The New South Wales government has ditched controversial anti-bullying program Safe Schools, to the dismay of the LGBTQI community and their allies. Education Minister Rob Stokes said in a statement that the state would develop a new, broader anti-bullying program to implement from July onwards. Safe Schools caught a lot of flack for its perceived focus on gay and trans students – provoking some truly reprehensible takes on the matter, including that the program was "brainwashing" kids. Leaving aside the garbage notion that teaching young people not to bully others because of their gender identity or sexual orientation is brainwashing (come on, mates), Safe Schools was genuinely put in place to make schools safer by providing teachers and students with a resource to help combat homophobia and bullying.
April 17 / Pedestrian Daily