The team behind documentary Gayby Baby have this week launched an educational resource exploring diverse Australian families.
Inspired by the film about the children of gay parents, the 'Gayby Baby School Action Toolkit' will look at same-sex parented families alongside other family units and is designed for health/physical education classes in years 5-10.
“Many students fall outside the traditional family unit, in fact something like 30 per cent of children are not raised by two biological heterosexual parents," said Gayby Baby director Maya Newell, herself from a same-sex parented family.
"Not only is this the first schools resource to represent same-‐sex families, it is also something that can be used in the classroom to explore family diversity more generally as a topic. Every child has the right to see their family structure reflected in their learning environment.”
The resource was launched in Melbourne Wednesday by Victorian Equality Minister Martin Foley, Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Rowena Allen, Greens Senator Janet Rice, beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman, Principals Association Victoria president Judith Crow. A launch in Sydney follows Thursday.
This week, 9,000 family diversity posters are being sent to every school in Australia as part of the launch of the toolkit.
NSW public schools will be left to decide whether or not to use the toolkit, but the NSW Education Department would not endorse the project.
"The Department does not endorse externally produced resources," a spokesman said in a statement.