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Safe Schools Coalition is now here in Tassie
Safe Schools Coalition Australia now has a Tasmanian partner! Working It Out, Tasmania’s gender, sexuality and intersex status support and education service is the fifth state/territory to join the Safe Schools Coalition National along with Victoria, NSW, SA and the ACT. In partnership with WIO, schools across Tasmania will now have further access to training, education and resources to support a whole of school approach to providing an inclusive school community.
The Safe Schools Coalition Working It Out partnership provides over 16 years of experience in developing and investing in Tasmanian primary, secondary and college communities, but also builds on existing relationships with the Tasmanian education sector in order to ensure sustainability of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) program in Tasmania.
We are very excited to have engaged two highly skilled and motivated Safe School Project Officers to work on the program. Xris Reardon is based in the WIO Hobart office and Dean Mundey is in the North and covering the North and Northwest.
The Project Officers, and the other team members of WIO participated in Safe Schools Victoria training in March with several school chaplains, and key representatives from the Tasmania Department of Education. Please contact Dean in the north and Xris in the South if you would like to know more.
Dean Mundey works on Thursdays and Fridays and his number is 0428 983 977
And Xris Reardon works on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and their number is 0409 828 705
Being Proud: Individual journeys, shared stories
A project for Tasmanian parents & carers of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex students.
In December 2014 two parents from interstate and several parents from Tasmania visited Hobart, Deloraine, Burnie and Launceston to tell their stories. They have worked hard to give their children the best possible support to be themselves.
Elaine, the proud mum of a young trans woman and Lisa the proud mum of a young trans man talked of the value of a parents support group in NSW, a group they have been a part of for some time now and it has been invaluable for them. They welcomed the opportunity to share their experiences and what they have learnt along the way.
Els, a 66 year old Dutch/New Zealand/Tasmanian woman, married to Peter, mother to a straight daughter, Naida, a gay son, Nick and grandmother to 10 month old Jack spoke to 3 Hobart audiences about the support she received from PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). Els also spoke about becoming active in PFLAG and gay rights and the impact that still has for her.
In Launceston mother Rose spoke of her son Rick and his coming out story and her journey with him. Each workshop session was quite unique with many contributions from those who attended. WIO will now work towards the establishment of a parent support network in 2015. We would like to hear form any family members who are interested in being involved.
This is a project to engage school parent associations and community houses in challenging prejudice and discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation and intersex status in school communities. If you are interested in hearing from these parents of LGBTI students please come to one of the sessions or call us if you would like to know more.
We’ll also have useful books, resources and websites! If you would like to know more please ring Susan during office hours on 6231 1200.
The Examiner also published an article about the visits. You can read the full article here.
Welcome to Working It Out Inc
WIO is a unique organisation in Australia providing a specialist service to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people and their families across Tasmania. We are proud of our reputation as an inclusive, community driven organisation respected by our members and other key stakeholders. WIO has the capacity, resources and desire to achieve our strategic goals. WIO has played a key role in identifying the nexus between suicide prevention and the importance of embracing diversity. WIO provides services designed to meet the needs of people negotiating their gender, sexuality and or intersex status through:
Individual counselling and/or support;
Student education and support in schools;
Training in workplaces;
Policy development with government agencies;
Partnership projects with mainstream services; and
Partnership projects with LGBTI organisations.
WIO is valued for its commitment to engage with individuals, and their families and friends, as well as service providers, educational institutions and employers in an empathetic way. WIO understands its target group, and LGBTI communities more widely and is inclusive of all 5 communities: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex. WIO reflects a sophisticated understanding of LGBTI community members’ culture, experiences and needs.
Tasmania's specialist service for sexuality, gender and intersex status support and education, recognised for our experience and expertise.
To build individual resilience, community capacity and a more just society.
Supporting Working It Out
You can support the organisation by becoming a member, nominating to sit on the Committee of Managament or donating to the organisation. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.