isolation, prejudice, social exclusion, discrimination, abuse, and violence.
The Australian Psychological Society highlights that for trans and gender diverse children, negative school experiences including difficulties with peers and friendships, harassment and violence, fears for safety, social exclusion, issues in relation to uniforms, toilets and sports, and other forms of discrimination can lead to disrupted schooling which has long term consequences.
The TransPathways report released in 2017, which was the largest study ever conducted on the mental health and care pathways of trans and gender diverse young people in Australia shows that four out of 5 trans young people have ever engaged in self-harm, and almost 1 in 2 have ever attempted suicide (48%). It also found that around 3 in every 4 trans young people have experienced anxiety or depression.
The Alliance welcomed the Prime Ministers comments that he made during his first press conference as Prime Minister, in which he stated: “We’re on your side. That’s what matters. We’re on your side.” We look forward to the Prime Minister taking the opportunity to lead on a positive dialogue that is supportive of young trans and gender diverse people to ensure that all Australians, are given a fair go and treated with dignity and respect.
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