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Gay And Transgender Students And Teachers Could Be ‘Turned Away’ From Australian Schools

prideRecommendations from a review into religious freedom in Australia could lead to gay and transgender students, and teachers, being rejected from Australian schools.  Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in December 2017 in the country, the Australian government ordered a review into religious freedom. The review hoped to address concerns of religious communities and conservative MPs

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Recommendations from a review into religious freedom in Australia could lead to gay and transgender students, and teachers, being rejected from Australian schools. 

Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in December 2017 in the country, the Australian government ordered a review into religious freedom.

The review hoped to address concerns of religious communities and conservative MPs who feared the change would restrict people’s ability to practise their religion freely.

It was carried about by a panel chaired by former attorney-general Philip Ruddock, and received more than 15,000 submissions.

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A report from the review was given to Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s cabinet four months ago, and recommended the federal Sex Discrimination Act to be amended in order to allow religious schools to discriminate against students on the basis of religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status, the Sunday Morning Herald reports.

The panel agreed faith-based schools should have some discretion to discriminate in the hiring of teachers on the same grounds, though religious schools already have some exemptions from discrimination laws when it comes to hiring teachers.

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LGBT groups argued the recommendations by telling the panel about the stress and mental health pressure on teachers forced to hide their identity.

The report explained:

[An] example was given of an employee at a religious school who was employed despite being open about being same-sex attracted.

Later, when the leadership of the school changed, that teacher was dismissed on the basis of his sexuality.

The report also stated:

There is a wide variety of religious schools in Australia and … to some school communities, cultivating an environment and ethos which conforms to their religious beliefs is of paramount importance.

To the extent that this can be done in the context of appropriate safeguards for the rights and mental health of the child, the panel accepts their right to select, or preference, students who uphold the religious convictions of that school community.

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The report is still being reviewed by the cabinet, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison made a statement about the recommendations today (October 10), saying:

Our government will consider the details and release our response after it has gone through a proper cabinet process.

We will protect religious freedom, and get the balance right. Each proposal will be considered carefully and respectfully before any final decisions are taken.

The report added that if the recommended laws were to be enforced, amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act should only apply to new enrolments in schools.

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The schools in question should also have a publicly available policy outlining their position on discriminating against students and teachers and should regard the best interests of the child as the ‘primary consideration of its conduct’.

The review does not recommend any changes to the Marriage Act or suggest a dedicated Religious Freedom Act, and the panel did not accept that businesses should be allowed to refuse services on religious grounds.

The panel said that refusing services would ‘unnecessarily encroach on other human rights’ and ‘may cause significant harm to vulnerable groups’.

Morrison said religious freedom laws are needed to safeguard the ability to express faith.

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Parents Throw Teen Out After Finding Photo With Girlfriend And Discovering She Was Gay

Girl disowned for being gay 2A teenage girl was disowned by her family after they discovered a picture of her with another girl. Emily Scheck, an athlete from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, received an unexpected text from her mum earlier this year, telling her she would be cut out off their lives forever if she didn’t get therapy

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A teenage girl was disowned by her family after they discovered a picture of her with another girl.

Emily Scheck, an athlete from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, received an unexpected text from her mum earlier this year, telling her she would be cut out off their lives forever if she didn’t get therapy to ‘cure’ her.

Not knowing how to respond, Emily said nothing. Refusing to get therapy, the teenager continued with her life. That is, until she came home not long afterwards to find all of her belongings had been thrown into her car.

As reported by Outsports, her parents had not only thrown out her childhood belongings – including any awards, plaques and animals she owned – but they had removed the license plates from her car too.

They couldn’t take her car from her, as she had bought it herself, but they did take her license plates because up until that point, they were paying for her insurance.

Coming home to find all of her belongings stuffed into her car without a second thought, Emily was left alone. She then received a message from her parents, telling her never to speak to them or her siblings ever again.

Speaking to Outsports, Emily described how difficult it was at first:

At the start it was definitely tough. I was lucky to be in preseason the first couple of weeks because coach could get us meals in the dining hall.

