Chris BushAn innovative project to bring the stories of same-sex attracted and gender diverse students into classrooms is seeking crowd-funding to become a reality.

The project “All of Us” by Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV) will film the experiences of young LGBTI people, helping schools engage with these issues through classroom resources accompanying the videos.

Project head Chris Bush believes new approaches are needed to challenge homophobia and transphobia in schools, rather than relegating diverse identities to the sphere of sex education.

“For many young LGBT students, schools are still not a safe place to be,” Bush said.

“We hope [All of Us] will allow any teacher, in any school to effectively challenge homophobia and promote sexual and gender diversity in their classroom.”

SSCV director Roz Ward said this kind of resource was vital to start conversations about gender and sexual diversity in schools.

“This project has the potential to be used in schools across Australia to open up much needed discussions about gender and sexual diversity in the classroom,” Ward said.

“It would be great if the community could get behind this project and help us reach as many schools as possible in Victoria, and help same sex attracted and gender diverse students feel safe, included, and supported at school.”

The project is now open for funding online at www.indiegogo.com/projects/all-of-us.

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