BSSC held a lunch today for its LGBTI and Ally community.

More than 60 students and staff crowded into the Conference Centre and the room was soon buzzing with conversation.

Maree Dixon from Headspace introduced students to a brand new chatroom, launched just this week, which will allow the LGBTI community to make valuable connections and build bridges across Australia.

“In terms of supporting LGBTI people, BSSC is leading the way with their Ally program,” she said.

The names of those who have completed the Ally training program at BSSC were on display so that students know who their allies are.

In the midst of what was obviously a very positive and enjoyable gathering, some students took the time to reflect on what an Ally program and a group like this means to them.

“This kind of support is so important,” Indi commented.

Jacob agreed that the college provides a supportive environment.

“It encourages those who fear coming out to feel safe,” he said.

Marshall, who experienced hostility at their 7 to 10 school, summed up the feeling in the room. “Being here… it’s like, hell yeah!”

Joseph, who does not identify as LGBTI said he was there as a proud ally.

“This event is a great way to show others that I’m a supporter.”

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