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I am a teacher. I've worked in all different places: pre-schools, primary schools, high schools; mainstream schools, behavioural schools, special education schools, cultural schools. As someone in a same-sex relationship, I've discovered that each place has reacted to me in different ways. I've been accepted and ostracised; I've felt safe and felt targeted. I've been told to keep my 'weakness' from damaging the school, and that it's ok to discuss relationships with children, as long as…Continue
Having sent emails to Government representatives, I thought it time to see how the opposition felt about the issues I was raising. So I sent the following email to Mr Andrews:
Dear Mr Andrews
I am writing to you as Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services as I believe the issue I am raising with you would fit within the purview of your portfolio.
On the 17th of May this year, the world observed the International Day Against…Continue
Walking the Talk
So I figured it was time! Some weeks ago I managed to secure an appointment with the very busy Federal Liberal member for Boothby, Andrew Southcott. We met today... These are some of my thoughts...
Andrew (Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Healthcare) was quick to establish that ‘this issue is a difficult one for the Liberal Party and for me personally’ ...but he nevertheless made an effort…
I'm still finding my feet in my new world having only been out for a relatively short period of about 10 months. But I have emailed a few politicians (a new thing for me) on homophobia and equal love. One of them is my local Federal MP, Mr Nick Champion. Here's the correspondence so far - nothing brilliant but just me having my first go supporting an issue that is important to me.
On the 12th of May 2011, I sent an email to Nick Champion, Member for Wakefield. The…Continue
Pretty nervous this morning as I upload the latest Digital Story and start the process of circulating it online... In my head I replay the many voices of concern (both real and imagined) about whether I’m exposing my daughter too much... or in some way ‘dumping her in it’...
The story is about how community acceptance of same sex marriage would flag a wider acceptance of sexual diversity and impact upon homophobia, particularly that experienced by the ‘innocent victims’ - our…
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So having decided on a school our next logical step was to attend the parent/teacher get to know you session. I have to say that the first meeting with Riley’s teacher did not go well. We asked what we thought was a fairly innocuous question about what resources the school had which would reflect Riley’s family structure. We didn’t know it then but as it turns out Riley’s reception teacher ‘doesn’t do parent teacher nights well’, apparently gets a bit nervous. The response to our question…Continue
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I have started to write about our families experience as a gay family sending our daughter to school for the first time and our experiences of being on the inside at a local high school where my partner teaches. The contrast between the two experiences is quite stark. At the high school our family is visible, celebrated even, but at the kindy and primary school level we are virtually invisible. This is our story as the invisible gay family at our local kindy and primary…Continue
I’m processing some big stuff that happened over the weekend. These are some of the words that I’m trying to squash into a Digital Story, to follow...
On Saturday, my girlfriend and I got (illegally) ‘married’ in a…
Just to let you know I made a quick digidoc of my experience of today's IDAHO rally in Adelaide. Would be great to hear and view others' perspectives and experiences, too. You can see it on the Rainbow Family Tree's facebook page.
After lots of discussion with members, we've made some changes on the site!
The 'groups' and 'forums' areas have been canned... and we've reintroduced the 'blogs' area. We'll use this space to do a round up of activities and posts by members across the various online spaces RFT now inhabits. If you haven't checked them out yet, here they are:
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