One Nation NSW Leader Mark Latham has put forward an anti-trans education bill that would have barred transgender students participating in school sports and using toilets that were not aligned with their birth gender. This bill would have also had teachers tell parent’s that their child was transitioning if these students had informed counsellors and teachers. Only students who have gone through full medical transition would be allowed to compete in sports that their gender aligned with.
Another clause in the bill would have excluded students from participating in LGBQTI+ support groups in school if they were under 18.
The Perrottet Liberal government is not supporting this legislation as it may lead to targeted discrimination against a marginalized community which already experiences poorer mental health and wellbeing outcomes.
LGBQTI+ advocacy organisations have welcomed the decision by the government to not back this bill as it is placing even more disproportionate levels of bullying and harassment on trans children.
Mark Latham is concerned about the fact that the disadvantages facing female students who now must compete against male students who identify as female, with testosterone being one of these advantages.