Homophobic bullying

Principal receives a ‘fail’ in education and Christian values

I am shocked by WA Today’s article where a Principal has told a parent of the local Mandurah schoolgirl, that his daughter is not welcome at school because he is gay, Greens spokesperson for sexuality and gender identity Lynn MacLaren MLC says.

"This story is clearly upsetting for many people," Ms MacLaren said.

"Christians can be gay and gay people can be Christian. The actions of this Principal, if this report is accurate, are bigoted and judgemental.

“It is galling to me that state and federal funds are being used to prop up this school, where such prejudice and discrimination is being displayed.

“These parents may choose to send their child to another school that would provide better support and education for their daughter, but I worry about all of the other children at the school. Read more »

Homophobic bullying

As the Greens WA spokesperson on sexuality, Lynn is calling on the Minister for Education to introduce a specific policy against homophobic bullying in schools. She recently moved a motion in the Legislative Council to try to achieve this.

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Greens call for a specific policy against homophobic bullying in schools

Today Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC, the Greens WA spokesperson on sexuality, used non-government time in Parliament to call on the Minister for Education to introduce a specific policy against homophobic bullying in schools.

Ms MacLaren cited recent research which shows that specific policies are working in other states to reduce homophobia in schools.

“Discrimination, violence and bullying on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is alarmingly common in our schools,” said Ms MacLaren. Read more »