Labor pledges to fund Safe Schools program if elected
SBS, June 2, 2016
Dylan Lloyd was bullied at school.
Now the self-identified queer person wants other gay, bisexual and transgender kids to get the help he missed.
When Opposition Leader Bill Shorten campaigned on the University of NSW campus, Mr Lloyd got a one-on-one chance to ask for a commitment to continue funding the Safe Schools program.
Mr Shorten gave it to him.
“I’ve deplored the extreme right-wing attack on these programs” he told the 21-year-old law and criminology student on Thursday.
Mr Lloyd, who was the university’s queer officer two years ago, said several students had been forced to stay at its “queer space” because they had nowhere else to go.
The space is a section of the campus where people can be “safe” against homophobia and transphobia.
“People have been homeless because of the queer identity, their sexuality, their gender,” Mr Lloyd told AAP.
“Having a program that helps students in school and stops bullying … is an amazing thing.”
Mr Lloyd was pleased with the Labor leader’s pledge.
He believes Malcolm Turnbull’s willingness to defund the program shows how little leadership the prime minister has over his party.
“The fact that the extreme right-wing people in the Liberal Party have been holding Malcolm Turnbull hostage to get rid of this program is very serious,” Mr Lloyd said.