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A safe world for our children

A safe world for our children

How do we create and sustain a safe world for our children?  25 years ago Australia signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.    What have we done to ensure those rights for our children within the LGBTIQ community?  As a nation we pledged to allow each child to reach their full…Continue Reading

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“Children, There is No Such Thing as Other Peoples”

“Children, There is No Such Thing as Other Peoples”

 

I saw a sentence yesterday that has stuck with me.  “There is No Such Thing as Other People’s Children”  Since then these words have been coming to my mind.  These words resonate deeply and I like them.  “No such thing as other people’s children” means to me that it is incumbent on all of us…Continue Reading

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There are three sides to every story

Thanks to my lovely friend Liz for bringing the old post to my attention yesterday.  It’s from an old blog site of mine and I don’t think it is on this site so I thought I’d share it again.

10 things that you might want to ask same-sex parents?

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LGBTIQ children safety – Safe School Coalition

Safe-Schools-Coalition

The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched an investigation into the Safe School Coalition program.  The Safe School Coalition is aimed at providing a safe and inclusive school environment free from homophobic and transphobic bullying.

I have watched as the increasing coverage in the…Continue Reading

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How important are our pre-teens and tweens?

I want to tell you what I have realised.  I’ve realised that our pre-teens, tweens and their parents have little information to help them when it comes to being LGBTIQ+ and this is impacting on the mental health of adults.  This is not due to a lack of desire to help by all the wonderful…Continue Reading

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What’s in a Word; how to make communication a little easier?

“Because even the smallest of words can be the ones to hurt you, or save you.” – Natsuki Takaya

This quote says a lot more than its mere 16 words. It truly can be as simple as one word spoken by a person to you that can be completely benign or even funny, the same word…Continue Reading

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The Irish Have It

Ireland

Along with thousands of others across the world I want to share my thoughts and feelings on the referendum for marriage equality in Ireland over the weekend and what it means to Australia.  I am ecstatic with such an amazingly positive outcome in favour of marriage…Continue Reading

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The Enemy, Silence

Silence

 

When was the last time you had a conversation with your children about homosexuality?  When was the last time you had a conversation with friends or family about homosexuality?  When was the last time you had a thought about homosexuality?

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Questions, questions and easy answers

My heart was happy yesterday due to an experience that showed how easily children ‘get’ same sex relationships and families with 2 mums or 2 dads.  A beautiful young girl, the child of a friend drew us a lovely picture of Monique and I.  She beautifully hid near her mother trying secretly to ask her…Continue Reading

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Why do I want you to speak up? Will you?

For those of us who put significant energy into fighting what we consider to be the good fight and repeatedly attempting to raise awareness around LGBTI rights, discrimination, laws and hurt it often appears that our voices go unheard.  I often wonder why – is it perception or reality? If you don’t share your opinion…Continue Reading

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