Preseason for cross-country, which Emily participates in at college. With just $20 to her name and only getting paid every couple of weeks for her two jobs, the teenager was forced to rely on her coach for food.

Thankfully, the generosity displayed by her friends and by complete strangers has meant Emily now has enough money to stay in school and buy food to survive.

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A GoFundMe page was set up, with a target of $5,000 to help the 19-year-old get back on her feet and to ‘help her to buy groceries, finance to finish school, or cover insurance’.

The page reads:

Emily has no home, and has no family supporting her. In 2019, she will no longer be on her parents health care plan and will have a whole new set of expenses to be covered. She was kicked out of her home for being herself.

No one deserves to have their home and siblings taken away from them for being their true selves. Though she has made a new home in Buffalo through her teammates and her girlfriend, Justyna, we can no longer stand by and do nothing.

It soon beat the target, with a total of more than $100,000 being raised to help the teenage athlete. For a while, it was uncertain whether the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) would allow her to accept the donations as they initially withheld the donations.

However, they reversed their decision and Canisius College released an official statement regarding the matter:

Canisius College received clarification from the NCAA that Emily Scheck can retain her eligibility and continue to receive GoFundMe donations that assist her with living and educational expenses….NCAA rules allow a school to assist a student-athlete with a fundraiser after a significant life event occurs.

Canisius and the NCAA will continue to work together in support of Emily. She is a member of the Canisius family and we will to do whatever we can to assist her.

Although Emily was disowned by her family, I’m thankful she had the love and support she needed from her friends.

You can donate to her GoFundMe here.

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Jaden Smith Confirms Relationship With Tyler, The Creator Again

Jaden Smith 2Jaden Smith has confirmed yet again that he is in a relationship with Tyler, The Creator, stating that everything he has said is ‘true’. The 20-year-old rapper and actor was performing at California’s Camp Flog Gnaw music festival earlier this month when he began praising festival founder Tyler. He then described the rapper as his

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Jaden Smith has confirmed yet again that he is in a relationship with Tyler, The Creator, stating that everything he has said is ‘true’.

The 20-year-old rapper and actor was performing at California’s Camp Flog Gnaw music festival earlier this month when he began praising festival founder Tyler.

He then described the rapper as his ‘boyfriend’; the 27-year-old was standing off stage when The Get Down actor dropped the bombshell, and could be seen laughing in response.

Footage of the moment Jaden made the announcement was posted on social media soon afterwards and his fans can be heard cheering and clapping as he spoke to them.

In the videos that have emerged since, it appears as though Tyler – full name Tyler Gregory Okonma – denies that what Jaden is saying is true.

The American rapper, who had disguised himself behind a mask, can be seen facing the crowd and shaking his finger – seemingly repeating the word ‘no’.

Addressing his fans, Jaden declared:

I just wanna say Tyler, The Creator is the best friend in the world and I love him so f*cking much. And I wanna tell you guys something — I wanna tell you. Tyler doesn’t wanna say, but Tyler’s my motherf*cking boyfriend! And he’s been my motherf*cking boyfriend my whole f*cking life!

Tyler, The Creator is my f*cking boyfriend! It’s true!

He continued to insist:

Tyler, The Creator is my f*cking boyfriend. OK? You take anything away from this f*cking show, that’s what you need to take away.

Taking to social media after the show, Jaden persisted with his statement by tweeting: ‘Yup @tylerthecreator I Told Everyone You Can’t Deny It Now’.

The tweet has since been deleted, but Tyler’s response is still there for everyone to see and he appeared to brush the claims off.

He simply replied:

So people were left wondering what the hell was going on. Were they, weren’t they? No one could tell and it didn’t look to be getting cleared up anytime soon.

However, we may have some answers because Jaden recently appeared on a radio show and has confirmed their relationship once more.

As reported by VT, the 20-year-old made an appearance on Beats 1 Radio on Friday and, while there, described Tyler once again as his boyfriend.

He said:

I recently said that Tyler, The Creator is my boyfriend and that’s true. And that’s true. So, just so you know.

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Well, there you have it.

