Pride Month at LSC

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Content warning: Discussion of suicide ideation

Pride Month is held annually for the month of June, and provides an opportunity to celebrate and advocate for the rights of LGBTQIA+ people, including youth. Although Pride Month started as a commemoration of the Stonewall riots in New York in 1969, it is celebrated internationally and still important today for us at LSC because we know that:

  • In regional Australian schools, 78% of LGBTQIA+ youth and teachers regularly witness negative comments about LGBTQIA+ people
  • In regional Australian schools, 88% of LGBTQIA+ youth want their teachers to more actively take a stand against negative comments and behaviours about LGBTQIA+ people
  • In regional Australian schools, 37% of LGBTQIA+ youth felt safe to come out at school
  • In regional Australian schools, 88% of LGBTQIA+ youth felt there was not adequate support for LGBTQIA+ youth in their region
  • Australia wide, LGBTQIA+ people experience depression at rates six times higher than the general population
  • Australia wide, LGBTQIA+ youth have had thoughts of suicide at rates five times higher than the general population
  • When schools regularly support and affirm LGBTQIA+ youth and challenge discrimination, school engagement and wellbeing outcomes improve for LGBTQIA+ students

Below are some resources that:

a) provide support for LGBTQIA+ youth specifically, or
b) that are for everyone, to assist with learning and supporting LGBTQIA+ youth.

We also want to highlight that LSC has wellbeing support available.

Everyone

LGBTQIA+ youth

Happy Pride Month everyone! 

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