Education Professionals - The Equality Network

LGBTIQA+ Inclusion in Education

Take this course to learn how to provide appropriate education to LGBTIQA+ students and help them feel safe, included and respected.

Key Outcomes

  • Your staff turnover rate will likely decrease and staff satisfaction will likely increase.
  • You’ll feel more confident when working with LGBTIQA+ people.
  • You’ll understand how to create and maintain safe spaces for staff and students.
  • You’ll gain greater knowledge of the language, history and culture of the LGBTIQA+ community and how to build the lived experience of LGBTIQA+ people into your work.
  • You’ll know how to make LGBTIQA+ people feel safe, empowered and valued.
  • You’ll understand common mistakes made in working with LGBTIQA+ people – and how to avoid them.
  • You’ll go away with tangible tips to help you be a respectful and LGBTIQA+ inclusive staff member.
  • The impact of this course will be felt within your learning programs, schools and communities.

Prerequisite: No prerequisite for this course.

Who Should Take This Course?

➢ education staff
➢ education policy makers
➢ education public servants
➢ program designers
➢ teachers
➢ delivery managers
➢ fellows
➢ associates
➢ board members
➢ executive team members
➢ leadership teams
➢ educators
➢ instructional designers

➢ curriculum developers and writers
➢ coaches
➢ tutors
➢ mentors
➢ consultants
➢ education HR professionals
➢ course coordinators
➢ assessors
➢ facilitators
➢ education and training needs analysts
➢ education association members
➢ course developers
➢ anyone in the education industry who wants to learn more about the LGBTIQA+ community

Become a LGBTIQA+ Inclusive Vendor

Let’s understand your desired learning objectives and we can tailor our course to meet them. Please book a Zoom meeting today!

Featured Case Study

Transforming Inclusion at an Educational Institution

At The Equality Network, we believe that true progress lies in fostering and building inclusive workplaces, where every individual feels safe, heard, and valued. Our recent collaboration with an esteemed not-for-profit educational organisation exemplifies this commitment. Through LGBTIQA+ inclusion training, we empowered their staff to create a more supportive and understanding environment, particularly LGBTIQA+ staff.

Training format


  • Take the course face-to-face
  • 4 x 150 min workshops
  • 10-12 hours in total
  • 2 half days, a week apart
  • minimum of 8 to conduct course
  • interactive, engaging
  • When completed, gain ongoing access to the course content online
  • Get access to additional scheduled online support (Q&A sessions)
  • Course fee: POA

Live via Zoom

  • Take the course live via Zoom
  • 8 x 90 min workshops
  • 10-12 hours in total
  • timing negotiable
  • minimum of 6 to conduct course
  • interactive, engaging
  • When completed, gain ongoing access to the course content online
  • Get access to additional scheduled online support (Q&A sessions)
  • Course fee: POA

Course Description

☑ Work with actual LGBTIQ+ education case studies
☑ Learn from lived experience, including archival footage
☑ Minimal lecturing
☑ Complete the course and become a member of The Equality Network
☑ Stay up-to-date with additional resource materials

Are you using LGBTIQ+ inclusive language in your education work with LGBTIQ+ people, as well as in your workplace, events or meetings? What about on your organisation’s website and in your social media posts, and the emails etc you send? Are they accessible and truly inclusive for everyone? 

LGBTIQ+ awareness is crucial if you want to build a safe, inclusive space for everyone in your education work. 

In this course, you’ll learn about some of the best ways to make LGBTIQ+ people feel safe, comfortable and valued; and you’ll learn lots about the language, history and culture of the LGBTIQ+ community. 

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of what you’ll learn:

  1. Acknowledgement of Country
  2. Acknowledgement of LGBTIQA+ activists and culture changers
  3. Safe space sign – and meaning of safe space; how to create one
  4. Why you’re here – benefits, objections and outcomes of being inclusive
  5. Quick test – what do you know? 
  6. Heteronormativity and its influence on education
  7. The relationship between LGBTIQ+ people and education organisations – barriers
  8. Language 101 – key LGBTIQ+ terms
  9. The LGBTIQ+ acronym
  10. Pronouns – why they’re important; how to use them
  11. Terms to avoid using, and why
  12. LGBTIQ+ flags – symbolism 
  13. In the closet’ and ‘coming out’ 
  14. Where are the gay people in Victoria and what do they earn? 
  15. How’s your gaydar?
  16. LGBTIQ+ stereotypes and their effect   
  17. Those offensive little questions
  18. Milestones in various phases of LGBTIQ+ people’s lives
  19. Equality, equity and liberation – an explanation
  20. Legal rights of LGBTIQ+ people 
  21. Major events in the struggle for rights – US and Australia
  22. Let’s talk straight (or not)
  23. How safe is it in various situations for LGBTIQ+ people? 
  24. Guided fantasy – put on our shoes 
  25. Mental health statistics of LGBTIQ+ people – implications for staff
  26. What are the LGBTIQ+ pressure points for your organisation? 
  27. Sensitivities and concerns that LGBTIQ+ staff may have
  28. Dealing with the politics of LGBTIQ+ staff 
  29. Protecting the legal rights of LGBTIQ+ staff
  30. What could possibly go wrong at a non-inclusive education organisation?
  31. Impacts of your education organisation not being LGBTIQ+ inclusive
  32. Institutional barriers in education for LGBTIQ+ people
  33. LGBTIQ+ health check of your organisation’s website and documentation 
  34. Tangible tips to help you be an LGBTIQ+ inclusive staff member
  35. Developing an LGBTIQ+ inclusion policy or charter

About the trainer

Bronte Price

The person who will train you is Bronte Price (he, him), a cis gay man, who is not only a qualified trainer but also a former teacher and senior public servant in education policy. Bronte came out as a gay man at the age of 42, having been married to a woman and having had four sons. He lives with his husband, Clint, and their rescue kelpie, Bingo.

It’s Bronte’s lived experience as both a straight man and a gay man that informs this LGBTIQA+ inclusion course. He understands the pressures on people who know they are LGBTIQA+ but can’t come out for a range of reasons; he’s experienced the stigma of being labelled ‘homosexual’ when to be so was a criminal offence; as a gay man, he’s faced harassment and discrimination from family members and in the workplace; and he continues to work with LGBTIQA+ people who struggle with not being able to be their authentic selves.

He’s on a mission to help education professionals provide respectful, inclusive schooling to LGBTIQA+ clients. Bronte understands how to treat people with respect. He knows how to create safe spaces for LGBTIQA+ people and for those who undertake his LGBTIQA+ Inclusion Training.

If you’re wanting to do the right thing in working with LGBTIQA+ people in education but aren’t sure of what the right thing is, or you’re worried about saying, doing or assuming the wrong thing, then this course is for you.

Want to find out more? Please book an appointment and we can discuss how to get started.