School Sex Identity Rules Hang Discrimination Threat over Ed Qld

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GOVERNMENT-run schools will need to embrace new guidelines advocating acceptance for gay, lesbian, transgender or intersex students, or Education Queensland could face accusations of discrimination.

The new policy, to be released next month, will encourage gender-neutral uniforms and sporting games made up of both girls and boys.

It has the support of Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek who described self-identity as potentially "very challenging" for young people.

The department has no concrete figures on how many students identify as transgender, intersex or same-sex attracted.

Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland has celebrated the new policy.

The group was involved in a case earlier this year where a nine-year-old transgender girl was told by her school to use only the disabled toilet and not join girls' sporting teams.

The department's position shifted after it was threatened with a discrimination complaint.

Gender identity is treated akin to racial or religious vilification, according to the Act.

ATSAQ secretary Kristine Johnson said it was "absolutely wonderful" for the government to have such a policy, particular for those beyond Brisbane. …