August 1, 2011
Australian school bans lesbian couples
Current students and alumni are seeking to overturn a ban on same-sex partners at an all-girls school in Perth.
Lesbian couples are considered “inappropriate” by St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, and are barred from attending the school ball together. Former students also claim that a gay-friendly chaplain was fired for being “too different” and “open-minded”.
As an independent school, St Mary’s is able to make its own rules regarding sexual expression. However, a number of LGBT advocates suggested that current policies might contravene the Equal Opportunities Act.
“I understand that many single-sex schools wish to foster environments where they are able to mix with other genders, but this is still an inadequate reason [to exclude same-sex couples],” said Kitty Hawkins of Gay and Lesbian Equality Western Australia.
“Same-sex attraction and trans-genderism are not contagious and allowing one or two same-sex couples to attend a dance together will not insinuate that the entire year will then follow suit. Schools public or private have an obligation towards their students to ensure that they are able to learn within an environment that is safe, respectful and accepting.”
Former student Kia Groom claimed that the school’s attitude made it difficult for her to come to terms with her bisexuality. She accused them of trying “nip lesbian behaviour in the bud”.
Do we still need pride?
Lesbilicious at Brighton Pride 2012 asking lots of people their opinions on whether or not we need pride.
September 2, 2012