On the 24th May, UNIC Canberra NIO, Julia Dean traveled with the Community Organiser from Amnesty International Australia, Bede Carmody to Billabong High School in southern New South Wales. The students from the school had invited both the UN and Amnesty to talk to year nine on LGBTI rights.
Students were most interested to hear about the UN’s Free and Equal Campaign – and the work it does in support of the LGBTI community.
Different forms of discrimination that LGBTI young people face including violence and bullying were central to the students discussion.
Some of the students were aware of the effect such discrimination has on young people and asked how they could help friends in this situation. In response their teachers led a supportive question and answer session.
Between the question and answer session the Free and Equal Campaign video’s were played which the students enjoyed, particularly the video called ‘the Riddle”
The visit to Billabong High School was part of the UNIC’s broader rural educational outreach program – taking the UN’s messages to regional Australia.