Students expelled from schools for being gay? It’s not OK

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Private schools are exempt from provisions that make it unlawful to discriminate against a student on the basis of homosexuality or transgender grounds. MP Alex Greenwich is right to challenge it.

Schools often aspire to be nurturing and supportive institutions. For gay and lesbian students, however, experience dictates that it can be a place of seclusion rather than support.

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In fact, in many private and faith-based schools, “coming out” is sufficient grounds for expulsion. Recently, Independent MP Alex Greenwich has moved legislation to help put an end to this in NSW.

If passed, private educational authorities would no longer be able to discriminate against current or prospective students on the basis of homosexuality, transgender status, domestic status, age and disability.

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