Over 1,000 current and former Anglican school students have signed an open letter to the 34 schools who are demanding their right to discriminate against LGBTI staff and students be upheld.
It sparked a letter from Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich requesting an apology from the Anglican Church for their doubling down against changes to the Sex Discrimination Act.
“We, a body of current and previous students (and parents) from your schools, are writing to you to let you know we are appalled at your open letter to PM Scott Morrison demanding the right to discriminate against LGBT staff,” the letter reads.
“While each and every student may hold a different opinion on a variety of topics, this blatant attempt of silencing gay and lesbian people is a step too far.
“Being homosexual does not in any way impair a staff member’s ability to work,” the letter continues.
“If LGBT staff are to be discriminated against due to their sexuality, they will have live in fear that they will lose their job if they are to be themselves.
“Living like this is not humane nor in any way acceptable. School is meant to be a place of development, open expression and trust.
“Without this ability to be open, we think that staff will not be able to work to their highest potential.”
Gabby Cassidy Doyle, who attended Arndell College, wrote an impassioned Facebook post about the bullying she says she experienced while a student there, and the alleged discrimination she experienced from staff, which has now been shared dozens of times.
Having seen the signature of Arndell’s Principal on the list, Doyle hit out at the school, writing, “After almost ten years, I’m still haunted by the treatment I received at Arndell.”
“As a fragile 16-year-old girl I was publicly outed by a teacher. I was completely humiliated,” Doyle alleged.
“I was relentlessly bullied for being ‘a fat dyke’, and when I asked for help, I was told I had brought it on myself.
“I was sent to meet with the school [chaplain], who kindly informed me that I was damned to hell.
“I was humiliated and made fun of on a daily basis, and the school just stood by and watched it happen.
“The most humiliating moment in my school history is when I was told I could no longer change in the girls change rooms for fear that I would act sexually inappropriately towards another student.
“I had never felt so isolated.”
Doyle wrote that she ended up leaving the school.
“The only thing I have to thank Arndell for is how strong and determined I am now,” she wrote.
“You did not win. You can’t pray away the gay.”
The open letter organised by Loomes ends with a simple message.
“We call on you to retract your open letter and not judge your staff by their sexual orientation but by the quality of their work.”