Links for teachers and schools that may be useful
Building human rights communities in education
A broad collaborative initiative aimed at New Zealand's schools and early childhood education centres developing as communities in which human rights and responsibilities are known, promoted and lived - fulfilling the requirement of the newly adopted Curriculum for schools that "respect for themselves, others, and human rights" be "evident in the school's philosophy, structures, curriculum, classrooms, and relationships".
Gay, lesbian and straight education network
GLSEN's philosophy is that students of all sexualities should work together to end discrimination. Holding meetings open to students of all sexualities also means that those who attend are not necessarily 'outing' themselves.
Human Rights Commission
The website of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. The Commission works for a fair, safe and just society, where diversity is valued and human rights are respected.
Parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays
Includes resources for dealing with different issues such as making our schools safe and 'coming out'. There is also a mailing list for updates.
Rainbow Youth is an Auckland-based organisation providing support, information, advocacy and education for queer young people (aged between 13 and 28) and their friends, family and whanau.
New Zealand Youth Law/Tino Rangatiratanga Taitamariki
The New Zealand Youth Law/Tino Rangatiratanga Taitamariki organisation is a community law centre for children and young people. Its site includes information on a number of school-related legal issues including bullying.
EI Resolution on the Protection of the Rights of Lesbian and Gay Education Personnel
Education International policy resolution on protection of the rights of lesbian and gay education personnel. The Second World Congress of Education International, meeting in Washington D.C., U.S.A., from 25 to 29 July 1998:
LGBT Human Rights Declaration of Montreal
The Declaration of Montreal was endorsed by the participants of the International Conference on LGBT Human Rights, which was held in the framework of the 1st World Outgames in Montreal (Canada) in July 2006. This largest-ever international conference on LGBT issues was attended by 1500 people from more than hundred countries in the world.
Stonewall's Education for All Campaign
National campaign to tackle homophobic bullying in Britain's schools.
UN affirms that LGBT rights are human rights
The United Nations Human Rights Council recently passed its first-ever resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution affirms the universality and indivisibility of human rights. The Council has requested the High Commissioner for human rights to commission a study on violence and discrimination on these grounds, in all regions of the world, to be finalised by December 2011.
The Yogyakarta Principles
The Yogyakarta Principles are a set of principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity. The Principles affirm binding international legal standards with which all States must comply. They promise a different future where all people born free and equal in dignity and rights can fulfil that precious birthright.