LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl & Brotherboy Inclusive Education

Open Doors Youth Service (ODYS) is a specialist service supporting LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy young people across South-East Queensland. Alongside, young people and specialists across education and health, Open Doors Youth Service has developed a series of professional development opportunities.

LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people and communities have several distinct, sometimes overlapping, demographics each with their own histories, experiences, social, education and health needs.

Open Doors Youth Service has developed training to support school based staff to provide affirming and culturally safer educational communities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Asexual, Pansexual, Sistergirl and Brotherboy (LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl & Brotherboy) young people, communities, and their families (chosen, or otherwise).

Overarching Aim:

To enhance the capacity of education staff and school communities working to develop and maintain school communities and cultures that are safe, supportive, inclusive, and affirming for all students, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, asexual, pansexual, sistergirl and brotherboy (LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl & Brotherboy).


Foundation Sessions:

  1. Broadly understand LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy key terminology
  2. Understand concepts associated with LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy identities and cultures
  3. Summarise how homophobic and transphobic behaviour impacts on mental health, wellbeing and learning outcomes
  4. LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl & Brotherboy inclusive education: creating safe, supportive, inclusive, and affirming environments for all students
  1. Building the capability of staff, students, and the school community: principles to create and maintain school cultures that promote participation, teaching and learning for all students
  2. Develop strong systems for early intervention: supporting staff to recognise and respond to students at risk.

Please note – It is recommended to allow a minimum of 2 to 3 hours delivery time for the foundation sessions. The number of participants and delivery time will change the learning opportunities, outcomes, and cost. 

Additional school-based inclusion activities include:

In addition to professional development, other activities are available to support the mental health and wellbeing of students and whole school communities. All activities are flexible and able to be adapted to reflect the school’s context.


Increase Resilience of Young People in Schools (Free)

  •  ODYS attending school fair days and mental health and well-being days such as ‘wear it purple’ day, Pride day, R U Ok day


In-school Social Support Groups (Fee for Service)

  • Supporting schools establish regular LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl & Brotherboy in-school social group/s
  • Delivering LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy student workshops


Anti-bullying & Inclusive Education Opportunities for Students (Fee for Service)

  • Respecting & celebrating gender and sexuality diversity
  • Gender Diversity 101 – Gender, pronouns and supporting my peers
  • How to be an ally
  • LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy inclusive Relationships and Sexuality education
  • LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy Histories.


Policy Development and Review (Fee for Service)

  • Develop or review the school diversity policies
  • Review existing school policies more broadly to identify areas to enhance equity and inclusion for all students, including those who identify as LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy

Fees – Fees vary depending on several factors. Please contact Open Doors Youth Service and a member of the team can discuss the schools context and create education and activities packages that reflect the needs in the school community.

If you are interested in learning more about what Open Doors can offer your school, please complete the form below.