The Australian Greens support the ‘Proud Schools’ program in NSW, which is designed to build a culture of understanding and acceptance for gay and lesbian students.
“We know that LGBTI teens are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their classmates and I am pleased to see programs like Proud Schools supporting gay and lesbian teens,” Greens LGBTI spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
“Proud Schools, along with similar programs in other states around the country, encourage tolerance and help young LGBTI people through what can be a very difficult stage in their lives.
"An attack on the program by Miranda Devine in today’s Daily Telegraph shows that she is working with NSW MP Fred Nile in trying to maintain out-dated prejudice and discrimination.
“Campaigns against oppression, including the South Australian ‘Wear it Purple Day’, help to show that discriminatory language and bullying will not be tolerated in our schools.
“Most of Australia’s young people show incredible leadership and maturity in their acceptance of all minority groups and the Greens support initiatives designed to support that.
“It is crucial that State Governments continue to support programs that will help the many students who need to know that ‘it gets better’.”
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