Although neither artist has explicitly come out as gay, both have spoken openly in the past about sexuality and gender identities.

Speaking with Billboard in 2017, Tyler revealed he had dated a boy back when he was fifteen:

I had a boyfriend when I was fifteen in f*cking Hawthorne, if that’s not open minded, I don’t know what is.

This revelation mirrors lyrics in his track Ain’t Got Time from his album Flower Boy:

Next line will have ’em like ‘Whoa’ / I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.

The rapper also talks about struggling to come to terms with who is in Garden Shed:

Truth is, since you kid, I thought it was a phase / Thought it would be like the Frank poof, gone / But, it’s still going on.

And Jaden is admired for his non-binary fashion sense; he was widely praised for becoming the first man to front Louis Vuitton’s womenswear campaign back in 2016 and has been challenging gender norms ever since.

In an interview with GQ Style, the actor said he doesn’t see the distinction between men’s clothes and women’s clothes.

He said:

I feel like people are kind of confused about gender norms. I feel like people don’t really get it. I’m not saying that I get it, I’m just saying that I’ve never seen any distinction. I don’t see man clothes and woman clothes, I just see scared people and comfortable people.

Could there be romance in the air? Or is it just two mates having a laugh together? Maybe we’ll never know.

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Gender Set To Be Removed From Australian State Birth Certificates

prideThe Australian state of Tasmania is on the brink of removing gender from birth certificates to benefit transgender people.  Both the Labor and Green party amendments want to remove gender from the documents so trans people don’t have to disclose their transgender status when going about tasks where they have to state their identity, such

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The Australian state of Tasmania is on the brink of removing gender from birth certificates to benefit transgender people. 

Both the Labor and Green party amendments want to remove gender from the documents so trans people don’t have to disclose their transgender status when going about tasks where they have to state their identity, such as applying for jobs.

Other amendments propose removing the need for transgender people to have sex change surgery before switching gender on official documents, The Australian report.

Sue Hickey, Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly, said:

I do think the world is changing and we need to be open to considering things that might discriminate or harm somebody. I’m very open.

Transgender activist, Martine Delaney explained the move would have a significant impact on transgender people, stating:

It is not doing away with gender. That information would still be recorded by the registrar and medical records in the hospital.

It just simply wouldn’t be displayed on the birth certificate.

However, the Liberal government, as well as Christian and feminist groups, believe the bill has been ‘hijacked’ by the transgender lobby.

Australian Christian Lobby’s state director, Mark Brown, told The Australian the bill was ‘essentially abolishing gender’, and ‘homogenising humanity’.

He added:

If you are ­legally a transgender woman, even if you have a penis you can go wherever you want in terms of women’s safe spaces.

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According to News.com.au, Brown continued:

Amending a legal document in this way would have many unintended consequences, like jeopardising women only safe-spaces and encouraging potentially dangerous competitive inequalities in sport.

The sex a child is born with is a scientific and immutable fact. Birth certificates are used to detail such historical truths.

A person’s biological sex is changed or removed it greatly diminishes the significance and usefulness of birth certificates. Such changes, therefore, should be off-limits. [sic]

Bronwyn Williams, a spokesperson for Women Speak Tasmania, said it’s important to keep gender markers to ‘protect the integrity of the historical record contained in birth certificates’.

She continued in a statement:

Birth certificates are historical records that serve a number of demographic functions and inform both government policy and legislation on a wide range of areas.

This fiction has already eroded the rights of women and girls to female-only spaces and services.

If male-bodied people are permitted to be legally recognised as female on the basis of self-identification alone, as proposed by groups like Transforming Tasmania, women’s sex-based rights will be a thing of the past.

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Greens leader, Cassy O’Connor, who has a transgender son, said the changes would end discrimin­ation and make a real difference to lives, The Australian report.

She said:

The flow-on effects of being able to have your birth certificate either gender neutral or changed to your correct gender are profoundly life-changing.

At the moment in Tasmania, if Jasper wants to have his birth certificate changed he will need to have a hysterectomy, and that is cruel and unnecessary.

A vote on the decision is set to take place next month in Tasmania’s lower house.

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