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Moves on queer youth issues welcome

Thu 31 Oct 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback View at NDHA

File Photo The nation's largest queer youth organisation is welcoming Labour’s moves toward improving the lot of glbti high school students. At is party conference this weekend, Labour will consider policy proposals which could have significant impact in New Zealand schools. They are a national sex and sexuality education programme, improving the pastoral support given to queer youth in schools, enact school anti-bullying requirements, and ending discrimination when it comes to same-sex partners at balls. While making it clear the organisation is politically neutral, Rainbow Youth General Manager Duncan Matthews says he is pleased to see some of the issues the organisation has been advocating on over the past few years begin to be recognised. “Being denied the ability to take a same sex partner to a school ball negatively impacts on the mental health of our young people, and sexuality and gender diversity education in our schools promotes a accepting, safe learning environment for all New Zealanders,” Matthews says.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Thursday, 31st October 2013 - 2:36pm

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