Melbourne schools have been urged to scrap the words ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ and instead start using gender-neutral pronouns – such as ‘parent’. This is all a part of a recent campaign aimed to improve inclusivity for LGBTQ+ students, and it includes the implementation of gender-neutral bathrooms, non-gendered sports teams, and flying rainbow flags.
The campaign encourages schools to stop teachers and students from using the words ‘mom’, ‘dad’, or ‘boyfriend’ in order to banish gendered words. Instead, it says that they should use words such as ‘parent’ and ‘partner’.
The campaign is named #SpeakingUpSpeaksVolumes and it was launched by the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network.
The campaign has been using material from Proud2Play and VicHealth, and it includes strategies on how to implement inclusivity for schools and sports.
According to the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, the campaign is not about mandating the use of pronouns, but it’s focused on addressing the very serious impacts that misdemeanor and discrimination has on LGBTQ+ people, children, and young people in particular.
The Network’s CEO Chris Carter said that feeling safe in school is something every child deserves, and there’s no place for hurtful, disrespectful, or discriminatory behavior.
Source: Daily Mail