Same-sex attraction and gender diversity (SSAGD)

Approximately 10% of the population is same-sex attracted, gender diverse or intersex. Students in any one class may be heterosexual,  gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, transgender, genderqueer, intersex or one of many other sex, gender or sexuality minorities. Or the students may have parents, family friends or other relatives who belong to a sexuality, sex or gender minority.

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Safe spaces

Discussing sex, sexuality and relationships can be an intensely personal experience. While most students quickly feel comfortable, it is essential to ensure that all students feel safe and comfortable before the lessons commence. All programs begin with a discussion about what constitutes a safe space (physical environment, the presence of trusted adults, a commitment to respectful communication as stipulated by the students, an understanding of how content will be delivered etc) and the role each person plays in ensuring that happens.

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