Welcome to Our Colours
Our Colours is a website produced and managed by the NSW Anti-Homophobia Interagency (AHI). Our Colours offers fresh, practical, relevant, contemporary and best practice lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) resources and information to NSW school communities. This site is for everyone but is particularly aimed at young people (students), teachers and parents/families. Please visit the basics page for information about terminology used on Our Colours.
Safe Schools Coalition Australia (Program)
Safe Schools Coalition Australia is a national coalition dedicated to making schools safer and more inclusive for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse young people. Safe Schools Coalition Australia member schools have access to a broad range of tools, resources and support that suit the unique needs, concerns and capacity of their school community. These services aim to improve safety and inclusivity for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, their families and teachers, while taking a zero-tolerance approach to homophobia and transphobia in the school community. You can find out more here.
Growing Up Queer (Research)
Twenty10 along with partners The University of Western Sydney and The Young and Well CRC recently released ‘Growing Up Queer: Issues Facing Young Australians Who are Gender Variant and Sexuality Diverse’ (2014). A new study has found that 16% of young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ) have attempted suicide and 33% have harmed themselves as a result of widespread homophobic and transphobic harassment and violence. More than 1000 young people aged between 16-27 years of age participated in the national research study, with almost two-thirds reporting homophobic or transphobic harassment or violence across different aspects of their lives, including in schools, families, the workplace, the streets and other public sites such as sporting events. You can download a copy here: Growing Up Queer (PDF).