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Safety in Numbers – Defending the Safe Schools Program

By Alec Young Growing up a closeted bisexual in the Catholic school system was never easy, even if I know that I had a better time than most. Throughout my time at an all-boys high school, derogatory terms for gay, lesbian and trans people were used as common insults, though to the credit of my skill at hiding and lying about who I was, none of those insults bore any “truth” so to speak. High school is hell for many people; however, thankfully, great teachers surrounded me along with a small circle of friends and supportive parents to get me through it. Sadly though, these sources that aren’t always available, or willing to help everyone. Earlier this month, the independent review of the Safe Schools program was handed over to the Government to conduct its own review of the system. This comes after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heard concerns from the far-right conservative element in his own party that the Safe Schools program was described as “having a Marxist and social engineering agenda” and should …